Baton Rouge, LA – (March 1, 2019) The following is a statement from Greater Baton Rouge Industry Alliance Executive Director Connie Fabre in response to ExxonMobil’s decision to invest in the Baton Rouge polyolefin facility:

“ExxonMobil’s decision to invest in the Baton Rouge polyolefins facility is a win for the Capital Region’s workforce and small businesses, a win for area teachers and students and a win for our economy. $30 million in sales taxes will flow into East Baton Rouge Parish mostly this year and over $20 million in property taxes over the next 20 years.  But it almost didn’t happen. Negative rhetoric and false accusations from a vocal few threatened this project at every turn. While neighboring parishes and states are welcoming investments such as these with open arms, some in East Baton Rouge Parish favor political grandstanding which threatens the prosperity of this community. We must make it easier for companies to invest here, our region’s future growth and economic viability depend on it.“