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. Boasting balloons, blues and barbecue, the event is perfect for the whole family. Be sure you check out the classic car show, carnival rides and the evening fireworks show. Named one of Southeast Tourism Society’s Top 20 Events for September 2016, you won’t want to miss this weekend of fun! 

Admission is $5 per person, with free admission for children 6 and under. If you join us at the festival, be sure to snap pictures of all the action and share them with us for a chance to be featured on our blog.

Flavor of the Week: On a Food Tour with the Daily Meal

When a national publication recognizes Baton Rouge for being “Louisiana’s premier destination for down home food and Southern hospitality,” we say FINALLY! It’s a no-brainer to us that Baton Rouge offers the best of Louisiana, and we’re excited to see our vibrant culinary scene getting the props it deserves. 

Check out the article in The Daily Meal by journalist Ron Stern, who recently visited Baton Rouge for a three-day food tour of local favorites like Brew Ha-Ha, Zeeland Street Market, and Anthony’s Italian Deli, to name a few. It’s easy to see that he couldn’t get enough! Read up to see if your favorite Baton Rouge eatery is featured, and which ones you need to add to your must-try list.

Workin’ It: Manager of Data & Operations

A brand-new Baton Rouge high school is currently seeking a Manager of Data and Operations (MDO). The MDO’s goal is to ensure the school will be a safe, joyful, and peaceful environment for all scholars, families, teachers, administrators, partners, and visitors. The MDO will have a wide array of responsibilities, including: managing enrollment, creating course schedules, managing facilities, transportation, food services and the office, overseeing academic operations, and leading the staff to create an exceptional organizational culture. 

The ideal candidate will have a positive attitude, strong work ethic, strong knowledge of school operations, and project management skills. It is preferred that candidates have at least two years’ experience working in high-performing urban schools. 

Does this sound like a job for you? Email talent@brac.org for more information. 

In the “Workin’ It” section of the newsletter we feature exciting job opportunities and/or professional organizations in the Baton Rouge Area. The positions featured are from companies who are BRAC investors and not necessarily positions at BRAC. For more information about the job, employer or organization, email talent@brac.org

My Baton Rouge: When They Call, We Come

Nothing touches our hearts more than the overwhelming compassion of our fellow Baton Rougeans. After the recent destruction caused by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, many community members have stepped up to help those affected by the disasters. Whether it be the now-famous Cajun Navy who, without hesitation, packed up their trucks and boats to head directly to those who needed assistance, or the many food banks and supply collections that popped up throughout the city, or the fundraisers created, like the one done by SFT, to raise money for recovery efforts, Baton Rouge is stepping up. 

If you are looking to help, there are many ways to do so in Baton Rouge. Check out the ways to help list created by WBRZ and find what works best for you. A community that always shows up when they are needed, that is my Baton Rouge.  

In the “My Baton Rouge” section of the newsletter, we feature people or events that help tell the story of Baton Rouge. To submit an idea, email talent@brac.org.

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