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Forum 35 Announces Opposition to St. George Incorporation

Thursday, June 28, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Jessica Keasler
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Forum 35 Announces Opposition to St. George Incorporation
BATON ROUGE – Forum 35, Baton Rouge’s largest young professional organization, recently conducted a poll of their members on the incorporation of St. George. To date, 102 responses have been received, with 70% of responding members opposed incorporating the City of St. George. The survey included questions to identify: the reasons why respondents supported or opposed the issue, whether they lived within the boundaries, if they felt they had enough facts about the issue, and a place for general comments. 
Of the respondents, 26% indicated they lived within the boundaries of St. George, while the majority thought they would be impacted by the St. George incorporation. Taxes and K-12 Education were equal factors weighing in on respondents’ opinion, followed closely by leadership. Generally, members felt they had enough information on the issue; many of them citing racial division, community, and economic development as specific factors driving their opinion.
Based on strong opinions of survey respondents, Forum 35’s Board of Directors opposed the incorporation of St. George. President Jessica Keasler said, “Our members are very engaged in what is going on around our city; we feel it is important that we stay committed to the betterment of the Baton Rouge community, and come together to discuss the difficulties the city faces."
Forum 35 regularly polls members to gauge their interest on topics or to help find ways to educate and engage their membership. As an all-volunteer organization, Forum 35’s objective is to inspire young professionals to get involved in philanthropic activities through our core pillars: Arts & Culture, Diversity, Leadership and Service. 

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