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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 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
Manship Theatre

Chancelier Xero Skidmore
Executive Director, Forward Arts 


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

Joyce Coffee
President, Climate Resilience Consulting

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

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

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


10:00-10:15
break
jones walker foyer


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

Mayor Greg Lemons
Town of Abita Springs

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

George Marks
President/Director, NUNU Arts and Culture Collective

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

MODERATOR:
Jason King
Principal and Senior Project Director, Dover, Kohl & Partners


10:15-11:45
ETHICS in Planning: Continuing Education for Law, AICP
HARTLEY / VEY Workshop THEATRE

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

Frank M. Duke (invited)
Director, Baton Rouge City-Parish Planning Commission

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


10:15-11:45
Survival of the Fittest: 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:
Haley Blakeman
Vice President, Center for Planning Excellence


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

MODERATOR:
Stephanie Riegel
Editor, Greater Baton Rouge Business Report


12:55-1:10
break
jones walker foyer


 1:10-2:35
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


 1:10-4:10 Workshop:
ADDRESSING THE RESILIENCE GAP
➣ hartley / vey workshop THEATRE

Joyce Coffee
President, Climate Resilience Consulting

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



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

Brenda M. Breaux
Executive Director, New Orleans Redevelopment Authority

Kevin Wright
Principal, YARD & Company

Calvin Gladney
President & CEO, Smart Growth America

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


1:10-4:10 Workshop:
ADDRESSING THE RESILIENCE GAP (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

Dr. Shawn Wilson
Secretary, Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development

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

Calvin Gladney
President & CEO; Smart Growth America

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


5:30 - 7:00 Opening Reception
PECHAKUCHA D.J. NIGHT vol. x  
HARTLEY / VEY STUDIO THEATRE

FEATURING:

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

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

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

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

Liz Williams Russell
Coastal Community Resilience Director, Foundation for Louisiana


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:

Andreanecia Morris
Executive Director, HousingNOLA

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

Jonathan Leit
Director, New Orleans Office at Alembic Community Development

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


10:30-10:45
break
jones walker foyer


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

Gretchen Beesing
Chief Executive Officer, Catalyst Miami

Greg Rucks
Principal, Rocky Mountain Institute

Sharon Roerty (invited)
Senior Program Officer, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

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


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

Janet Tharp
Director of Planning, Center for Planning Excellence

MODERATOR:
Pat Forbes
Executive Director, 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


1:20-1:35
break


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

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

Katie Wholey
Consultant, Resilience, Arup

Jason King
Principal and Senior Project Director, Dover, Kohl & Partners

Mark Goodson
Principal, Resilience Practice Lead, CSRS

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


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

Jason Roberts
Founding Director, Better Block Foundation

Jennifer Allen
Leader Success Strategist, Ioby

Tommy Pacello
President, Memphis Medical District Collaborative

Kevin Wright
Principal, YARD & Company

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

INTRODUCED BY:
Norman Morris
CEO, Louisiana Realtors

MODERATOR:
Haley Blakeman
Vice President, Center for Planning Excellence


2:35-2:45
break


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

Jason King
Principal and Senior Project Director, Dover, Kohl & Partners

Gretchen Beesing
Chief Executive Officer, Catalyst Miami

Dale Morris (invited)
Director of Strategic Partnerships, The Water Institute of the Gulf

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


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


3:45-3:55
break
jones walker foyer


3:55-4:30 Conference Closing Session:
Justice, Art & Other Stuff: People-Centered Planning
➣ manship theatre

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

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