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July New Investors

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BRAC welcomes its newest investors and thanks them for their support driving economic development in the region.

Help Wanted: Navigating a Post COVID-19 Employment Landscape in the Capital Region

In recent months, COVID-19 has spurred many organizations to quickly shift their employment landscape.

School in the Time of COVID-19: How will the Region’s Public Schools Teach this Year?

Lack of childcare is an economic threat. With schools closed, parents who must return to work are faced with the unexpected, and sometimes unbearable, expense of alternative childcare.

Dollars, Cents, and Legislation: How Did the Capital Region Fare in the State Budget and Spending Bills?

Louisiana’s reliance on statutorily dedicated funds means that when state revenue falls short, higher education and healthcare take the hit.

The Declining Health of the Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund and What it Means for Employers

In the July 2020 COVID-19 economy, in which about 55,000 Capital Region residents are applying for unemployment benefits each week, the health of Louisiana’s Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund (UTF) is incredibly important.

PPP Roundup – What We Know about BR Businesses

This week, the U.S. Treasury Department released information about all Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) forgivable loans allocated across the country, broken down by state. BRAC’s analysis of the data shows that over 11,300 total PPP loans, including nearly 1,600 of $150,000 or more, were distributed to businesses in the Capital Region.

The 2020 Legislative Season in Review


Heading into the 2020 regular legislative session, BRAC released its legislative agenda, which was shortly after revised to emphasize a focus on economic recovery efforts now necessary due to COVID-19’s effects on the state.

No Mask, No Service: Breaking Down Mayor Broome’s Executive Order on Face Coverings

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On July 1, 2020, Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome announced a requirement that all commercial and non-profit entities in East Baton Rouge Parish, but outside the cities of Baker, Central, and Zachary, which provide goods or services directly to the public must implement a “No Mask – No Service” policy.

Q&A with BRAC’s 2019 Honoree for Project of the Year

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BRAC’s Project of the Year Award was bestowed on Pennington Biomedical Research Center for its new Bariatric and Metabolic Institute.

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