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Our mission is to promote the practice of community and regional planning in Louisiana by enhancing the effectiveness of planners in impacting public policy. This mission will be carried out through:
Community Service - Provide informed and objective planning advice on issues that confront state and local government and build public and political support for responsible planning in Louisiana.
Member Services - Provide services to members to facilitate communications, networking and professional/citizen interchange.
Professionalism & Excellence - Promote excellence, professionalism and adherence to high ethical standards in the profession by offering programs and opportunities to build professional skills.

Student Report from Phoenix

group photo of UNO students in Phoenix

PHOENIX,AZ - The Crescent City Shapers, the University of New Orleans’ student organization for planning and urban studies students, represented UNO and the state of Louisiana by traveling to the APA National Planning Conference in Phoenix. This year’s group was comprised of eleven Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) students, five of whom also traveled with the Shapers to Seattle for last year’s conference. Louisiana APA helps sponsor the Shapers’ trip annually to allow Louisiana’s future planners to experience the benefits of such an event.

Notes from Phoenix

Looking out at the Phoenix Convention Center with the historic St. Mary’s Basilica (dedicated in 1881) in the foreground, April 2016.

Before we get back into our routines after attending the APA National Planning Conference held in Phoenix, Arizona, I want to share some thoughts.  We couldn’t have picked an environment more diametrically opposed to the location of our 2016 APA LA state chapter conference in Houma, LA.  Phoenix is in the heart of the western desert with mountains in the backdrop. Houma is in the heart of bayou country surrounded by water.  Phoenix averages 7 inches of rain per year, we average 60 inches! The air is so dry in Arizona that perspiration disappears before you even notice it.

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