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Forum 35’s I-10/I-12 Corridor project is currently in its second year. Similar to Forum 35, it was created to develop future leaders, but to do so throughout the state, as well as encouraging communication, relationship development and as a result economic development along the state’s I-10/I-12 corridor. Additionally, the committee has as its charge to enact measures to solve some of the issues prevalent in Baton Rouge: not communicating the positive attributes of our region, addressing the outflow of talented professionals to other areas known as ‘brain drain’, better welcoming new professionals to the area, and bringing to the forefront quality of life issues that are important to attracting and keeping professionals in an area, such as strong public education, better public transportation, and a strong arts, culture and recreation offering.
We quickly realized those issues were not unique to Baton Rouge, or just communities along the corridor, and that it would be necessary to increase our reach throughout Louisiana. As a result, this year, a large part of the committee’s effort has been focused on forming a statewide council of representatives from young professional organizations from around Louisiana. Though we’ve yet to select a formal name, we have elected a board of officers and are in the process of incorporating and getting our 501(c)(3) status. The focus of this group will be to support young professional organizations throughout the state; given limited resources, the group felt this was the best utilization of our time and the best way to affect individual professionals across Louisiana. This will entail serving as an authority on best practices, guiding professionals interested in organizing a YPO in their own towns, sharing research and the successes of each area throughout the state, etc. Our goals for next year include publicizing Forum 35 on the college campuses in Baton Rouge and supporting Forum 35’s "We Are BR” campaign.
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