Super Region Lauds Recognition of Louisiana Chemical Corridor as Manufacturing Community

NEW ORLEANS – The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) and Greater New Orleans, Inc. (GNO, Inc.) today offered congratulations to LSU for earning distinction for the region between Baton Rouge and New Orleans as a manufacturing community. Earlier today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker announced that twelve new communities, including the Louisiana Chemical Corridor from New Orleans to Baton Rouge, received the designation as part of the federal Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP) initiative. The program, under the auspices of the U.S. Commerce Department, is intended to accelerate the resurgence of manufacturing through support of economic development.

“The Department of Commerce’s designation of the Louisiana Chemical Corridor is a testament of Louisiana’s unparalleled combination of friendly business climate, superior logistics, and coordinated leadership,” said Michael Hecht, President and CEO of Greater New Orleans, Inc. “This designation will accelerate business development opportunities, allow for greater research and development capacity, increase workforce training opportunities, strengthen supplier networks, and support infrastructure and site development. GNO, Inc. was pleased to support this application, and we thank LSU for their leadership in securing this designation.”

“We appreciate and applaud LSU’s leadership to secure the new Manufacturing Community designation for the Baton Rouge/New Orleans super region. It’s another great validation of the uniqueness and national importance of our super region’s economy,” said Adam Knapp, president and CEO of the Baton Rouge Area Chamber.

LSU submitted the application because of the region’s competitive advantage in the chemical manufacturing sector. In total, twelve communities were selected based on demonstrated strength of economic development plans, potential for community impact, and strength of partnerships in the public and private sectors. The communities will receive dedicated federal liaisons to assist them in navigating federal resources. They will also receive recognition on a government website that promotes domestic and foreign investment to those seeking information on community competitiveness.

Representing the Super Region, BRAC and GNO, Inc. have been working collaboratively for the last several years to promote the Baton Rouge/New Orleans areas collectively for purposes of advancing economic development.

About Greater New Orleans, Inc.
GNO, Inc. is the regional economic development organization for Southeast Louisiana.  The GNO, Inc. Mission is to create jobs and wealth in the Greater New Orleans community.  The GNO, Inc. Vision is for the Greater New Orleans region to fulfill its potential as one of the best places in the country to grow a company, and raise a family.

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About the Baton Rouge Area Chamber
The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) is a non-profit, investor-driven organization that leads economic development in the nine-parish Baton Rouge Area. Today, BRAC investors include more than 1,300 businesses, civic organizations, education institutions, and individuals. In this capacity, BRAC serves as the voice of the business community.