Statement on the Outcome of the St. George Incorporation Election

Baton Rouge, La. (October 14, 2019) – The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) today released this statement about the incorporation election on St. George:


“It’s well-known that the Baton Rouge Area Chamber board of directors and many other business leaders in the community held strong concerns about the formation of a new city. Nonetheless, BRAC recognizes and respects that the voters of St. George have spoken. As things now move on, we are hopeful all leaders engaged with this issue will now come together thoughtfully to determine a path forward that yields the best and most equitable transition possible for all citizens of East Baton Rouge Parish. This transition will be complex, and nearly all facets will matter to the parish’s business and tax climate. There is much to be worked out to ensure the best possible short and long term future of the communities involved. We see today, as clearly as ever, how important it is that all citizens commit to work together to achieve the greatest good for all concerned, whether for the parish, the City of Baton Rouge, or St. George. BRAC pledges to contribute its objective research capabilities, analysis, and business community resources as this process takes place. To serve our mission to lead economic development for the nine-parish area, we are committed to the important work that leads to continued economic growth for every part of the parish and the metro area.”


About the Baton Rouge Area Chamber

The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) leads economic development in the nine-parish Baton Rouge Area, working to grow jobs and wealth and to improve the business climate and competitiveness in the region. Today, BRAC investors include more than 1,500 small businesses, mid-sized firms, large industry and entrepreneurial startups, as well as individuals and organizations that support business and economic development. In this capacity, BRAC serves as the voice of the business community, providing knowledge, access, services and advocacy. More information is available at


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