Baton Rouge, LA – January 10, 2024 – Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome outlined a comprehensive and bold vision for Baton Rouge today during her State of the City Address at the Rotary Club of Baton Rouge. Her vision for 2024 and beyond emphasized a commitment to community safety, quality of life, equitable business opportunities, sustainable environment and infrastructure, and opportunities for all to thrive.
1. Increasing Community Safety: Mayor Broome highlighted efforts to expand community-based and law enforcement strategies across the parish, and continue the 34% reduction in gun violence that occurred in the last two years. Emphasizing the need for a united community effort, the Mayor praised initiatives like SafeBR and Safe Hopeful Healthy BR, and stressed the importance of supporting innovations and best practices in law enforcement. Mayor Broome is committed to making Baton Rouge the safest mid-sized city in the country.
2. Improving Quality of Place & Life: Significant progress in reducing blight and cleaning the City-Parish was noted, including the demolition of 140 structures and removal of tons of junk. Mayor Broome plans to focus on areas under interstate corridors and address homelessness more robustly. Efforts to enhance the quality of life include creating vibrant spaces throughout the parish and revitalizing key areas like the Memorial Stadium and Scotlandville.
3. Creating Equitable Business Opportunities: Mayor Broome reaffirmed the commitment to supporting small businesses and entrepreneurs, highlighting collaborations with local universities and efforts to increase participation in city programs. The focus remains on removing barriers and developing targeted business programs, particularly for small businesses owned by minorities, women, and veterans.
4. Developing Sustainable Environment & Infrastructure: The MOVEBR program is set to advance, with significant infrastructure projects planned, including overhauls of major roads like Plank Road and College Drive, along with continued traffic signal upgrades. Mayor Broome also emphasized extensive drainage work in the Comite and Amite Rivers.
5. Prioritizing Opportunities for All to Thrive: Mayor Broome’s vision includes a holistic approach to city planning, focusing on educational initiatives, neighborhood development, and cultural identity. Plans for a Parishwide Neighborhood Convention and efforts to improve education and retain talent in the city were highlighted.
Mayor Broome concluded with a call to change the narrative around Baton Rouge, focusing on its strengths and working collectively towards a shared vision. Her message underscored a determination to address challenges and position Baton Rouge for future success.
Read Mayor Broome’s 2024 State of the City Report at https://brla.gov/soc2024.