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;
• Funding;

• 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
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Bylaws & Budget
Bylaws
2018 Budget
2017 Budget
2016 Budget
2013 Budget
2012 Budget
2011 Budget

Amended 2010 Budget
2010 Budget


Legislation
Signed Act No. 45 (HB697)
Signed Act No. 417 (HB 876)



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Fresh Food Initiative 
 In August 2012, the Fresh Beginnings Program, developed through Mayor-President Kip Holden's Healthy City Initiative, was awarded a $1 million grant from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation's Challenge for a Healthier Louisiana Grant Program. Click here to read the press release. 

HEALTHY CORNER STORE INITIATIVE
Fresh Beginnings provided the RDA with resources to implement its Healthy Corner Stores pilot program.  Through a competitve and extensive process, the RDA and the selection committee chose six corner stores in areas of low access to fresh and healthy foods to participate in the program. Four of the six stores have chosen to  participate. They have been provided assistance to sell healthier foods and to make their stores more appealing with small interior and exterior improvements. 

Participating Stores:
  • Beechwood Meat Market                     4850 Beechwood Drive
  • Kelly's Food Mart                                   7744 Plank Road
  • Sewell's Community Grocery             469 Elmer Avenue
  • Spanish Town Market                           701 Spanish Town Road
Click here to see pictures from our HCSI kick off events!!



Mobile Farmers Market
The RDA worked actively with BREADA, the nonprofit operator of Baton Rouge’s Red Stick Farmers Markets, to make a Mobile Farmers Market a reality in our low access areas. As a key component of Fresh Beginnings, other support came from the City-Parish and various partners to ensure its success.