State Planning Awards

award ribbon graphicEach year the Louisiana Chapter recognizes the achievements of agencies, companies, groups, and individuals as they strive for excellence in the planning profession. Nominations are received each fall and an awards ceremony occurs during the annual State Planning Conference typically held each spring where winners are recognized by the Chapter President during a banquet luncheon. Award winners receive a personalized award and and are featured in a multimedia presentation at the conference and in APA Louisiana publications. Press releases are made available to winners for distribution to local media. Award winners are selected from qualified applications through a peer jury review process. There is a fee for applying for most categories which is used to purchase acrylic awards and plaques. The planning awards process is managed by the Louisiana Chapter's Public Information Officer James Taylor, AICP who works closely with the Chapter President, Lydia Jemison, AICP CFM.

Awards Ceremony

Nominators of winning submissions will be notified confidentially prior to the conference so that arrangements can be made to ensure attendance of key individuals. Official announcements of the winning submissions will be made at the APA Louisiana Annual State Planning Conference. (See conference pages for date and location of the next State Planning Conference, generally held each spring.)

Award Categories

General award categories include Planning Excellence, Planning Achievement (for an individual), Student awards, and Great Places in Louisiana recognition.


Planning Excellence
Awards excellent plans, processes, implementation of plans or programs, education efforts and advocacy work. Student project awards are also included in this category. Learn more about the Planning Excellence Award for:


Planning Achievement
Provides individual recognition for leadership in the profession, enriching a community's quality of life, and the lifetime achievement and President's awards. Learn more about the Planning Achievement Award for:


Great Places in Louisiana
APA LA seeks to identify places in our state which exemplify local character, quality of experience, and excellent planning. This program is modeled after APA's Great Places in America recognition program. The three "place" categories are: There is no application fee and nominations are made regionally, via Section Directors.

Recent Winners

  • Excellence Award for a Plan
    Gonzales Comprehensive Plan
  • Excellence Award for Implementation
    FUTUREBR Comprehensive Plan Update
  • Excellence Award for a Process
    Alexandria / Pineville Urbanized Area Metropolitan Transportation Plan 2040
  • Lifetime Achievement
    Mart Black, AICP
  • Great Places in Louisiana - Street
    600 and 700 Blocks of Texas Street, Shreveport
  • Great Places in Louisiana - Public Space
    Terminal Building, New Orleans Lakefront Airport

Download a PDF of the 2017 State Planning Awards Presentation.

Information about awards during previous years are currently available within the records of past conferences. Search for Awards Presentation PowerPoints or PDFs.

Process Documentation

Our State Planning Awards process follows the procedures and guidelines outlined in the Report of the 2011 Awards Review Committee. This document outlines the processes and procedures adopted by the Chapter at that time. A similar guidelines document exists for the Great Places in Louisiana program, begun in 2013.


Specific Information About Award Categories