BR, NOLA officials set sights on ‘Sun Corridor’ for second Super Region Canvas trip

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After visiting central Florida in 2013 for the two organizations’ first Super Region Canvas trip, the Baton Rouge Area Chamber and Greater New Orleans Inc. announced this morning that the second Super Region Canvas trip will be to Arizona’s “Sun Corridor.”

The 2015 Super Region Canvas trip will see business and community leaders from greater Baton Rouge, New Orleans and the Houma-Terrebonne area spend three days and two nights in the greater Phoenix and Tucson areas, which locals there commonly refer to as the Sun Corridor.

The trip will take place from April 19-21, and registration is now open. The cost is $2,200, which includes the flight and hotel accommodations as well as workshop registration.

The Canvas trips are meant to give participants greater perspective on how peer cities handle critical issues common to all communities. They have taken place about every other year since 2003.

BRAC formerly organized the trips on its own, but in 2013 partnered with GNO Inc. to increase regional cooperation among south Louisiana’s business communities. Mayor Kip Holden commonly goes on the Canvas trips, as do top executives with many of Baton Rouge’s most prominent businesses and community organizations.

“Canvas trips offer an opportunity for senior business and community leaders to envision the future of our super region by looking at another strong point of comparison,” Adam Knapp, president and CEO of BRAC, says in a prepared release.

BRAC has named Our Lady of the Lake Foundation President and CEO John Paul Funes as the official chairperson for the Baton Rouge area during the trip, while GNO Inc. has named Jim Hudson, chairman of the Southeast region of IberiaBank, as its chairperson.

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