The Baton Rouge-based Center for Planning Excellence (CPEX) will open a small office in New Orleans this summer, reports the Times-Picayune.
Jennifer Stenhouse, organization’s director of development, will open the New Orleans office July 1.
CPEX works on regional planning issues, one of which is doing more to improve transportation and connections between New Orleans and Baton Rouge.
CPEX President and CEO Elizabeth “Boo” Thomas’ statement supports that reasoning.
“We feel like its time,” Thomas said. “The work we’re doing in trying to connect Baton Rouge and New Orleans through our coalition — it’s important to have someone there that can attend meetings and be representative.”
“It’s all about the super region,” Thomas said.
CPEX will either open the office downtown or in Metairie. Currently, partner organizations have offered them free office space.
Thomas said an expected industry boom along the Mississippi River between Baton Rouge and New Orleans will focus attention on transportation between the state’s two largest cities. “It’s going to be a huge strain on our infrastructure.”
CPEX works to provide “best-practice planning models, policy ideas and technical assistance” to communities regarding transportation, infrastructure, housing and environmental issues. They also host conferences like Connect, which focus on transportation and economic connections between New Orleans and Baton Rouge.