BRAC Announces Full Agenda for 2020 Virtual Statewide Economic Development Summit Presented by Entergy

Two-day event to tackle issues around economic recovery and future growth

BATON ROUGE, La. (December 2, 2020)— The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) today announced the full agenda for the fifth annual Statewide Economic Development Summit presented by Entergy. The virtual event’s live sessions will take place December 8 and 10 between 9 a.m. and noon, with additional on-demand content available for attendees. Details and registration available at

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 agenda is as follows:

Tuesday, December 8
9 – 9:10 a.m. Welcome by Entergy and Governor John Bel Edwards
9:10 – 9:50 a.m. The Not-So-Normal Real Estate Landscape
9:50 – 10 a.m. Virtual Coffee Break
10 – 10:45 a.m. Industrial Today: Not Yesterday and Not Tomorrow
10:45 – 11 a.m. Break
11 a.m. – Noon Supply Chain Disruption and the Allure of Reshoring
Thursday, December 10
9 – 9:45 a.m. Outside the Box: Designing Creative Incentive Programs to Attract Remote Workers
9:45 – 10 a.m. Virtual Coffee Break
10 – 10:45 a.m. Keynote: Looking Past the Pandemic and Presidential Election
10:45 – 11 a.m. Break
11 a.m. – Noon Economic Inclusion by Fixing Information Poverty

On-demand Sessions

  • Growing as an Intentional Inclusionist® – Understanding Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion as a Function of Leadership 
  • Emerging Industries Post Pandemic
  • Expanding Access to Broadband in Louisiana

BRAC organizes the Summit in collaboration with the Regional Economic Alliance of Louisiana (REAL). 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 and session descriptions are 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. 

The event is presented by Entergy. Premier sponsors include CLEDA, 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   


Morgan is the Marketing Manager for the Baton Rouge Area Chamber. In her role, she manages writing organizational publications and materials, oversees BRAC’s social media and blog, and coordinates timelines for all internal marketing projects.

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