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As a regional organization, BRAC works collaboratively with parish economic development partners throughout the nine-parish region to grow jobs and wealth in the area. This sense of regionalism and partnership is critical to BRAC’s work.

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Capital Region

As a regional organization, BRAC works collaboratively with parish economic development partners throughout the region to grow jobs and wealth in the area. This sense of regionalism and partnership is critical to BRAC’s work. BRAC works with the City-Parish of East Baton Rouge to support business development for the parish and maintain strong cooperation between its urban center and the region. At the state level, BRAC works with Louisiana Economic Development, the agency responsible for strengthening the state’s business environment.

Regional Statistics

Land Area in Square Miles 4,196
Population 819,861
Population Forecast (2021) 847,736
Population Percent Growth (Forecast) 3.40%
Median Age 34.6
Business Establishments 22,056
Employees 408,963
Median Household Income 52,427
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, EMSI, and BRAC research, 2016

Top Employers

Turner Industries 11,500
Exxon Mobil 6,000
Performance Contractors 5,500
Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center 4,700
CB&I 4,250
Baton Rouge General Medical Center 4,000
Dow 3,504
AT&T 3,000
Source: Baton Rouge Business Report and BRAC research, 2016
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Ascension Parish

Ascension Parish covers approximately 300 square miles and is located between New Orleans and Baton Rouge in the heart of plantation country. Residential development is booming in Ascension because of its convenient location and strong public school system, which ranks among the top 10 districts in the state.

Ascension includes the municipalities of Donaldsonville, the seat of local government; Sorrento, home to the River Parishes Community College; Gonzales, also known as the “Jambalaya Capital of the World.” Gonzales is the location of the Tanger Outlet shopping mall and the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center, a multi-use facility that hosts equestrian, 4-H and many other family-friendly events.

Parish Statistics

Land Area in Square Miles 289.98
Population 121,836
Population Forecast (2021) 130,898
Population Percent Growth (Forecast) 7.44%
Median Age 34.7
Business Establishments 2,133
Employees 45,800
Median Household Income $70,207
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, the Louisiana Workforce Commission, and BRAC research, 2016

Top Employers

Geismar Neighborhood Care Help 1,200
BASF 1,047
Parish of Ascension 744
Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center 700
CF Industries 700
Walmart Stores 700
Shell Chemical 650
LeBlanc’s Food Stores 600
Source: Baton Rouge Business Report and BRAC research, 2016

Major Cities

 Donaldsonville Gonzales
Land Area in Square Miles 2.5 8.4
Population (2014 Estimate) 7,635 10,457
Population Forecast (5 yr.) 6,650 11,100
Population Forecast (10 yr.) 7,950 12,000
Median Age (2013) 33.4 36.8
Business Establishments (2014, 4th q) 447 602
Employees (2015, June) 3,111 4,707
Average Annual Pay (2014, 4th Q) $25,736 $30,520
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Fact Finder, 2015
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East Baton Rouge Parish

East Baton Rouge Parish is the home of the capital of Louisiana and to Louisiana State University, Southern University and Baton Rouge Community College. The city of Baton Rouge, one of the fastest-growing cities in the South, lies along the eastern banks of the Mississippi River. Downtown Baton Rouge is the site of the Governor’s Mansion, the State Capitol building, the Louisiana Arts & Science Museum, and the Raising Cane’s River Center, a venue for large events such as concerts, theater performances, trade shows and conferences. Also located downtown is the Shaw Center for the Arts, which features art exhibits, performances and rooftop dining with spectacular views.

In addition to the downtown area, the city of Baton Rouge includes many established neighborhoods, such as Mid-City, with its eclectic mix of local shops and restaurants; the Garden District, with its beautiful older homes; and Spanish Town, known for its flamboyant Mardi Gras parades. Outside the city limits, the parish is booming with both residential and commercial development. Subdivisions, planned communities, upscale shopping areas, restaurants and new movie theaters are springing up throughout the parish.

EBR also includes the cities of Central and Zachary. Both Central’s and Zachary’s public schools rank in the top five public school districts in the state. The city of Baker, located just north of the Capital City, boasts plenty of green space, with more than 1,000 acres of parks, over 10 miles of hiking and nature trails, and the ever-popular Baton Rouge Zoo.

Parish Statistics

Land Area in Square Miles 455.37
Population 448,142
Population Forecast (2021) 452,056
Population Percent Growth (Forecast) 0.87%
Median Age 33.6
Business Establishments 12,063
Employees 273,300
Median Household Income $50,519
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, the Louisiana Workforce Commission, and BRAC research, 2016

Top Employers

Turner Industries Group 9,875
LSU System 6,250
Performance Contractors 5,500
Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center 4,500
ExxonMobil Corporation 4,214
Baton Rouge General Medical Center 4,000
Parish Water Company 3,196
AT&T 3,000
Source: Baton Rouge Business Report and BRAC research, 2016

Major Cities

 Baker Baton Rouge Zachary
Land Area in Square Miles 7.9 77 23.8
Population (2014 Estimate) 13,776 228,895 16,219
Population Forecast (5 yr.) 13,700 229,950 17,251
Population Forecast (10 yr.) 13,800 232,750 18,040
Median Age (2013) 34.5 30.6 33.7
Business Establishments (2014, 4th q) 225 7,708 337
Employment (2015, June) 5,911 107,176 7,042
Average Annual Pay (2014, 4th Q) $26,509 $26,184 $36,579
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Fact Finder, 2015
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East Feliciana Parish

East Feliciana Parish, an area of rolling hills, scenic beauty and historical landmarks, is 30 minutes north of the city of Baton Rouge. The parish includes the towns of Clinton, Ethel, Norwood, Slaughter, Wilson and Jackson, which is known for its well-preserved historic district. Clinton is the seat of the parish government.

Parish Statistics

Land Area in Square Miles 453.41
Population 19,589
Population Forecast (2021) 19,257
Population Percent Growth (Forecast) -1.69%
Median Age 41.3
Business Establishments 3,381
Employees 4,900
Median Household Income  $46,220
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, the Louisiana Workforce Commission, and BRAC research, 2016

Top Employers

Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals 600
Dixon Correctional Institute 459
Villa Feliciana Hospital 450
East Louisiana State Mental Health System 250
Feliciana Home Health 200
Veterans Affairs Department 200
Louisiana War Veterans Home 183
Grace Health & Rehab Center 140
Source: Baton Rouge Business Report and BRAC research, 2016

Major Cities

 Clinton Jackson Slaughter
Land Area in Square Miles 2.8 4.5 5.5
Population (2014 Estimate) 1,589 3,800 970
Population Forecast (5 yr.) 1,534 3,828 950
Population Forecast (10 yr.) 1,512 3,820 950
Median Age (2013) 34.9 38.8 38.5
Business Establishments 62 28 24
Employees (2013) 642 863 522
Median Earnings (2013) $33,056 $24,375 $48,750
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Fact Finder, 2015
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Iberville Parish

Iberville Parish is characterized by waterways and bayous, massive live oak trees and lovely antebellum homes. This growing community includes the parish seat of Plaquemine, which features a downtown historic district, an arts and crafts market located in the 1925 Union Pacific Railroad Depot, and the Bayou Waterfront Park. Residents of the city of St. Gabriel can take advantage of a new $4 million community center, which includes an indoor heated pool and fitness area, a large auditorium, and other indoor and outdoor amenities.

The town of White Castle is primarily an agricultural community and home to Nottoway Plantation. Nottoway is the largest plantation home in the South and draws thousands of tourists each year. The town of Maringouin (pronounced mah-RING-gwin) is the largest community in north Iberville Parish. This rural area, located on Bayou Grosse Tete, has plenty of open green pastures and live oak trees. It’s an ideal place for those who enjoy a quiet lifestyle.

Rosedale is a small rural community of open fields, croplands and winding country roads. With plenty of playgrounds, parks, ball fields, tennis and basketball courts, and lighted walking trails, it’s also a great spot for families. The Iberville Parish Visitor’s Center is located in the community of Grosse Tete. The parish is also home to some of the region’s largest and most successful chemical and petrochemical processing plants, located on the Mississippi River.

Parish Statistics

Land Area in Square Miles  618.63
Population  33,019
Population Forecast (2021)  32,751
Population Percent Growth (Forecast)  -0.81%
Median Age  38.4
Business Establishments  523
Employees  15,600
Median Household Income  $45,692
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, the Louisiana Workforce Commission, and BRAC research, 2016

Top Employers

Dow Chemical Company 2,200
Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections 1,200
Syngenta Crop Protection, LLC 700
Axiall, LLC 300
Maintenance Enterprises, LLC 300
Crown Enterprises, Inc. 250
Diamond Plastics Corporation 250
Louisiana State University System 205
Source: Baton Rouge Business Report and BRAC research, 2016

Major Cities

 Gross tete Plaquemine White Castle
Land Area in Square Miles 1.2 2.9 0.8
Population (2014 Estimate) 641 6,963 1,856
Population Forecast (5 yr.) 639 7,034 1,845
Population Forecast (10 yr.) 645 6,954 1,839
Median Age (2013) 39 34.9 29.3
Business Establishments 16 240 40
Employees (2013) 329 3,024 655
Median Earnings (2013) $32,171 $28,993 $20,208
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Fact Finder, 2015
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Livingston Parish

Livingston Parish is located on Interstate 12, just 10 minutes from Baton Rouge and 45 minutes from New Orleans. Denham Springs, the parish’s largest city, is known for its antique shops, and is the location of mixed-use communities Greystone and Juban Crossing. The city of Walker is the site of the 200-acre Livingston Industrial Park and Our Lady of the Lake Livingston.

Also within the parish are the communities of French Settlement, which holds an annual Creole Festival; and Albany, site of Hungarian Settlement, a rural ethnic settlement which strives to preserve the Hungarian culture of the town’s residents.

The parish seat of Livingston is home to one of only two Laser Interferometer Gravitation Wave Observatories (LIGO) in the country and North Oaks, one of Louisiana’s largest health systems, which provides an array of health care services throughout the parish. The town of Springfield is the site of the 1,200-acre Tickfaw State Park, the golf and residential community of Carter Plantation. Livingston Parish Public Schools rank among the top five school districts in the state.

Parish Statistics

Land Area in Square Miles 648.17
Population 139,783
Population Forecast (2021) 147,740
Population Percent Growth (Forecast) 5.69%
Median Age 35
Business Establishments 1,694
Employees 26,200
Median Household Income  $57,478
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, the Louisiana Workforce Commission, and BRAC research, 2016

Top Employers

Walmart Stores 1,153
CB&I 602
Bass Pro, Inc. 400
Ferrara Fire Apparatus, Inc. 330
Waste Management Holdings, Inc. 200
Our Lady of the Lake Livingston 200
Deltak Manufacturing, Inc. 180
Sam’s Club 180
Source: Baton Rouge Business Report and BRAC research, 2016

Major Cities

 Denham Springs Livingston Walker
Land Area in Square Miles 6.1 3.1 5.8
Population (2014 Estimate) 10,091 1,905 6,238
Population Forecast (5 yr.) 10,125 2,110 6,377
Population Forecast (10 yr.) 10,200 2,312 6,525
Median Age (2013) 38.2 36.6 33.4
Business Establishments 626 33 171
Employees (2013) 4,526 630 2,683
Median Earnings (2013) $30,530 $39,250 $30,686
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Fact Finder, 2015
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Pointe Coupee Parish

Pointe Coupee Parish is located along the banks of False River. Nestled among moss-draped oak and magnolia trees in the heart of Creole French plantation country, the parish is largely agricultural, with pecan orchards and fields of sugar cane and cotton. Tourists come to Pointe Coupee to see the many antebellum and French colonial homes. It’s also a hot spot for outdoor recreation such as boating and fishing on False River.

The parish includes the communities of Fordoche, Morganza, Livonia, and New Roads. New Roads, a progressive city with small-town charm and hospitality, is the parish’s government seat and its commercial hub. Pointe Coupee Parish is home to NRG’s Big Cajun natural gas and coal-fired power plant which produces 1,925 MW per day. In 2011, the John James Audubon Bridge was completed and connects Pointe Coupee with West Feliciana Parish.

Parish Statistics

Land Area in Square Miles 557.35
Population 22,144
Population Forecast (2021) 21,775
Population Percent Growth (Forecast) -1.67%
Median Age 42.6
Business Establishments 359
Employees 5,200
Median Household Income $46,158
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, the Louisiana Workforce Commission, and BRAC research, 2016

Top Employers

NRG Energy Co. (Louisiana Generating, LLC) 390
Nan Ya Plastics Corporation 300
Pointe Coupee General Hospital 200
Louisiana Department of Military Affairs 136
Walmart Stores 135
Lakeview Manor, Inc. 125
Winn-Dixie #1572 New Roads 110
Trinity Lightweight 100
Source: Baton Rouge Business Report and BRAC research, 2016

Major Cities

 Livonia New Roads
Land Area in Square Miles 1.8 4.6
Population (2014 Estimate) 1,419 4,734
Population Forecast (5 yr.) 1,450 4,592
Population Forecast (10 yr.) 1,500 4,536
Median Age (2013) 34 40.1
Business Establishments 19 242
Employees (2013) 825 1,727
Median Earnings (2013) $39,821 $31,659
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Fact Finder, 2015
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St. Helena Parish

Rural St. Helena Parish is one of four historic West Florida parishes. The parish seat of Greensburg contains the original Florida Parish Land Office, a small Greek revival-style office building, as well as the Old St. Helena Parish Jail building. St. Helena is also the site of Louisiana’s only meteor impact crater. The parish’s primary industries are related to timber and agricultural processing.

Parish Statistics

Land Area in Square Miles  408.4
Population 10,472
Population Forecast (2021) 10,103
Population Percent Growth (Forecast) -3.52%
Median Age 39.4
Business Establishments 112
Employees 1,400
Median Household Income  $35,262
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, the Louisiana Workforce Commission, and BRAC research, 2016

Top Employers

St. Helena Hospital 250
Southland Steel Fabricators, Inc. 100
St. Helena Nursing Home 75
Cal-Maine Foods, Inc. 58
Paul Davis, Inc. 55
Amerchol Corporation 50
Source: Baton Rouge Business Report and BRAC research, 2016

Major Cities

 Greensburg Montpelier
Land Area in Square Miles 2.5 1.9
Population (2014 Estimate) 688 252
Population Growth (5 yr.) 642 241
Population Growth (10 yr.) N/A N/A
Median Age (2013) 38.4 43
Business Establishments 9 4
Employees 315 83
Median Pay (2013) $24,402 $26,125
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Fact Finder, 2015
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West Baton Rouge Parish

West Baton Rouge Parish is located on the west bank of the Mississippi River. The city of Port Allen is the seat of government of WBR and is also the site of the Port of Greater Baton Rouge. The port, located at the head of deep-water navigation on the Mississippi, has Foreign-Trade Zone status and facilities that can accommodate the import and export of all types of cargo. The Port of Greater Baton Rouge is the furthest northern port on the Mississippi River for deep-draught vessels (Panamax ships), and it is among the 10 largest ports in the U.S. The Port Allen Lock provides boat and barge access to the Intracoastal Waterway.

WBR also includes the historic railroad town of Addis and the town of Brusly, location of the Cinclare Sugar Mill Historic District.

Parish Statistics

Land Area in Square Miles 192.39
Population 24,347
Population Forecast (2021) 26,605
Population Percent Growth 9.27%
Median Age 35.5
Business Establishments 542
Employees 12,699
Median Household Income  $49,202
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, the Louisiana Workforce Commission, and BRAC research, 2015

Top Employers

Turner Industries Piping 571
Scaffolding Rental & Erection Services 460
Petrin Corporation 375
Walmart Stores 350
Westgate Electrical & Instrumentation 350
Shintech 222
Okacid Refining Company LLC 210
Source: Baton Rouge Business Report and BRAC research, 2015

Major Cities

 Addis Brusly Port allen
Land Area in Square Miles 1.8 2.2 2.6
Population (2014 Estimate) 4,431 2,706 5,144
Population Forecast (5 yr.) 5,339 3,210 5,015
Population Forecast (10 yr.) 6,250 3,556 5,034
Median Age (2013) 29.8 36.8 40.3
Business Establishments 44 58 217
Employees 1,822 1,253 2,463
Median Houshold Income $33,636 $45,428 $38,656
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Fact Finder, 2015
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West Felicana Parish

West Feliciana Parish is located 30 minutes north of Baton Rouge in the rolling Tunica Hills. It’s most famous for the Town of St. Francisville, where John James Audubon created more than 80 paintings in his Birds of America collection. St. Francisville also has a number of antebellum plantation homes open to the public and a quaint historic downtown area.

In 2011, the John James Audubon bridge was completed and connects West Feliciana to Pointe Coupee Parish. Access to US Highway 61 is available within the parish. Additionally, West Feliciana is home to the 998 MW River Bend nuclear power plant operated by Entergy.

There are plenty of places for outdoor activities including the Cat Island National Wildlife Refuge, Tunica State Park, Audubon Historic Site, and the Port Hudson Civil War Battlefield. Biking, hiking, birding, and golf are popular recreational pastimes in the area. West Feliciana Public Schools rank among the top five school districts in the state.

Parish Statistics

Land Area in Square Miles 403.21
Population 15,485
Population Forecast (2021) 15,276
Population Percent Growth -1.35%
Median Age 41.5
Business Establishments 187
Employees 5,275
Median Household Income $53,967
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, the Louisiana Workforce Commission, and BRAC research, 2015

Top Employers

Louisiana State Penitentiary 1,500
Entergy Operations, Inc. 700
West Feliciana Parish School District 410
KPAQ Industries LLC 200
Fordice Construction Co 150
St Francisville Country Manor 150
Neuromedical Center 130
The Bluffs Limited Partnership 100
Source: Baton Rouge Business Report and BRAC research, 2015

Major Cities

 St. Francisville
Land Area in Square Miles 1.8
Population (2014 Estimate) 1,716
Population Forecast (5 yr.) 1,702
Population Forecast (10 yr.) 1,710
Median Age (2013) 34.8
Business Establishments 49
Employees (2013) 837
Median Earnings (2013) $37,063
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Fact Finder, 2015