BRAC’s Government Street Analysis Wins C2ER Award for Economic Research Excellence 

BATON ROUGE, La. (June 17, 2024) — The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) announced today that its research project, “Welcome to the New (Complete) Government Street,” won the 2024 Community, Economic, and Workforce Research Award from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER). The award is in the category of “projects or policy analysis supporting federal, state, or local initiatives.” The original analysis is available here

The analysis, by BRAC’s Manager of Economic and Policy Research Jake Polansky, shares findings on Baton Rouge’s Government Street Road Diet two years after its completion. 

Key findings include:   

  • Two years after the road diet completion, data show that tax revenue growth for Government Street businesses has outpaced the city overall by twenty-six percent 
  • Since 2018, the average number of monthly reported traffic incidents on Government Street has fallen fifty percent 

BRAC received the recognition at C2ER’s Annual Conference on June 13 in Norfolk, VA. C2ER is a nationally recognized and trusted leader in the community, economic and workforce research field, committed to developing and engaging a diverse membership to elevate data driven decision making to ensure prosperous communities. 

The analysis originally appeared on BRAC’s BR By the Numbers Substack, which provides readers and residents greater insight to the data looked at while making the business case for Baton Rouge to companies and supporting public policy that promotes economic growth. Subscribe to the BR By the Numbers Substack at brbythenumbers.substack.com

About the Baton Rouge Area Chamber   

The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) is a regional economic development organization with a bias for action. BRAC seeks to push Baton Rouge beyond the status quo, unleash its potential, and support a vibrant business community that believes the finish line does not exist. BRAC seeks to accelerate economic opportunity in the Baton Rouge Area, for everyone, through BRING IT! Baton Rouge, its five-year, regional strategic plan. Learn more about BRAC at brac.org

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