NEW ORLEANS, Nov. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- The Louisiana Recovery and Rebuilding
Conference scheduled for November 10th - 12th will feature speakers including
Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco, U.S. Sens. David Vitter and Mary Landrieu,
U.S. Reps. William Jefferson and Charles Melancon, and Lt. Gov. Mitch
Landrieu. New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin is also scheduled to speak, and
numerous other local government officials are registered to participate.
The planning and visioning conference, taking place at the New Orleans
Marriott Hotel, is the first step in what is likely to be the largest
rebuilding effort in U.S. history, and will develop design and planning
principles that will guide Louisiana's post-Hurricane Katrina long-range
rebuilding efforts. Conference sessions include, infrastructure, economic
development, public services, environmental and public health, and community
The conference is open to credentialed media who can register on-site.
There will be daily press briefings at 3:00 p.m. Central Time, with a panel of
conference speakers and highlights of the topical sessions available.
The complete agenda is listed at: http://lrrc-prod.aia.org/lrrc_agenda.
Invited participants respond in great numbers
More than 400 of Louisianians contacted to participate registered by the
registration deadline last Friday. The conference has reached its maximum
capacity and new registrants can no longer be added. Those who will attend
the conference include representatives of a broad range of local and state
organizations, Louisiana citizens, religious and civic groups, community
leaders, and public officials.
An overflow room will be available for those who were unable to register
for the conference.
Instant electronic feedback capability for conference attendees
As recommended planning principles for rebuilding Louisiana are developed
by participants, and nationally recognized experts offer comments and
suggestions, Louisiana citizens in attendance will be able to provide instant
feedback on a range of planning and design principles and to rank their
importance. This feedback will be tabulated and analyzed in real-time by
AmericaSpeaks (a non-partisan, non-profit organization that conducts citizen
engagement projects) and will be part of the conference's final
recommendations (results will be shared with media during daily press
briefings at 3:00 p.m. Central Time). Professional facilitators will assist
small "table" discussions, as well as the regional break-outs. They will help
participants move through the process efficiently and smoothly, making sure
that everyone's voice has an opportunity to be heard.
After the conference the Louisiana Recovery Authority has plans for public
meetings and design charettes (planning brainstorming sessions). For more
information, please contact the Louisiana Recovery Authority:
About the Louisiana Recovery and Rebuilding Conference
The conference is being presented by The American Institute of Architects
(AIA), in collaboration with the American Planning Association (APA) and co-
sponsored by the National Trust for Historic Preservation (NTHP) and the
American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).
This event is significant for these reasons:
* It is the first statewide post-hurricane planning conference for
Louisiana. It sets the stage for the rebuilding process by addressing
* It is based upon the participation of, and feedback from, Louisiana
citizens. Conference participants include a wide range of local
stakeholders, citizens, public officials, community leaders, and
businesspeople from the affected areas.
* Presenters represent a diverse range of national and local planning,
design, research, environmental, construction, infrastructure, public
policy, and academic expertise.
* The conference is being conducted in public, and the news media are
invited to cover all sessions.
It should be stressed that this is a strictly nonpartisan professional
planning conference that is based upon a specific process of generating ideas,
analyzing information, focusing discussions, and gathering instant feedback
from participants. From this process will emerge a body of principles that
ideally will guide statewide and local rebuilding efforts.
Editor's note: The following are media contacts from the sponsoring
Scott Frank* (AIA)
Roberta Rewers (APA)
Erin Angell (NTHP)
Joan Buhrman* (ASCE)
* Will be on-site at the conference
CONTACT: Scott Frank of the American Institute of Architects,
+1-202-626-7467, (c) +1-240-305-5891 or firstname.lastname@example.org
SOURCE American Institute of Architects