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For as far back as I can remember, comparisons have been made between Louisiana’s state capital city and Austin, Texas. In the 1960s the population of both cities was about the same.  Austin and Baton Rouge were the homes of both the centers of state government and the location of each state’s major university. Both cities were laid back and growing at an average southern pace.  So how do they rate today?

Austin has become one of the fastest growing cities in America.  The University of Texas is ranked as one of the top public universities in the nation with an endowment that rivals number one Harvard.  US News and World Report just released their national rankings as the best place in American to live. Their number one ranking?  Austin, Texas. And the icing on the cake came in the recent announcement that Apple will invest over one billion dollars on a new high-tech campus.  Apple will create in Austin 5000 new jobs that will increase to 15,000 employees with an average salary of $150,000. The Texas hub was also just named as on one of the top five places to retire in the U.S.

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Friday, 07 December 2018 17:54

Baton Rouge callin, Garth Brooks; Miss you

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Did you see the Garth Brooks televised concert at Notre Dame Stadium last week?  Over 85,000 country music fans packed the South Bend football field for one of the largest concerts ever viewed.  And the crowd’s biggest response, hands down, was when Brooks roamed the huge stage singing: “I spent last night in the arms of a girl in Louisiana.”  It was his signature song titled Callin’ Baton Rouge. The crowd went nuts. 

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twistlockToday, Gov. John Bel Edwards and Twistlock CEO Ben Bernstein announced that the company will establish a Global Solutions Engineering Center in Baton Rouge. Twistlock is a cybersecurity firm, Twistlock will create 20 new direct jobs with an average salary of $90,000, plus benefits. Additionally, Louisiana Economic Development estimates the project will result in 23 new indirect jobs, for a total of more than 40 new jobs in Louisiana’s Capital Region.

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edwards conferenceToday, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards responded to the decision by Attorney General Jeff Landry not to open the Alton Sterling investigation. The governor noted that the Louisiana Department of Justice followed the process as outlined by law but also backed an administrative review to determine any disciplinary action to be undertaken. 

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lifestyle foodIf you seek a job and a healthy lifestyle environment, New Orleans and Baton Rouge might not be the place for you.

In a new data study for the New Year, New Orleans and Baton Rouge, two Louisiana cities who are known for their Fat Tuesday's, and rich foods might need to do a lot more pumping.

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coastToday, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards and other officials dedicated the completion of an important step to assisting the state with its coastal erosion problems while serving to elevate applied education and spur economic development in Baton Rouge.

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Louisiana business news for today: Baton rouge economic outlook, New Orleans tourism, Louisiana governor goes to Harvard

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city growthNew Orleans moves up four in city growth among big cities. Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Shreveport. plummet. Metairie soars. Kenner pretty much stays pat.

According to the website WalletHub.com, Louisiana’s top growth city is New Orleans which is ranked among all cities at the 168th position .  It’s rank is based upon a “sociodemeographics” rank of 66 but a Jobs and Economy rank of 363.

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knapp interviewWith Baton Rouge being the second largest city in the State of Louisiana, there are some real pluses--such as name recognition nationally, abilities to grow more economically.  However, there are also some real negatives--traffic.

Today, after failure of the Baton Rouge council's proposal to improve upon the city's transportation infrastructure, the BRAC President released the following statement.  BRAC is the city's Chamber of Commerce and economic development arm

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