Groups plan to make push for Google Fiber experiment

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The Baton Rouge Chamber, Baton Rouge Area Foundation and the Geaux FiBR Campaign released information Monday that aims to make Baton Rouge the next great city.

Geaux FiBR is the city's attempt to get Google to select Baton Rouge for its experimental high-speed internet project. Geaux FiBR announced a best entry in a contest for the project Monday. The winner will get a $1,000 cash prize.

The chamber is lining up a trip to Pittsburgh. The mayor and a canvassing group will travel to Pittsburgh in September to look around the city. It was recently ranked by The Economist as America's most livable city.

The group has made two previous trips to Austin and Portland.

The Baton Rouge Area Foundation's annual report on the quality of life shows:

  • Economic struggles are undermining the quality
  • Unemployment was up in 2009
  • Almost half of Baton Rouge residents say the city has a big litter problem
  • The airport is in decline and passenger traffic is back to levels of six years ago
  • The pace of the city is too slow

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