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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

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

Sponsored by Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann

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

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


Jeff Hebert
Deputy Mayor, Chief Administrative Officer and Chief Resilience Officer,
City of New Orleans


MODERATOR:
Jessica Kemp, PhD
Vice President of Policy and Advocacy, 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, LLC

Gwen Hamilton
President & CEO, East Baton Rouge Redevelopment Authority

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

▲ Continuing Legal Education


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


Maria Papacharalambous
Waggonner & Ball

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 Keynote: Reimagining the Civic Commons
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

Jacques M. Roy
Mayor, City of Alexandria

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
Future Trends: Rising Water, Autonomous Cars,
& the Sharing Economy
➣ hartley / vey workshop THEATRE

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

MODERATOR:
Donna Fraiche
Shareholder, Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz
Board Member, Center for Planning Excellence

▲ Continuing Legal Education


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

Tyler Antrup
Urban Water Program Manager, City of New Orleans

Kurt Culbertson
Chairman & CEO, Design Workshop

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


3:50-4:00
break


4:00-5:00
Closing keynote: The Power of government
transparency to align efforts
➣ manship theatre

Denice Ross
Public Interest Technology Fellow, New America


5:00 - 5:30
Cox communications and the trust for public land announcement
of the 2017 cox conserves hero
& opening reception  
➣ manship theatre

Sponsored by Cox Communications


WEDNESDAY, NOV. 8

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

Joel Mahoney
Co-founders, OpenCounter

Erik Bjontegard
Founder, Spark Compass

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

MODERATOR:
John Snow
Partner, Emergent Method



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

Andre Rodrigue
Principal, Stantec

Jason E. Engen
Director of Client Development, Southern Earth
Sciences, Inc.


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

▲ Continuing Legal Education


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


Lamar M. Gardere
Executive Director, The Data Center

MODERATOR:
John Snow
Partner, Emergent Method


10:20-11:15
Conservation Easements: A Creative Strategy for
Landowners, Developers, and Open Space
➣ hartley / vey workshop THEATRE

Lisa Creasman
Associate State Director, The Nature Conservancy

Boyd A. Bryan
Partner, Jones Walker LLP

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

▲ Continuing Legal Education


11:25-11:45
break / get lunch


11:45-12:40
Lunch Keynote: The Next Generation of Smart Cities
➣ manship theatre

Sponsored by Jones Walker, LLP

Andy Berke
Mayor, City of Chattanooga

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

Chattanooga made tremendous advancements towards closing the digital divide through broadband infrastructure. The city has 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

Ramesh Kolluru, PhD
VP for Research, Innovation and Economic Development;
Professor, School of Computing and Informatics; UL Lafayette

 

This panel will feature the perspectives and progress of the unique Smart City partnership underway
between the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, the City of Lafayette and CGI.

Sponsored by Fishman Haygood LLP


 

12:50-1:50
Short-term Rentals: A new orleans case study
➣ 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 M. Duke
Director, Baton Rouge City-Parish Planning Commission

▲ Continuing Legal Education


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

Jim Barbaresso
Senior Vice President, HNTB Corporation

Seleta Reynolds
General Manager, Los Angeles Department of Transportation

Jeff Sauser
Senior Urban Planner, Stantec

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

1:55-2:55
Ethics in Working with Government Actors and Attorneys
➣ hartley / vey workshop theatre

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

MODERATOR:
Randy Roussel
Partner, Phelps Dunbar LLP
Board Member, Center for Planning Excellence

 

▲ Continuing Legal Education


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

Steven Primeaux
Analytics Manager, Office of Performance and Accountability,
City of New Orleans

Warren Kron
GIS Manager, City of Baton Rouge - Parish of East Baton Rouge

MODERATOR:
Justin Kozak, PhD
Researcher and Policy Analyst, Center for Planning Excellence


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

Michael D. Hebert
Attorney, Becker & Hebert, LLC

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

▲ Continuing Legal Education


4:10-5:15
Closing Keynote: Clearing the Roadblocks
to Smart Infrastructure
➣ manship theatre

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

MODERATOR:
Ashley Shelton
Executive Director, Power Coalition