BRAC Releases 2018 Canvas Agenda

Business and civic leaders encouraged to register early 

BATON ROUGE, La. (February 13, 2018) — The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) today released the agenda for its tenth Regional Canvas Benchmarking Workshop, which will take place May 20-22, 2018 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The agenda is available online at

“The purpose of the Canvas trip is to expose the Capital Region’s business and civic leaders to best practices in areas that we are trying to move the needle on locally,” said Adam Knapp, president and CEO of BRAC. “It allows the group to see success stories in action, ask questions of the people behind the work, and coalesce around ideas for implementation here in the Baton Rouge Area. I encourage folks to register early – attendance is limited, and the content is going to be inspiring.”

Planned activities include a Cincinnati Reds baseball game at the Great American Ball Park, a walking tour of the city’s famously redeveloped Over-the-Rhine district, and a keynote given by Mel Gravely, CEO of Triversity Construction and author of eight books, including “When Black and White Make Green.”

Other sessions will explore topics such as health-by-design, business leaders as catalysts for progress, talent magnets, community-driven redevelopment, creative education and workforce solutions, strategies for economic inclusion, and investing in people to improve a community.

The Regional Canvas Benchmarking Workshop is an effort by BRAC, in conjunction with the Office of the Mayor-President of East Baton Rouge Sharon Weston Broome, in which Baton Rouge Area business and community leaders reflect upon important policy issues facing the Capital Region and learn how Cincinnati addresses similar matters.

Cheri Ausberry,‎ director of community development and governmental relations with ‎Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, and Rex Cabaniss, planning and design director of WHLC Architecture, are the official chairpersons of the trip.

Canvas is sponsored by Cox Communications, Jones Walker, and Humana.

To register, view sponsorship opportunities or find more information on the 2018 Regional Canvas Benchmarking Workshop, visit

About the Baton Rouge Area Chamber

The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) leads economic development in the nine-parish Baton Rouge Area, working to grow jobs and wealth and to improve the business climate and competitiveness in the region. Today, BRAC investors include more than 1,500 small businesses, midsize firms, large industry and entrepreneurial startups, as well as individuals and organizations that support business and economic development. In this capacity, BRAC serves as the voice of the business community, providing knowledge, access, services and advocacy. More information is available at


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