BRAC Releases Statement on Phase One Reopening

Baton Rouge, La. (May 11, 2020) –Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) President and CEO Adam Knapp issued the following statement today in response to the Stay at Home order being lifted on May 15:

“We’re encouraged to see the administration moving toward reopening the economy, which puts the Baton Rouge Area on the long road toward recovery. Businesses are encouraged to continue to use health and safety equipment properly as they reopen and continue to follow CDC and OSHA guidance, while continuing to support remote work for as many as possible. Many challenges will remain for employers related to access to capital, access to PPE, the availability of childcare and summer camps, and the risks and concerns of a second wave.

“To help the reopening for businesses in need of PPE, BRAC created the PPE Marketplace, a purchasing collaborative with Lyons Specialty Company, LLC to source and supply PPE at competitive rates to the Capital Region business community. Almost 100 companies have already taken advantage of the marketplace in the two business days since its launch. All businesses are invited to use the marketplace, regardless of affiliation with BRAC or Lyons Specialty.

“BRAC remains committed to assisting businesses through the reopening and recovery process, and will make information available at”

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


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