BRAC to Host Statewide Economic Development Summit
2/20/2018 1:46:26 PM

On Tuesday, February 27, the Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) is hosting the third annual Statewide Economic Development Summit.

The event will bring together economic development practitioners, the Louisiana business community, elected officials, and thought leaders for a day focused on building a stronger Louisiana economy. Presentations from national and local speakers will spotlight best practices and big ideas for the future of economic development in our state.

The keynote address will be given by Rosabeth Moss Kanter, Harvard Business School’s Ernest E. Arbuckle Professor. Her address, "Leadership to Reinvent Transportation and Infrastructure,” will draw from points made in the book. Kanter will illuminate the roots of America’s infrastructure issues and explain how visionary civic leaders, app-creating technology entrepreneurs and established companies getting on the Big Data bus can most effectively bring infrastructure into the 21st century.

Other speakers include:

  • GOVERNOR JOHN BEL EDWARDS, Governor of Louisiana
  • JOSEPH PARILLA, Brookings Fellow, Brookings Institution
  • GRAY SWOOPE, President & Chief Executive Officer, VisionFirst Advisors
  • DON PIERSON, Secretary, LED
  • JOHN JONES, Senior Vice President of Public Policy & Government Relations, CenturyLink
  • MICHAEL HAYES, Government & Industry Affairs Manager, Sasol North America
  • TERRELL BOYNTON, Director of New Orleans Digital Transformation Center, DXC Technology
  • REBECCA GEHMAN, Director of Talent Attraction, Development Counsellors International
  • MAYOR SHARON WESTON BROOME, Mayor-President of Baton Rouge

The summit will be held from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM at L’Auberge Casino Hotel. Registration is $90 for an individual Summit ticket and $900 for a reserved table of 10. During the registration process, attendees will have the option of adding a $10 ticket for a networking reception the night before (February 26). More information can be found on BRAC’s website.

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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