2018 Annual Conference

Photo of Shreveport skyline, night time

The Face of Planning

2018 conference logoPlanning is a broad profession, with individuals practicing in public, private and not-for-profit sectors. Some focus on code and law, others on design issues. Some focus on improving the natural environment while others seek solutions to urban issues such as transportation or housing or economic development. As many of these overlap, most of us wear several hats during our careers, if not during a single work day. What does "planning" look like to you? And who are the populations directly impacted by your work? To begin to answer these questions, this year's conference theme is "The Face of Planning". As we again gather to renew friendships and begin new ones, we will hear from our peers what "planning" means to them and how our work serves others.

The 2018 State Planning Conference for APA-LA has been shifted to October this year and will be held in Shreveport at Sam's Town Hotel on the riverfront. The timing coincides with Shreveport's Red River Revel Arts Festival. Make plans to attend and click through the links below to learn more about professional education sessions, speakers and to register online!

Carpool to the Conference!

Use the Ride Pro Web app to organize or join an existing carpool to the state planning conference. This free service is made available by the Capital Region Planning Commission and the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development. Click and give it a try. It works for other destinations too.

RidePro App


Program & Speakers

Microphone iconWe have an exciting lineup for this year's conference ranging from "cool tools" to trails, flood recovery housing programs to preservation. Fourteen topical sessions are offered, plus Pecha Kucha presentations, Awards Luncheon, AICP test prep and Planning Commissioner Training. Guest speakers include Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser; Mayors Ollie Tyler of Shreveport and Lo Walker of Bossier City; and Paul Farmer, FAICP - past CEO of the American Planning Association.

Registration & Fees

iconThree-day registration is again well under $100 per day including lunches. Discounts are offered for APA members, for planning commissioners, for full time students, and for early-birds. These early-bird discounts end September 14th. Mobile workshops, a Chapter Dinner, and of course lodging are in addition to the conference base registration. No refunds after September 14th. We encourage you to first read through the information on this website and perhaps print the downloadable registration form for reference, then register online through planning.org's event portal or mail in your check.


Venue, Locale and Mobile Workshops

images iconSam's Town Resort will be our conference venue and they offer a reduced rate using Group Code SH10APA. The Shreveport - Bossier City's river fronts are energized with attractions and activities. At Sam's Town you'll be close to everything, including the annual Red River Revel arts festival featuring music, food and more. And mobile workshops during this year's conference include trips to the Port, to Bossier East Bank, and to downtown sites including Texas Street and Shreveport Common. Click "Venue" for details.


Sponsors & Exhibitors

iconPlease consider becoming an organizational, corporate, or individual sponsor of APA Louisiana's 2018 Annual State Planning Conference. Exhibit your services, products, and capabilities; or showcase your work on a table-top display in immediate proximity to our conference session rooms and ballroom, guaranteeing you repeated daily exposure to all attendees. Sponsors will have their logo and/or name displayed prominently according to sponsorship level. For more information and to download a sponsorship or exhibitor packet click the "Sponsorship Opportunities" button.


Photo Galleries

Images from the conference are displayed as thumbnails below. Click to enlarge.  Higher resolution versions of these photos are available in this Google Album. Also, you may contribute your photos from this event in this Google album!

2018 Conference Host Committee

  • Stephen Jean, AICP
  • Alan Clarke
  • Joanne Poret, AICP
  • Carlotta Askew-Brown
  • Adam Bailey
  • Mart Black, AICP
  • Gopika Nair
  • APA-LA Executive Committee Members
  • and special thanks to Marybeth Findley


Conference Program

The PDF conference program (link at right) has been finalized as of October 1, 2018. The content below has been updated to agree with the print program. Certification Maintenance (CM) credits listed below each session are those we've applied for.

DAY 1 - Wednesday, October 3

8:00 AM - On-Site Registration Opens

On-site registration will be available the day of the conference but some selections - such as mobile workshops - may be limited and you definitely will have missed the early bird discount. Our volunteer staff will have laptops available to receive your online payments via credit or debit cards, and log your selections with the Planning.org event portal. They can also receive your purchases of additional tickets for your guest or new

8:00 AM - Chapter Business Meeting

Magnolia Room

Members are strongly encouraged to attend this annual meeting of the full membership of APA LA. Chapter President Derek Chisholm will review critical events of the past year and present possible changes in 2019 for discussion with the membership. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear what is going on and to have your voice heard!

- - 15 Minute Break --

9:15 - Conference Welcome and Plenary Session

Magnolia Room

This official start of the 2018 APA Louisiana Conference will include a welcome to Shreveport-Bossier and to the conference. Welcome addresses will be received from Mayors Ollie Tyler of Shreveport and Lo Walker of Bossier City, and also from the APA Louisiana Chapter President Derek Chisholm.

10:15 AM - Wednesday

Session 1: Promoting Inclusiveness in Preservation Planning

Arkansas Room, [1.5 CM]

Professional planners must work to develop plans that both acknowledge and respect the wide array of cultures, histories, and identities present in our communities. Learn how planners and community partners in St. John the Baptist Parish are lever aging the power of historic preservation and cultural identity to build social capital and promote inclusive revitalization parish wide.

  • Moderator: René Pastorek – St. John the Baptist Parish Planning & Zoning Manager
  • Panelist 1: LaVerne Toombs - Chief Administrative Officer, St. John the Baptist Parish
  • Panelist 2: Julia Remondet – Councilwoman, District II, St. John the Baptist Parish
  • Panelist 3: Jennie Garcia – Doctoral Student of Design and Cultural Preservation, LSU

Session 2: Cool Tools for Planners

Louisiana Room, [1.5 CM]

The Face of Planning and Planning Organizations increasingly rely on digital solutions to accomplish our tasks. In this session, numerous digital tools will be shared. Applications showcased will include outreach, GIS, data collection, and visualizations. The costs, limitations, and other issues with each tool will be systematically covered.

  • Moderator: Chris Petro, AICP – MPO Deputy Director, Northwest Louisiana Council of Governments
  • Panelist 1: Adelee LeGrande, AICP – Chief Strategy Officer, Vice President, Transdev
  • Panelist 2: Adam Bailey – Community Planning & Design Manager, Shreveport-Caddo MPC
  • Panelist 3: Bobby Evans, AICP – Community and Transportation Planner, AECOM


12:00 noon - Keynote Luncheon

Magnolia Room

Paul Farmer, FAICP, is a native of Shreveport and a graduate of Jesuit High School, where he discovered city planning. He received his B.A. and B.Arch degrees from Rice University before doing his Masters and Doctoral work in city & regional planning at Cornell University. Paul taught planning and architecture at Cornell and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee for a decade; practiced city planning for two decades as deputy planning director in Pittsburgh, Planning Director in Minneapolis and Executive Director of Planning and Development in Eugene, Oregon. He was CEO of the American Planning Association for almost fifteen years. He has also held faculty appointments at the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon, Georgia Tech and the University of Oregon. He has been a consulting planner on six continents. Paul continues to write, lecture and practice from Paris to Singapore and through out the U.S. He is an honorary member of ASLA and RTPI and an Honorary Fellow of the Planning Institute of Australia. He and his wife, Connie, live in Chicago and they are currently restoring their home in Shreveport which was built in 1908 by Paul's grandfather.

2:00 PM - Wednesday

Session 3: AICP Ethics Session - The Planner of a 1,000 Faces: A Hero’s Journey Through Ethics

Louisiana Room, [1.5 CM Ethics]

This session presents the ethical career journey of every planner through review of AICP Code of Ethics, case studies, and breakout sessions. It presents an opportunity for self-reflection and consideration of reactions to situations and scenarios involving ethical dilemmas encountered by planners over the course of their careers.

  • Speaker: Sean Daly, AICP – Chapter Professional Development Officer / Senior Planner, Iteris, Inc.


Mobile Workshops [2 - 4 PM]

Meet in lobby, [2 CM]

Tour 1 - Port of Caddo-Bossier (ticketed event)

  • Facilitator: Eric England – Executive Director, Port of Caddo-Bossier

[Port of Caddo-Bossier]

Tour 2 - Texas Street Downtown (ticketed event)

Facilitator: Liz Swaine - Executive Director, Downtown Development Authority

[700 - 800 blocks of Texas Street]

- - 15 Minute Break --


3:45 PM - Wednesday

Session 4: Short Term Rentals - Revisiting the Regs in New Orleans

Arkansas Room, [1.5 CM]

New Orleans began regulation of short term rentals a year ago but is considering revising these rules. Proponents and critics of STRs are weighing in now as the City Council and Planning Commission sort things out. This Session will look at the growth in numbers of STRs, their impacts, and what new regulations the City Council will likely adopt.

  • Speaker: Robert D. "Bob" Rivers – Executive Director, New Orleans City Planning Commission

Session 5: Promoting Resiliency through Science-based Eco-Engineering in a Coastal Louisiana Parish

Louisiana Room, [1.5 CM]

Terrebonne Parish strives to build a resilient coastal environment through deployment of a “multiple lines of defense” strategy with six components, utilizing both natural and manmade features. While few people in Terrebone actually reside near the Gulf of Mexico, the areas outside the hurricane levee serve to protect the urban environment further inland, as well as the parishʼs vast and vulnerable oil and gas infrastructure.

  • Speaker: Mart Black, AICP – Terrebonne Parish Government, Director: Office of Coastal Restoration and Preservation


6:00 PM - Chapter Reception

Marlene Yu Art Museum

Artwork of Marlene YuCome socialize with other members at the Marlene Yu Museum located at 710 Travis St, Shreveport. The museum features work of Tiawanese-born Asian-American artist Marlene Tseng Yu, who's large scale works often synthesize Chinese landscape painting and American abstract expressionism. A complimentary drink ticket is included with your conference registration.



DAY 2 - Thursday, October 4th

7:30 AM - Continental Breakfast

Magnolia Room

8:00 AM - Onsite Conference Registration Opens

8:30 AM - Thursday

Session 6: Pecha Kucha - A series of 7-minute presentations

Arkansas Room, [1.5 CM]

Pecha Kucha is a fast and content-packed presentation format in which each presenter has seven minutes and 20 slides to fully present their topic. We debuted this format at the 2017 conference in New Orleans' City Park and are bringing it back because it expands our capacity to provide public speaking opportunities for our members. Pecha Kucha is perfect for topics that may not warrant a full 1-1/2 hour session, yet are of interest and deserve to be heard.

  • Claiborne Corridor Innovation District: Lydia Jemison, AICP, CFM – Jemison & Partners, Inc.
  • The Healthy Block Initiative: Vivek Shah, AICP – Chief, Planning & Policy, Adaptation Strategies and Felice Lavergne - Project Mgr., Urban Conservancy
  • APA-LA Communications in 2018: James Taylor, AICP and Evelyn Cade Campo, CFM 
  • Port NOLA PIER Plan: Amelia L. Pellegrin, AICP, LEED AP – Director of Sustainable Development, Port NOLA
  • Why Does My Complete Street Feel Incomplete?  Carlee Alm-LaBar - Director of Traditional Neighborhood Developments, Iteris, Inc.
  • Middle Modalism: Ebikes, Scooters, and Truly Complete Streets: Derek Chisholm, AICP, ENV SP, LEED GA – Chapter President
  • Deliveries!  Are you Planning for Them?: Sean Daly, AICP – Iteris, Inc.

Session 7: AICP Test Cram Session

Louisiana Room [no CM]

One month away from the November AICP Certification Exam test window and you're worried about something you missed in your studying? Need some extra studying support? Then come to this session where you and your fellow test-takers can engage in an intensive, detailed session meant to get you prepared for the home-stretch of studying and identify any need areas before you take the November exam.

  • Speaker: Sean Daly, AICP – Chapter Professional Development Officer


- - 15 Minute Break --

10:00 AM, Thursday

Session 8: 2018 Mayors’ Roundtable

Louisiana Room, [1.5 CM]

Mayors from north Louisiana will discuss what “faces” they are planning for, what projects have either been proposed or in progress for these different faces of their communities and what successes or failures you have had with these projects. Learn more about who other communities are planning for and how they are planning for them.

  • Moderator: Joanne Poret, AICP – Director of Planning and Zoning, City of Monroe
  • Panelist 1: Honorable Lorenz James "Lo" Walker – Mayor, Bossier City
  • Panelist 2: Honorable James "Jamie" Mayo – Mayor, City of Monroe
  • Panelist 3: Honorable Staci Albritton-Mitchell – Mayor, City of West Monroe
  • Panelist 4: Honorable Ron Walker – Mayor, City of Ruston
  • Panelist 5: Honorable Jacques Roy – Mayor, City of Alexandria
  • Panelist 6: Honorable Lee Posey – Mayor, City of Natchitoches

Session 9: Justice, Knowledge, and Small “p” Planners [starting at 10:15 am]

Arkansas Room, [1.5 CM]

This presentation will focus on how off-radar community groups and emergency entities can emerge with formal planning process and play key roles in the development of sustainability and resilience for their communities and regions. We will consider how planners with a small “p” are transformative leaders for justice and use their knowledge in ways that may sometimes far exceed the expertise of institutional planners.

  • Speaker: Alessandra Jerolleman, PhD, MPA, CFM – Community Resilience Specialist, The Lowlander Center





12:00 Noon: State Planning Awards Luncheon


Featuring an address by Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser

Magnolia Room

Each year the APA Louisiana Chapter recognizes the achievements of agencies, companies, groups and individuals as they strive for excellence in the planning profession. General award categories include Planning Excellence (Plan/Implementation/Process/Education or Advocacy), Planning Achievement (for an individual), Student Project Award and Great Places in Louisiana recognition. A presentation of winning submissions will be shared as well as the official ceremony in which winners will receive a personalized award. This year's luncheon will begin with an address from Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser.


1:00 PM: Planning Commissioner Training

Louisiana Act 859 and Revised Statute Title 33, 33:103.1 mandates four (4) hours of approved training for planning commissioners, advisory board members, historic district commissioners, and boards of zoning adjustment before or during their first year of public service in this role. This session satisfies this requirement for these public servants.

Louisiana Room

  • Facilitator 1: Joanne Poret, AICP – Director of Planning and Zoning, City of Monroe
  • Facilitator 2: Mart Black, AICP – Director, Terrebonne Consolidated Government, Office of Coastal Restoration and Preservation


1:45 PM - Thursday

Session 10: APA Legislative Advocacy

Arkansas Room, [1.5 CM Ethics]

Who better to see the “Faces of Planning” than your elected officials? Learn how to effectively engage elected officials about the 2018 national legislative topics, and what steps the Louisiana Chapter is taking to advocate for planning throughout the state.

  • Moderator: Derek Chisholm, AICP, ENV SP, LEED GA – APA LA Chapter President; Gulf Coast Operations Manager, New Orleans, AECOM
  • Panelist 1: Whitney Hoffman Sayal, AICP – Vice President, APA LA | Downtown Development District of Baton Rouge
  • Panelist 2: Evelyn Cade Campo, CFM – APA LA Outreach & Advocacy Officer | St. John Parish Zoning Administrator
  • Panelist 3: Catherine Hinshaw - APA State Government Affairs Associate, Washington D.C.


Mobile Workshops [1:45 - 4 PM]

Meet in lobby, [2 CM]

Tour 3 - Shreveport Common (ticketed event)

  • Facilitator: Wendy Benscoter - Executive Director, Shreveport Common


Tour 4 - Bossier East Bank District (ticketed event)

Facilitator: Mike McSwain - Owner, Mike McSwain Architect, LLC

[Bossier East Bank District]

- - 15 Minute Break --


3:30 PM - Thursday

Session 11: We Grow Together! Planning for a Healthy Regional Food System

Arkansas Room, [1.5 CM]

Learn about the stages in the effective planning and implementation of the "We Grow Together! Health Regional Food System" initiative. Emphasis will be given to the interdependent relationship between effective strategic planning and strong vision-centered community collaborations.

  • Panelist 1: Dr. Grace Peterson – Extension Agent, LSU Ag Center
  • Panelist 2: Stephen Jean, AICP – Deputy Director, Shreveport-Caddo MPC
  • Panelist 3: Angie White – Senior V.P. North Louisiana Economic Partnership; Vice Chair, Slow Food North Louisiana
  • Panelist 4: Cookie Coleman – President, Red River Coalition of Community Gardeners


5:30 - 7:30 PM - Thursday - Poolside Social Hour

Pool deck at Sam's Town Hotel ShreveportAfter a full day of sessions and mobile workshops, come join us on the 4th floor of Sam's Town Resort for a poolside social. Rumor has it that chapter officers will be performing a cannon ball contest, so you won't want to miss it!




7:30 PM - Thursday: Thrill on the Hill Dinner

Ticketed Event

Ernest's Orleans Restaurant: 1601 Spring Street

Ernest's Oelans Restaurant, Shreveport (logo)All are welcome to register for this event featuring a dinner at Ernest's Orleans Restaurant, which has been a part of Shreveport's history for over sixty years! Sitting on top of the hill, Ernest's features prime steaks, fresh seafood, and Italian eats. Ernest's Famous Marinated Crab Claws and Red Snapper Ernest are just two dishes that highlight our menu. Table side desserts and after dinner drinks await our guests! 


DAY 3 - Friday, October 5

7:30 AM - Continental Breakfast

Magnolia Room

8:30 AM - Friday

Session 12: Trails - The Other T.O.D.

Arkansas Room, [E 1.5 CM]

Veteran trails specialists Bud Melton and Lenny Hughes of Halff Associates, Inc. will share their combined experience of more than 5 decades of successes, near misses and very challenging projects ranging from local urban hike-bike paths to area-wide and corridor plans. Their roles in more than 150 trail planing and/or design projects will provide key insights on public-private partnerships. Hear about successes, near-misses, and a range of challenging projects from local urban hike-bike paths to wide areas and extended corridor studies encompassing bikeway connections to key destinations.

  • Panelist 1: Warren J. "Bud" Melton, III – Special Projects Manager, Halff Associates, Inc.
  • Panelist 2: Lenny Hughes – Vice President and Director of Landscape Architecture, Halff Associates, Inc.

Session 13: Flood Recovery: The Environmental Process Beneath the Distribution of Federal Funds

Louisiana Room, [1.5 CM]

You've seen the news headlines where our elected officials have been instrumental in securing millions of dollars for flood recovery efforts in our state. Do you know what goes on behind the scenes? How does environmental review fit into the process? Come hear about experiences encountered by our members working in this practice area.

  • Panelist 1: Jessica Keasler, AICP – Senior Environmental Planner, Terracon. Inc.
  • Panelist 2: James Taylor, AICP – Planner, Franklin Associates, LLC
  • Panelist 3: Matt Redmond, PE, CFM - Asst. City Engineer, City of Shreveport


- - 15 Minute Break --

10:15 AM - Friday

Session 14: Planning Law

Louisiana Room, [1.5 CM LAW]

Join us to find out what has happened in the area of planning law through a review of recent decisions and current cases. During this session, we will review the source of planning in Louisiana, from a legal perspective. This session will build on the basics provided through Louisianaʼs planning enabling legislation and carry through important decisions affecting land use, zoning and eminent domain.

  • Panelist 1: Stephen D. Villavaso, J.D., FAICP – Principal, Villavaso & Associates; Adjunct Professor at both the Department of Planning and Urban Studies at the University of New Orleans and the School of Law at Loyola University.
  • Panelist 2: Ed Elam, III, AICP - Associate & Planner, Burk-Kleinpeter, Inc.


Noon - Friday: Closing Session

Session 15: Inclusionary Zoning and Fair Housing

Magnolia Room

This presentation will provide an overview of New Orleans’ efforts to address this housing crisis.  Specifically, it will examine the City Planning Commission’s involvement in developing a “Smart Housing Mix” approach, leveraging the City’s economic growth to create opportunities for affordable housing through density bonuses and mandatory inclusionary zoning. 

Presenter: Robert "Bob" Rivers, Executive Director, New Orleans City Planning Commission

(Note: This is a final lecture session, no meal will be served.)


-- 1:00 PM Adjourned --


Special thanks to all of our sponsors. Without your generosity and commitment to forwarding the advancement of planning in our state and region this event would not be possible.


Full conference registration includes attendance at all sessions, two breakfasts, Keynote Luncheon, Awards Luncheon, Closing Luncheon, Opening Reception, and two drink tickets to the Opening Reception.  Please note that admission to the Chapter Dinner is not included in the basic registration fee and must be purchased separately.

Table of Base Fees


Payment Must Be Received By:

Early Bird
September 14

Regular and Onsite
October 5

Full Conference — APA/APA LA Member $225 $250
Full Conference — Non-Member $250 $275
Full Conference — Planning Commissioner $150 $175
Full Conference — APA Student Member $75 $100
Full Conference — APA Retired or Life Member $75 $100
Single Day* — APA/APA LA Member $75 $100
Single Day* — Non-Member $100 $125
Planning Commissioner Training Only (Oct. 4th) $75 $100

Optional Item Fees

Mobile Workshop $35

"Thrill on the Hill" Chapter Dinner at Earnest's Orleans $50

Extra guest ticket for luncheons and awards ceremony $35

Extra guest ticket for opening reception $25

*Single day is only applicable for one day. It may not be doubled for two days. Any attendance more than one day requires the full conference fee.


Online Registration

We encourage you to register online via the Planning.org events portal. Use of this portal will require your APA user ID and password. The URL is:


Mail-In Registration

We understand some must pay by check and are happy to oblige. A printable PDF registration form is available at the following link.



Arrangements for lodging must be made directly with the hotel, separately from conference registration.

Sam's Town Casino and Hotel Shreveport

Address:   315 Clyde Fant Parkway
                    Shreveport, LA 71101
Phone:       (877) 429-0711


Nightly Room Rate: $85.00 with Group Code SH10APA  YOU MUST CALL IN TO UTILIZE THE GROUP CODE.

This rate is for Government Employee Exemption when submitting an Exemption Certificate.

The nightly rate for Non-Government Exempt Employees is $98.26.


Be a Sponsor! - Our mission is to promote the practice of community and regional planning in Louisiana by enhancing the effectiveness of planners in impacting public policy. Please consider becoming an organizational, corporate, or individual sponsor of APA Louisiana's 2018 Annual State Planning Conference. Sponsors will have their logo and/or name displayed prominently according to sponsorship level. (Download Sponsorship Packet)

2018 Sponsorship Opportunities

The Louisiana Chapter of the American Planning Association (LA APA) will hold its 2018 Statewide Planning Conference in Shreveport, Louisiana from October 3 - 5, 2018. This year’s theme is “The Face of Planning.”

This statewide planning conference presents a unique forum for direct contact and interaction between municipal planning departments, private planning consultants, and allied professionals within APA's membership. Conference attendees will attend informative sessions, mobile workshops, networking functions, and social events. Planners will also meet renowned speakers and leaders, especially those whose technologies and approaches are on the cutting edge of the planning profession. Many of our state’s certified planners also use the sessions of the annual state conference as an opportunity to acquire their necessary continuing education credits.

A sponsorship of the 2018 APA LA Planning Conference is an excellent way to showcase your organization. Participation can occur in several ways. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor for the 2018 LA APA Planning Conference, please download and complete the sponsorship registration form and remit payment by September 28. A member of the Local Host Committee will be contacting you soon afterwards.​

Sponsorship Levels

Being a Sponsor for the Louisiana APA Annual Conference is a valuable means to show support for the planning of our future. By participating as a Sponsor you can help advance the planning profession and, in the process, improve the quality of life for our state. Plus, take advantage of a range of benefits specially designed to promote your company or organization. APA LOUISIANA CHAPTER welcomes our many returning partners and future new sponsors! As partners, we are committed to the future of Louisiana. Please consider one of the sponsorship opportunities listed below and contact Stephen Jean, AICP for more information. Thank you!

DIAMOND SPONSOR: $5,000 or more

  • Hotel room for two nights of the conference
  • Five Complimentary Conference Registrations
  • Full Page Ad in Conference Program
  • Reception sponsor with ability to have table alongside check-in for Reception
  • Acknowledgement at APA Conference and on website


PLATINUM SPONSOR: $2,000-$5,000

  • Two Complimentary Conference Registrations
  • Full Page Ad in Conference Program
  • Lunch Sponsor with display signage (shared)
  • Acknowledgement at APA Conference and on website


GOLD SPONSOR: $1,000 - $2000

  • One Complimentary Conference Registration
  • Half Page Ad in Conference Program
  • Breakfast Sponsor with display signage (shared)
  • Acknowledgement at APA Conference and on website



  • 1/4 Page Ad in Conference Program
  • One Complimentary Awards Luncheon Ticket
  • Break sponsor with display signage (shared)
  • Acknowledgement at APA Conference and on website



  • Business Card Sized Ad in Conference Program
  • Acknowledgement at APA Conference and on website



  • Listing in Conference Program
  • Acknowledgement at APA Conference and on website



The venue for the 2018 State Planning Conference will be Sam's Town Resort in Shreveport overlooking the Red River.

Magnolia ballroom at Sam's Town Resort, Shreveport

Mobile Workshop Destinations

  • Port of Caddo-Bossier
  • Texas Street Downtown
  • Shreveport Common
  • Bossier East Bank

Bossier City - East Bank Mobile Tour

Shreveport Common Mobile Tour


Area Attractions

If you find yourself having some spare time - or if a traveling companion will not be attending our conference - the Shreveport-Bossier area offers many things to do beyond shopping and dining. We've listed a few ideas below, and you'll find these and much more on the website of the Shreveport-Bossier Convention & Tourist Bureau - shreveport-bossier.org - including a build your itinerary and mapping portal.

Red River Revel Art Festival

The Revel is a 9-day celebration of art, music and food taking place in festival plaza in downtown Shreveport. Admission is free weekdays before 5:30, evenings and weekends it is $5. As of August 13, the schedule of performers does not seem to be posted, but check back on the Revel's website - redriverrevel.com.

Shreveport Attractions:

  • Riverview Park - 601 Clyde Fant Pkwy.
  • Artspace - 710 Texas Street
  • Elvis Presley Statue - 705 Elvis Presley Ave.
  • James Burton Statue - 705 Elvis Presley Ave.
  • J. Bennett Johnston Waterway Regional Visitor Center - 700 Clyde Fant Pkwy.
  • Louisiana State Exhibit Museum - laexhibitmuseum.org
  • Meadows Museum of Art, Centenary College - 2911 Centenary Blvd.
  • R. W. Norton Art Gallery - 4747 Creswell Ave.
  • Shreveport Waterworks and Railroad Museums - 142 N. Common St.
  • Spring Street Museum - 525 Spring St.
  • Walter B. Jacobs Nature Park - 8012 Blanchard Furrh Rd., Shreveport
  • American Rose Center - 8877 Jefferson Paige Rd., Shreveport


Bossier City Attractions:

  • Bossier East Bank
  • Barksdale Global Power Museum
  • CenturyLink Center
  • Louisiana Boardwalk Outlets
  • Red River Nat'l Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center - 150 Eagle Bend Point, Bossier City