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December Ambassador Spotlight

BRAC Ambassadors serve as advocates of BRAC’s work, helping with lead generation, retention efforts, networking and promotion. Each month, BRAC highlights one of these ambassadors. This month, meet Will Phelps.

Workforce Wednesday: Workforce Training Initiatives

For the next month on Wednesdays, a new post will be published on the BRAC Blog providing greater insight into recommendations and providing guidance to continue moving the needle on workforce development.

December Young Professional Spotlight

Each month, BRAC highlights a young professional in the Baton Rouge Area who is helping to shape our community. Meet this month’s young mover and shaker, Larry Dents, Jr.

Capturing the Community: Blair Thompson

The Baton Rouge Area is rich with thinkers, doers and dreamers adding to the Baton Rouge story every day. Some choose to capture these moments and memories in a single image. This is Blair Thompson’s view of Baton Rouge.

Live Capitalized: Homegrown for the Holidays

There’s no place like home for the holidays, and no better way to show your hometown pride than by shopping local for your holiday gifts. Check out some of our favorite places around town to pick out the perfect present.

Workforce Wednesday: Creating Experiential Learning Opportunities

For the next month on Wednesdays, a new post will be published on the BRAC Blog providing greater insight into recommendations and providing guidance to continue moving the needle on workforce development.

December Investor Spotlight

Each month, BRAC highlights one of its investors in the Investor Spotlight. Meet Karen Holden of Providence.

November New Investors

BRAC welcomes its newest investors and thanks them for their support driving economic development in the nine-parish Baton Rouge Area.

Workforce Wednesday: Connecting Education and the Workplace

For the next month on Wednesdays, a new post will be published on the BRAC Blog providing greater insight into recommendations and providing guidance to continue moving the needle on workforce development. 

Workforce Wednesday: Filling the Workforce Pipeline

For the next month on Wednesdays, a new post will be published on the BRAC Blog providing greater insight into recommendations and providing guidance to continue moving the needle on workforce development. 

Main Street Monthly: Small Business Saturday

To celebrate National Women’s Small Business Month, we asked five women business owners their advice for female entrepreneurs, why they chose to do business in the Capital Region, and their hopes for the regional entrepreneurial ecosystem. 

November Ambassador Spotlight

BRAC Ambassadors serve as advocates of BRAC’s work, helping with lead generation, retention efforts, networking and promotion. Each month, BRAC highlights one of these ambassadors. This month, meet Laura Siu.

A Pulse Check on the Region’s Competitiveness

Each year, the Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE) releases scores rating all public-school districts and schools in the state. Using a variety of student achievement data, these scores provide parents and the community with an annual health check on the area’s school performance.

A Taste of Talent Development: Resources Galore

Finding qualified talent can be tough, especially when the economy is strong and the unemployment rate is low. BRAC offers several resources to help employers engage with potential employees, and to help people moving into the area acclimate.

MovEBR Offers a Way Forward

MovEBR is a half-cent sales tax that represents about $900 million in infrastructure investment, primarily in increased capacity, with projects all over East Baton Rouge that will cut about 4.5 million hours of congestion every year.

November Young Professional Spotlight

Each month, BRAC highlights a young professional in the Baton Rouge Area who is helping to shape our community. Meet this month’s young mover and shaker, Makesha Judson.

Live Capitalized: Happy Turkey Day!

It’s that time of year where we gather with friends, family, coworkers, strangers – you name it – to give thanks over heaping plates of delicious food.

November Investor Spotlight

Each month, BRAC highlights one of its investors in the Investor Spotlight. Meet Fritz Embaugh of plus one design + construction.

Capturing the Community: Tyler Stevens

The Baton Rouge Area is rich with thinkers, doers and dreamers adding to the Baton Rouge story every day. Some choose to capture these moments and memories in a single image. This is Tyler Stevens’s view of Baton Rouge.

Hot Off the Press: Catalyst Q3

BRAC’s quarterly magazine, Catalyst, serves as the region’s quarterly economic development update. In this Hot Off the Press feature, read an overview of the Q3 Catalyst cover story.

October New Investors

BRAC welcomes its newest investors and thanks them for their support driving economic development in the nine-parish Baton Rouge Area.

Main Street Monthly: Women in Small Business

To celebrate National Women’s Small Business Month, we asked five women business owners their advice for female entrepreneurs, why they chose to do business in the Capital Region, and their hopes for the regional entrepreneurial ecosystem. 

Live Capitalized: Geaux Vote!

Gimme a “V,” gimme an “O,” gimme a “T,” gimme an “E!” VOTE! VOTE! VOTE! November may be the height of football season, but it’s also election time. And we think that’s something we should cheer for!

Investor Insider: The Journey to Thinking Bigger

In this BRAC timeline, learn about BRAC’s major milestones starting in the 1920s and the importance of regional collaboration. 

Training, the Key to a Diverse Workforce

When individual businesses embrace diversity, it leads to more ideas being generated, creating innovation and critical problem solving. A great example of that diversity is happening within the tech sector, with the launch of Apprenti Louisiana.

October Young Professional Spotlight

Each month, BRAC highlights a young professional in the Baton Rouge Area who is helping to shape our community. Meet this month’s young mover and shaker, D’Marcus Glasper.

Live Capitalized: A Haunting We Will Go

Hair-raising haunts, hocus pocus and horrible hexes – it’s time to dive into the Halloween festivities! With so many horrifyingly entertaining events in the Baton Rouge Area, you’ll have something to do every night leading up to the spookiest night of them all!

October Investor Spotlight

Each month, BRAC highlights one of its investors in the Investor Spotlight. Meet Kimberly Sanders of L.A. Champagne & Co., LLP.

Capturing the Community: Anna Abrahams

The Baton Rouge Area is rich with thinkers, doers and dreamers adding to the Baton Rouge story every day. Some choose to capture these moments and memories in a single image. This is Anna Abrahams’s view of Baton Rouge.

Planes, Trains and Automobiles

Check out a few of the Capital Region’s most recent transportation updates including everything from new direct flights to bike share.

September New Investors

BRAC welcomes its newest investors and thanks them for their support driving economic development in the nine-parish Baton Rouge Area.

Live Capitalized: Brew at the Zoo

Something is brewing in Baton Rouge and it’s all for a good cause! Friends of the Baton Rouge Zoo will host its fifth annual Brew at the Zoo event next Friday, October 5.

Main Street Monthly: Bridge the Gap in Your Small Business

Are you looking to bridge the gap in your small business? BRAC’s got you covered with information on several resources offered throughout the Capital Region to help give your business the boost it needs.

A Taste of Talent Development: Loving BR

In a recent Advocate article, Christina Stephenson argues that, “No, Baton Rouge isn’t New Orleans or Lafayette, but can we relax the BR bashing a bit?” And to that, we say AMEN!

Stitching Together the Redevelopment of Communities through Public Art

By utilizing its readily-available resources to implement a public art in private development program, Baton Rouge can easily stitch together its patchwork of redevelopment to unite its diverse communities.

September Ambassador Spotlight

BRAC Ambassadors serve as advocates of BRAC’s work, helping with lead generation, retention efforts, networking and promotion. Each month, BRAC highlights one of these ambassadors. This month, meet Luke Breard.

Live Capitalized: Everything Old is New Again

Something about fall brings out a feeling of nostalgia. And what could be more nostalgic than antiques shopping? The Capital Region has a plethora of unique shops to explore, so grab a coffee and your wallet and let’s get to shopping.

ITEP: A Moral Fable

With a handful of manufacturing projects likely to come before the parish’s taxing bodies in the next few months, East Baton Rouge finds itself in an ITEP moral fable. Will this be a lesson on the penalty for short-sightedness?

September Young Professional Spotlight

Each month, BRAC highlights a young professional in the Baton Rouge Area who is helping to shape our community. Meet this month’s young mover and shaker, Jessica Keasler.

Capturing the Community: Minh Kiet Tran

The Baton Rouge Area is rich with thinkers, doers and dreamers adding to the Baton Rouge story every day. Some choose to capture these moments and memories in a single image. This is Minh Kiet Tran’s view of Baton Rouge.

Project Spotlight: Twistlock

Economic development is booming in the Baton Rouge Area. Learn about one of the Capital Region’s newest projects Twistlock, a cybersecurity firm, in this spotlight.

September Investor Spotlight

Each month, BRAC highlights one of its investors in the Investor Spotlight. Meet Stuart Feigley of Feigley Communications.

August New Investors

BRAC welcomes its newest investors and thanks them for their support driving economic development in the nine-parish Baton Rouge Area.

Live Capitalized: First Downs to Touchdowns – It’s Football Season

It’s time to unpack the pom poms, jerseys and tailgating recipes because its officially football season. Whether you’ll be cheering on your team in the stadium or kicking back in your armchair at home, we’ve got all your football needs covered.  

Main Street Monthly: Small Business & Entrepreneurial Events

September is jam-packed with events for small business owners and entrepreneurs. Take advantage of these upcoming events to help build your business and stay up-to-date on the latest trends.

Investor Insider: Unlocking Benefits

In this month’s Investor Insider, we highlight the ways investors can capitalize on the resources and services BRAC provides.  

Quality of Place in Action

Local businesses Baton Rouge General, Parker’s Pharmacy and Elifin Realty have all established initiatives and best practices that center around quality of place. Find out what these quality of place superstars are doing to better their community and enhance the region’s business climate.

August Ambassador Spotlight

BRAC Ambassadors serve as advocates of BRAC’s work, helping with lead generation, retention efforts, networking and promotion. Each month, BRAC highlights one of these ambassadors. This month, meet Trey Truitt.

Live Capitalized: The Ultimate Staycation

No plans for Labor Day weekend? How about a staycation? We’ve got the perfect lineup of activities to enjoy a vacation right here in Baton Rouge.

August Young Professional Spotlight

Each month, BRAC highlights a young professional in the Baton Rouge Area who is helping to shape our community. Meet this month’s young mover and shaker, Robyn Selders.

Capturing the Community: Sandra Arapovic

The Baton Rouge Area is rich with thinkers, doers and dreamers adding to the Baton Rouge story every day. Some choose to capture these moments and memories in a single image. This is Sandra Arapovic’s view of Baton Rouge.

Recap: Unlocking the Opportunity in Opportunity Zones

Missed BRAC’s August 7 Signature Speaker event sponsored by Georgia-Pacific? This post offers a quick recap of the event and explains the top takeaways about the Opportunity Zones Program.

August Investor Spotlight

Each month, BRAC highlights one of its investors in the Investor Spotlight. Meet Jim Ellis of Taylor Porter.

The Baton Rouge Scientist: Amanda Staiano

When Amanda Staiano thought big ideas and open doors, she thought Baton Rouge. Learn how this young professional is using her research in Baton Rouge to change the way people think about healthcare.

Live Capitalized: The ABCs of School Prep

Wait a minute! Didn’t summer just start?? While you’re soaking up the last few days of sweet summertime, here’s a few ABCs of school prep we pulled together.

July New Investors

BRAC welcomes its newest investors and thanks them for their support driving economic development in the nine-parish Baton Rouge Area.

The Baton Rouge Creative: Jonathan Harnsongkram

When Jonathan Harnsongkram thought big ideas and open doors, he thought Baton Rouge. Learn how this young professional is bringing his creative touch to Baton Rouge.

A Taste of Talent Development: Talent Trends

In this blog post, explore the growing trend where companies are snatching up talent from their local community colleges. Learn why this trend has become so popular and how Baton Rouge organizations can start capitalizing on this trend.

The Baton Rouge Entrepreneur: Courtney Scott

When Courtney Scott thought big ideas and open doors, she thought Baton Rouge. Learn how this young professional is using her passion for Baton Rouge to make the city bigger and better than ever before.

The Promised Land of Business

What could Baton Rouge learn from economic development in Israel? Find out what BRAC President & CEO Adam Knapp learned about Israel’s business climate on his recent trip overseas.

The Baton Rouge Problem Solver: Jake Wagner

When Jake Wagner thought big ideas and open doors, he thought Baton Rouge. Learn how this young professional is pedaling his way through Baton Rouge and helping to solve problems all over the world.

Main Street Monthly: ReferenceUSA

BRAC strives to support the small business community by seeking out and providing resources that help small businesses thrive in the Capital Region. In this Main Street Monthly, learn how to use ReferenceUSA as a tool for your business.

The Baton Rouge Chef: Aimee Tortorich

When Aimee Tortorich thought big ideas and open doors, she thought Baton Rouge. Learn how this young professional is adding her unique flare to the area’s culinary scene as a chef in Baton Rouge.

Live Capitalized: Listen Up!

It’s time to turn down and tune in to some of Baton Rouge’s best podcasts and radio shows. With plenty of series to choose from, check out a few of our favorites.

The Baton Rouge Engineer: Denton Graham

When Denton Graham thought big ideas and open doors, he thought Baton Rouge. Learn how this young professional is making waves and finding his footing as an engineer at the Baton Rouge-based Water Campus.

July Ambassador Spotlight

BRAC Ambassadors serve as advocates of BRAC’s work, helping with lead generation, retention efforts, networking and promotion. Each month, BRAC highlights one of these ambassadors. This month, meet Jordy Culotta.

Capturing the Community: Chelsea Thibodeaux

The Baton Rouge Area is rich with thinkers, doers and dreamers adding to the Baton Rouge story every day. Some choose to capture these moments and memories in a single image. This is Chelsea Thibodeaux’s view of Baton Rouge.

Baton Rouge Ranks as Eighth Most Diverse Economy

Economic modeling firm Emsi recently released a report ranking the Capital Region as the 8th most diverse economy in the U.S., placing it in the top 2 percent of metropolitan areas nationally.

July Young Professional Spotlight

Each month, BRAC highlights a young professional in the Baton Rouge Area who is helping to shape our community. Meet this month’s young mover and shaker, Michael Kline.

Live Capitalized: Welcome to the Jungle

This summer, go on a wildlife adventure in Baton Rouge’s very own backyard! Whether you are looking to get up close and personal with crawling creatures or searching for an outdoor excursion, we’ve got you covered.

July Investor Spotlight

Each month, BRAC highlights one of its investors in the Investor Spotlight. Meet Blane Clark of Kean Miller LLP.

June New Investors

BRAC welcomes its newest investors and thanks them for their support driving economic development in the nine-parish Baton Rouge Area.

Externships: Creating Advocates in the Classroom

The Capital Region is host to a plethora of career opportunities and it’s important for students to know they don’t have to leave our region to find great careers. As a response to the lack of student exposure to careers in the region, BRAC created the annual Teacher Externship Program.

Main Street Monthly: Understanding Online Lending

This article will emphasize the takeaways of the Federal Reserve’s 2017 Small Business Credit Survey and point out the benefits and disadvantages of an emerging option for borrowers – online lending.

Live Capitalized: All the World’s a Stage

All the world’s a stage, and Baton Rouge is living in a musical! With music festivals every month, live bands at local restaurants every weekend and a thriving musical theatre scene, you will never get bored with the area’s music options.

June Ambassador Spotlight

BRAC Ambassadors serve as advocates of BRAC’s work, helping with lead generation, retention efforts, networking and promotion. Each month, BRAC highlights one of these ambassadors. This month, meet Bryant Awill.

Investor Insider: Stronger Together

BRAC attracts businesses of all sizes and industries under a common mission of leading economic development in the Capital Region. The Investor Insider blog series highlights the variety of investors and how their work coincides with BRAC’s.

Q&A with BRAC’s Diversity Stars

BRAC’s Diversity Star honorees Civil Solutions Consulting Group and Republic Services of Baton Rouge provide insight on how to better embrace diversity in the business world.

June Young Professional Spotlight

Each month, BRAC highlights a young professional in the Baton Rouge Area who is helping to shape our community. Meet this month’s young mover and shaker, Erin Sullivan.

Live Capitalized: Too Hot to Handle

With temperatures rising before our eyes we’re always looking for ways to beat the heat. In this edition of Live Capitalized, find ways you can cool down this summer.

June Investor Spotlight

Each month, BRAC highlights one of its investors in the Investor Spotlight. Meet Monica Zumo of Hannis T. Bourgeois LLP.

Capturing the Community: John Crifasi

The Baton Rouge Area is rich with thinkers, doers and dreamers adding to the Baton Rouge story every day. Some choose to capture these moments and memories in a single image. This is John Crifasi’s view of Baton Rouge.

May New Investors

BRAC welcomes its newest investors and thanks them for their support driving economic development in the nine-parish Baton Rouge Area.

Main Street Monthly: Blogs for Business

In this monthly blog series, learn about resources, services and events for the region’s small business community. This month, read about business blogs.

Live Capitalized: High School CEOs

High schoolers, entrepreneurs, or tomorrow’s leaders… how about all three? Young Entrepreneurs Academy of Baton Rouge is transforming motivated high schoolers into entrepreneurs and giving them skills to be the Capital Region’s future leaders.

May Ambassador Spotlight

BRAC Ambassadors serve as advocates of BRAC’s work, helping with lead generation, retention efforts, networking and promotion. Each month, BRAC highlights one of these ambassadors. This month, meet Robert Reynolds.

A Taste of Talent Development: Internship Quick Tips

InternBR, a BRAC Talent Development program, consists of services designed to better connect area employers with local millennial talent, and to retain millennial talent in the region.

When Opportunity Strikes

Gov. John Bel Edwards nominated 150 census tracts in Louisiana to be certified as qualified Opportunity Zones, an economic development tool designed as part of the recent federal tax changes, to spark investment in the hopes of growing distressed communities.

May Young Professional Spotlight

Each month, BRAC highlights a young professional in the Baton Rouge Area who is helping to shape our community. Meet this month’s young mover and shaker, Jacob Jolibois.

Live Capitalized: The Ultimate Baton Rouge Bucket List

Our friends over at 225 Magazine recently published their May edition and it is a doozy! This month’s cover story, 225 Things to do in Baton Rouge, is the ultimate Baton Rouge bucket list. Find out what we will be checking off our list first.

May Investor Spotlight

Each month, BRAC highlights one of its investors in the Investor Spotlight. Meet Nial Patel of Cornerstone Government Affairs.

Capturing the Community: Rachel Street

The Baton Rouge Area is rich with thinkers, doers and dreamers adding to the Baton Rouge story every day. Some choose to capture these moments and memories in a single image. This is Rachel Street’s view of Baton Rouge.

Let’s Give Them Something to Talk About

As competition for talent continues to grow, companies are forced to change their human resources strategy. We propose using location as an advantage.

April New Investors

BRAC welcomes its newest investors and thanks them for their support driving economic development in the nine-parish Baton Rouge Area.

Live Capitalized: Mamma Mia, It’s Almost Mother’s Day

My, my, Mother’s Day is almost here! It’s time to spoil our sweet (and spicy) mommas. Show your mom how much you care by picking a gift that suits her personality just right.

Seventy-Five Percent Increase in Public School Capacity Coming to South/Southeast Baton Rouge

The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) recently released its positions on the upcoming tax renewals for the EBR School District and expressed support for Proposition 1 on school facilities and technology.

Main Street Monthly: Business Events & Workshops

In this monthly blog series, learn about resources, services and events for the region’s small business community. This month, read about events happening in the Capital Region for small businesses.

Investor Insider: Building a Solid Foundation

BRAC attracts businesses of all sizes and industries under a common mission of leading economic development in the Capital Region. The Investor Insider blog series highlights the variety of investors and how their work coincides with BRAC’s.

Certifying Small Sites in the Capital Region

The Baton Rouge Area Chamber certified two small sites in Ascension Parish in March. These sites are both located in Donaldsonville and are zoned for commercial and industrial use.

April Ambassador Spotlight

BRAC Ambassadors serve as advocates of BRAC’s work, helping with lead generation, retention efforts, networking and promotion. Each month, BRAC highlights one of these ambassadors. This month, meet Kelsey Bailey.

Live Capitalized: Movie Buffs… this is for You

So you can quote Godfather one, two and three, but are you really a movie buff if you’ve never been to a film festival? Well, you are in luck because the Louisiana International Film Festival is next week, April 19-22.

April Young Professional Spotlight

Each month, BRAC highlights a young professional in the Baton Rouge Area who is helping to shape our community. Meet this month’s young mover and shaker, Eric Dexter.

Capturing the Community: Charles Champagne

The Baton Rouge Area is rich with thinkers, doers and dreamers adding to the Baton Rouge story every day. Some choose to capture these moments and memories in a single image. This is Charles Champagne’s view of Baton Rouge.

A Case for Early Childhood Education

Louisiana finds itself with 67 percent of children under age six having both parents in the workforce. Changes to the cultural and economic landscape, paired with a consistent rise in cost of living for Louisiana families, has made the stay-at-home parent nearly extinct in today’s world.

April Investor Spotlight

Each month, BRAC highlights one of its investors in the Investor Spotlight. Meet Fran Gladden of Cox Communications.

March New Investors

BRAC welcomes its newest investors and thanks them for their support driving economic development in the nine-parish Baton Rouge Area. 

Live Capitalized: Florals? For spring? Groundbreaking…

Daylight Savings Time has blessed us with more sunlit evenings and blooming trees. Plants are making our eyes itch and the spicy smell of crawfish is wafting from every backyard. This can only mean one thing…winter has officially left the building and SPRING. HAS. ARRIVED!

Main Street Monthly: Small Business Resources

In this monthly blog series, learn about resources, services and events for the region’s small business community. This month, read about small business resources currently available.

A Taste of Talent Development: First Connection

BRAC’s Connect program launched last year with a goal to acclimate newcomers to the region. Find out how the first connection went with BRAC’s Achilles Williams and IBM’s Michael Dale.

2018 Regular Legislative Session At-A-Glance: March 21, 2018

As the regular session of the Louisiana Legislature nears the end of its second week, BRAC continues tracking bills that will help or hurt the state’s economic competitiveness.

March Ambassador Spotlight

BRAC Ambassadors serve as advocates of BRAC’s work, helping with lead generation, retention efforts, networking and promotion. Each month, BRAC highlights one of these ambassadors. This month, meet Steven Brown.

Live Capitalized: It’s a Musical Affair

All the world’s a stage, and, this spring, Baton Rouge is front and center! Kick off spring with these upcoming music festivals in the Capital Region.

March Young Professional Spotlight

Each month, BRAC highlights a young professional in the Baton Rouge Area who is helping to shape our community. Meet this month’s young mover and shaker, Stephen Potter.

Capturing the Community: Preston Salassi

The Baton Rouge Area is rich with thinkers, doers and dreamers adding to the Baton Rouge story every day. Some choose to capture these moments and memories in a single image. This is Preston Salassi’s view of Baton Rouge.

Statewide Economic Development Summit Key Takeaways

At last week’s third annual Statewide Economic Development Summit presented by Entergy, there was something for everyone. Check out key takeaways from each session.

March Investor Spotlight

Each month, BRAC highlights one of its investors in the Investor Spotlight. Meet John Overton of Turn Key Solutions.

Live Capitalized: Is it Summer Yet?

Don’t be fooled – summer may seem far away, but summer camps are already filling up. Now is the time to sign your little lovebugs up for summer extracurriculars or they may get left out!

February New Investors

BRAC welcomes its newest investors and thanks them for their support driving economic development in the nine-parish Baton Rouge Area. 

Main Street Monthly: Community Business Events

In this monthly blog series, learn about resources, services and events for the region’s small business community. This month, read about events happening in the Capital Region for small businesses.

Another Hit Piece: This Time, in Livability

Extra, extra – we got another media hit! BRAC Director of Talent Development Melissa Thompson wrote an awesome article for Livability, one of the nation’s leading online resources used for researching communities.

February Ambassador Spotlight

BRAC Ambassadors serve as advocates of BRAC’s work, helping with lead generation, retention efforts, networking and promotion. Each month, BRAC highlights one of these ambassadors. This month, meet Brandi Welch.

Live Capitalized: On Trend

Want to hear a little high-fashion secret – one even Victoria doesn’t know?! If you aren’t from the nine-parish Baton Rouge Area, YOU TOO can stay “on trend” with us by attending Oneofakind Baton Rouge Fashion Week, which showcases the latest and greatest in Capital Region couture.

February Young Professional Spotlight

Each month, BRAC highlights a young professional in the Baton Rouge Area who is helping to shape our community. Meet this month’s young mover and shaker, Courtney Scott.

Capturing the Community: Andy Crawford

The Baton Rouge Area is rich with thinkers, doers and dreamers adding to the Baton Rouge story every day. Some choose to capture these moments and memories in a single image. This is Andy Crawford’s view of Baton Rouge.

Charters, Not Your Average School

For years, Louisiana parents had only two choices when it came to their children’s education: free public education or a private school alternative. With a need for additional quality and affordable options, a new type of school was formed – the charter school.

February Investor Spotlight

Each month, BRAC highlights one of its investors in the Investor Spotlight. Meet Cheri Ausberry of Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center and Capital Area Finance Authority.

Live Capitalized: Love is in the Air

Whether you are celebrating Valentine’s Day with your significant other, parents, kids, gal pals, or bros, feelings of love are flying in the air. Take a peek at a few of the ways you can spread love this Valentine’s Day.

January New Investors

BRAC welcomes its newest investors and thanks them for their support driving economic development in the nine-parish Baton Rouge Area.

January Ambassador Spotlight

BRAC Ambassadors serve as advocates of BRAC’s work, helping with lead generation, retention efforts, networking and promotion. Each month, BRAC highlights one of these ambassadors. This month, meet Lakeisha Robichaux.

A Taste of Talent Development: Regional Tours

When an out-of-market candidate is considering a move to Baton Rouge, there are two main considerations – the job and the community. To help our investors’ human resource and recruiting teams focus on selling the job, BRAC provides customized regional tours to candidates to showcase the Capital Region.

2018 Strategic Plan: The Short Version

The third annual workplan toward Think Bigger, BRAC’s five-year strategic plan, is now fresh off the press. Read the short version for a quick update.

January Young Professional Spotlight

Each month, BRAC highlights a young professional in the Baton Rouge Area who is helping to shape our community. Meet this month’s young mover and shaker, Dr. Kortney West.

Live Capitalized: Ideas Worth Spreading

TEDxLSU, the Baton Rouge Area’s premier TEDx event, is returning March 3 for its sixth installment!

Capturing the Community: Sean Gasser

The Baton Rouge Area is rich with thinkers, doers and dreamers adding to the Baton Rouge story every day. Some choose to capture these moments and memories in a single image. This is Sean Gasser’s view of Baton Rouge.

The Nation is Callin’ Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge has a great food scene, tech community, research institutions and culture of fun. But don’t take it from us — take it from the experts.

The Rest of the Story: Contractor Jobs are Part of a Thriving Manufacturing Sector

A recent news story on ITEP discounted contractor jobs, painting a misleading picture of Baton Rouge Area’s thriving manufacturing sector. Read the real story of manufacturing employment in the Capital Region.

January Investor Spotlight

Each month, BRAC highlights one of its investors in the Investor Spotlight. Meet Christel Slaughter of SSA Consultants.

Live Capitalized: New Year, New Me

Every year we make our New Year’s resolutions, and every year we break them (don’t judge, you know we are all guilty of it). But we are calling it now: this is the year we will finally stick them out.

December New Investors

BRAC welcomes its newest investors and thanks them for their support driving economic development in the nine-parish Baton Rouge Area. 

Live Capitalized: It’s the Final Countdown

The end of 2017 marks the end of the city’s bicentennial celebration. But fear not – with 200 years under our belt, the Capital Region knows a thing or two about fostering a constant culture of celebration.

Addressing Access to Capital Challenges

Recognizing the importance of a thriving small business community and the difficulties a challenging commercial lending market can cause for small business owners, BRAC released a report to contextualize the state of small business lending in the Capital Region.

December Ambassador Spotlight

BRAC Ambassadors serve as advocates of BRAC’s work, helping with lead generation, retention efforts, networking and promotion. Each month, BRAC highlights one of these ambassadors. This month, meet Rex Cabaniss.

Capturing the Community: Gus the Corgi

The Baton Rouge Area is rich with thinkers, doers and dreamers adding to the Baton Rouge story every day. Some choose to capture these moments and memories in a single image. This week, get a view of the Capital Region through a dog’s eyes. This is Gus the Corgi’s view of Baton Rouge.

Economic Barriers and Arbitrary Ceilings: Together Baton Rouge’s Criteria for Judging ITEP Applications

This past Thursday, Together Baton Rouge (TBR) provided a set of criteria to the East Baton Rouge School Board that it proposes should be used to determine levels of approval for property tax abatements under the Industrial Tax Exemption Program (ITEP). While BRAC is pleased that TBR…

Measuring the Past to Capitalize on the Future

BRAC’s Economic Outlook is a collection of the Capital Region’s key economic health indicators for the past year benchmarked against historical data and the performances of our peer cities.

Capturing the Community (Snow Edition): Chris Jeansonne

The Baton Rouge Area is rich with thinkers, doers and dreamers adding to the Baton Rouge story every day. Some choose to capture these moments and memories in a single image. This is Chris Jeansonne’s view of (a very snowy) Baton Rouge.

December Young Professional Spotlight

Each month, BRAC highlights a young professional in the Baton Rouge Area who is helping to shape our community. Meet this month’s young mover and shaker, Jacques Hawkins.

Live Capitalized: May Your Days Be Merry and Bright

Whether it’s the traditional string light decorations on a house that rivals the Griswold home or a full-on light show accompanied with all of our favorite holiday tunes, we are dreaming of a merry and bright season.

December Investor Spotlight

Each month, BRAC highlights one of its investors in the Investor Spotlight. Meet Wendi Berthelot of LaPorte CPAs & Business Advisors.

Capturing the Community: Jason Jeffirs

The Baton Rouge Area is rich with thinkers, doers and dreamers adding to the Baton Rouge story every day. Some choose to capture these moments and memories in a single image. This is Jason Jeffirs’s view of Baton Rouge.

November New Investors

BRAC welcomes its newest investors and thanks them for their support driving economic development in the nine-parish Baton Rouge Area.

Out with the Old, In with the New

BRAC is getting an update! We are saying “out with the old, and in with the new” as the 564 Laurel St. Office undergoes a (much-needed) makeover.

Shop Small for Gameday

Last week, we spotlighted a few local small businesses to help you get started on your holiday shopping lists. This week, because Small Business Saturday falls on LSU and Southern University gamedays, we’ve rounded up a few local small businesses to help you prepare for your gameday festivities!

November Ambassador Spotlight

BRAC Ambassadors serve as advocates of BRAC’s work, helping with lead generation, retention efforts, networking and promotion. Each month, BRAC highlights one of these ambassadors. This month, meet Kim Woods.

Capturing the Community: Sarah Gardner

The Baton Rouge Area is rich with thinkers, doers and dreamers adding to the Baton Rouge story every day. Some choose to capture these moments and memories in a single image. This is Sarah Gardner’s view of Baton Rouge.

Spotlighting Capital Region Small Businesses

Small Business Saturday promotes and celebrates small businesses nationwide, recognizing their importance to our local economies and communities. In celebration of this day, BRAC is spotlighting small businesses in the Capital Region throughout November.

November Young Professional Spotlight

Each month, BRAC highlights a young professional in the Baton Rouge Area who is helping to shape our community. Meet this month’s young mover and shaker, Erinn Sala.

Live Capitalized: The Season of Gratitude

What are we thankful for this year? We are thankful for our community and that we get to call Baton Rouge home. To show our gratitude, we will celebrate Thanksgiving the best way we can…

What You Need to Know about the Restore LA Small Business Loan

The Restore Louisiana Small Business Program provides assistance to small businesses located in areas adversely affected by the 2016 floods by awarding zero-interest loans for working capital and funds to repair or replace moveable equipment. The program application was recently reopened and any affected business is strongly encouraged to apply.

November Investor Spotlight

Each month, BRAC highlights one of its investors in the Investor Spotlight. Meet Flynn Foster of the Guaranty Corporation.

Capturing the Community: Russell Wild

The Baton Rouge Area is rich with thinkers, doers and dreamers adding to the Baton Rouge story every day. Some choose to capture these moments and memories in a single image. This is Russell Wild’s view of Baton Rouge.

Local Solutions for a Statewide Issue

On October 11, the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) provided Capital Region legislators their annual “road show” report on the plan of work for the next fiscal year. It contained a lot of technical information…

October New Investors

BRAC welcomes its newest investors and thanks them for their support driving economic development in the nine-parish Baton Rouge Area. 

Live Capitalized: We are FALLing for this Weather

At least for a week or two, it’s officially sweater weather in the Baton Rouge Area, and we are going to make the most out of it! We have crafted the *perfect* fall fun agenda and it’s too great to not share.

Hot Off the Press: Catalyst Q3

BRAC’s quarterly magazine, Catalyst, serves as the region’s quarterly economic development update. In this Hot Off the Press feature, read an overview of the Q3 Catalyst cover story.

Capturing the Community: Louis Kobetz

The Baton Rouge Area is rich with thinkers, doers and dreamers adding to the Baton Rouge story every day. Some choose to capture these moments and memories in a single image. This is Louis Kobetz’s view of Baton Rouge.

5 Ways to Enhance Your BRAC Investment

An investment in the Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) is a direct influence on our mission to lead economic development in the nine-parish Capital Region. It is what fuels our progress on the four goals of our regional strategic plan.

October Ambassador Spotlight

BRAC Ambassadors serve as advocates of BRAC’s work, helping with lead generation, retention efforts, networking and promotion. Each month, BRAC highlights one of these ambassadors. This month, meet Jason Roussell.

Live Capitalized: It’s Our Birthday!

Live Capitalized turns three today and there is no better way to spend our birthday than by celebrating Baton Rouge! And this is the perfect year to do it because Baton Rouge turns 200.

Let’s Connect

Let’s think through this scenario…You happen to live somewhere else in the world and are offered an awesome job in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Sounds great already, right? Right. Once you get here, you’re acclimating to the new career just fine, but you want to experience the same connection to the community. That may be a bit harder.

October Young Professional Spotlight

Each month, BRAC highlights a young professional in the Baton Rouge Area who is helping to shape our community. This month, BRAC mixes it up and interviews two movers and shakers. Meet brothers Kyle and Orlando Palmer.

Capturing the Community: Jordan Hefler

The Baton Rouge Area is rich with thinkers, doers and dreamers adding to the Baton Rouge story every day. Some choose to capture these moments and memories in a single image. This is Jordan Hefler’s view of Baton Rouge.

September New Investors

BRAC welcomes its newest investors and thanks them for their support driving economic development in the nine-parish Baton Rouge Area.

Live Capitalized: “It’s Just a Bunch of Hocus Pocus”

We are officially two days away from the start of the best time of the year. You’ve guessed it, HALLOWEEN season! It’s one of the only times of year when it’s encouraged to dress up whenever you want and eat candy at all hours of the day (and really, what more could you want out of life).

Capturing the Community: Lily LaGrange

The Baton Rouge Area is rich with thinkers, doers and dreamers adding to the Baton Rouge story every day. Some choose to capture these moments and memories in a single image. This is Lily LaGrange’s view of Baton Rouge.

Intentional, Innovative and Ambitious; The Qualities That Make Great Cities

On September 12th, Baton Rouge had a bit of a wakeup call. Tom Murphy, Urban Land Institute fellow and former mayor of Pittsburgh, had some candid feedback on Baton Rouge’s struggle to become the city we all want it to be, and some advice on how to get it right.

September Ambassador Spotlight

BRAC Ambassadors serve as advocates of BRAC’s work, helping with lead generation, retention efforts, networking and promotion. Each month, BRAC highlights one of these ambassadors. This month, meet Stephanie Smith.

Live Capitalized: Up, Up and Away

It’s a bird, it’s a plane – no, it’s a hot air balloon! The Ascension Hot Air Balloon Festival returns to the festival grounds at Lamar Dixon Expo Center September 22 and 23.

September Young Professional Spotlight

Each month, BRAC highlights a young professional in the Baton Rouge Area who is helping to shape our community. Meet this month’s young mover and shaker, Jason Andreasen.

Capturing the Community: Kevin Ivy

The Baton Rouge Area is rich with thinkers, doers and dreamers who add to the Baton Rouge story every day. Some choose to capture these moments and memories in a single image. This is Kevin Ivy’s view of Baton Rouge.

It’s Not the Icing, It’s the Cake

“Yeah, I’d love for the city to be prettier, but… don’t we have real problems?” This is the understandably skeptical reaction we sometimes get when we discuss one of BRAC’s newest areas of work, quality of place.

September Investor Spotlight

Each month, BRAC highlights one of its investors in the Investor Spotlight. Meet Ann Trappey of Forte and Tablada, Inc.

August New Investors

BRAC welcomes its newest investors and thanks them for supporting the organization’s work driving economic development in the nine-parish Baton Rouge Area.

Live Capitalized: Dinner is Served

You don’t have much time left! Baton Rouge’s dinner party of the year is closing registration on September 7. Around the Table, presented by East Baton Rouge Parish School System, places participants in different homes across the Baton Rouge Area for an evening of conversation and connections in the setting of home dinner parties.

Capturing the Community: Erika Marbry

The Baton Rouge Area is rich with thinkers, doers and dreamers adding to the Baton Rouge story every day. Some choose to capture these moments and memories in a single image. This is Erika Marbry’s view of Baton Rouge.

Rebuilding through the Rebirth Fund

Last summer Louisiana experienced historic flooding that largely affected the nine-parish Baton Rouge region. Many homes and businesses were damaged by the flooding. To assist small business owners during the recovery of their businesses, the Louisiana Small Business Rebirth Fund was created.

August Ambassador Spotlight

BRAC Ambassadors serve as advocates of BRAC’s work, helping with lead generation, retention efforts, networking and promotion. Each month, BRAC highlights one of these ambassadors. This month, meet James Stodd.

Live Capitalized: Fanning the Flames

Look out Louisiana, we just got a new music festival, and it’s gonna be HOT. Flambeau Festival 2017 features a lineup of country and classic rock superstars, like Hank Williams Jr., Sam Hunt and Lynyrd Skynyrd.

August Young Professional Spotlight

Each month, BRAC highlights a young professional in the Baton Rouge Area who is helping to shape our community. Meet this month’s young mover and shaker, Eric Garcia.

Capturing the Community: R.D. Mira

The Baton Rouge Area is rich with thinkers, doers and dreamers adding to the Baton Rouge story every day. Some choose to capture these moments and memories in a single image. This is R.D. Mira’s view of Baton Rouge.

“Okay, but do you ever have to solve for x?”

That question was posed by a student in Gretna, LA, to a project manager with a construction company in Mandeville, LA, at the end of a virtual guest speaking session called Angles in the Real World. 

August Investor Spotlight

Each month, BRAC highlights one of its investors in the Investor Spotlight. Meet Lee Jenkins of Performance Contractors, Inc.

BRAC Monthly Lunch: Telling Baton Rouge’s Story

At BRAC’s August 1 Monthly Lunch, Rebecca Gehman shared the powerful impact of storytelling and how it can be used to firmly establish a community’s reputation.

Live Capitalized: Around the Table

Save the date and reserve your seat for Baton Rouge’s dinner party of the year! BRAC’s fourth annual Around the Table will take place on Thursday, September 28.

July New Investors

BRAC welcomes its newest investors and thanks them for supporting the organization’s work driving economic development in the nine-parish Baton Rouge Area. 

Capturing the Community: Moinul Mahdi

The Baton Rouge Area is rich with thinkers, doers and dreamers adding to the Baton Rouge story every day. Some choose to capture these moments and memories in a single image. This is Moinul Mahdi’s view of Baton Rouge.

InternBR’s Impact

InternBR, presented by Arthur J. Gallagher & Co., is a BRAC initiative that began in the summer of 2016. Providing area interns with professional development training and local employers with a talent pipeline, the program creates a deeper connection between millennial talent and the Baton Rouge Area. 

July Ambassador Spotlight

BRAC Ambassadors serve as advocates of BRAC’s work, helping with lead generation, retention efforts, networking and promotion. Each month, BRAC highlights one of these ambassadors. This month, meet Pam Bounds.

Live Capitalized: Beat the Back-to-School Blues

Arm yourself with supply lists and dress codes, because it’s that time of the year again – back-to-school shopping. This year beat the back-to-school blues by shopping early and enjoying the rest of your summer.

July Young Professional Spotlight

Each month, BRAC highlights a young professional in the Baton Rouge Area who is helping to shape our community. Meet this month’s young mover and shaker, Amanda Collura-Day.

Capturing the Community: Brad Duncan

The Baton Rouge Area is rich with thinkers, dreamers and doers who contribute to Baton Rouge’s story every day. This is Brad Duncan’s view of Baton Rouge.

Reporting BRAC’s Progress

2016 saw the launch of BRAC’s new five-year strategic plan, the Think Bigger campaign. Pushing boundaries, and truly thinking bigger, BRAC identified four overarching goals to accomplish in the next five years.

July Investor Spotlight

Each month, BRAC highlights one of its investors in the Investor Spotlight. Meet Scott Wester of Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center.

Live Capitalized: Summer is Here… But Not for Long

Most area schools start back in a little over a month. Wait…what?! We thought summer just started. This fact has our heads spinning and makes us a tiny bit sad for all the things still left to do on our summer bucket list.