Three Years Running, Traffic is the Biggest Obstacle to Economic Growth

Baton Rouge business community survey reveals frustration

Baton Rouge, La. (December 6, 2018) – The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) today released a key finding from its 2019 Economic Outlook report citing traffic as the top obstacle for business growth in the Capital Region. This marks the third straight year traffic has topped the list of concerns.

“We hear from the business community over and over that relieving traffic congestion is their top priority. East Baton Rouge has the opportunity on Saturday to vote for MovEBR, a potentially transformative initiative aimed directly at addressing this problem,” said Adam Knapp, president and CEO of BRAC.

The information comes from BRAC’s annual survey of the business community. From among a list of more than 10 quality of life and business growth items, traffic congestion remains pinned at the top. The listed items remain unchanged year-over-year, and while others change in their ultimate ranking, traffic continues to hold steady, strongly underlining its importance to businesses in the Baton Rouge Area.

BRAC’s full Economic Outlook will be released on Thursday, December 13. BRAC’s Economic Competitiveness team began producing the annual Economic Outlook in 2007. Since its inception, the report has become the market standard for annual regional economic data.

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


Morgan is the Marketing Manager for the Baton Rouge Area Chamber. In her role, she manages writing organizational publications and materials, oversees BRAC’s social media and blog, and coordinates timelines for all internal marketing projects.

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