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.
The Redevelopment Authority’s first report of accomplishments spans just over three years, highlighting operational and programmatic investment in community revitalization initiatives in East Baton Rouge Parish.
Please view our Three-Year Report Beginning an Era of Progress below to learn more.
On October 18, 2012 the RDA hosted a press conference to release the report at the Old State Capitol in Baton Rouge. Mayor-President Kip Holden and RDA Chairman John Noland gave opening remarks. RDA President & CEO Walter Monsour narrated the highlights of three-years of accomplishments. To view the presentation that accompanied the release please click here. (Note: the file is 75MB and includes video clips).