Knapp: 2011 project wins exceed goals

Knapp: 2011 project wins exceed goals




The Baton Rouge Area Chamber helped to bring 949 jobs worth $44 million in payroll to the Capital Region last year, CEO Adam Knapp says. That breaks down to an average salary of more than $46,000. Knapp says the totals, which only include projects that chamber staff were involved in landing, exceed the chamber's goals for 2011 of 900 jobs and $34 million in payroll. During today's presentation at BRAC's annual Shareholder's Meeting and a recent interview with Daily Report, Knapp revisited his familiar theme, saying the Baton Rouge area has held up relatively well during the recession and its aftermath—and is poised to do even better as the national economy recovers. Baton Rouge has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the nation for a market its size, and has been ranked first in its population category for new and expanded corporate facilities by Site Selection magazine for two years in a row. While the area has consistently posted private-sector job growth, Knapp says, it has been obscured somewhat by lost government jobs. However, overall job totals were up in 2011 for the first time in two years. "To me, this is just the beginning of the story we've been seeing of economic development activity starting to show up in the marketplace," he says. —David Jacobs



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