The Baton Rouge Area Chamber has hired Jared Smith as director of business development, according to a news release.

Smith will be responsible for corporate-business expansion and attraction; project management; and economic-incentive evaluation throughout the region.

Smith was formerly a manager of business retention and expansions for Louisiana Economic Development.

Adam Knapp, president and chief executive officer of BRAC, cited Smith’s private sector experience in finance and public sector in experience in economic development.

Smith has more than 10 years of experience in banking; project management; marketing management and economic development.