Community Planning Resources

Center for Planning Excellence

The Center for Planning Excellence (CPEX) is a non-profit organization that coordinates urban and rural planning efforts in Louisiana.  CPEX provides best-practice planning models, innovative policies and technical assistance to individual communities that wish to create and enact master plans dealing with transportation and infrastructure needs, environmental issues, and quality design for the built environment.  CPEX brings community members and leaders together and provides guidance as they work toward a shared vision for future growth and development.

Louisiana Community Network - an initiative of Louisiana Economic Development

Louisiana is rich in tradition, history, diversity and culture. It is important for communities to maintain their "flavor" and originality. The development tools are customizable so that each community can envision and achieve its own personality. On the website, you will find ready to use training tools, templates and resources to help build your community.

USDA Rural Development

USDA Rural Development is committed to helping improve the economy and quality of life in all of rural America. Through programs, they touch rural America in many ways.  Our financial programs support essential public facilities and services such as water and sewer systems, housing, health clinics, emergency service facilities and electric and telephone services.  We promote economic development by supporting loans to businesses through banks and community-managed lending pools. We offer technical assistance and information to help agricultural and other cooperatives get started and improve the effectiveness of their member services.

Louisiana Site Selection Center

This website allows you to search for available properties using interactive maps and other search criteria, and access detailed emographic and business data around a property.  LA Site Selection also allows you to view or download detailed demographic and business data for all Louisiana Parishes and many individual communities as well.