Community leaders learn challenges & opportunities for growth

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A new program's inaugural event aimed at providing Baton Rouge community leaders with a greater understanding of the region was held Tuesday.

The day-long event at the Manship Theatre was put on by Prospect Baton Rouge. It was modeled after canvas trips city leaders have taken to other communities around the country.

This is kind of a reverse canvas experience, where participants will learn about the challenges and opportunities for growth in the Baton Rouge area. One of the speakers was Bob Mirabito, the CEO of CATS Bus System.

"It's all about partnership with everybody in the city, the parish and that's what it's going to take," Mirabito told the audience.

Transportation, public safety, public education and economic development were among the issues discussed at the event. Participants will tour the ExxonMobil plant and areas of the city served by the BRAVE initiative.

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