The Federation of Greater Baton Rouge Civic Associations has a new logo that officers say reflects important tenets of the group — recognizing the unique needs of individual homeowner associations while helping move the broader Baton Rouge community forward.

The logo, unveiled at the federation’s June 11 meeting and designed by Vice President Cliff Grout, features four outlines of houses and three trees. The houses are purple, blue and gold — colors selected to honor LSU and Southern University’s contributions to the Baton Rouge community. Trees were included because Baton Rouge “is not a concrete environment,” Grout said.

“We’re all working toward doing things that we think will improve Baton Rouge,” said Nancy Curry, the federation’s president. “And if it improves Baton Rouge, guess what? It improves property values. We’re concerned as homeowners if our neighbor next door is picking up his trash or whether they’re mowing their grass, but there are other issues we need to be concerned about.”

Among those issues are new property developments and recent efforts to revitalize parts of Baton Rouge.

A past federation president, local attorney Elliott Atkinson, told attendees about the history of the group, which was founded in 1973 to unite homeowners so they would have a greater voice in local government than subdivisions would have alone. The federation focuses on common challenges of owning a home in Baton Rouge.

That paid off about 20 years ago, when federation members got involved to help the city-parish develop the Horizon plan, the first comprehensive land use plan for Baton Rouge, Atkinson said. That plan was replaced a few months ago by FUTUREBR, which the federation also helped with.

Because the federation brings together people from various neighborhoods, the unity it fosters can be instrumental as city-parish leaders strive for efficiency in their plans, Atkinson said.

“We have not simply helped elect our local officials and Metro Council members, but we have stayed involved with them,” he said.

Officers also presented certificates to past presidents of the federation to recognize their service.