Meet Rex Cabaniss
Occupation: Principal, Planning & Design Director
Organization: WHLC Architecture
Hometown: Midland, TX
When and why did you get involved with BRAC?
I joined the first BRAC Canvas Trip to Austin in 2003, and then several successive Canvas Trips. They were unique opportunities for discovery and comradery, providing a focused survey of best practices in peer cities.
Tell us more about how you are involved in Baton Rouge?
My career allows creative access to work with leaders in healthcare, education, business and the arts communities on a wide range of planning and design projects.
I currently serve as President of the Mid City Redevelopment Alliance Board of Directors, President-Elect of the American Institute of Architects-Baton Rouge, Board Member of The Walls Project, BR Sustainable Transportation Action Committee, BR Complete Streets Citizens Advisory Committee, and the BRAC Quality of Place Working Group.
Why do you stay involved with BRAC?
As an ambitious and energetic organization, BRAC is the leading business voice in the region for economic development. As an active coalition of business leaders, they excel at advocating for progressive public policies that can drive the advancement of our community.
What would you tell someone considering becoming a BRAC investor?
It’s both a dynamic resource and rewarding experience to join with fellow BRAC investors in working together on shared interests and community initiatives. BRAC offers a rich array of events, programs, committees, publications and business support.
What do you see for the future of Baton Rouge? How will we get there?
I moved here 20 years ago and have been privileged to work alongside many of our city’s political, business, and community leaders. Baton Rouge continues to offer great opportunities to work together to build progress towards an ever-increasing quality of life for the region.
What’s one of the most exciting things you see happening in the Baton Rouge Area today?
The active growth potential in our city: LSU, Downtown, The Water Campus, Mid City and The Health District are all expanding through collaborative, strategic planning and proactive leadership. BRAC’s Ambassador Program is designed to allow company representatives to actively build relationships with BRAC investors and business leaders while serving as advocates of BRAC’s work.
Each month, BRAC highlights one of these ambassadors in the Ambassador Spotlight. To learn more about the Ambassador Program visit the program page here.