News Flash

Mayor's Press Releases

Posted on: October 26, 2020

Build Baton Rouge Receives $5 Million for Plank Road Master Plan

Baton Rouge, La. – October 26, 2020 Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome and Build Baton Rouge announced Monday the receipt of $5 million to implement the Plank Road Master Plan. 

The grant award will be administered to the City-Parish/BBR by JPMorgan Chase’s 2020 AdvancingCities Challenge. The five-year initiative supports comprehensive solutions to complex systemic challenges facing communities across the country. 

“Plank Road was once a thriving commercial corridor in East Baton Rouge Parish, and unfortunately the former epicenter of Baton Rouge has faced disinvestment. Our residents deserve to live in a community marked by growth and opportunity, and our Plank Road Master Plan lays the foundation to comprehensively address the challenges facing this region of our parish,” said Mayor Broome. “This investment from AdvancingCities moves Baton Rouge closer to achieving peace, prosperity, and progress for all of our residents.”

Build Baton Rouge, along with Metromorphosis, TruFund Financial Services, and Co-City Baton Rouge will use the award to help fund the Plank Road Master Plan. The comprehensive plan includes programs to eliminate blight, increase economic opportunities, and improve public health outcomes while preserving housing affordability and protecting the cultural integrity of the region. 

The Plank Road Master Plan will be implemented over a course of three years and aims to use place-based development principles that recognize existing community assets while prioritizing the community’s expressed needs for change.

“As one of the co-leads for the Mayor's transition in 2016, I know how important it was for her to activate Build Baton Rouge to carry out her vision for North Baton Rouge. Since then she has committed the resources and political capital for us to implement that vision through the development of detailed plans and new partnerships. You cannot have a successful redevelopment authority without visionary and committed Mayoral leadership,” said Christopher Tyson, President, and CEO, Build Baton Rouge. “This AdvancingCities award is a testament to the Mayor's ability to craft a bold vision and activate all the necessary pieces for it to blossom into reality. Many people have talked about revitalizing North Baton Rouge, but Mayor Broome knows how to actually get it done. This is evidence of that.”

Baton Rouge is one of seven cities to receive the 2020 AdvancingCities award funding; the Plank Road Master Plan was selected from over 150 proposals submitted by 78 cities throughout the United States. 

Facebook Twitter Email

Other News in Mayor's Press Releases

Statement from Mayor Broome

Posted on: July 19, 2021

City-Parish Monitoring Invest 92L

Posted on: June 17, 2021

Statement from Mayor Broome

Posted on: June 11, 2021

Hurricane Season 2021 Begins

Posted on: June 1, 2021

Statement from Mayor Broome

Posted on: May 17, 2021

Statement from Mayor Broome

Posted on: April 26, 2021

Winter Storm Debris Removal Underway

Posted on: February 19, 2021

Emergency Shelters and City-Parish Offices

Posted on: February 16, 2021

Curfew Issued for East Baton Rouge Parish

Posted on: February 15, 2021


Posted on: October 27, 2020

Mayor Broome Announces Citizen Data Academy

Posted on: September 22, 2020

Geaux Get Healthy Launches Year Three

Posted on: September 21, 2020

Mayor Broome Declares Parish-Wide Emergency

Posted on: September 13, 2020

Stormwater Master Plan Virtual Open House

Posted on: September 2, 2020

City-Parish Buildings Remain Closed

Posted on: August 25, 2020

Mayor Broome to Extend Mask Order

Posted on: July 28, 2020

Tropical Weather Trending

Posted on: July 23, 2020

Real Time Crime Center Gets Major Donation

Posted on: December 11, 2019

Baton Rouge Healthy Food Retail Initiative

Posted on: November 20, 2019

2019 Capital Region Veterans Parade

Posted on: November 11, 2019


Posted on: October 22, 2019

Baton Rouge Veteran’s Parade 2019

Posted on: October 7, 2019


Posted on: October 7, 2019

Mayor Broome Kicks Off MOVEBR Program

Posted on: September 24, 2019


Posted on: August 19, 2019

Tropical Storm Barry Updates

Posted on: July 14, 2019

Invest 92L Preparations

Posted on: July 9, 2019

Gulf Tropical Disturbance Update

Posted on: July 8, 2019


Posted on: May 30, 2019


Posted on: April 24, 2019


Posted on: March 27, 2019

MOHSEP Monitoring Rising Mississippi River

Posted on: February 28, 2019


Posted on: February 4, 2019

Mayor Broome Announces SKYWARN Training

Posted on: December 4, 2018

Essay Contest for Local Middle Schoolers

Posted on: September 11, 2018

Mayor Broome Creates Blight Strike Team

Posted on: February 16, 2018

Metro Council Approves 2018 Budget

Posted on: December 12, 2017