"Finding jobs that fit the needs and desires of young professionals won't completely alter the pattern of outmigration. It will take a little something called entertainment. Baton Rouge has already worked diligently to improve commercial availabilities like Perkins Rowe and Towne Center at Cedar Lodge, but young professionals often look for the heart of the city-downtown.
Shaping the way downtown has grown and developed is a focus of many people within the community.
"The question we have had to ask is: If there are vibrant downtowns all across the United States, why isn't there one in Baton Rouge?" says Michael Trufant, the spokesman for A6, a group a group that says its sole purpose is to improve the Baton Rouge area."
"Mayor Kip Holden's focus on the region is undeniable. But while the dedication to downtown development remains, there is still a gap between what is said and what is done."