economic development http://wrkf.org en My Governor Can Beat Up Your Governor (Or Thinks He Can) http://wrkf.org/post/my-governor-can-beat-your-governor-or-thinks-he-can Rick Perry wants your business.<p>The Republican governor has been turning up in other states, touting the wonders of Texas and promising business owners they'll find lower taxes and more manageable regulation there.<p>"It does help get the word out to business leaders that may be frustrated," says David Carney, a longtime consultant to Perry. "Going in person can get literally hundreds of thousands of dollars of free media coverage."<p>Needless to say, other governors aren't so fond of Perry's efforts. Sat, 28 Sep 2013 19:04:00 +0000 editor 16772 at http://wrkf.org My Governor Can Beat Up Your Governor (Or Thinks He Can) Baton Rouge to See 800 Tech Jobs with IBM http://wrkf.org/post/baton-rouge-see-800-tech-jobs-ibm <p>Louisiana, the Baton Rouge Area Foundation, and software company IBM are partnering to expand LSU’s computer science program, revamp downtown property, and bring 800 jobs to Baton Rouge.</p><p>IBM will open a new service center downtown in 2015, but will employ 300 locally in 2014.</p><p>Under the partnership, LSU’s school of engineering is expected to double its computer science faculty and jump to the top 15 nationally in number of graduates.</p><p> Wed, 27 Mar 2013 21:14:20 +0000 Kelly Connelly 8132 at http://wrkf.org Baton Rouge to See 800 Tech Jobs with IBM Student Surveys Reveal More LSU Grads Staying In State http://wrkf.org/post/student-surveys-reveal-more-lsu-grads-staying-state <p>At the start of the Louisiana Smart Growth Summit in November, keynote speaker Mitchell J. Silver – who works for the Department of City Planning in Raleigh, North Carolina – gave his audience some constructive criticism:</p><p>“Baton Rouge, you’re not keeping your young people. They're leaving," said Silver.</p><p> Thu, 31 Jan 2013 12:48:51 +0000 Ashley Westerman 5517 at http://wrkf.org Student Surveys Reveal More LSU Grads Staying In State MONDAY: Economic Development Secretary Stephen Moret, Author Fred Kaplan http://wrkf.org/post/monday-economic-development-secretary-stephen-moret-author-fred-kaplan <p>Jim talks with Louisiana Economic Development Secretary Stephen Moret about business developments in the state in 2012 and the outlook for 2013.</p><p>Author Fred Kaplan discusses his book, "The Insurgents," about how General Davis Petraeus and others sought to change the U.S. military.</p><p>WRKF News Director Amy Jeffries talks with NPR Justice Correspondent Carrie Johnson about the federal government's settlement with Transocean in the Deepwater Horizon case.</p><p> Fri, 04 Jan 2013 16:15:31 +0000 Jim Engster 4361 at http://wrkf.org FRIDAY: BRAC's Adam Knapp, QBQ's John Miller, Musician Martin Flanagan http://wrkf.org/post/friday-bracs-adam-knapp-qbqs-john-miller-musician-martin-flanagan <p>Jim talks with Baton Rouge Area Chamber President Adam Knapp about economic development hits and misses in 2012, and projections for 2013.</p><p>QBQ founder John Miller talks about his latest book, "Parenting the QBQ Way."</p><p>Musician Martin Flanagan, who says he is the illegitimate son of legendary country music star Hank Williams, stops by. Martin performs Dec. 15 at the Red Dragon in Baton Rouge.</p><p> Thu, 13 Dec 2012 17:33:51 +0000 Jim Engster 3498 at http://wrkf.org Gas-to-Liquid Plant to be First in U.S. http://wrkf.org/post/gas-liquid-plant-be-first-us <p>Johannesburg-based Sasol plans to invest up to $21 billion in a gas-to-liquids facility in Westlake. Mon, 03 Dec 2012 19:35:24 +0000 Lisa Lovello 3054 at http://wrkf.org Raleigh Planning Chief to Baton Rouge: 'You're Not Keeping Your Young People' http://wrkf.org/post/raleigh-planning-chief-baton-rouge-youre-not-keeping-your-young-people <p>Mitchell J. Silver opened the Louisiana Smart Growth Summit last night with constructive criticism of the capital city and its leaders. Silver serves in the Department of City Planning in Raleigh, North Carolina.</p><p> Tue, 27 Nov 2012 15:33:50 +0000 Lisa Lovello 2795 at http://wrkf.org