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“Our state economy is growing, but those benefits are not accruing to workers.”

That’s the conclusion of the 3rd biennial report on “The State of Working Louisiana”, issued by the Louisiana Budget Project Thursday. 

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Today we’re launching a sometimes series we’re calling “Whatever Happened To…?”, looking at Louisiana people, places and issues that were once hot news topics, but have since faded from view.

We’ll start with the northeast Louisiana industrial megasite known as Franklin Farm. 


Jamie Hanks, executive director of West Baton Rouge Chamber of Commerce, talks with us about economic development on the west side of the Mississippi River and the issues West Baton Rouge faces.


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Whether it’s refundable tax credits, a decade's worth of property tax forgiveness, or cash up front, Louisiana is making deals with industry. In fact, state Economic Development Secretary Don Pierson has a new video out about it.


Rinaldi Jacobs, Interim Execution Director of the Baton Rouge North Economic Development District, discusses efforts to revitalize the area north of Florida Boulevard. Jacobs says North Baton Rouge would be the sixth largest city in the state if were a stand-alone incorporated city.


Sometimes it seems like the Jindal administration has been all about wooing business and industry, and then keeping them happy. What do those hoping to succeed Jindal plan to do in the way of economic development?

“My administration will focus on job creation and economic development,” Scott Angelle says. “We have made great progress in that area, but I think we need to do more.”

David Vitter also says it will be an important goal, if he’s elected governor.

“I would continue that focus on economic growth and job creation, but shift it a little bit: not focused any more on incentives, but focused on capacity building.”

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Dr. Jessica Kemp is Vice President for Policy and Advocacy at the Center for Planning Excellence. She authored CPEX's report on "disconnected workers," which explores barriers to economic development statewide, and particularly in the nine-parish Capitol region.


Pushing forward in his Presidential campaign, Governor Bobby Jindal is touting the number of jobs created under his leadership. "In Louisiana," he says, "we’ve got $60 billion of projects coming into our state, over 90,000 jobs." 


Insight: Baton Rouge 'Beyond Shovel Ready'

May 16, 2014

 

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. 


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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