Gabriel Vicknair, CLED
As Assistant Executive Director for the Downtown Development District, Gabriel Vicknair assists the Executive Director with organizational and financial development of the DDD in the accomplishments of its goals and objectives of fostering growth for Downtown Baton Rouge. Vicknair’s work includes planning, developing, and carrying out key administrative and operational programs for the District.
Mr. Vicknair has served the Downtown Development District in several vital positions including Intern, Special Events and Marketing Coordinator, Development Project Director, and Assistant Executive Director. While serving as Development Project Director and as the Assistant Executive Director he has overseen the design, construction, and public processes involved in several projects and marketing initiatives. Working closely with designers and contractors on projects such as North Boulevard Town Square, Repentance Park, and the Downtown Greenway; Vicknair assists with quality control in project design and construction, as well as assistance in the development of scope of work items and outgoing request for proposals. He has also been instrumental in bringing over $3 million in federal and state grant dollars to the organization and City/Parish for the planning and construction of the Downtown Greenway. During his tenure, the Downtown Development District’s projects, programs, and organizational leadership have received over 14 awards.
During Vicknair’s position as Special Events and Marketing Coordinator for the DDD, Vicknair designed and produced an Event Procedures and Guidelines manual for the downtown area, and resurrected the downtown Phantom Galleries program that transforms vacant storefronts into temporary art galleries. Vicknair’s duties have also include fostering business partnerships, researching and identifying economic incentives, and managing and conceptualizing numerous marketing and communication initiatives such as the DDD and North Boulevard Town Square websites and marketing collateral for the organization.
While earning a degree in Landscape Architecture from Louisiana State University (LSU), Vicknair participated in a semester long internship with Civitas Urban Design and Planning in Denver, Colorado where he studied the redevelopment of the South Platte River corridor and worked on various large scale projects such as the San Diego Embarcadero and the San Jose International Airport. Vicknair also holds over ten years of professional experience in landscape construction, and is a Louisiana Certified Economic Developer through LSU’s E. J. Ourso College of Business.
As Assistant Executive Director, Vicknair’s work has included the implementation of a range of organizational tasks. He led the process of creating the Design Resource Center (DRC) and the new DDD offices, including coordination of the architect and contractors to transform the 1920’s era space within the Taylor Building. Vicknair oversaw and often personally implemented the integration of the audio-visual infrastructure, branding and marketing, and a range of construction tasks related to the DRC.
Gabriel Vicknair serves on the Downtown Business Association (DBA) Board as a liaison between the DBA and agencies within the City/Parish. Vicknair also volunteers on the Live After Five Concert Series and Marketing Committees.
Outside of work, he is an avid whitewater kayaker, musician and enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife Sophie and sons Koen and Roman.