– The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC), in partnership with the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (LABI), today released an executive summary for restarting the state’s economy in a responsible and safety-oriented manner. The considerations were developed in partnership with executives from the health care, manufacturing, automotive, banking, small business, and engineering industries, among others, and with peer business organizations and associations from around the state.
The executive summary precedes the release of a fuller commentary that is still under review, and is intended to catalyze discussion. Included within are health and safety considerations, critical considerations for officials and employers prior to reopening, and three components to a gradual process for reopening the economy. The executive summary is attached and is available at brac.org/recovery.
“Louisiana has come together to fight an unprecedented health crisis,” said LABI President Stephen Waguespack. “It is time now to begin to turn our attention to the economic crisis facing households and businesses across Louisiana. The first step is to safely re-open the economy, and we hope these initial suggestions are the beginning of a dialogue with our elected officials to jointly accomplish that goal.”
Thirty-six organizations from around the state have endorsed the framework, including:
Acadia Parish Chamber of Commerce
Ascension Chamber of Commerce
Associated Builders and Contractors of Louisiana
Baton Rouge Area Chamber
Central Louisiana Regional Chamber of Commerce
City of Central Chamber of Commerce
Committee of 100 for Economic Development, Inc.
Greater Baton Rouge Industry Alliance
Greater Iberia Chamber of Commerce
Greater Minden Chamber of Commerce
Greater New Orleans, Inc.
Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce
Jeff Davis Parish Economic Development/Tourism Commission and Chamber of Commerce
Jefferson Chamber of Commerce
Livingston Parish Chamber of Commerce
Louisiana Association of Business and Industry
Louisiana Chemical Association
Louisiana Forestry Association
Louisiana Home Builders Association
Louisiana Independent Pharmacies Association
Louisiana Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association
Louisiana Motor Trucking Association
Louisiana Oil and Gas Association
Louisiana Pulp and Paper Association
Louisiana Restaurant Association
Monroe Chamber of Commerce
Natchitoches Area Chamber of Commerce
New Orleans Chamber
North Louisiana Economic Partnership
Northshore Business Council
Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce
South Louisiana Economic Council
St. Tammany Chamber of Commerce
The Southwest Louisiana Economic Development Alliance
West Monroe West Ouachita Chamber of Commerce
Youngsville Chamber of Commerce
Both the executive summary and full commentary will be shared with Governor Edwards’ administration with the commitment of continued collaboration and support of the Resilient Louisiana Commission as it begins its work to strengthen sectors of the economy and recommend resilient return-to-work practices.