Roundup: Baton Rouge certified / Junior League grants / Inflation rates

    Silver: Baton Rouge has achieved a silver certification from What Works Cities, a national initiative launched by Bloomberg Philanthropies to help cities use data to tackle their most pressing challenges, Mayor Sharon Weston Broom announced Wednesday. Baton Rouge is one of just 16 cities to be certified this year and one of only 40 cities to be certified since the program’s launch in 2017. What Works Cities Certification evaluates how well cities are managed by measuring the extent to which city leaders incorporate data in decision-making.

    Applications open: The Junior League of Baton Rouge is now accepting grant applications for its Community Assistance Fund through Thursday, Sep. 30. In celebration of its 90th anniversary, the Junior League will provide $90,000 in grant funding to nonprofit organizations serving the Baton Rouge community. The Community Assistance Fund assists nonprofit agencies with a 501(c)(3) designation in East Baton Rouge Parish with specific, short-term monetary needs up to $5,000. Get more information here

    Quiz time: Inflation is a mind game. If Americans expect prices to rise rapidly, they act in ways that drive prices even higher, buying more and demanding steeper raises. But expectations about inflation don’t always match the evidence. The Washington Post has created an online quiz where you can see this playing out for yourself by estimating how the prices of 10 everyday items have changed over the past two years. Overall prices are up 6.1% since June 2019, but that isn’t the case for every item. See the quiz.