Baton Rouge, La. (August 13, 2018) –  The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) today released the following statement by BRAC President and CEO Adam Knapp on BREC Superintendent Carolyn McKnight’s announced retirement.

“First and foremost, on behalf of our board and staff, I would like to commend Superintendent McKnight on her impressive career and thank her for her service to the Baton Rouge community. Under her tenure, BREC has maintained its status as one of the few accredited systems in the country, expanded its programming to better serve the community, and continuously sought to align resources to community needs.

“During this transition, BRAC stands firmly in support of a national search for a new superintendent. A national talent pool will ensure that the position attracts the best possible leader with the ability to take the system to the next level. It is also important to reflect on the success and popularity of the BREC system, and recognize the benefits of the independent nature of its commission. BRAC believes the strength and future success of the system relies on the public’s support, and the insulation from political influence its independent structure affords.

“Beautiful green spaces, trails, bike paths, skate parks, and family-friendly splashpads are critical elements to our quality of place. They are also an increasingly important community asset for economic development. Today’s emerging talent is looking for growth opportunities in a place that’s interesting, diverse, inclusive, and recreation-friendly. It is imperative that Baton Rouge continue to champion the beautification and usability of its public spaces, and support BREC in that mission.”

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, mid-sized 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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