Our Mission To transform the quality of life for all citizens who live, work and play in East Baton Rouge Parish by returning blighted properties to productive use, fostering redevelopment through facilitating partnerships, and creating a vibrant, globally competitive community while preserving character of place. Background The East Baton Rouge Redevelopment Authority (RDA) was created by the 2007 Louisiana Legislature. We are governed by a five-member Board ofCommissioners, appointed by the Mayor-President, Baton Rouge Area Foundation, and Baton Rouge Area Chamber. Our goals are to transform the quality of life for all citizens; foster redevelopment in disinvested areas; facilitate partnerships; create a vibrant, competitive community; and preserve and enhance sense of place.
The RDA began operations in February 2009 with the following priorities for its first year: • Organizational development;
• Project development; and
• Community engagement and partnership building.
With these goals and priorities in mind, we carefully assembled a staff of twelve, and canvassed the Parish to view underserved areas and gain a better understanding of citizens’ visions, concerns, and priorities. This on-the-ground research revealed critical needs in our community that we started to address in the our first three years, such as attainable housing, gap financing, home and small business rehabilitation, brownfields redevelopment, and neighborhood planning. Together with our citizens and elected officials, we will continue to build a better East Baton Rouge Parish. RDA Business Plan Click Here
The East Baton Rouge Community Development Entity LLC
is organized and to be operated exclusively to carry out the exempt purposes of its members, the City of Baton Rouge/Parish of East Baton Rouge, Louisiana and the East Baton Rouge Redevelopment Authority, each a political subdivision and government unit of the State of Louisiana. Notwithstanding any other provision of the Articles of Organization of the Company or the Operating Agreement of the Company, the Company is organized and shall be operated exclusively for charitable purposes within the meaning of Sections 170(c)(2) and 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as currently in effect or as may hereafter be amended (the “Code”), including but without limitation thereon, provided at least 60% of its activities (e.g., loans and investments) are and will be targeted to low-income communities and low-income persons (as defined below):
to serve the City of Baton Rouge/Parish of East Baton Rouge, Louisiana for the deployment of New Market Tax Credits focusing on real estate development projects that provide community services, provide additional goods and services, and/or support development of affordable housing and the elimination of blight;
to promote the public health, safety, morals and welfare of Baton Rouge through its primary mission of serving, or providing investment capital for, “low-income communities” and “low-income persons” (as such terms are used by the Community Development Financial Institutions Fund in conjunction with Section 45D of the Code and related Treasury Regulations);
engaging in any lawful activity for which limited liability companies may be formed under Louisiana Revised Statutes 12:1301 et seq. that is consistent with the Company’s charitable purposes;
engaging in any other activity that is incidental to, connected with or in advancement of the foregoing purposes of Section 501(c)(3) of the Code, provided, the powers of the Company shall never be inconsistent with the purposes of the Company stated above or the Constitution of the United States or the State of Louisiana; and