BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - A group of young entrepreneurs are looking to revamp parts of North and South Baton Rouge through an initiative called Buy Back Baton Rouge.
“If we can get to the point where we are all working together to revitalize these communities I think then as a city we all grow and that’s not just North Baton Rouge that’s the city as a whole,” Tevin Wade, who owns Core Electrical Contractors LLC, tells WAFB.
Wade is one of the team members who currently oversees several construction projects in North Baton Rouge, including new student housing near Southern University.
He is also focusing on building homes in the Scotlandville area, but it’s not a profit that Wade says is driving this re-investment into this community.
”My focus is to bring a modern feel to North Baton Rouge because we don’t see that you know. Everything that we are seeing is just lower standard grade build that is not really putting equity within the properties. Yeah, I might lose some of my profit for doing that, but I’m okay with doing that for the betterment of the community,” he explains.
Wade says this initiative is also helping to bring jobs and money back into the area.
”We definitely try to hire within our community because at the end of the day we have to be the people that circulate the dollars within our communities. That is not happening right now like you see in other communities,” he says.
”It definitely needs to be a group effort with everyone to create this cohesiveness and ecosystem that we want to see around our campuses and within our community,” says Wade.
For more information on upcoming projects visit buybackbaton.com
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