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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 was filled with world-renowned thought leaders and sessions designed to catalyze action to address critical planning issues facing Louisiana and the rest of the country.

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TUESDAY, NOV. 13

8-8:30 am
Registration, Breakfast & Networking
Lamar atrium & gallery at the manship theatre,
mezzanine level

8:30-8:50 am
Welcome
Manship Theatre

Cordell Haymon    
Senior Vice President, Petroleum Service Corporation, an SGS Company; CPEX Board Chair

Camille Manning-Broome
President & CEO, Center for Planning Excellence

8:50-9:00 am
Opening Poem: Watery Hopes and Dirty Plans
Manship Theatre

Chancelier Xero Skidmore
Executive Director, Forward Arts 

In 2017, CPEX hosted the Rising Above Symposium to engage leaders from three coastal Louisiana communities – Buras, Chauvin, and Thibodaux – in visioning a resilient future and developing the strategies needed to realize that vision. Chancelier Xero Skidmore composed “Voices from Rising Above” using transcripts from interviews with residents of those communities expressing their fears, hopes, and memories of coastal life.


9:00-10:00 Opening Session:
Louisiana: On the Frontier of Resilience
Manship Theatre

Joyce Coffee
President, Climate Resilience Consulting

Andreanecia Morris
Executive Director, HousingNOLA

Rob Verchick
Gauthier-St. Martin Chair in Environmental Law, Loyola University New Orleans; Senior Fellow, Disaster Resilience Leadership Academy, Tulane University

Alex Kaplan
Head, North America; Senior Vice President, Global Partnerships, Swiss Re Management (US) Corporation

MODERATOR:
Camille Manning-Broome
President & CEO, Center for Planning Excellence

The more we learn about the impacts of land loss, sea level rise and climate change across the globe, the more clearly we see the need for transformational action and equity-driven solutions. This session will take a closer look at important transformations that are already underway as insurance markets, housing markets, finance tools, and legal considerations respond to rising risk by shifting toward adaptive strategies and resilient city design. This session will explore how these global trends affect states and localities and how governments at all scales will have to consider their future investments through a resilience lens.

Sponsored by Sea Grant

 

10:00-10:15
break
jones walker foyer

Sponsored by Taylor Porter


10:15-11:45
smaRT towns, Big Character
Manship Theatre

Mayor Greg Lemons
Town of Abita Springs

Kate Durio
CREATE Initiative / Assistant to the Mayor-President, Lafayette Consolidated Government

George Marks
President/Director, NUNU Arts and Culture Collective

Phanat Xanamane
Co-founder and Creative Director, Envision da Berry

MODERATOR:
Ryan Benton
Project Manager, Center for Planning Excellence

Small towns play a big role in rural states like Louisiana and some of the most interesting and innovative place-making work in the country is happening in these communities. Learn more about how small towns are taking the lead, capitalizing on their unique character and culture.

Sponsored by CAFA


10:15-11:45
ETHICS in Planning
HARTLEY / VEY Workshop THEATRE

Sean Daly
Senior Planner, Transportation Systems, Iteris;
Professional Development Officer, American Planning Association – Louisiana Chapter

James E.A Slaton
Member, Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann, LLC; CPEX Board Member

Lauren LaFitte Marschall
Project and Operations Manager; Center for Planning Excellence

MODERATOR:
Pamela Jenkins, PhD
Research Professor of Sociology, University of New Orleans

Ethics are key to professionalism and credibility – but they’re not always clear. This session focuses on ethical issues commonly faced when working with planners, government representatives, attorneys and other professionals. Come join the discussion by participating in an activity that will engage attendees in scenarios that raise complicated issues and work through the ethics questions that arise.

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10:15-11:45
Adaptation Strategies for Our Changing Environment
HARTLEY / VEY STUDIO THEATRE

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

Diane Jones Allen
Principal Landscape Architect, DesignJones LLC; Landscape Architecture Program Director, University of Texas Arlington

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

MODERATOR:
Robert Twilley, PhD
Executive Director, Sea Grant Louisiana; CPEX Board Member

In order to survive and thrive, we must use what we know to adapt to current and future environmental changes. From green infrastructure to moving residents, this conversation will cover the kinds of tools and lessons learned we can use to manage the impacts of climate change at local, state and federal scales.


11:45-12:05
break / get lunch
Lamar atrium


12:05-12:55 Lunch Plenary:
Rock Star Planning in Philly
MANSHIP THEATRE

Anne Fadullon
Director of Planning & Development, City of Philadelphia

INTERVIEW WITH:
Stephanie Riegel
Editor, Greater Baton Rouge Business Report

Planning doesn’t always get the credit it deserves for helping to make great cities. Superstar city planner Anne Fadullon will put planning on center stage, sharing her own experiences that demonstrate how great planning leads to funding, infrastructure and progress.

Sponsored by 89.3 WRKF


12:55-1:10
break
jones walker foyer

Sponsored by Taylor Porter


 1:10-2:40
Let’s Do Development Differently: Community-Driven Redevelopment Case Studies
MANSHIP THEATRE

Quint Studer
Founder, Studer Community Institute/Vibrant Community Partners

Tommy Pacello
President, Memphis Medical District Collaborative

Scott Ritter
Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Ritter Maher Architects

MODERATOR:
Davis Rhorer
Executive Director, Downtown Development District

How can we encourage development that is better aligned with our goals for equity, diversity, cultural character, economic stability, and environmental sustainability? Hear from those who have tackled these challenges and lived to tell us what they learned.

Sponsored by Jones Walker LLP

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 1:10-4:10 Workshop:
RESILIENCE in Action
➣ hartley / vey workshop THEATRE

Joyce Coffee
President, Climate Resilience Consulting

Jessica McKelvie Kemp, PhD
Vice President, Center for Planning Excellence

The more we learn about the impacts of land loss, sea level rise and climate change across the globe, the more clearly we see the need for transformational action and equity-driven solutions. This session will take a closer look at important transformations that are already underway as insurance markets, housing markets, finance tools, and legal considerations respond to rising risk by shifting toward adaptive strategies and resilient city design.  This session will explore how these global trends affect states and localities and how governments at all scales will have to consider their future investments through a resilience lens.

Sponsored by The Kresge Foundation


2:40-2:50
break
jones walker foyer

Sponsored by Taylor Porter


2:50-4:10
Creating the Best Blight-Fight Toolbox
manship theatre

Calvin Gladney
President & CEO, Smart Growth America

Kevin Wright
Principal, YARD & Company

Brenda M. Breaux
Executive Director, New Orleans Redevelopment Authority

Christopher J. Tyson
President & CEO, East Baton Rouge Redevelopment Authority

MODERATOR:
Tara Wicker
Councilwoman, District 10, City of Baton Rouge - Parish of East Baton Rouge

Want to learn about techniques and tools available to clean up blighted properties? Come hear about national and local examples illustrating equitable and sustainable community revitalization.

Sponsored by Stone Pigman

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1:10-4:10 Workshop:
RESILIENCE in Action (CONTINUES)
➣ hartley / vey workshop THEATRE


 4:15-4:35
remarks by Governor john bel edwards
manship THEATRE

Governor John Bel Edwards
State of Louisiana

INTRODUCED BY:
Camille Manning-Broome
President & CEO, Center for Planning Excellence


4:40-5:30 Closing Session:
FUTURE OF Transit and Mobility
➣ manship theatre

John Robert Smith
Chairman, Transportation for America; Senior Policy Advisor, Smart Growth America; former Mayor of Meridian, MS

Calvin Gladney
President & CEO; Smart Growth America

Shawn Wilson, PhD
Secretary, Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development

MODERATOR:
John Spain
Executive Vice President; Baton Rouge Area Foundation; CPEX Board Member

As congestion worsens in metros across the globe, environmental concerns continue to grow, and more and more people are geographically isolated from centers of opportunity, how is transit changing to address these challenges? What stands in the way of making high-functioning transit available to those who need it most? What are the opportunities for shifting from the transit we have to the transit we need? Our expert panel will explore the current state and near future of transit at the state, regional and national level.

Sponsored by Jacobs


5:30-5:45 Recognition of 2018 Cox Conserves Hero Louisiana Finalist – Jenni Peters:
➣ manship theatre

Presented by Cox Communications & Trust for Public Land


5:45 - 7:15 Opening Reception
PECHA KUCHA D.J. NIGHT vol. x  
HARTLEY / VEY STUDIO THEATRE

FEATURING:

Anne Fadullon
Director of the Planning and Development Cabinet, City of Philadelphia

Preston J. Castille, Jr.
Partner, Taylor Porter; CPEX Board Vice Chair

Liz Williams Russell
Coastal Community Resilience Director, Foundation for Louisiana

Justin Kozak, PhD
Researcher + Policy Analyst, Center for Planning Excellence

Renee Chatelain
President & CEO, Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge

Eric Dexter
Director of Business Development, Civil Solutions Consulting Group

Jonathan Foret
Executive Director, South Louisiana Wetlands Discovery Center


Sponsored by Cox Communications


WEDNESDAY, NOV. 14

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


8:45-9:00
Opening Remarks
➣ manship theatre

Paul Rainwater    
Senior Consultant, Cornerstone Governmental Affair; CPEX Board Member


9:00-10:30 Opening Session:
THE COLOR OF LAW
➣ manship theatre

Richard Rothstein
Research Associate, Economic Policy Institute and a Fellow at the Thurgood Marshall Institute of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund; Fellow, Haas Institute at the University of California–Berkeley; author, “The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America”

FOLLOWED BY RESPONDING PANEL DISCUSSION:

Jonathan Leit
Director, New Orleans Office at Alembic Community Development

Andreanecia Morris
Executive Director, HousingNOLA

Ashley K. Shelton
Executive Director, The Power Coalition; CPEX Board Member

MODERATOR:
Christopher J. Tyson
President & CEO, East Baton Rouge Redevelopment Authority

Richard Rothstein’s talk and the response by local leaders in equitable housing offers a unique opportunity to understand how land use policy has institutionalized longstanding racial discrimination and segregation. Join a conversation about proactive approaches to righting the course for the future.

Sponsored by Foundation for Louisiana

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10:30-10:45
break
jones walker foyer

Sponsored by Visit Baton Rouge


Interested in what resilience and planning tools are out there? Check out the Tools Café in the Gallery at the Manship Theatre on the Mezzanine Level through lunch for a casual demonstration and chance to try them out!


10:45-12:00
WARNING: PLANNING MAY AFFECT YOUR HEALTH
➣ manship theatre

Gretchen Beesing
Chief Executive Officer, Catalyst Miami

Jill Robertson
Principal, DIALOG

Greg Rucks
Principal, Rocky Mountain Institute

MODERATOR:
Jessica McKelvie Kemp, PhD
Vice President, Center for Planning Excellence

Though urban planning and public health were once closely connected via shared concerns over housing, sanitation, and infectious disease control, the sectors drifted apart as priorities shifted over time. As awareness is now growing about the relationship between our built environment and threats to public health such as sedentary lifestyles and climate change, planning and public health are coming together once again. This session will present a framework for healthy community design and feature panelists who have made important progress in their communities reconnecting the planning and public health sectors.

Sponsored by LSU AgCenter


10:45-12:00 Workshop:
REGIONAL WATERSHED MANAGEMENT
HARTLEY / VEY WORKSHOP theatre

Larry J. Weber
Edwin B. Green Chair in Hydraulics; Executive Associate Dean, University of Iowa’s College of Engineering

Monique B. Boulet
CEO, Acadiana Planning Commission

Janet Tharp
Director of Planning, Center for Planning Excellence

MODERATOR:
Pat Forbes
Executive Director, Louisiana Office of Community Development

The 2016 floods were a sobering wake up call for the state of Louisiana. In response, Governor Edwards issued an Executive Order establishing a Council on Watershed Management, charged with developing a new approach to mitigate flood risk that requires unprecedented coordination and cooperation across all facets and functions of government.

This session will focus on watershed science and policy, the impacts of the built environment, and the challenges of watershed management. After brief presentations, facilitated groups will consider a series of questions to develop principles for watershed management in Louisiana.

Sponsored by Louisiana Office of Community Development


12:00-12:20
break / get lunch
Lamar atrium


12:20-1:20 Lunch Plenary:
Doing Better Blocks: From Demonstration to Implementation
➣ manship theatre

Jason Roberts
Originator, National Better Block Project

FOLLOWED BY RESPONDING PANEL DISCUSSION:

Dan Favre
Executive Director, Bike Easy

Justin Lemoine
Owner, ELS Landscape Architecture Studio

MODERATOR:
Kelsey Kornick Funes
Partner, Phelps Dunbar LLP; CPEX Board Member

The Better Block model has generated a lot of excitement and resulted in some important implementation wins. How can we take the Better Block concept to the next level in our communities? We’ll talk about how to bridge the gap between a demonstration project and the desired capital improvement project that is likely years down the road and how to leverage public investments to provide the greatest community benefit.

Sponsored by Launch Media


1:20-1:35
break
jones walker foyer

Sponsored by Visit Baton Rouge


1:20-2:45
Off-Site Tour of LSU Center for River Studies
➣ Meet Outside Hartley / Vey Studio Theatre

Join LSU and CPRA for a tour of the research lab facility on Baton Rouge’s Water Campus. The LSU Center for River Studies houses the Lower Mississippi River Physical Model, a 10,000 square feet physical model designed to simulate the Mississippi River depth, sediment transport, and hydraulics. Engineers, coastal scientists, and other researchers will be able to utilize this model to improve our understanding of how natural systems function and to generate information that will further help decision makes identify river and delta management strategies.

Transportation will be provided, but the tour is limited to the first 30 attendees.


1:35-2:35
Building cities for the future
➣ manship theatre

Joseph Andrew Kohl
Founding Principal, Dover, Kohl & Partners

Christopher Forinash
Principal & Washington DC Office Lead, Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates

Katie Wholey
Consultant, Resilience, Arup

Mark Goodson
Principal, Resilience Practice Lead, CSRS

MODERATOR:
Flozell Daniels, Jr.
President & CEO, Foundation for Louisiana

Building cities for the future will require different tools, different partnerships, and a different vision than the past. Hear from experts on the cutting edge of resilient city design, infrastructure, finance and policy to help us think big about what’s needed and what’s next.

Sponsored by Hotel Indigo Baton Rouge Downtown Riverfront


1:35-3:45 Workshop:
tools for neighborhood transformation
➣ hartley / vey workshop theatre

Jason Roberts
Founding Director, Better Block Foundation

Kevin Wright
Principal, YARD & Company

Veronica Davis
Co-owner and Principal Planning Manager, Nspiregreen LLC; Co-Founder, Black Women Bike

Tommy Pacello
President, Memphis Medical District Collaborative

Jennifer Allen
City Strategist Manager, Ioby

INTRODUCED BY:
Norman Morris
CEO, Louisiana Realtors

MODERATOR:
Haley Blakeman
Vice President, Center for Planning Excellence

Public-private partnerships are needed to supplement and leverage limited public funds. Residents and business owners are tired of waiting for progress and are eager to make improvements themselves in their own neighborhoods. This hands-on workshop will show you ways to leverage public investment to increase your quality of life and quality of place. National experts will discuss tools, present model projects, and outline action items to empower participants to create and implement projects in their communities.

Sponsored by Louisiana REALTORS®


2:35-2:45
break
jones walker foyer

Sponsored by Visit Baton Rouge


2:45-3:45
Front lines of Resilience: A Look to Miami
MANSHIP theatre

Joseph Andrew Kohl
Founding Principal, Dover, Kohl & Partners

Gretchen Beesing
Chief Executive Officer, Catalyst Miami

Joyce Coffee
President, Climate Resilience Consulting

Lynette Cardoch, PhD
Director, Resilience and Adaptation, Moffatt & Nichol

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

Like coastal Louisiana, the City of Miami and Miami-Dade county have long been grappling with the challenges of sea level rise and climate change amidst complex social and political contexts. Join this exchange of ideas, expertise, success stories and lessons learned between these two coastal regions on the front lines of resilience building in the U.S.

Sponsored by Moffatt & Nichol


1:35-3:45 Workshop:
tools for neighborhood transformation (CONTINUES)
➣ hartley / vey workshop theatre


3:50-4:30 Conference Closing Session:
Justice, Art & People-Centric Planning
➣ manship theatre

Veronica O. Davis
Co-owner and Principal Planning Manager, Nspiregreen LLC ; Co-founder, Black Women Bike

INTRODUCED BY:
Cordell Haymon
Senior Vice President, Petroleum Service Corporation, an SGS Company;
CPEX Board Chair

MODERATOR:
Erika L. Green
Councilwoman, District 5, City of Baton Rouge - Parish of East Baton Rouge

Veronica Davis, Co-owner and Principal of Nspiregreen and Co-founder of Black Women Bike, will share vision for People-Centric Planning founded on an approach to planning that is creative and focused on community-building. Veronica is a transportation guru with experience in urban planning and civil engineering who uses her knowledge to spark progressive social change by putting people back into civil infrastructure planning.

Sponsored by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana