Broome promises close relationship with Baton Rouge business community

Downtown Baton Rouge (Photo courtesy of iStock Photo)

Mayor Sharon Weston Broome today pledged to work closely with Baton Rouge’s business community in the early days of her administration, promising to cut red tape from the permitting process and focus on economic development while rebuilding from the August flood.

In her first speech since being inaugurated last night, Broome addressed a packed room of business, investment and community leaders at the Baton Rouge Area Chamber’s monthly luncheon taking place at LSU’s Lod Cook Alumni Center.

Broome said she will work closely with BRAC and its president/CEO, Adam Knapp, who is working on her transition team.

“(Flood) recovery is a long journey,” Broome said. “It is a hard one, a marathon—not a quick sprint. Yet it is absolutely essential that flood recovery is economic recovery. … We should boost our reliance on Baton Rouge businesses.”

Broome’s transition team, composed of dozens of community, business, academic and government leaders, is expected to deliver reports to her at the end of January.

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