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Metro Council Approves 2018 Budget

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 00:00:00 CST


December 12, 2017

For media inquiries only, contact:

Janene Tate, Communications Director

Desk: 225-389-7957

Mobile: 504-913-9638

Metro Council Approves 2018 Budget

BATON ROUGE, La. — The East Baton Rouge Metro Council today approved Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome’s 2018 budget. The General Fund operating budget of $319 million has less than a 1 percent increase and is considered “standstill.”

“While this budget has not changed much from last year, we will continue to work diligently on behalf of the citizens that we serve daily,” Mayor-President Broome said. “We will collaborate with like-minded stakeholders and agencies to not only maintain services but improve the efficiency of such.”

Prior to today’s vote, Mayor-President Broome met with the councilmembers in small groups and discussed funding for police and fire academies, as well as the replacement of police and fire vehicles. Efforts are also being prioritized to increase entry-level pay for police officers.

Revenue collection efforts will also be increased. It has been cited that these have been complicated due to the effects of the August 2016 flood.

(from the office of: Mayor-President)

MOHSEP Monitoring Potential Freezing Conditions, Offers Tips for Residents

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 00:00:00 CST


December 6, 2017

For media inquiries only, contact:

Janene Tate, Communications Director

Desk: 225-389-7957

Mayor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness

Monitoring Potential Freezing Conditions, Offers Tips for Residents

BATON ROUGE, La. — The National Weather Service in Slidell has issued an advisory for East Baton Rouge Parish regarding the potential for winter weather and freezing temperatures. Forecasts are predicting a slight chance of snow flurries and a high chance of freezing temperatures. Winter precipitation will potentially occur Thursday night into Friday morning. Freezing temperatures are likely Friday, Saturday, and Sunday morning. At this time, Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome has not called for any closures or event cancellations in the parish. The Mayor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (MOHSEP) is continuing to monitor the situation.

MOHSEP stressed that residents should check on neighbors and family members who may need assistance, and take care of their pets accordingly. Those who use heaters and fireplaces should be careful, including keeping children away from hot surfaces. A fire extinguisher should be ready for use as well.

Other tips include:

• Check family disaster supply kits to ensure they are prepared for the winter.

• Bring pets inside.

• Protect, cover or wrap water pipes.

• Protect plants as necessary.

• Ensure proper ventilation for fuel-burning equipment.

• Refuel heating sources outside.

• Test smoke detectors.

For more information, contact MOHSEP at 225-389-2100. Also, go to Redstickready and follow Red Stick Ready on social media for real-time updates and more tips. The free Red Stick Ready app is available for both Apple and Android devices.

(from the office of: Mayor-President)

Final Interviews for BRPD Police Chief to be Held on Thursday

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 00:00:00 CST

The Police Chief Review Selection Committee tasked by Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome to choose five finalists for the new chief of the Baton Rouge Police Department will meet on Thursday for the last round of interviews. Since the release of 11 candidates’ names who passed the Municipal Fire and Police Civil Service exam for chief, there have been four withdrawals.

The committee on Thursday will publicly interview Murphy J. Paul, Jeremy A. Kent and Robert McGarner. All candidates, including those interviewed on Nov. 16 — Myron K. Daniels, Sharon W. Douglas, Darryl W. Honore’ and Ronald W. Stevens — will be allowed to present a closing statement to the committee at the last public meeting on Dec. 7 at 5 p.m. This last meeting will also allow public comment. After the committee has chosen five finalists to present to Mayor-President Broome, she will interview those candidates and make the hiring decision.


BRPD chief interviews


Thursday, November 30, 2017 at 4:30 p.m.


Metro Council Chambers

City Hall, 3rd Floor

222 St. Louis Street

Baton Rouge, LA

For media inquiries, contact Janene Tate, communications director, at or 225-389-7957.

Attachment: Police Review Committee Agenda 11-30-17

(from the office of: Mayor-President)

Executive Order to Expand Small Business Participation in City-Parish Contracts

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 00:00:00 CST


November 13, 2017

For media inquiries only, contact:

Janene Tate, Communications Director

Desk: 225-389-7957

Mayor-President Broome Issues Executive Order

to Expand Small Business Participation in City-Parish Contracts

BATON ROUGE, La. — In accordance with her commitment to equitable progress and prosperity across East Baton Rouge Parish, Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome today issued an executive order to expand efforts to increase the enterprise participation of small businesses in City-Parish contracts. The order also ensures that such businesses — including those owned by minorities, women and veterans — are afforded fair opportunities and do not face unfair barriers when seeking and performing City-Parish contracts.

“This executive order is much needed in our city and parish,” Mayor-President Broome said. “I have been consistently vocal and demonstrative about the need for equity in all areas of life in our community, and this includes business. Everyone should have equal opportunities to build and grow successful businesses in the place they call home. These businesses add to our economic development, and a diverse array of business owners creates a more welcoming, progressive city for both current and future residents.”

The order, which takes effect immediately, outlines accountability, inclusion and outreach efforts, and policy administration and operation in City-Parish departments. Stakeholder engagement is also prescribed, instructing the chief administrative officer in the Office of the Mayor-President to create more opportunities for members of the contracting community and for City-Parish departments, the Metropolitan Council, and others to work collaboratively on recommendations for how the City-Parish can better develop, deliver, monitor and measure a more successful small business enterprise program.

(from the office of: Mayor-President)

Baton Rouge Ranked Fifth Most Digital City in U.S. Among Mid-sized Cities

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 00:00:00 CST

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASENovember 9, 2017For media inquiries only, contact:Janene Tate, Communications Directorjtate@brgov.comDesk: 225-389-7957Baton Rouge Ranked Fifth Most Digital City in U.S. Among Mid-sized CitiesBATON ROUGE, La. – Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome today announced that Baton Rouge has been named the fifth most digital city in the U.S. by the Center for Digital Government among cities with a population of 125,000 to 249,999. This distinction comes as the result of a competitive process that annually recognizes top-ranked cities demonstrating progress and capabilities across ten key characteristics of a digital city.“It is a tremendous honor to be recognized in such a visible way among so many other leading digital cities in the nation,” said Mayor-President Broome. “Moving forward, my entire administration remains focused on and committed to identifying ways to invest in our digital infrastructure and create a more effective and efficient City-Parish government for our citizens – using technology and innovation wherever possible to do so.”Other cities named to the Top 10 Digital City list within this population category – the third largest considered by the Center for Digital Government – include Cape Coral, Florida, Norfolk, Virginia, Scottsdale, Arizona, Pasadena, California, and Alexandria, Virginia, among others. Several key technology and digital initiatives that have taken place in 2017 were instrumental in this ranking, including the significant progress made through the broad use of GIS and integration of GIS capabilities across all facets of City-Parish government; the City-Parish’s expanded partnership with Waze in collaboration with Louisiana State University to analyze real-time Waze traffic data; Mayor-President Broome’s expansion of the body camera program to the entire Baton Rouge Police Department force; and the implementation of a streamlined workflow management system to support more efficient and accountable service delivery across public works agencies. Other internal measures undertaken to improve government efficiency include the launch of an enterprise resource planning system to replace disparate 20-year-old systems and an internal analysis of telecommunications service utilization and contracts that resulted in achieving real-dollar savings of $200,000 over a 12-month period.In addition, a number of related initiatives related to expanded use of technology within City-Parish government remain ongoing, such as an effort currently underway to redesign the City-Parish website with a mobile-first strategy for citizen engagement, a recently announced National Science Foundation research grant secured by Louisiana State University in collaboration with Mayor-President Broome to build research-driven solutions to issues such as blight and traffic, and efforts such as developing and adopting a formal open data policy and establishing data-based outcomes and performance metrics that continue to progress through the City-Parish’s partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies as part of the What Works Cities program.“This year’s leading digital cities are leveraging technology to connect disadvantaged citizens with critical information and services, promote citizen inclusion in important government processes and share government data with the public,” said Teri Takai, executive director of the Center for Digital Government. “Thanks to the efforts of these innovative cities, citizens can now meaningfully interact with city government more easily than in any other time in history. Congratulations to the winners!”For 17 years, the Digital Cities Survey has provided an annual measure of city performance and innovation in using technology by distributing a comprehensive survey to all U.S. cities, towns, villages, and consolidated city/county governments. All responses are then closely analyzed by a judging panel at the Center for Digital Government, looking[...]

BRPD Chief Search Committee to Convene on Thursday

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 00:00:00 CST


November 8, 2017

For media inquiries only, contact:

Janene Tate, Communications Director

Desk: 225-389-7957

BRPD Chief Search Committee to Convene on Thursday

BATON ROUGE, La. — The committee organized by Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome to recommend finalists for the position of the Baton Rouge Police Department chief will hold its first organizational meeting Thursday at 6 p.m. The public meeting will be held in the Metro Council Chambers in City Hall. The committee consists of Julie Baxter, Jan Bernard, Jennifer Carwile, Don Cazayoux, Councilman LaMont Cole, Pastor Errol Domingue, Pastor Tommie Gipson, Walt Green, Cordell Haymon, Pat LeDuff, Rep. Ted James, Ernest Johnson, Melissa Thompson, and Councilwoman Tara Wicker.

“The selection of our new chief of police is of great importance to the men and women in blue, and to the citizens who must engage with them for successful policing,” Mayor-President Broome said.

Candidates for BRPD chief are Shawn L. Caldwell, Myron K. Daniels, Sharon W. Douglas, Richard W. Harrell, Darryl W. Honore, Jeremy A. Kent, Mark A. Kraus, Robert McGarner, Paul J. Murphy, Ronald W. Stevens, and Samuel L. Wyatt.

(from the office of: Mayor-President)

Mayor-President Broome Releases Draft Open Data Policy for Public Comment

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 00:00:00 CST

BATON ROUGE, La. — In keeping with her commitment to government transparency and data-driven decision making, Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome today released a draft open data policy for the City of Baton Rouge and Parish of East Baton Rouge and announced the availability of the draft policy for public comment. The policy is a direct byproduct of the City-Parish’s work with Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Sunlight Foundation through the What Works Cities program that began earlier this year with a focus on enhancing the use of data and evidence in local government.

“I am excited to take our Open Data BR program to an entirely new level through the introduction of this open data policy,” Mayor-President Broome said. “It is my sincere hope that by taking this latest step in public transparency in our City-Parish government that we continue to demonstrate accountability to our citizens and identify new ways to utilize data that create efficiencies, spur innovation, and catalyze growth.”

The purpose of this and related policy measures is to expand the City-Parish’s open data program and make all publishable City-Parish data and information easily available to the public, thereby helping to improve service delivery, increase transparency and access to public information, and enhance coordination and efficiency among departments, partner organizations, and residents.

In March, Mayor-President Broome announced the launch of the Open Neighborhood BR platform, located at The platform serves as a digital resource for Baton Rouge residents that provides residents with up-to-date, map-based information on recent incidents involving City-Parish agencies — from recent police, fire, and traffic incidents to 311 requests for service and building permits. This policy will serve to continue that work and ensure the City-Parish establishes its commitment transparency and open data.

All residents and members of the public are encouraged to review the draft policy and provide comments via no later than Nov. 24. The City-Parish is seeking feedback on the governance and processes that the policy will define for the release of open data in the future. The platform is a free, open-source tool that allows users to support or oppose the open data policy text, leave comments, annotate specific content, and interact with other Baton Rouge residents on the proposed policy. All comments submitted by the Nov. 24 deadline will be reviewed closely and considered for incorporation by the Office of the Mayor-President and Department of Information Services.

Once all public comments have been received and incorporated or addressed as necessary, Mayor-President Broome will submit the final proposed policy to the Metropolitan Council for formal adoption and a resolution expressing the support of its implementation. The Office of the Mayor-President will then work with all relevant City-Parish departments to ensure ongoing compliance with the related policy requirements, with data to published to the City-Parish’s Open Data BR portal located at

When formally adopted, this open data policy will help to spur additional innovative uses of data beyond Open Neighborhood BR that help to better connect residents with information on the government services they receive, as well as internal applications that help City-Parish departments make better decisions and create more efficient operations in the process.

(from the office of: Mayor-President)

Mayor-President Broome Issues Executive Order on Local Industrial Tax Exemption Program

Wed, 25 Oct 2017 00:00:00 CST

BATON ROUGE, La. — In response to Gov. John Bel Edwards’ 2016 executive order on Louisiana’s Industrial Tax Exemption Program granting exemption authorization to local governing bodies, Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome today issued an executive order on behalf of East Baton Rouge Parish. The order is to provide an effective way to handle local review for exemptions for Industrial Tax Exemptions in the parish.

“I applaud Governor Edwards’ effort to provide local control over these exemptions that directly affect the finances of our local communities,” Mayor-President Broome said. “While the exemptions serve as a business development tool, they also have a large effect on the revenue bases for almost all local services. With local control comes the responsibility for us to have an orderly process to evaluate the exemption request on a cost benefit basis.”

Prior to both executive orders, local governments in Louisiana had little control over whether to grant tax exemptions, which sometimes affected funding for school boards, law enforcement and other city services. The executive order for East Baton Rouge Parish will take effect on Oct. 30, 2017.

(from the office of: Mayor-President)

Mayor-President Broome, Businesses Continue to Support Third-Party Permit Reviews

Wed, 25 Oct 2017 00:00:00 CST

For media inquiries only, contact:

Janene Tate, Communications Director

Desk: 225-389-7957

Mayor-President Broome, Businesses Continue to Support Third-Party Permit Reviews

BATON ROUGE, La. — Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome today continued to voice her support of third-party reviewers to supplement the services City-Parish’s Department of Permits and Inspection. This initiative was also a recommendation from the mayor-president’s transition committee for the Department of Development, within the Department of Public Works. The company chosen by a committee earlier this fall, the South Central Planning and Development Commission (SCPDC), will provide expedited building plan reviews for the City-Parish department, pending contract approval by the Metro Council today.

“Since last year’s floods, our permit and inspection department has seen an increase in the number of permit requests,” Mayor-President Broome said. “While that agency is committed to providing a high level of customer service, as well as ensuring the integrity of design and construction, we recognized that we could continue encouraging smart development in our parish by implementing a third-party plan review contract.”

Local companies and business organizations have also voiced support for the third-party review process, citing increased economic development opportunities. Among supporters are Russell Mosely, president of the Baton Rouge Growth Coalition.

“The decision by this administration to supplement the plan review process with third-party reviewers is the single most important improvement for the development community within the Department of Public Works,” Mosely said. “The Growth Coalition has been working with Mayor-President Broome and the Council to bring this improvement to a reality. We appreciate all the work to make this program happen.”

According to Carey Chauvin, director of development, SCPDC could begin servicing applicants as soon as November if the Council approves the agreement and it is executed by the City-Parish. SCPDC, based in Houma, is one of eight regional planning commissions in the state and has experience providing review services to other municipalities.


(from the office of: Mayor-President)

LSU, City-Parish apply technology and research to address issues with support from NSF

Wed, 25 Oct 2017 00:00:00 CST

Originally sent from LSU Media RelationsContact Alison SatakeLSU Media Relations225-578-3870asatake@lsu.eduLSU, City-Parish Apply Technology and Research to Address Traffic, Crime, and Blight With Support from National Science FoundationBATON ROUGE, La. — LSU researchers are working with Baton Rouge Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome and City-Parish department heads to apply technology, applied research and computing-based methods to help address public issues such as traffic, crime and blight. The university and municipal partnership has received support from the National Science Foundation.“Many local government agencies across the nation are actively looking at ways to build smarter cities and identify innovative ways to deliver more effective services to citizens while creating more resilient communities,” said Mayor-President Broome. “This grant is a clear signal from the National Science Foundation that Baton Rouge is a community taking positive steps in this direction in close coordination with our higher education and research partners, and we have both the capabilities and vision to serve as a collaborative model for how others can do the same.”The project is led by Seung-Jong Jay Park, associate director for cyberinfrastructure at the LSU Center for Computation & Technology. Park is working with a multi-disciplinary team of LSU researchers as well as city-parish officials representing various departments and agencies. Together, this team will share access to key datasets, identify tangible problems, inventory service-related challenges and explore the development and deployment of technology-related solutions.“As researchers, we are excited any time we see elected officials and government agencies demonstrate a clear and committed vision for enhancing service delivery and the surrounding community through data-driven decision-making and innovative use of technology,” Park said. “In many instances, those who have data may not have the tools or supercomputing processing power to use the data in a way that can inform this type of decision-making. This grant will help to interject ‘big data’ thinking and capabilities into governmental service delivery through research and meaningful collaboration, while clearly demonstrating the role data can play in transforming communities and positioning mid-sized cities like Baton Rouge at the forefront of smart city thinking and university collaboration.”Additionally, this research team will engage heavily with the East Baton Rouge Parish Smart City Committee, established by Metro Council Resolution 52157 in May 2016. The Smart City Committee consists of representatives from the Office of the Mayor-President, Metro Council, local and state economic development organizations, transportation officials, higher education institutions, technology incubators and others. This committee meets regularly to identify and coordinate opportunities focused on pursuing and leveraging technology-based solutions to influence public policy and decision-making, data management and collaboration, and civic engagement and education.The National Science Foundation awarded the LSU research team the $99,932 planning grant through its Smart and Connected Communities Program. The project funded by this grant is titled “SCC-Planning: Promoting Smart Technologies in Public Safety and Transportation to Improve Social and Economic Outcomes in a U.S. EDA-Designated Critical Manufacturing Region.”The application to secure this grant was submitted in close coordination with the LSU Office of Research & Economic Development, which serves as LSU’s central strategic unit responsible for supporting, promoting and advancing the university’s research enterprise.“As Louisiana's flagship university, a core part of our mission is translating o[...]

Mayor-President Broome officially announces Darryl Gissel as CAO

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 00:00:00 CST

BATON ROUGE, La. — Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome today officially announced Darryl Gissel as the City-Parish’s chief administrative officer during a morning press conference in City Hall. Gissel will begin supervising day-to-day operations next week.

“I am sure the person I chose (Gissel) shares the same commitment, passion and drive I have to move our parish forward together,” Mayor-President Broome said. “While we were opponents on the mayoral campaign trail, we came together to work for Baton Rouge. He has been a consistent supporter during my term. This is a great example of what can be accomplished in this parish when people from different backgrounds and starkly different political environments can work together.”

The mayor-president reiterated that her administration, which now includes Gissel, will continue to focus on a number of priorities, including job creation, business development and public safety in all neighborhoods.

While not a key chairperson of Mayor-President Broome’s overall transition team, Gissel did serve on one of the subcommittees, offering suggestions and canvassing the public for input about the Office of Community Development.

Darryl Gissel has an extensive background in business, most recently as owner of Oak Real Estate LLC. He also worked with the Westminster Corporation in New Orleans and Chicago.

Gissel is also extremely involved in the community, credited widely with revitalizing the Spanish Town area in Baton Rouge, working with neighbors to combat crime blight. He currently serves as a board member of the Louisiana Trust for Historic Preservation and the Spanish Town Civic Association. He has also served as chairman of the River Road African-American Museum, Louisiana State Museum Board, Baton Rouge Area Foundation Neighborhood Initiatives Committee, and the Governor’s Commission on Domestic Abuse.

Gissel holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Louisiana State University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of New Orleans. He also participated in the Institute of Comparative Political and Economic Systems at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

During today’s press conference, Mayor-President Broome praised the work of outgoing interim CAO James Llorens, who has been in the position since late April.

“Dr. Llorens has been a friend, a confidant and the ultimate public servant for Baton Rouge,” she said. “He did this not for loyalty to me but for a deep loyalty to public service and to this community.”

Mayor-President Broome said Llorens will aid in Gissel’s transition to the CAO position and brief him on current projects.

(from the office of: Mayor-President)

Baton Rouge Selected to Join Bloomberg’s National What Works Cities Initiative

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 00:00:00 CST

Ninety Cities Now Committed to Making Government

More Effective Using Data and Evidence

Baton Rouge, La. — Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome today announced that the capital city has been selected as one of five new cities to participate in Bloomberg Philanthropies’ national What Work Cities initiative — one of the largest-ever philanthropic efforts to enhance the use of data and evidence in the public sector. Baton Rouge will receive technical assistance from world-class experts to build its capacity to track progress in housing recovery efforts related to the August 2016 flooding in the state. The City will also engage community stakeholders while developing an open data policy and exploring opportunities for residents to use municipal data.

“This is an amazing opportunity for Baton Rouge,” Mayor-President Broome said. “I look forward to our team making the most of this initiative to better serve our residents.”

The city’ selection, along with that of Cary, North Carolina; Fayetteville, North Carolina; Hayward, California; and Winston-Salem, North Carolina was announced nationally today by What Works Cities.

“Data is one of the best resources at cities’ disposal for effectively solving challenges and driving progress,” said Simone Brody, executive director of What Works Cities. “We’re supporting city leaders to maximize the use of their data to make more informed decisions, develop stronger programs and services, and better serve their communities.”

With today’s new participating cities, What Works Cities is now partnering with 90 cities across the country that are home to more than 28 million people in 37 states and have annual budgets exceeding $96 billion. The initiative will partner with 100 cities on a rolling basis through 2018.

With support from a consortium of expert partners, What Works Cities are identifying more effective ways to evaluate programs and improve performance; best use resources to serve their communities; and address a range of social challenges — from public safety to affordable housing. What Works Cities participants also join the initiative’s extensive learning network of local leaders and global experts actively sharing best practices for outcomes-focused government. Baton Rouge will will improve open data practices in order to make municipal data more accessible and engage residents around government priorities and services.

The consortium of expert organizations assembled by Bloomberg Philanthropies to deliver support to cities comprises the Behavioral Insights Team, the Center for Government Excellence at Johns Hopkins University, the Government Performance Lab at the Harvard Kennedy School, Results for America and the Sunlight Foundation. Other cities that are partnering with What Works Cities include Albuquerque, New Mexico; Anchorage, Alaska; Baltimore, Maryland; Charlotte, North Carolina; Jackson, Mississippi; Miami, Florida; and Washington, D.C.

For more information about Bloomberg Philanthropies, go to For more information about What Works Cities, go to

(from the office of: Mayor-President)

Holiday Garbage Collection, Recycling Schedule

Thu, 31 Aug 2017 00:00:00 CST

According to Republic Waste, all garbage, trash, and recycling collection services WILL take place as regularly scheduled on Monday, September 4, 2017, Labor Day.

For questions or concerns, contact the Department of Public Works at 225-389-4865.

(from the office of: Public Info)


Thu, 24 Aug 2017 00:00:00 CST



Public Input Important to Assure Priorities are Implemented

The City-Parish Planning Commission will host a public meeting for the update of the parish comprehensive plan, FUTUREBR. The Planning Commission encourages community members to participate in the open house to add their voice in our community’s vision for the future. The future land use plan provides predictability and fairness for elected officials, planning staff, residents, and developers; additional elements such as Transportation, Infrastructure, Parks and Recreation, and Economic Development address issues critical to implementing our vision for an equitable, prosperous and resilient City-Parish. While FUTUREBR’s policy goals, objectives, and action items are integral to implement the City-Parish’s vision, public participation in formulating the Plan is the first and most important element. Open house attendees are invited to view maps and displays, talk with planning staff members and provide input on proposed changes to FUTUREBR.

This is the first open house in a second round of public meeting hosted by the Planning Commission to receive comments on the update to FUTUREBR. Additional meetings will be scheduled in the fall of 2017.

The open house will be from 4:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.



(Joint open house with Capital Region Planning Commission)

7711 Goodwood Boulevard

For more information on the FUTUREBR Update, visit

(from the office of: Public Info)

2017 International GIS Day pre-registration now open for educators and students

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 00:00:00 CST

For media inquiries, contact:

Janene Tate, Communications Director


BATON ROUGE, La. — Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome today announced that pre-registration is now open for the local celebration of 2017 International GIS Day. All middle and high school educators, students, and East Baton Rouge Parish residents are invited to participate in the annual educational event focused on geographic information systems, technology, and career opportunities. Educators interested in participating and coordinating field trips around 2017 International GIS Day, scheduled for Nov. 15 at the main branch of the East Baton Rouge Parish Library on Goodwood Boulevard, should pre-register online at

“In a world and economy where progress is driven by technology, acquiring a knowledge of computers and technological applications is vital for people of all ages,” Mayor-President Broome said. “Geographic information systems, or GIS, is a rapidly expanding technology field with endless applications in almost every industry, representing an incredible opportunity for students across East Baton Rouge Parish to expand their horizons and learn what is truly possible when we combine technology with active learning.”

Last year, more than 200 people attended International GIS Day to participate in hands-on educational activities led by industry professionals. They were also able to hear from speakers such as Alyssa Carson, astronaut-in-training and Baton Rouge native; Warren Drake, East Baton Rouge Parish Schools superintendent; and others.

This year’s day-long program will feature a “Baton Rouge 200” theme, in commemoration of Baton Rouge’s ongoing bicentennial celebration throughout 2017, and includes two educational events.

The first event, scheduled to take place from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., provides students with an opportunity to participate in engaging hands-on computer and outdoor activities while learning about mapping in a fun-filled, educational environment. Educators and teachers interested in planning field trips for this event should contact International GIS Day organizers soon, as space is limited.

The second event of the day, scheduled from 4 to 6 p.m., is free to attend and open to adults of all ages and backgrounds. It features speakers focused on GIS and various applications of this technology.

International GIS Day events in Baton Rouge are organized and provided to residents at no charge by the City of Baton Rouge and Parish of East Baton Rouge; East Baton Rouge Parish Library; Louisiana Remote Sensing and Geographic Information System (LARSGIS) Institute; and Baton Rouge Green.

“As industry practitioners, we have seen first-hand how GIS and map-based technologies can transform nearly every element of our respective professional worlds,” said Fran Harvey, founder of the LARSGIS Institute. “Each year, through International GIS Day, we are able to put those same exciting technologies in the hands of some of our youngest citizens and residents across our community, creating powerful awareness of educational opportunities and career possibilities in the process.”

For more information about Baton Rouge’s celebration of 2017 International GIS Day, email or call the LARSGIS Institute at 225-939-1091.

(from the office of: Mayor-President)

Voter Registration Week - either update or registration need before fall elections

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 00:00:00 CST


AUGUST 14, 2017

To commemorate Voter Registration Week, Registrar of Voters Steve Raborn is reminding citizens of East Baton Rouge Parish to make sure they are registered to vote and to either register or update their registration as needed before the fall elections.

The Registrar of Voters Office will also be conducting a voter registration drive during Voter Registration Week, August 21st through 25th. Citizens who need to register to vote or update their registration may do so online at or in person at the Registrar of Voters office or at the voter drive conducted at branches of the East Baton Rouge Parish Library.

In order to provide East Baton Rouge Parish citizens an opportunity to register to vote near their home or workplace, the Registrar’s office will visit library branches during the week of August 21st through 25th from 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM on the following dates:

August 21 Bluebonnet Regional Branch Library – 9200 Bluebonnet Blvd.

August 21 Scotlandville Branch Library – 7373 Scenic Hwy.

August 22 Central Branch Library – 11260 Joor Rd.

August 22 Fairwood Branch Library – 12910 Old Hammond Hwy.

August 22 Zachary Branch Library – 1900 Church St.

August 23 Carver Branch Library – 720 Terrace St.

August 23 Delmont Gardens Branch Library – 3351 Lorraine St.

August 23 Main Library – 7711 Goodwood Blvd.

August 24 Pride-Chaneyville Branch Library – 13600 Pride-Port Hudson Rd.

August 24 Eden Park Branch Library – 5131 Greenwell Springs Rd.

August 24 Greenwell Springs Road Regional Branch Library – 11300 Greenwell Springs Rd.

August 25 Jones Creek Regional Branch Library – 6222 Jones Creek Rd.

August 25 Baker Branch Library – 3501 Groom Rd.

Applicants registering to vote in person should bring valid identification that establishes identity, age, and residency. You must submit your current Louisiana driver’s license, if you have one, or your birth certificate or other documentation which reasonably and sufficiently establishes your identity, age, and residency. If you have no picture ID, you may bring a utility bill, payroll check, or government document that includes your name and address.

To cast a ballot in the upcoming October 14, 2017 election, the last day to register to vote in-person or by mail is September 13, 2017. September 23, 2017 is the last day to register to vote online through the website. Early Voting will be held September 30 through October 7, 2017.

Voters may check the status of their registration at or by calling the Registrar of Voters Office at 389-3940.

(from the office of: Public Info)

Mayor-President Broome Launches Cradle to K Peer-led Program for Parents

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 00:00:00 CST

BATON ROUGE, La. — As part of her ongoing commitment to education at all stages in life, Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome today announced the launch of her Cradle to K initiative. The program focuses on early childhood development and school readiness for children up to the age of 5. The peer-oriented program consisting of expecting and current mothers will serve as a platform for parents to share ideas and advice.

“We now know that the first four to five years are the most important years of a child’s life,” Mayor-President Broome said. “This is why we are creating the Cradle to K parent community here. This is a space where parents can share the ideas and parenting practices that work for them. This is a community for parents in Baton Rouge created by parents in Baton Rouge.”

Cradle to K is a community for all parents in Baton Rouge, but it may prove especially valuable for parents of the 27 percent of children who are born into poverty and the 48 percent of children who are born into single parent homes. Currently, 52 percent of children in the East Baton Rouge School System start kindergarten already behind in their literacy skills. By creating a strong community amongst parents that is rooted in positive parenting practices, and then connecting that community with a variety of resources and opportunities in the parish, Cradle to K works to help parents create the stable and enriched environments their children need to be prepared for success in Kindergarten.

Cradle to K is a part of the East Baton Rouge Division of Human Development and Services Head Start program. According to Dr. Tamiara L. Wade, assistant chief administrative officer, Cradle to K is also beginning to bring together a coalition of government and non-profit organizations to find new opportunities for collaboration and identify ways to can align the work being done in Baton Rouge to better serve the children and families in the community.

The mayor's office encourages pregnant women, as well as parents and caregivers of children up to the age of 5 to participate in the community by joining the Facebook page at The page includes a welcome message from Mayor-President Broome. Parents can connect with other local parents and in the months to come, there will be a hub of services and opportunities for families with small children in the community.

For more information about Cradle to K services and collaboration opportunities, contact William Minton at 225-362-0137 or

(from the office of: Mayor-President)

Mayor-President Broome to host city-wide service to commemorate August 2016 flood

Tue, 01 Aug 2017 00:00:00 CST


July 26, 2017


Janene Tate, Communications Director


BATON ROUGE, La. — Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome today announced a city-wide faith-based service to commemorate the historic flood of August 2016. “A Reflection of Resiliency and Recovery” will be held at Living Faith Christian Center on Sunday, Aug. 13 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

“Our area experienced an unprecedented disaster last summer,” Broome said. “We also experienced our families and neighbors coming together like never before to get through it — to survive. It is my hope that this service brings us together again to continue to lift up each other and move forward together.”

The service, open to the public, will feature remarks by Broome and other citizens recovering from the flood, prayers, as well as music by an interfaith choir.

(from the office of: Mayor-President)

City-Parish to conduct final flood debris removal pass July 10 – August 11

Sat, 08 Jul 2017 00:00:00 CST

BATON ROUGE, La. — City-Parish debris removal crews will begin their final debris removal pass across East Baton Rouge Parish on Monday, July 10. The purpose of this pass is to address any remaining debris collection needs for residents impacted by the August 2016 flooding. Debris removal operations are set to conclude on Friday, Aug. 11. The actions are in alignment with the six-month extension for eligible flood debris removal activities Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome secured earlier this year in collaboration with the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness. Per the terms of this extension, all debris removal operations in eligible areas served by the City-Parish must cease by Aug. 13 in order to qualify for federal cost-share reimbursements.

In addition to the areas City-Parish debris removal crews have serviced since the aftermath of the August 2016 flooding — which include city limits within the City of Baton Rouge and unincorporated areas of East Baton Rouge Parish — this final pass will include the removal of eligible flood debris at residential addresses located along state highways throughout East Baton Rouge Parish. In April, Mayor-President Broome announced the expansion of the City-Parish’s debris removal program to include all residences along state highways in East Baton Rouge Parish, recognizing that many residents living along state highways were still in need of debris removal support following last year’s devastating flooding event.

City-Parish officials are urging all residents still in need of debris removal to move these materials curbside as soon as possible. Residents can also continue to request debris removal by contacting the Department of Environmental Services at 225-389-4865. Eligible items include anything in the home that was damaged as a result of the August 2016 flood such as furniture, flooring, insulation and sheetrock.

Per standing FEMA policies, construction and reconstruction waste materials are ineligible for FEMA reimbursement and thus will not be collected by City-Parish debris removal crews, as the disposal of any such materials is the responsibility of the homeowner and/or contractor. These ineligible items include boxes, containers of sheetrock mud, and cut-off pieces of wood or sheetrock. Homeowners who opt to repair their homes themselves can dispose of these materials by either placing them in their garbage receptacles if they will fit or by transporting the materials to the North Landfill, located at 16001 Samuels Road.

Once debris removal operations conclude, residents will be responsible for the disposal of any remaining flood debris. East Baton Rouge Parish residents can bring their flood debris to the North Landfill and dispose of it at no charge by showing proof of residence such as a driver’s license or utility bill.

Since August 2016, City-Parish crews have collected nearly 1.97 million cubic yards of flood debris, representing one of the largest-ever flood debris removal efforts of its kind. For more information and to track the progress of these debris removal efforts through this final collection pass, go to

(from the office of: Mayor-President)

MOHSEP monitors storm activity, urges residents to prepare

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 00:00:00 CST



June 19, 2017

For media inquiries:

Janene Tate, Communications Director

Mobile: 504-913-9638

Mayor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness monitors threat of Tropical Disturbance ‘Invest 93L’

BATON ROUGE, La. — With the threat of a low pressure tropical system moving into the Gulf of Mexico, the Mayor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (MOHSEP) is consistently monitoring the system. The National Weather Service anticipates that this disturbance, called “Invest 93L,” has an 80 percent chance of developing into a tropical storm within the next 48 hours and a 90 percent chance of further development in the next five days.

At this time, the primary threat is heavy rainfall in East Baton Rouge Parish. This rainfall could result in some areas experiencing flooding. In anticipation of this, sandbags are available for residents to pick up at the following fire stations:

• Station #7 – 5758 Claycut Road

• Station #13 – 835 Sharp Road

• Station #15 – 3150 Brightside Drive

MOHSEP is evaluating additional locations for sandbag distribution.

As always, the agency urges residents to have an emergency plan in place, including a disaster supply kit. This kit should include: non-perishable food, water, extra medicine, important documents, cash, and emergency contact information. Residents should fill up gas cans, charge cell phones and other communication devices, and have extra batteries for radios. Also, they should plan to receive emergency notification alerts and stay tuned to local TV and radio stations for the latest forecast information.

Residents who are living in a FEMA manufactured housing unit should take extra precaution and have an early evacuation plan and destination in place. While it is still undetermined exactly what inclement weather this system may bring to the Capital Region, these housing units are not built to withstand strong winds and rain events.

MOHSEP will continue to coordinate with the National Weather Service, parish municipalities, and local and state officials. For more information about the weather situation and assistance, MOHSEP can be contacted at 225-389-2100. Follow Red Stick Ready on Facebook and Twitter, or download the free mobile application for real-time updates.

(from the office of: Mayor-President)