Bruce Katz, author of The New Localism, to serve as keynote speaker

BATON ROUGE, La. (June 27, 2019) — The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) today announced that, in collaboration with the Regional Economic Alliance of Louisiana (REAL), it will host the fourth annual Statewide Economic Development Summit presented by Entergy on October 22-23, 2019.

“This event is an annual opportunity for stakeholders who are invested in the future of economic development in Louisiana to network and brainstorm,” said Adam Knapp, president and CEO of BRAC. “We are excited to be expanding to a two-day format to allow for deeper conversations around economic development, community and placemaking, and people and talent.”

The two-day Summit will take place at L’Auberge Casino Hotel in Baton Rouge, featuring a Gubernatorial Candidate Forum on the first evening and a keynote presentation by Bruce Katz, author of The New Localism, on the second day. The goal of the Statewide Economic Development Summit is to strengthen the state’s economy through shared ideas and business practices.

The REAL organizations convening the Summit include:

  • Baton Rouge Area Chamber
  • Central Louisiana Economic Development Alliance
  • Greater New Orleans, Inc.
  • Lafayette Economic Development Authority
  • One Acadiana
  • North Louisiana Economic Partnership
  • Northeast Louisiana Economic Alliance
  • South Louisiana Economic Council
  • Southwest Louisiana Economic Development Alliance

Event registration is available at brac.org/events. Early-bird registration for the two-day Summit, which includes the Gubernatorial Candidate Forum and the keynote presentation, is $180 for an individual ticket and $1,800 for a table of ten. Early-bird registration will be available through August 1, at which point prices will increase. Discounted room rates at L’Auberge Casino Hotel of $109 are available for event attendees on Tuesday, October 22; call 1-866-261-7777 and use the group code RBRC19.

Additional event information, including the full event agenda, will be released at brac.org/events as available.

The event is presented by Entergy. Keynote sponsor is Central Louisiana Economic Development Authority. Premier sponsors include Taylor Porter, Neighbors FCU, and Louisiana Economic Development. Promotional sponsors include Louisiana Life Magazine and Biz Northwest Louisiana. Supporting sponsors include Southwest Louisiana Economic Development Alliance, EATEL, South Louisiana Economic Council, GNO, Inc., One Acadiana, Louisiana Economic Development Authority, and North Louisiana Economic Partnership.

About the Baton Rouge Area Chamber

The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) leads economic development in the nine-parish Baton Rouge Area, working to grow jobs and wealth and to improve the business climate and competitiveness in the region. Today, BRAC investors include more than 1,500 small businesses, midsize firms, large industry and entrepreneurial startups, as well as individuals and organizations that support business and economic development. In this capacity, BRAC serves as the voice of the business community, providing knowledge, access, services and advocacy. More information is available at brac.org.

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