economic development

Business
5:45 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Insight: Baton Rouge 'Beyond Shovel Ready'

The Baton Rouge Profile from the Brookings Institution report, Beyond Shovel Ready.

 

The Brookings Institution's latest analysis of metro economic data, "The Extent and Impact of U.S. Infrastructure jobs," focuses on infrastructure employment for the first time.

The Baton Rouge area is ranked 15th nationally for the share of overall employment made up by infrastructure jobs. 


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Business
2:04 pm
Sat September 28, 2013

My Governor Can Beat Up Your Governor (Or Thinks He Can)

In friendlier times, Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, left, and Texas Gov. Rick Perry participate in a 2011 panel discussion in Washington, D.C. At the time, O'Malley was chairman of the Democratic Governors Association; Perry was chairman of the Republican Governors Association. Now they're in a spat over Perry's efforts to lure Maryland businesses to Texas.
Alex Brandon AP

Rick Perry wants your business.

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.

"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."

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Tech Industry
4:14 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Baton Rouge to See 800 Tech Jobs with IBM

An artist's rendering of the proposed IBM building, which will also include almost 100 river-view apartments.
IBM

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.

IBM will open a new service center downtown in 2015, but will employ 300 locally in 2014.

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.

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Brain Drain
6:48 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Student Surveys Reveal More LSU Grads Staying In State

Director of LSU Career Services Mary Feduccia says according to her office, more LSU graduates are staying in Louisiana.
Credit WRKF

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:

“Baton Rouge, you’re not keeping your young people. They're leaving," said Silver.


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The Jim Engster Show
10:15 am
Fri January 4, 2013

MONDAY: Economic Development Secretary Stephen Moret, Author Fred Kaplan

Jim talks with Louisiana Economic Development Secretary Stephen Moret about business developments in the state in 2012 and the outlook for 2013.

Author Fred Kaplan discusses his book, "The Insurgents," about how General Davis Petraeus and others sought to change the U.S. military.

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.


The Jim Engster Show
11:33 am
Thu December 13, 2012

FRIDAY: BRAC's Adam Knapp, QBQ's John Miller, Musician Martin Flanagan

Jim talks with Baton Rouge Area Chamber President Adam Knapp about economic development hits and misses in 2012, and projections for 2013.

QBQ founder John Miller talks about his latest book, "Parenting the QBQ Way."

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.


Economic Development
1:35 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

Gas-to-Liquid Plant to be First in U.S.

Johannesburg-based Sasol plans to invest up to $21 billion in a gas-to-liquids facility in Westlake.

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Smart Growth
9:33 am
Tue November 27, 2012

Raleigh Planning Chief to Baton Rouge: 'You're Not Keeping Your Young People'

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.

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