Port of New Orleans is among APA award winners for its strategic master plan

Port NOLA was honored by the American Planning Association (APA) as a recipient of the 2019 Silver National Planning Achievement Award For Economic Development Planning for its strategic master plan designed to help the region's maritime and hospitality growth.

Port NOLA's Strategic Master Plan was created to help optimize and extend the region's assets along the Mississippi River and inland waterway system including the rail network and interstate highways. Port tenants, carriers, customers, federal, state and local elected officials, civic leaders as well as residents were all a part of the planning process.

The APA honored 25 individuals, planning departments, government agencies and private firms for their work on planning issues with its National Planning Excellence Awards and APA Achievement Awards during its National Planning Conference in San Francisco this week.

“This year’s award recipients demonstrate how planning helps create communities that offer access and opportunity for all,” 2019 Awards Jury Chair Wendy Shabay said in a press release.  “Planning is vital to keep communities thriving and to ensure quality of life for residents.”

For more than 50 years, the APA's National Awards Program has honored global recipients whose work establishes "communities of lasting value." The APA, a nonprofit educational organization, includes 42,000 members who work with residents, civic leaders and businesses to create communities that enhance people's lives.

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