Leaders: Super region needed to compete with Houston
BATON ROUGE- The heads of two regional economic development organizations say Baton Rouge and New Orleans need to team up to form a super region to help south Louisiana better compete with Houston for jobs.
Michael Hecht, president and chief executive officer of GNO Inc. told the Rotary Club of Baton Rouge Wednesday that Houston took the energy industry away from southeast Louisiana and they took incalculable human capital going back to the 1960s.
Adam Knapp, president and chief executive officer of the Baton Rouge Area Chamber, said Houston has almost 6.5 million residents spread across a metro area that's nearly 10,000 square miles. In comparison, the super region of Baton Rouge-New Orleans-Houma-Thibodaux has 2.2 million residents and is 8,000 square miles.