Hans Gurtner (BR2011)

Placement: Baton Rouge Area Chamber

What I Worked On: I was involved in several initiatives to combat unemployment and expand Baton Rouge’s economic base. For example, I helped to find an Executive Director and secure funding for a new local business incubator. I explored the opportunity for BRAC to co-apply with the American Chamber of Commerce Executives for a grant from the Economic Development Administration; the grant money would be used to strengthen BRAC’s Business Development and Expansion department. I also researched what it would take for the Port of Greater Baton Rouge to re-organize under the Foreign Trade Zones Board’s Alternative Site Framework. Re-organization would let local businesses take advantage of a streamlined Foreign Trade Zone application process.

Hometown: Bush, LA

School: Louisiana State University

Fields of Study: B.A., Finance

Selected Honors: Dean’s List, Chancellor’s Honor Roll

Selected Activities and Community Involvement: Served as a St. Tammany Parish Elections Commissioner; volunteered for the Save St. Henry’s campaign; spent five summers as a counselor at Camp Abbey.

Prior Work Experience: Internal Audit Intern for Trinity Industries

Why Baton Rouge is important to me: Baton Rouge is a city of hospitality and resolve. Since arriving at LSU in 2006, my appreciation for Baton Rouge has only increased with every passing year. Baton Rouge has provided me with culture, lasting friendships and memories. The City Hall Fellowship is my way to give back to this outstanding city.

Something unique about me: I enjoy making simple, resourceful modifications to my living area. Some past projects include living room stadium seating and wall mounted cup holders.

What I’m doing now:  I’m a law student at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law.

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