September 17, 2020 – Agenda

The Build Baton Rouge Board of Commissioners will meet Thursday, September 17, 2020 at 9:00AM via Zoom teleconference. (video optional) Please see the instructions below on how to join the meeting and submit public comments. Please email or call our office with any questions you may have.

Date: Thursday, September 17, 2020
Time: 9:00 AM
Place: Video conference via Zoom

By Web:

Meeting ID: 837 0550 6016
Password: 585919

By Phone:
+1 646 558 8656

I. Call to Order – Rodney Braxton

II. Approval of minutes from August 20, 2020 meeting – Rodney Braxton

III. Financial Report – Heather LeBlanc
I. Review YTD Profit – Loss Actual vs. Budget, Program Statement of Activity, and Cash Flow Projections for the period ended August 31, 2020.

IV. CEO Update – Christopher Tyson
I. Administrative
II. Real Estate/ Land Bank
III. Federal Grants
IV. Projects
(a) Ardendale
(b) Electric Depot
(c) Plank Road Master Plan

V. 2019 Financial Statements – Christopher Tyson
Action Item:  Approve and adopt the 2019 audited financial statements for Build Baton Rouge.

VI. New Business – Rodney Braxton

VII. Public Comment – Rodney Braxton

VIII. Adjourn to Executive Session – Rodney Braxton
I. Real Estate Transactions
II. Personnel Matters

IX. Adjournment – Rodney Braxton

Instructions for Joining the Build Baton Rouge Board of Commissioners’ Meeting

Web Access:
Join Zoom Meeting by clicking on:

Phone Access:
+1 646 558 8656

Meeting ID:  821 4384 1084
Password:  646977

Public Comment:
There are two options to provide public comment for the meeting, prior to or during the meeting. Below are the process for both options. Any public comment received will be read during the meeting.

Prior to Meeting:
Emails containing public comment will be received up to 12:00 pm on Wednesday, September 16, 2020. All emails must be submitted to and must include the Agenda Item number, your name and a brief statement. If you wish to speak during the meeting, please indicate in your email. You will be addressed during the meeting.

During Meeting:
Public comments will be taken during the Public Comment period on the agenda. The Board Chairman will open the meeting up for public comment after addressing all public comments submitted via email prior to the meeting.


In accordance with Executive Proclamations JBE 2020-30 and 2020-33, issued by Governor John Bel Edwards on March 16, 2020 and March 22, 2020, respectively, this notice shall serve as the certification of the inability of Build Baton Rouge (“The Authority”) to otherwise operate in accordance with the Louisiana Open Meetings Law due to a lack of a quorum as a result of the COVID-19 public health emergency.

Pursuant to Section 4 of JBE 2020-30, The Authority will provide for attendance at its essential Board of Commissioners meeting on July 16, 2020, via video conference because it is unable to obtain a quorum (3 of 5 members). In addition, under Section 2 of JBE 2020-33, Governor Edwards ordered all public gatherings of ten (10) or more people to be suspended or postponed. The Authority is a special district created pursuant to Article VI, Section 19 of the Constitution of Louisiana and political subdivision of the State as defined in Article VI, Section 44 of the Constitution of Louisiana. It is essential for The Authority, acting through its Board, to continue to operate in accordance to its rights, powers, privileges and immunities accorded by the laws and the Constitution of Louisiana to political subdivisions of the State, subject to the limitations provided in Louisiana Revised Statute 33:4720.151 (Enabling Legislation).

Considering the foregoing, and in accordance with Proclamation Numbers JBE 2020-30 and JBE 2020-33, the Build Baton Rouge Board of Commissioners’ meeting on Thursday, September 17, 2020, at 9:00 a.m. will be held via video conference and in a manner that allows for observation and input by members of the public, as set forth in the Notice posted on September 10, 2020.

Christopher J. Tyson, President and CEO Build Baton Rouge