2013 Summit Videos Now Becoming Available

Session videos and the corresponding slide presentations from the 2013 Smart Growth Summit are becoming available and can be found on the Videos/Presentations tab or by clicking here. The session videos available now include Street Design, Planning for the Coming Economic Boom, Lean Urbanism and Urban Water Strategies. We will continue to update that tab with the newly released videos once final edits have been made. If you haven’t already, take a look at the wrap-up video in the post below also.

Additionally, we have set the dates for the 2014 Smart Growth Summit! Please mark your calendars for:
November 10-12, 2014 at the Manship Theatre at the Shaw Center for the Arts

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2013 Smart Growth Summit Updates

The 2013 Louisiana Smart Growth Summit was a great success with almost 900 speakers, elected officials, developers, planners, design practitioners, students and community members participating in 30+ sessions during this conference. Over 32 parishes were represented, and we welcomed guests from California, Colorado, Texas, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, New York, Washington, DC, and even Guadalajara. Though there is still a lot of work to be done, each year we feature more case studies from right here in Louisiana—evidence that these efforts are moving our communities forward.

Over the next few weeks, CPEX will be posting session videos and slide presentations from the Summit and will send out an update once these are available. In the meantime, take a sneak peek at our wrap-up video below.

If you were able to join us at the Summit, please take a few minutes to fill out our quick survey and offer your feedback on the event to help us improve it for next year. A copy of the event schedule can be found here for your reference.

If you enjoyed the Smart Growth Summit, please consider becoming a member of CPEX and adding your voice to ours. We depend on strong member support to continue planning for a more resilient, livable Louisiana.

Finally, we would like to thank our generous sponsors, planning committee members, and volunteers for making such a meaningful event possible!

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Join us tonight for our opening reception and keynote speakers!

We are excited to welcome Andrés Duany and Victor Dover as our keynote speakers, kicking off the 2013 Smart Growth Summit! Join us tonight, November 18th at 6:00 pm to hear them speak, along with Mayor-President Kip Holden, and U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu.

This evening’s event is free and open to the public, and will be followed by our opening reception with food and drinks at the Shaw Center for the Arts. Then starting tomorrow morning at 8:00 am, we will re-open registration for $110, with the conference running through Wednesday, November 20th.

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It’s not too late, you can register at the event!

While online registration is now closed, you can register for $110 at the event on Tuesday, November 19th. The keynote event on the evening of the 18th is free and open to the public.

The summit will offer continuing education credits, including self-reporting options for landscape architects, architects (excluding HSW credits), planners and LEED professionals. Additionally, the summit has been approved for 8 hours of CLE credit for attorneys, which are identified on the schedule tab.

We hope to see you next week!

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Today is the last day to register online!

Today is the last day to register for the Smart Growth Summit online, so hurry and register now! Registration is $110 today as well as at the event on Tuesday, November 19th. The keynote event on the evening of the 18th is free and open to the public.

The summit will offer continuing education credits, including self-reporting options for landscape architects, architects (excluding HSW credits), planners and LEED professionals. Additionally, the summit has been approved for 8 hours of CLE credit for attorneys, which are identified on the schedule tab.

We hope to see you next week!

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Andrés Duany and Victor Dover announced as speakers!

We are excited to announce Andrés Duany and Victor Dover as the keynote speakers for the 2013 Smart Growth Summit! Join us on Monday, November 18th at 6:00 pm to hear them speak, along with Mayor-President Kip Holden, and U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu. We’ll have more exciting announcements coming, so check back soon and don’t forget to register by November 8th to receive the early registration price of $75.

 Andrés Duany, FAIA, Founding Principal at Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company (DPZ), Founder of Congress for the New Urbanism, Author of Suburban Nation: The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream, designer of Seaside, FL

Andrés Duany is an architect whose work focuses on the planning of communities. He and his wife, Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, founded their practice in 1980, at the time of their design of Seaside, which began an ongoing debate on the alternatives to suburban sprawl. Since then, DPZ, their planning practice, has completed well over two hundred downtown and new town plans. They have particular expertise in writing codes. This work has generally been received with awards and publication. Their firm currently has six partners and employs about 30 persons dedicated to both practice and research. Andrés and Elizabeth were founding members of the Congress for the New Urbanism. They teach Traditional Town Planning at the University of Miami, where Elizabeth is dean of the School of Architecture. Andrés has co-authored three widely distributed books, their most recent is The Smart Growth Manual which describes the problems of American cities and proposes techniques that are socially, economically and environmentally sustainable.

 Victor Dover, FAICP, LEED-AP, CNU-Accredited, Principal at Dover, Kohl & Partners, Chair of Congress for the New Urbanism, Author of Street Design: The Secret to Great Cities and Towns

Victor Dover serves as principal-in-charge for many of the firm’s design and planning projects, and is responsible for most presentations. He has led more than 100 charrettes. Victor lectures widely around the nation on the topics of livable communities and sustainable development, and is national chair of the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU).

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New Orleans Councilwoman Kristin Palmer on her committment to Smart Growth

During her first term, Kristin Palmer made Smart Growth strategies her focus in order to help New Orleans progress as it struggled to rebound in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

“When you’re trying to rebuild from nothing, from ground zero, what are the things that make sense when you come back and rebuild? Access to public transportation and economic corridors was really part of that success,” says Palmer. “If you had access to grocery stores and you had a walkable community, and you could get to the resources you needed, those are the communities that rebuilt faster and better.”

Read the article and watch a video about her approach here.

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Register now for the 2013 Smart Growth Summit!

Online registration for the 2013 Smart Growth Summit is now open! Click here or on the Register tab in the navigation above.

Online registration is $75 through November 8th, so register early to receive the lower rate. After that date, registration will be available for $110.

This year’s Smart Growth Summit will kick off the evening of Monday, November 18th with a keynote event featuring Victor Dover, Principal with Dover, Kohl & Partners, Chair of the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU), and co-author of Street Design: The Secret to Great Cities and Towns. East Baton Rouge Mayor-President Melvin “Kip” Holden and U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu will also give addresses that evening.

Tuesday, November 19th and Wednesday, November 20th will be packed with great presentations and engaging panel discussions featuring a distinguished group of local and national opinion leaders. You can stay up-to-date on the full schedule and be the first to find out who will be speaking by checking this site or the Facebook event page.

Don’t miss the Great Places in Louisiana Awards Program on Tuesday night, co-hosted by CPEX, AARP Louisiana, and the Lieutenant Governor’s Office. Bike Baton Rouge is also organizing a leisurely bike ride that will start Wednesday after the Summit wraps up at the Shaw Center for the Arts, going  down the Mississippi River levee path, over to LSU, around the Lakes, to a favorite local restaurant for dinner, and through a number of older neighborhoods ion the way back downtown.

Check our Location and Accommodations page for useful information and links on hotels, parking, and amenities. Don’t forget to book your room early to receive our special rates. We look forward to seeing you at the Manship Theatre at the Shaw Center for the Arts in November!

Sponsorships are unfortunately no longer available.

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Sponsorship Opportunities Available for the 2013 Summit!

We are thrilled to invite you to Center for Planning Excellence’s 8th annual Smart Growth Summit to be held on November 18–20, at the Manship Theatre at the Shaw Center for the Arts in downtown Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The Summit is made possible through the support of sponsors and we hope you and your organization will consider joining us. Sponsorships are now available by clicking here, or using the Sponsorship tab on the navigation bar above.

If you would like more information on the 2013 Summit after reviewing the sponsorship brochure here > or if you would like to discuss custom sponsorship opportunities, please do not hesitate to contact us at 225-267-6300.

 

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2012 Summit Videos to Air on LPB2

We are excited to announce that selected sessions from the 2012 Smart Growth Summit will be featured on LPB-2′s Newsmakers series in the upcoming weeks (Channel 122 on Cox Cable or 27-2 over the air). Below is a brief schedule, but you can also check out the LPB website for more details as they become available.

February 2, 2013
5:30-6:00 pm – Are We Leading Change? featuring Robert J. Grow, regional visioning expert and leader of the Envision Utah process
6:00-7:00 pm – Cincinnati: Redeveloping Our City’s Core Using Innovative Financing Practices featuring Stephen G. Leeper, president & CEO of Cincinnati Center City Development Corporation (3CDC)

February 9, 2013
5:30-6:30 pm – Can You Tell Me How to Get to Complete Street(s) featuring Tara M. Tolford with the Merritt C. Becker Jr. UNO Transportation Institute, New Orleans City Councilmember Kristin Gisleson Palmer, Jennifer E. Ruley with the Louisiana Public Health Institute and advisor to the City of New Orleans, and Lacy Strohschein with Center for Planning Excellence

February 16, 2013
5:30-6:00 pm – The Value of Planning featuring Mitchell J. Silver, chief planning and economic development officer for the City of Raleigh’s Planning Department and, president of the American Planning Association

The 2012 videos will also be available on our website shortly after they air along with speaker presentations. Videos from the 2011 Smart Growth Summit can currently be found on CPEX’s Vimeo channel.

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