BRAC actively engages and develops research on issues that significantly impact economic development, as well as the region’s competitiveness.

August 19, 2016

Updated: BRAC Releases Preliminary Analysis of Potential Magnitude of Flood’s Impact on the Baton Rouge Region

Preliminary data on residents, homes, home values and businesses located in areas of the region identified as flood-affected. Also, this Baton Rouge MSA Flood Zone Analysis (Microsoft Excel) file provides supplemental data.

August 17, 2015

BRAC Analysis: Baton Rouge Area 10 Years after Hurricane Katrina

The 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina marks a significant milestone for the state of Louisiana, and has rightly prompted numerous retrospective reports on the long recovery from the costliest natural disaster in the nation’s history.

December 2, 2014

Taking Advantage of the Boom: A Strategic Plan for Cultivating a STEM Workforce in the Capital Region

The coming economic boom holds the promise of thousands of new well-paying jobs for communities around the region. In order for the Capital Region to be a place where the supply of STEM-skilled workers can meet the demand, a collaborative and concentrated effort must take place to prepare students for their future careers.

May 22, 2013

Higher Education Funding Analysis

This report on the current state of funding for higher education institutions in Louisiana outlines the need for reforms that return control over tuition and fees to higher education management boards. Additionally, the data shows a need for reform of the Taylor Opportunity Program for Students (TOPS), as the two issues are closely aligned.

December 1, 2013

BRAC White Paper: On the Possibility of a New City in EBR Parish

A jointly commissioned report of BRAC and the Baton Rouge Area Foundation outlining potential impacts of a new, separate municipality proposed to be incorporated in the southern part of East Baton Rouge Parish.

August 15, 2012

School District Restructuring and Reform

An analysis commissioned by BRAC and the Baton Rouge Area Foundation in order to evaluate factors related to the possible creation of an independent southeast school district during the 2012 legislative session.

January 11, 2011

Towards a Renaissance at Southern University and A&M College

As the flagship institution of the nation’s only historically black university system, Southern University and A&M College (SUBR) has the potential to realize a modern renaissance and to thrive in a competitive post-restructuring higher education environment. Its success depends on its ability to produce high-quality graduates in key academic programs. Towards a Renaissance at Southern University and A&M College presents an analysis of opportunities for SUBR’s increased competitiveness.

April 23, 2008

Developing the Flagship: Supporting State Investments in Louisiana State University

This strategy paper outlines the importance of proposed legislation to the transformation of LSU into a premier public research university. BRAC also endorsed six pieces of legislation increasing operating and infrastructure funding for LSU.

December 19, 2007

Transforming LSU into a Premier Public Research University: An Investment in Louisiana’s Economic Future

A white paper detailing a strategy for transforming LSU into a top-tier public research university by 2025. Transforming LSU into a Premier Public Research University: An Investment in Louisiana’s Economic Future lays out the steps that Louisiana would need to take for LSU to climb the rankings of such publications as U.S. News & World Report and describes how a national-caliber LSU would be a catalyst for economic development success for the entire state.