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Louisiana Pedestrian Fatality Report and the Pedestrian + Bicycle Project Funding Guide Released

Addressing pedestrian fatalities: Louisiana Ranks 5th worst in the nation, 3rd worst for child pedestrians New guide shows how to fund projects that could prevent deaths and reverse the trend [Baton Rouge, Louisiana] — Louisiana’s…

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Job Announcement: Baton Rouge Planning Director

The Planning Commission for the City of Baton Rouge – Parish of East Baton Rouge is actively looking for its next Planning Director. This is a critical post in our City-Parish government — one that…

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CPEX Expands Board With Key Additions

Susan Kelliher and Jim Brandt Appointed as Voting Members Baton Rouge (November 12, 2012) – Center for Planning Excellence (CPEX) has announced the addition of two new members on their Board of Directors: Susan Kelliher,…

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CPEX 2011 Annual Report Available for Download

See what we’ve been up to and who has supported us in our 2011 Annual Report, available for download in both low and high resolutions.

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CONNECT event focuses on transportation and economic connections between Baton Rouge and New Orleans

Achieving this vision will be no small feat, but expanding the dialogue among key stakeholders throughout the super region is an important way to start.

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Best Practices Manual for Development in Coastal Louisiana released

Communities across coastal Louisiana will now have access to strategies and development standards that can reduce risk of flooding and protect valuable land, wetlands and bayous.

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Smart Growth America CEO to speak in BR

  Smart Growth is Smart Business On Monday, April 2nd, Center for Planning Excellence (CPEX) will host a free, public lecture featuring renowned Smart Growth leader Geoffrey Anderson. As President and CEO of Smart Growth America, Geoff has…

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One home, one Church and two gardens receive assistance from CPEX, LSU and volunteers on MLK Day

Baton Rouge (January 16, 2012) – On Monday, January 16 from 9am-3pm, in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, New Ark Baptist Church and an Old South Baton Rouge (OSBR) residence received fresh coats…

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Solar Pavilion at OSBR Y complete

The first installation of solar panels in the Old South Baton Rouge neighborhood sits atop a new outdoor pavilion at the Baranco Clark YMCA, a long-time community hub and pillar of education, after-school programming, health and senior activities in the neighborhood.

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Official Formation of the Baton Rouge Transit Coalition

The Baton Rouge Transit Coalition (BRTC) is a diverse group of citizens and stakeholders focused on improving the quality and sustainability of transit in the Capital Region.

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CONNECT Policy Brief #3: Getting from Here to There

The New Orleans and Baton Rouge areas each year waste about $900 million due to traffic congestion, and these cities fall 15 points below the national average in households with access to a bus or rail transit stop, a new policy brief released today says.

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8th Annual Smart Growth Summit

Center for Planning Excellence will hold its 8th annual Smart Growth Summit, November 18-20, 2013 at the Manship Theatre at the Shaw Center for the Arts in downtown Baton Rouge. The Smart Growth Summit has grown into one of the premier events for promoting innovative planning, meaningful policy, and civic engagement in the Southeast.

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GROW Sunflower Project Transforms Lots in Old South B.R.

In a pilot program this April, three vacant lots in Old South Baton Rouge were transformed through colorful sunflower plantings that will mature into the summer. This community revitalization tool is being implemented through a partnership with the Center for Planning Excellence (CPEX), the East Baton Rouge Redevelopment Authority (RDA) and Baton Rouge Green.

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CONNECT Policy Brief 2:
Connected and Ready to Compete

The New Orleans and Baton Rouge metropolitan areas are the economic engines of Louisiana, but traffic congestion and the absence of a regional transportation system cost the region more than $1 billion in 2009 alone in wasted time, productivity and fuel costs, a new policy brief says.

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CONNECT Policy Brief:
One Great Region

What will it take for greater regional coordination between Baton Rouge and New Orleans in order to develop a truly regional transportation system?

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CPEX offers free planning resource

Created over the past three years with input from more than 2,000 Louisiana citizens, the Louisiana Land Use Toolkit, a set of adaptable development standards, is now available as a free resource to communities across the state.

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Old South Baton Rouge Homes Receive Fresh Coat of Paint & Garden Built at School

Homeowners to receive assistance with home repairs and Polk Elementary to receive a raised vegetable garden from CPEX, LSU and community volunteers on MLK Day.

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Poll: the Baton Rouge/New Orleans region wants rail

A rail line between Baton Rouge and New Orleans has been championed by mayors, non-profits and urban planners alike, but do the people of this region actually want it? According the findings of a recent poll, 75% of residents along the proposed rail corridor are in favor of the concept of linking the two metro areas by intercity rail.

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New cpex.org featured on blog

The all new cpex.org website, featuring a navigation model based on the google maps platform, has already been featured on Google Maps Mania, “An unofficial Google Maps blog tracking the websites, mashups and tools being influenced by Google Maps.”

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Lafayette Consolidated Government Seeks Proposals from Planning Consultants

Lafayette Consolidated Government (LCG) is seeking proposals from professional planning consultants to create a Comprehensive Plan for Lafayette.

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LSU Students paint for MLK event

On Monday, January 18 2010 over 125 volunteers helped two Old South Baton Rouge (OSBR) residences and one business receive a fresh coat of paint as part of the OSBR Home Rehabilitation Grant program and OSBR Commercial Façade Improvement Grant program.

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LSU Implementing “safe routes” for OSBR schools

The LSU College of Education’s Department of Kinesiology will be implementing the Safe Routes to School program at Polk and Buchanan elementary schools in Baton Rouge this fall semester.

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CPEX’s Thomas bestowed with ASLA’s top honor

The Louisiana Chapter of ASLA nominated Thomas for the fellowship, which recognizes the significant contributions individuals have made to the landscape architecture profession and the public through their works, leadership and management, knowledge, and service.

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Building Blocks: If Kids Ruled the City

Building Blocks was an interactive planning experience where children ages 7-10 and their parents and siblings, aided by professional designers, built a small scale version of their ideal city.

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