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100 Lafayette St
Baton Rouge, LA, 70801
United States

225-267-6300

The Louisiana Smart Growth Summit is the premier interdisciplinary forum promoting dialogue focusing on resilience, livability, planning, design  infrastructure, development, placemaking, public transit, transportation, connectivity, policymaking and economic development.

Agenda

This year's agenda is filled with world-renowned thought leaders and sessions designed to foster a renewed dialogue on the critical planning issues facing Louisiana and the rest of the country.

The second day of the conference will also feature a Smart Cities track, showcasing advanced technology applications to address: blight and revitalization; air quality and environmental health; mapping and GIS systems; integrated transportation; & other challenges.

CLICK HERE TO download THE 2017 AGENDA at-a-glance. 


TUESDAY, NOV. 7

* indicates session pending continuing legal education credit approval

8-8:45 am
Registration, Breakfast & Networking
Lamar atrium & gallery at manship theatre


8:45-9:10 am
Opening Welcome
Manship Theatre

Elizabeth "Boo" Thomas & Cordell Haymon    
Center for Planning Excellence

Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome
City of Baton Rouge - Parish of East Baton Rouge 


9:10-10:15
How Do Development Practices Change After
Disaster: Resilience Through Recovery?
Manship Theatre

Pat Forbes (invited) 
Executive Director, State of Louisiana's
Office of Community Development


Charlie Cook (invited)
Floodplain Management and Flood Insurance,
Region 6, FEMA


Camille Manning-Broome
Senior Vice President, Center for Planning Excellence

MODERATOR:
Jeannette Dubinin
Director of Coastal Program, Center for Planning Excellence



9:10-10:15
Diversity & Inclusion: Community Vision
Hartley / vey workshop THEATRE

Speakers TBA


10:15-10:25
break


10:25-11:40
From Entergy to Electric Depot: Public-Private
Partnerships in Adaptive Reuse
Manship Theatre

Sponsored by Capital Area Finance Authority


J. Dyke Nelson
Founder/Lead Designer, DNA Workshop

Amanda Spain Wells
Of Counsel, Baker Donelson Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC

Gwen Hamilton
President & CEO, East Baton Rouge Redevelopment Authority



10:25-11:40
Coastal Communities: Mitigating Risk
& Increasing Resilience
HARTLEY / VEY WORKSHOP THEATRE

Mathew Sanders
Resilience Program and Policy Administrator,
State of Louisiana's Office of Community Development


J. David Waggonner III (invited)
President, Waggonner & Ball Architects

Camille Manning-Broome
Senior Vice President, Center for Planning Excellence

MODERATOR:
Dr. Pam Jenkins, PhD
Research Professor of Sociology, University of New Orleans


11:40-12:00
break / get lunch


12:00-1:00
Lunch Plenary: Carol Coletta
manship theatre

Sponsored by Our Lady of the Lake Foundation


Carol Coletta
Senior Fellow, American Cities Practice at Kresge

Carol Coletta is a senior fellow with The Kresge Foundation’s American Cities Practice.
She is leading a proposed $40 million collaboration of foundations, nonprofits and governments to demonstrate the ways in which a connected set of civic assets – a civic commons – can yield increased and more widely shared prosperity for cities and neighborhoods.


MODERATOR:
Cordell Haymon
Senior Vice President, SGS Petroleum Service Corporation
Board Chair, Center for Planning Excellence


1:00-1:15
break


1:15-2:30
Making it Happen: Bold Moves, Great Towns
manship theatre

Greg Lemons (invited)
Mayor, Town of Abita Springs

Ronny Walker
Mayor, City of Ruston

Jackie Baumann
Chief Engineer, City of Gonzales

MODERATOR:
Janet Tharp
Director of Planning, Center for Planning Excellence

 

1:15-2:30
*Annual Update: Land Use, Zoning and
Development Policy
➣ hartley / vey workshop THEATRE

Christopher J. Tyson
Newman Trowbridge Distinguished Associate Professor of Law,
LSU Law Center


2:30-2:45
break


2:45-3:50
Building Healthy Hometowns
manship theatre

Chip Johnson
Former Mayor, Hernando, MS

MODERATOR:
Jessica Kemp, PhD
Vice President of Policy and Advocacy, Center for Planning Excellence


 

2:45-3:50
Green Infrastructure Solutions
hartley / vey workshop THEATRE

Roxanne Blackwell (invited)
Director, Federal Government Affairs, 
American Society of Landscape Architects


Tyler Antrup
Urban Water Program Manager, City of New Orleans

MODERATOR:
Haley Blakeman
Director of Implementation, Center for Planning Excellence


3:50-4:00
break


4:00-5:00
Closing Session: Jaime Lerner
➣ manship theatre

Sponsored by American Institute of Architects - Louisiana Chapter


Jaime Lerner
Architect and Urban Planner, Jaime Lerner Arquitetos Associados; past governor of the state of Paraná,
in southern Brazil; past mayor of Curitiba, capital of Paraná, three times

 

MODERATOR:
Kyle Smith
President, American Institute of Architects - Louisiana Chapter


4:00-5:00
*Conservation Easements
➣ hartley / vey workshop THEATRE

The Nature Conservancy representative

Boyd A. Bryan
Partner, Jones Walker LLP

MODERATOR:
Jay Noland
Attorney and Developer, Noland Development
Board Member, Center for Planning Excellence


5:00
Cox communications announcement of the 2017
cox conserves hero opening reception  
➣ manship theatre

Sponsored by Cox Communications

 


WEDNESDAY, NOV. 8

* indicates session pending continuing legal education credit approval

8:00-8:45
Registration, Breakfast & Networking
➣ Lamar atrium & gallery at manship theatre


8:45-9:00
WELCOME
➣ manship theatre

Elizabeth "Boo" Thomas & Cordell Haymon    
Center for Planning Excellence


9:00-10:10
Tech & Tools: Making Cities Smarter - Part 1
➣ manship theatre

Sponsored by Emergent Method


Denice Ross
Public Interest Technology Fellow, New America

Joel Mahoney & Peter Koht
Co-founders, OpenCounter

Eric Bjontegard
Founder, Spark Compass

Justin Ehrenwerth
President & CEO, The Water Institute of the Gulf

MODERATOR:
John Snow
Vice President, Emergent Method



9:00-10:10
*Site Assessments (Zoning, Historic
Preservation and Environmental), Site
Plans and Subdivision
➣ Hartley / vey workshop theatre

Charles A. Landry
Partner, Fishman Haygood L.L.P.


10:10-10:20
break


10:20-11:25
Tech & Tools: Making Cities Smarter - Part 2
➣ manship theatre

Bob Bennett (invited)
Chief Innovation Officer, City of Kansas City

Steven Bryan
VP of Government Division, SmartProcure

Nick Desai
CEO & Co-Founder, Heal

Greg Trahan
Director, Office of Research and Economic Development,
Louisiana State University


MODERATOR:
John Snow
Vice President, Emergent Method



10:20-11:25
*Navigating the Approval Process & Legal
Challenges: the World Trade Center
Redevelopment
➣ hartley / vey workshop theatre

Cynthia Dubberley (invited)
Architect, Trapolin-Peer Architects, APC

William D. Hoffman (invited)
President, Woodward Interests, L.L.C.


11:25-11:45
break / get lunch


11:45-12:40
Lunch Keynote: Mayor Andy Berke
➣ manship theatre

Andy Berke
Mayor, City of Chattanooga

MODERATOR:
Elizabeth “Boo” Thomas
President & CEO, Center for Planning Excellence

Chattanooga made tremendous advancements in their city with Fiber, BR is currently looking at paths forward related to closing the digital divide through broadband infrastructure, would be a very relevant discussion. They also recently completed a regional plan and focus on making Chattanooga a great place to live no matter residents’ zip codes.


12:40-12:50
break


12:50-1:50
Essential Players in Making
Technology Work
➣ manship theatre

Joel Robideaux
City-Parish President, Lafayette Consolidated Government

Will LaBar
Vice President, CGI

 

12:50-1:50
*Pros & Cons: Short-term Rentals
➣ hartley / vey workshop theatre

Robert D. Rivers
Executive Director, New Orleans City Planning Commission

Jared Munster
Director of Safety & Permits, City of New Orleans

MODERATOR:
Frank Duke (invited)
Director, Baton Rouge City-Parish Planning Commission


1:55-2:55
Fueling the Future: Urban Mobility
and the Integration of Data
➣ manship theatre

Jim Barbaresso
National Practice Leader for Intelligent Transportation Systems, HNTB Corporation

Seleta Reynolds
General Manager, Los Angeles Department of Transportation

Jesse Hoggard
Vice President - Marketing, Cellcontrol

MODERATOR:
Rachel DiResto
Executive Vice President, Center for Planning Excellence

 

1:55-2:55
*Ethics in Land Use
➣ hartley / vey workshop theatre

Scott L. Sternberg
Partner, Sternberg, Naccari & White, LLC


2:55-3:05
break


3:05-4:05
More Than a Roof: Tools for
Attainable Housing Post Flood
➣ manship theatre

Jerry Paffendorf
CEO & Co-Founder, LOVELAND Technologies

Nick Popovich
Account Executive, Esri

Oliver Wise
Director, Office of Performance and Accountability, City of New Orleans

Warren Kron
GIS Manager, City-Parish of Baton Rouge Department of Information Services

MODERATOR:
Katherine Klosek
Senior Implementation Advisor, Cities, The Center for Government Excellence
 

3:05-4:05
*Legal and Practical Considerations of
Annexation
➣ hartley / vey workshop theatre

Michael D. Hebert (invited)
Attorney, Becker & Hebert, LLC

Michael R. Rhea
Associate, Jones Walker LLP

MODERATOR:
Charles A. Landry
Partner, Fishman Haygood L.L.P.


4:10-5:15
Closing Keynote: Seleta Reynolds
➣ manship theatre

Seleta J. Reynolds
General Manager, Los Angeles Department of Transportation