New Orleans, Baton Rouge area Business Briefs for Nov. 22, 2020

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Summit addresses economic developmentThe fifth annual Statewide Economic Development Summit is being held Dec. 8 and 10, featuring national experts on trends in economic recovery and opportunities for growth.Mark Zandi, chief economist and co-founder of Moody’s Economy.com, will serve as keynote speaker. His presentation will focus on looking past the coronavirus pandemic and presidential election, leveraging data from Moody’s back-to-normal index to forecast economic stability for the state and country.The summit involves the Regional Economic Alliance of Louisiana, covering the state’s eight regional economic development organizations. The organizations convening the summit are the Baton Rouge Area Chamber; Central Louisiana Economic Development Alliance; Greater New Orleans Inc.; Lafayette Economic Development Authority; One Acadiana; North Louisiana Economic Partnership; Northeast Louisiana Economic Alliance; South Louisiana Economic Council; and Southwest Louisiana Economic Development Alliance.Details and registration are at brac.org/edsummit. Registration, which includes the keynote presentation, live sessions, and on-demand content, is $50 for an individual ticket.Urban League, Google providing ‘kits’The Urban League of Louisiana is working with Google on a pilot program to provide Black-owned, small and medium-sized businesses with free Google Storefront Kits and other Google services.The initiative is in response to COVID-19 safety measures and …

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