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.

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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