BRAC Announces 2020 Virtual Statewide Economic Development Summit Presented by Entergy

Mark Zandi, Chief Economist and Co-founder of Moody’s, to serve as keynote 

BATON ROUGE, La. (November 12, 2020) — The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) today announced that, in collaboration with the Regional Economic Alliance of Louisiana (REAL), it will virtually host the fifth annual Statewide Economic Development Summit presented by Entergy on December 8 and 10, 2020. Details and registration available at

“In a year of deep uncertainty and economic turmoil, Louisiana’s eight regional organizations see the importance of learning more about the changing nature of economic development by convening the Statewide Economic Development Summit presented by Entergy,” said Adam Knapp, president and CEO of BRAC. “Our group, the Regional Economic Alliance of Louisiana, is excited to offer the event in a safe, virtual format that will allow economic developers, governmental and community leaders, and business owners the opportunity to share in open dialogue and learn about national trends on economic recovery and accelerating future growth.” 

The two-day Summit will take place virtually, featuring national experts on trends in economic recovery and opportunities for growth. The goal of the Statewide Economic Development Summit is to strengthen the state’s economy through shared ideas and business practices.   

Mark Zandi, chief economist and co-founder of Moody’s, will serve as keynote speaker for the event. His presentation will focus on looking past the pandemic and presidential election, leveraging data from Moody’s back to normal index to forecast economic stability for the state and country. 

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 Registration for the two-day Summit, which includes the keynote presentation, live sessions, and exclusive on-demand content, is $50 for an individual ticket. 

Additional event information will be released at as available.   

The event is presented by Entergy. Premier sponsors include EATEL, LED, and Taylor Porter. Promotional sponsors include Biz New Orleans, the Greater Baton Rouge Business Report, and Site Selection Magazine. Supporting sponsors include GNO, Inc., LEDA, LIDEA, NAI Latter & Blum, North Louisiana Economic Partnership, One Acadiana, The Port of South Louisiana, South Louisiana Economic Council, and SWLA Economic Development Alliance. Coffee break sponsor is Community Coffee. 

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 1,400 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   


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