The Baton Rouge Area Digital Industries Consortium is a dynamic economic development engine dedicated to aggressively expanding the digital media sector in the Baton Rouge Area. Our efforts include enhancing digital media education, recruiting companies, encouraging entrepreneurial activity, and supporting the participation of Baton Rouge in the global digital media economy.
Louisiana’s rich cultural diversity and technological investment make Baton Rouge, the state’s capital, the natural place for the advancement of a permanent digital media economy. Our community will continue to grow this sector, participating in the global economy, securing jobs, developing new companies, seeking venture capital investment, and changing the landscape of the state capital. Digital media will be one of the primary sectors of the city’s economy, entrenching Baton Rouge in the global creative market.
BRADIC was built on the collaboration of Louisiana State University, the Office of the Mayor-President of East Baton Rouge Parish, the Baton Rouge Area Foundation, and the Baton Rouge Area Chamber, with special support from the Louisiana Department of Economic Development. The consortium was founded on the success of the Red Stick International Animation Festival as an economic development engine. The festival fulfilled its initial goal of bringing speakers and industry professionals to the Baton Rouge area. Speakers from major digital media companies have toured Baton Rouge because of this event. To build on this success, BRADIC’s partners decided to create an office whose sole purpose was to promote the Baton Rouge area to digital media companies. It is critical that the office communicate in the language of the industry, to show decision-makers that Baton Rouge and its leadership understand their needs and are able to address industry concerns.
The consortium has an executive board of the community’s top leaders and advisory board of digital media professionals. The consortium leaders work with international companies to help create innovative solutions to the needs of industry. As the primary partner, Louisiana State University is dedicated to innovation and technology development through the LSU Office of Research and Intellectual Property, and the LSU Center for Computation & Technology.