2017 Annual Conference

conference logoPlanning Healthy Communities is the theme for the 2017 State Planning Conference for APA Louisiana. It will be held March 7-8 in the Pavilion of the Two Sisters in New Orleans City Park. It will be a 2-day "mini" conference because much of our efforts will quickly shift to assisting with the 2018 National APA conference also to be held in New Orleans. Use the buttons below to find additional information, register, and plan your visit. Register by Valentines Day to avoid the late registration penalty, and register online to avoid the paper processing fee.

We would like to thank Host Committee Chair Alexandra Gelpi Carter, AICP—Planning Director for St. John the Baptist Parish and Metro Section Director—and her husband Jared for designing this year's logo. 


Speaker Bios

Microphone iconWe have an exciting lineup for this year's two-day conference. We welcome Dr. Andrew Dannenberg, MD, MPH of the University of Washington - Seattle as our keynote speaker. Dr. Dannenberg teaches in both the Urban Design and Planning curriculum and also in the Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences. Click Speakers to see who will be sharing their expertise with us.

Registration & Fees

iconAPA member rate two-day registration is $100 per day including lunches. Discounts are offered for planning commissioners and board of adjustment members, and for full time students. Early-bird discounts end February 14th. The evening reception at Popp Fountain is included! Choice of a mobile workshop and lodging is in addition to conference registration. No refunds after February 14th. We encourage you to first read through the information on this website and print the downloadable form for a worksheet, then register online through planning.org's event portal.



images iconOur conference will be held in beautiful New Orleans City Park. The Pavilion of the Two Sisters is the main venue where all lectures and luncheons will occur. Wednesday evening's reception will be held in the Arbor Room at Popp Fountain. Parking is available at no charge.



iconThis year's two-day conference offers six educational sessions including LAW and ETHICS, a keynote luncheon, state planning awards luncheon, and choice of a mobile workshop. Click the Program button to review these in detail and to download a printer-friendly PDF.


2017 Conference Host Committee

  • Alexandra Gelpi Carter, AICP
  • Derek Chisholm, AICP, LEED GA, ENV SP
  • Mart Black, AICP
  • Jane Brooks, FAICP
  • Alan Clarke
  • Whitney Cooper, AICP, LEED AP
  • Sean Daly, AICP
  • ​Melissa Guilbeau, AICP
  • Timothy Jackson, AICP
  • ​Lydia Z. Jemison, AICP, CFM
  • Taylor Marcantel, AICP
  • ​René C. Pastorek
  • Bruce Richards, AICP
  • Jennifer Stenhouse, AICP
  • James Taylor, ACIP
  • Bridget Tydor
  • Stephen Villavaso, JD, FAICP


Thank you to our Conference Sponsors!


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