CPEX produces toolkits and reports to advise communities, leaders, elected officials, industry partners, and engaged citizens in implementing smart policy and best practices.

STAC Complete Streets Toolkit (2018)

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Created by the Baton Rouge Sustainable Transportation Action Committee (STAC) - a joint initiative of CPEX and AARP Louisiana, with support from the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation - the Complete Streets Toolkit addresses the growing demand for safe, accessible, well-connected bicycle, pedestrian, and transit facilities in neighborhoods and communities throughout the state.

It provides a step-by-step process by which communities, elected officials, government agencies, local businesses and anchor institutions can work together to identify areas of greatest needs, develop shared priorities for infrastructure improvements, and pursue implementation. The Toolkit also includes sample maps, outreach and education materials, and data compilations.

Rising Above Resilient recovery Series (2017)

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This series of issue briefs aims to inform and support ongoing flood recovery efforts and long term resilience-building for communities throughout Louisiana. Produced with support from the Walton Family Foundation, McKnight Foundation, and the Greater New Orleans Foundation, the Rising Above series will highlight best planning practices and implementation tools that state and local leaders can use within our specific geographic, regulatory, political, and cultural context. These papers will assist state agencies, elected officials, and local leaders in maximizing the returns on investment of limited recovery dollars by incorporating resilience-building measures into the recovery process and daily governmental operations.


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This report is the first in a series of issue briefs designed to further the conversation on building resilience in our region and inform critical decisions being made throughout the recovery and rebuilding process. It explores reasons behind the CRS’s low participation rate in Louisiana, details the benefits of this incentive program to individuals and communities, and provides recommendations for maximizing the economic and risk mitigation benefits for Louisiana communities. 


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The Jean Lafitte Flood Preparedness Toolkit provides information, guidelines and recommended regulations to reduce flood risk. This document consolidates information and recommendations from several sources into one clear and easy to understand Toolkit specific to predominant conditions in Jean Lafitte. The Toolkit provides information on key issues to consider during the building and site design and development process to educate and inform homeowners, builders, and the Town on how to best protect assets against future floods and reduce repetitive losses. Understanding key criteria, site conditions, and existing building characteristics will help determine whether to flood proof, elevate, or rebuild, and how best to do so. 

Entering the pipeline: engaging disconnected workers in our regional economy (2015)

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This report builds on The Baton Rouge Area Chamber’s Embracing Opportunity: An Analysis of Efforts to Meet Capital Region Workforce Demands, which identifies training programs that are certifying workers for many of the most in-demand jobs in the Capital Region, and quantifies the need for expansion of some of these programs if we are to close the gap between our local supply of qualified workers and rapidly growing demand for skilled labor. CPEX's Entering the Pipeline highlights the need for a similar expansion and enhancement of programs designed to help disconnected workers in the Capital Region who need assistance to become job-ready, access transportation that connects them to opportunities, and enter the workforce.


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Providing the link between local and state-level decision making, this document combines community-level risk-reduction perspectives with actionable recommendations. The recommendations are intended to enable existing state and federal programs to be more responsive to community needs and better serve local decision makers in their efforts to mitigate flood damage and increase safety for those living along Louisiana’s working coast.

"boom without bust" Policy forum (2014)


As a boom in industrial and commercial investment is anticipated along the Baton Rouge-to-New Orleans corridor, transportation infrastructure and planning issues are more pressing than ever.

Connecting workers to training and employment opportunities, and connecting employers and businesses to the labor and markets they depend on are essential to ensuring that the benefits of growth are shared and sustainable, and quality of life is improved for all.

complete streets policy manual (2014)

Louisiana’s Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) adopted a Complete Streets policy in 2010, which has been ranked the second strongest policy in the nation by the National Complete Streets Coalition. New Orleans was the first city in Louisiana to adopt a Complete Streets policy on the local level, and the CPEX CONNECT Coalition continues to champion Complete Streets policy adoption in Louisiana cities, parishes and regions as a top policy priority.

The Complete Streets Policy Manual is a free resource outlining the steps to policy adoption and featuring a step-by-step look at the New Orleans policy process. Elected and appointed officials, as well advocacy groups, interested in adopting Complete Streets policies on the local level are encouraged to download this manual to learn more about how to adopt Complete Streets legislation.

danger zones: a summary of Pedestrian Fatality trends in louisiana (2014)


Too many lives are lost on Louisiana streets. Parents are afraid to allow their children to walk or bike to school because the routes are unsafe. Employees don't see biking as a viable option because the network is unprotected and incomplete.

CPEX released Danger Zones: A Summary of Pedestrian Fatalities in Louisiana to raise awareness around pedestrian safety and to provide relevant data to support Complete Streets projects throughout the state.

Walk / Ride Guide: A Resource Guide to Pedestrian, Bicycle and Complete Streets Project Funding (2013) 


Motor vehicles dominate transportation policy in Louisiana, but as vehicular deaths have decreased, pedestrian deaths continue to rise.

CPEX partnered with OneVoice and the Louisiana Public Health Institute to produce Walk + Ride: A Resource Guide to Funding Pedestrian, Bicycle and Complete Streets Projects in Louisiana. The Guide is a user-friendly resource, empowering local leaders to pursue pedestrian and bicycle project and funding for their communities.



To assist Louisiana’s coastal communities’ efforts to preserve their unique cultures and economies, CPEX developed a series of Geotypes that categorize the distinct landscapes found across southern Louisiana and illustrate how the various natural environments have shaped community development. Adapted from local, national, and international best practices, CPEX developed strategies to reduce risks for each Geotype. The Geotypes and the strategies appropriate are clearly explained in the Best Practices Manual, designed to be accessible to a wide range of decision makers and stakeholders.

Louisiana Coastal land use toolkit (2012)


The Coastal Land Use Toolkit contains development and redevelopment standards that are similar to the Louisiana Land Use Toolkit, but focus on hazard mitigation and natural resource protection in the coastal areas.

These standards can be implemented cafeteria-style to assist communities with handling water where it falls to manage excess storm water and the risk of flooding.



The Louisiana Land Use Toolkit is an online resource for local jurisdictions. The Toolkit contains a model set of development regulations that can be used to help guide future growth and development in an sustainable and economically competitive manner. The Toolkit is a shared resource from which parishes and municipalities can adopt a complete development code or select cafeteria-style from individual tools that meet their specific needs. 

Old South baton rouge pattern book (2007)


The Old South Baton Rouge (OSBR) neighborhood, a historic but disinvested community between downtown Baton Rouge and Louisiana State University was once a place the capital city’s African-American community was proud to call home. This three square mile area of approximately 11,800 residents is still both culturally and historically rich, but suburban growth and increased mobility has led to a steady population decline over the past several decades, causing many residents to seek opportunities outside of OSBR. Blight and poverty now plague this once vibrant community. However, despite these current struggles, the legacy of the neighborhood is strong and many residents are committed to bringing their community back to prosperity.

"Louisiana Speaks" resources (2005)

The Louisiana Speaks initiative included a regional planning effort, Parish Recovery Planning process, three demonstration charrettes, and development of the Louisiana Speaks Pattern Book and Toolkit. All four initiatives used an open, public process designed to encourage and engage as many citizens as possible in developing ideas and concepts for rebuilding. Louisiana Speaks combined the efforts of local, state and federal partners along with many experts, stakeholders and citizens into a comprehensive approach that will guide recovery and growth over the next 50 years to make Louisiana safer, stronger and smarter in the future.