The Downtown Development District has received the Award of Merit from the International Downtown Association for the Downtown Toolkit: A Visual Guide to Downtown Development in Baton Rouge. The award was announced at its annual conference in Atlanta today. This is the ninth year in a row that the International Downtown Association has recognized the DDD’s leadership and management in the development of Downtown Baton Rouge.

The Downtown Development Toolkit is a document offering demographics, statistics, and other resources meant to meet the needs of the development and business community. Through engaging infographics and colorful images, the Development Toolkit document gives a current snapshot into the downtown economy as a whole, featuring real estate statistics, a demographic summary of downtown residents and workers, information about the DDD office, economic incentives, maps such as land-use and daily population inflow/outflow, tourism/hospitality data, and a section that walks you through the steps for obtaining planning commission approval and required City/Parish permits.