Charting the evolution of Baton Rouge’s key business sectors as ‘Business Report’ turns 35

The Baton Rouge landscape has changed dramatically since 1982 when the first issue of Business Report hit the newsstands and desks of corporate executives. While our economy is still largely driven by the petrochemical industry and public sector, changes in public education have forever altered the Capital Region—where we live and the geography of where we do business.

With Business Report celebrating its 35th anniversary, the current cover story focuses on the Capital Region’s key business sectors and editor Stephanie Riegel tracks how each has evolved over the past three-plus decades. There’s also a guest column by economist Loren Scott, who writes how the local economy has changed since 1982, and the issue also examines the tremendous suburban growth that has taken place.

And, of course, no look back at Baton Rouge would be complete without exploring the nightmare that is our traffic.

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