Building on the Momentum

564 Laurel Street has been the home of BRAC for over 50 years. The location has become part of the organization’s identity. Given this, it’s critical that the space match the mission. And, with the assistance of prominent leaders like you, it's become the new Center for Economic Development.

Our area—and its future—demands an iconic, modern business center located in the heart of downtown.

A hub where entrepreneurs from the private sector can gather to determine growth plans and new innovations. A center where visionaries can meet to brainstorm, problem solve and chart new directions for business in the region.

The time has come for a building that will be instrumental in driving our economic development efforts today and for tomorrow. Check out the space, view available opportunities and meet our partners.

See the New Space

Equally as important as the location of the building is what’s inside. The Center for Economic Development serves as an extensive resource of valuable small business and entrepreneurship services.

This includes expansive meeting rooms, high-tech presentation spaces, and access to vital training programs and workshops from entrepreneurship and business organizations such as LSU, Southern University, Nexus-LA, PTAC, SCORE and the Louisiana Small Business Development Center.

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Naming Opportunities

Signature buildings such as The Center for Economic Development offer rare opportunities to honor the legacy of a company, family, or business icon or to link your business brand with the Baton Rouge Area business community. You have a unique opportunity to be part of this historic initiative and forever connect the name of your family, business or organization with an anchor of the Capital Region business community.

Through the various naming rights opportunities that are available, you will be able to showcase your commitment to this exciting new direction for business in the Capital Region and reach many of our area’s most prominent residents.

For more information on naming opportunities:
Contact Alexandra Bautsch Grunewald at or 225-933-8124.

  • This room is the first room all employees and guests will walk through when visiting the center
  • Name recognition on the room
  • This six-seat conference room is located off the main lobby
  • It will be used frequently for new investor meetings as they come by to complete their paperwork, as well as staff check ins, and smaller, more intimate meetings with distinguished guests such as elected officials, board members and high-level investors where privacy is essential
  • Name recognition on the room
  • These three telephone booths (one downstairs and two upstairs) are frequently used by employees and guests for private or confidential conversations and phone calls
  • Name recognition on the room

The courtyard will provide an opportunity for donor recognition in the form of a brick which can be named as the donor desires (in honor of a family member, business, prior board member, community leader, etc.)

Current Partners

The Center for Economic Development would not be possible without the generous support of:

Baton Rouge Business Report
Capital One Bank
Cox Communications
David E. Roberts

Entergy Louisiana
Mr. Don Gerald, Sr.
J.P. Morgan Chase Bank

Manship Media
Milford H. Wampold
Raising Cane’s

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