Recent News & Events


March 25, 2020

LAPDD is a state association of the eight planning districts in Louisiana. A planning district is a multi-service entity with state-defined boundaries that deliver a variety of federal, state and local programs and offer services such as technical assistance and professional planning services to their regions. Louisiana’s Planning & Development Districts are on the frontline of community-based economic development and resiliency, with long-established relationships to the US Economic Development Administration.

As such, we anticipate LAPDD to be engaged early to address economic resiliency and recovery pertaining to the COVID 19 pandemic, and previously with the Great Floods of 2016, and a myriad of prior natural disasters.

Planning districts were founded on the principle that municipalities and parishes working together can accomplish more together than individually. The districts are where  collaboration and cooperation happen which, in turn, creates a cost-effective and efficient way of addressing regional and even statewide and multi-state issues.

The planning districts throughout Louisiana are involved in a variety of programs and projects, which include economic development and resiliency, assisting governmental entities in securing grants and loans for much needed infrastructure improvements, offering workshops and technical assistance to local governments, bringing together and connecting small agencies to resources … Continue reading? →

Below is the nomination form for the 2021 Lantern Awards.

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2021 Lantern Awards

June 28, 2021

Below is the nomination form for the 2021 Lantern Awards.

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NOTICE OF POSTPONEMENT: This meeting has been postponed due to Emergency declarations regarding Hurricane Laura. Notice of future meetings will be posted on this website when available.

The Louisiana Association of Planning and Development Meeting is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, August 26, 2020, at 10:00- 10:30 via video conference.

In an effort to reduce and limit the spread of COVID-19 in Louisiana, and to preserve the health and safety of all members of the public, the Governor has declared the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency and ordered that it is necessary to limit public gatherings in a single place in an effo1t to avoid individuals being in close proximity to one another. As a result of the public emergency, the limitations imposed on public gatherings and personal interactions, and the need for a number of members to travel to any physical meeting location from parishes where confirmed cases of COVID-19 have occurred, Louisiana Association of Planning and Development District does hereby certify that in order to protect the lives, property, health, safety, and welfare of the citizens of Louisiana , it is necessary to conduct the Louisiana Association of Planning and Development Meeting on August 26, 2020 by teleconference Continue reading? →

2020 Lantern Awards

August 13, 2020

Below is the nomination form for the 2020 Lantern Awards and a list of past winners.

2020 Nomination form

Past winners
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