2015 Annual Conference

2015 conference logo

Evolving Communities:
Planning for Investment and Impacts in Louisiana

...is the theme for this years Annual Planning Conference. It will include subtopics such as sustainability, environment, mobility, measuring success and more. The venue will be Baton Rouge's historic Heidelberg Hotel - now the Hilton Capitol Center. We would like to thank Mr. Andrew Kepper - a student at LSU's Robert S. Reich School of Landscape Architecture and employee at Baton Rouge's City-Parish Office of the Planning Commission for designing this year's logo.

headshot of logo designer Andrew KepperThe vertical bars on the top and bottom signify a graph over time, representing positive outcomes for positive planning and regulatory approaches. They also measure success, shown through the increase in size over time. The curved background shapes signify great, simple spaces, and their swooshing motions suggest mobility. The bars under the text represent "strong foundations", which will lead to resiliency and sustainability, which would help Louisiana "prepare for impact". The green color was chosen to remind people it is important to keep the environment in mind, and the gold symbolizes investment and success.        -- Andrew Kepper


Sessions & Speakers

Microphone iconWe have an exciting lineup of topical sessions and keynote speakers scheduled for this year's conference. We will cover new approaches to zoning, dealing with brownfields and hazard mitigated properties, public involvement approaches, urban redevelopment success stories, and many others - 16 lecture sessions to choose from! Guest speakers include our new APA Executive Director Jim Drinan and AICP Commissioner Bob Barber who will describe for us the “Ethics Case of the Year”. Also Bill Anderson - President of APA - will give us the national perspective during Thursday's breakfast. Click "View Program" for mobile and printer-friendly versions of the program and schedule.

Fees & Registration

iconThree-day registration is well under $100 per day including lunches. Discounts for APA members, for planning commissioners, and for full time students. Early-bird discounts end January 9th. Mobile workshops, Fellowship Dinner, lodging and parking fees are in addition to conference registration. No refunds after January 9th. We encourage you to first read through the information on this website, then register online through planning.org's event portal. We understand that some will need to use paper registration, but please understand that processing of hard copy registration forms costs the Chapter $25 per registrant.


Mobile Workshops

images iconProgress is being made in Baton Rouge and we have five mobile workshops for you to choose from. (Additional fees apply.) See first hand the infill and redevelopment projects both planned and underway along Government Street; roll around in a big pile of raw sugar at the Port of Greater Baton Rouge; walk the downtown with the DDD for first-hand knowledge of transformative investments; ride a bike through Old South Baton Rouge for close-up views of new murals; or try out your acting skills at Celtic Studios. So many choices, so little time! Click the "Preview" button for full descriptions and photos of what you will likely see on these tours.


Sponsors & Exhibitors

iconPlease consider becoming an organizational, corporate, or individual sponsor of APA Louisiana's 2015 Annual State Planning Conference. Exhibit your services, products, and capabilities; or showcase your work on a table-top display in the hallways on the ground floor of the Hilton Capitol Center positioned between our three meeting rooms 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 have been collected, renamed, and processed to reduce their resolution for web display. You may view them on the photo galleries page.