Blanco, Nagin, Vitter, Landrieu, Jefferson, Melancon to Participate in Louisiana Recovery and Rebuilding Conference
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 building. 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: http://www.lra.louisiana.gov/. 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 the fundamentals. * 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 organizations: Scott Frank* (AIA) 202-626-7462 240-305-5891 (c) firstname.lastname@example.org Roberta Rewers (APA) 312-786-6395 email@example.com Erin Angell (NTHP) 202-588-6218 firstname.lastname@example.org Joan Buhrman* (ASCE) 703-295-6406 571-213-3812 (c) email@example.com * 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
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