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Lori Melancon Named President and CEO of Baton Rouge Area Chamber

May 21, 2024

The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) today announced that Lori Melancon has been selected as BRAC President and CEO following a nationwide search. Melancon returns to BRAC, where she began her economic development career in 2004, after making significant contributions at the state level in both Louisiana and Virginia. She will begin this new role on July 8. 

BRAC’s Russell Richardson Awarded Top 50 Economic Developer Award

May 20, 2024

Russell Richardson, senior vice president of business development, has been honored with the prestigious 2024 Top 50 Economic Development Award from Consultant Connect.

Baton Rouge Drives More than 50% of State’s New Jobs in March 

May 9, 2024

Recently released monthly dashboard shows job increase around the Capital Region.

Baton Rouge Area Chamber, Visit Baton Rouge Launch National Talent Attraction, Local Retention Marketing Campaign 

April 26, 2024

The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) and Visit Baton Rouge today launched a multi-year, national campaign to attract young professionals to Louisiana’s Capital Region.

BRAC Releases Annual Capital Region Economic Metrics Dashboard

April 17, 2024

BRAC released an update to Progress by the Numbers, an interactive community dashboard tracking over 50 key metrics outlined in BRAC’s five-year strategic plan, BRING IT!, aimed at understanding the economic vitality of the Capital Region.

Capital Region Claims 2/3 of Louisiana’s February New Construction Jobs

April 11, 2024

In BRAC’s latest Economic Indicator Dashboard, two out of every three new construction jobs were in the Baton Rouge Area.

Baton Rouge Area Chamber Backs Bill to Revamp Louisiana Economic Development Agency

April 9, 2024

BRAC announced this morning that it supports Senate Bill 292 (Mizell), a transformative legislative proposal aimed at restructuring the Louisiana Economic Development (LED) agency.

Delayed School Start Times Proposed to Combat Chronic Absenteeism 

April 8, 2024

BRAC releases research on delayed school start times in a recent BR By the Numbers Substack.

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