1998:
The Baton Rouge Area Foundation, City of Baton Rouge and the State of Louisiana formed an unprecedented partnership to commission Plan Baton Rouge — a master plan for Downtown Baton Rouge. Boo Thomas was hired as the first Executive Director to begin implementing the plan.

2003:
Plan Baton Rouge hosts the first-ever Smart Growth Summit.

2004:
Plan Baton Rouge team secures the audit of the East Baton Rouge Parish Comprehensive Plan and Unified Development Code.

2005:
Plan Baton Rouge completes the first neighborhood revitalization plan for Old South Baton Rouge —a historic, but disinvested community between Louisiana State University and downtown Baton Rouge.

2005:
Hurricanes Katrina and Rita devastate Louisiana and the Gulf Coast.

2006:
Funded by federal grants, the Plan Baton Rouge team becomes the Center for Planning Excellence — a non-profit organization dedicated to creating a better quality of life in Louisiana through visionary planning.

2006:
CPEX initiates the first rural plans in Tangipahoa, West Feliciana and Pointe Coupee.  

2006:
CPEX begins work on Louisiana Speaks ­— a large-scale plan incorporating storm, protection, coastal restoration, transportation, economic development and housing. Louisiana Speaks remains one of the largest outreach efforts in American history with more than 27,000 citizens and stakeholders participating.

2009:
CPEX is awarded the prestigious Olmsted Award for environmental leadership, vision, and stewardship by the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA).

2010:
CPEX unveils Plan Baton Rouge Phase II.

2010:
CPEX releases the Louisiana Land Use Toolkit — the standard for zoning and land use that has been customized by many communities and is being used across the state.

2010:
Elizabeth “Boo” Thomas becomes the second woman from Louisiana named to the ASLA Council of Fellows — the highest honor the organization bestows.

2011:
CPEX forms the CONNECT Coalition to advocate for regional connectivity between the super regions of Baton Rouge and New Orleans.

2012:
CPEX launches the Coastal Land Use Toolkit and Best Practices Manual for Development in Coastal Louisiana.

2013:
CPEX leads the Better Block BR effort to showcase a revitalized MidCity.

2014:
CPEX publishes View from the Coast - the culmination of interviews, focus groups, and workshops that included more than 800 coastal residents, elected officials and stakeholders that combines community-level risk-reduction perspectives with actionable recommendations.

2015:
CPEX hosts the 10th annual Louisiana Smart Growth Summit, promoting dialogue on innovative planning and exploring models for creating healthier, more resilient communities for more than 800 community, business, and civic leaders. 

Today, CPEX is continuing its work all over the state of Louisiana and has worked in more than 20 communities creating and implementing plans.