About Home Builders Association | Greater Baton Rouge
HBA | GBR is the professional, regional home-builders association for the Greater Baton Rouge Area. The nine-parish Capital Region has a population of more than 800,000 people, as of the 2010 census and includes: Ascension, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberville, Livingston, Pointe Coupee, St. Helena, West Baton Rouge and West Feliciana.
Our mission is to protect the American Dream of housing opportunities for all, while achieving professional success for its members who build communities, create jobs and strengthen our economy.
The Association achieves this by:
- Furthering ethical and professional standards of its members
- Encouraging members to provide quality products and services
- Providing continual education to its members and the general public
- Being proactive with the community and government officials as the authority of the home building industry.
- Promoting a healthy business environment through being a major contributor to the economy
- Being a responsible corporate citizen and community partner
Read more about how the HBA | GBR contributes to the nine-parish Baton Rouge area and how your business can benefit through membership.
With over 1,000 members, HBA | GBR is among the top 10 home builders associations in the nation and the LARGEST in Louisiana.
History of Home Builders Association of Greater Baton Rouge
The HBA | GBR was founded in Baton Rouge, LA, in 1953, by about 6 residential contractors who knew that their voice was louder and stronger as a group rather than individuals.
The association's initial goal was to stop some of the unnecessary regulations being imposed on the industry that caused the cost of housing to increase. They also wanted the opportunity to stay on top of the best practices for residential construction. For the past 60+ years, those goals have not changed.
Originally the group was called the Home Builders & Apartment Association of Greater Baton Rouge and was located in a corner of a builder’s office in downtown. Later, office space was rented and more members joined the association. After a few more moves, the leadership purchased a lot and built the beautiful building where HBA | GBR is today. The name was changed to Capital Region Builders Association in 1997. In 2018, we shifted to the Home Builders Association of Greater Baton Rouge, better addressing our role in the community and on a national scale.
How HBA | GBR Gives Back to Our Community
The Capital Region Builders Foundation (CRBF), a charitable philanthropic arm of HBA | GBR, was established in 2008 and has raised over $18 million for local charities. CRBF has built dozens of homes to benefit St. Jude Hospital and Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital and has partnered with Homes for Our Troops to build an accessible home for a local veteran who was severely injured in Afghanistan. In 2015, CRBF built a beautiful home in Green Trails to help The Capital Area United Way.
With a Community Development Block grant from the City of Baton Rouge and Parish of East Baton Rouge, the Capital Region Builders Foundation and Home Builders Institute have partnered to provide career training in the building trades to at-risk teens. Graduates can earn a certificate that proves to employers they have skills they need to be successful on the job.
The Home Builders Association has also made great strides in workforce development in Louisiana. Through partnerships with programs like the Louisiana Workforce Commission, BRCC Workforce Development, and the LCTCS Workforce Alignment, HBA | GBR works to grow the construction industry through education and resources.
A message from Nathan Spicer, 2019 HBA | GBR Chair
The Home Builder’s Association of Greater Baton Rouge is the 11th largest builder association in the country and includes East Baton Rouge, West Baton Rouge, Livingston, Ascension, East Feliciana, West Feliciana, Iberville, Pointe Coupee, and St. Helena Parishes. Membership offers cost savings as well as access to many tools for success including education, building codes, networking, and political advocacy (our staff lobbyist helps bring the issues that affect us to the forefront of the political arena). Being a part of something larger than ourselves helps us fight for the American Dream of owning a home.
When I first started building I was working in a neighborhood where several builders were and one of them invited me to attend a meeting, where I was encouraged to become involved. Over the years I have developed many relationships which have helped me become successful. They answered my countless questions, shared their “secret” recipes, and mentored me, even though we are competing for the same business.
Yes, we compete against each other, but we are all working for the same goal. If one builder or vendor doesn’t do an excellent job that customer may not build or buy again, and it hurts every one of us. We must all proceed diligently, with integrity, and purpose.
Working together we make dreams come true. We do it so often that sometimes we don’t appreciate the magnitude of what we do…..at first it is just a patch of grass, maybe in a subdivision or maybe in a sugar cane field, but a few months later it is a safe haven filled with laughter and love for years to come. We do that, all of us. We are bankers, builders, remodelers, trade partners, and realtors. I encourage you to join with your industry partners and make a difference. Join us in helping make other people’s dreams come true.