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Mid South Planning and Zoning Institute

The Mid-South Planning & Zoning Institute

The Mid-South Planning & Zoning Institute presents a day-long conference each year  for citizen leaders, elected officials, planning commissioners, zoning boards, and planning professionals. The purpose of this conference is to facilitate a better understanding of critical issues in land use planning and policy. Nationally recognized experts form the faculty of the conference and explore critical issues in planning the future of neighborhoods, towns, cities, counties, and regions in the Mid-South.

2013 Conference

Planning as if Nature Mattered:

Exploring Sustainable Approaches to Community Planning and Development in the Tri-State Region

Friday, April 19, 2013
8 am - 2:30 pm
Fogelman Executive Conference Center
330 Innovation Drive
University of Memphis


Keynote Address: Overcoming the Growth versus Environmental Stewardship Divide through a Just Sustainabilities Approach to Development

Julian Agyeman, PhD

Professor, and Chair of the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning at Tufts University

Author of Just Sustainabilities: Development in an Unequal World and Sustainable Communities and the Challenge of Environmental Justice


Panel Discussion: The Mid-South Regional Greenprint and New Directions for Sustainability in the Mid-South


Concurrent Breakout Sessions:

[urban waterways | promoting green infrastructure | alternative approaches to transportation | decision making and environmental regulations]


Conference Brochure and Registration Links Coming Soon!


Past Conferences

2011: Building More Vibrant and Sustainable Communities through Participatory Planning and Design [program]


2010: Growing Greener: A Prosperous Shift with Sustainable Planning and Economic Development [program]

  • Phillip Thompson, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Urban Studies and Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Karen Hundt, Director of Planning, Chattanooga, TN
  • Ron Littlefield, Mayor, City of Chattanooga, TN


2009: Promoting Economic Development in Rural Areas and Small Towns during Tough Times: Lessons from the Field

  • Mark Peterson, Ph.D., Community and Economic Development Division, Cooperative Extension Service, University of Arkansas
  • Robert Barber, Planning Director, City of Hernando, MS
  • Max Hipp, Director of Economic Development, City of Oxford, MS
  • Mayor David W. Gordon, City of Covington, TN
  • Bridget Jones, Cumberland Region Tomorrow
  • Tom Low, Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company
  • Bob Pickney, Adenus Technologies
  • Otto Loewer, University of Arkansas Economic Development Institute

2008: Promoting Community Revitalization through Participatory Planning and Collaborative Action [program]

  • Avis Vidal, Ph.D., Professor and Chair, Department of Geography and Urban Planning, Wayne State University
  • Rafael E. Cestero, Senior Vice-President, Chief Program Officer, Enterprise Community Partnership
  • Kirk A. Goodrich, Founder of Maverick Developers LLC, Former Managing Director of Enterprise Social Investment Corporation

2007: Child Friendly Cities [program]

  • Louise Chawla, PhD, University of Colorado, Children, Youth and Environments Center for Research and Design
  • Andrew L. Dannenberg, MD, MPH, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Reid Ewing, PhD, National Center for Smart Growth, University of Maryland
  • Mary Filardo, Executive Director, 21st Century School Funds

2006: Earth, Wind and Fire: Creating and Maintaining Safer Cities and Regions [program]

  • Dr. Arlene Hill
  • U of M Panel:
    • Dr. Joy Clay, Public Administration
    • Mr. Richard Janikoski, Criminology and Criminal Justice
    • Dr. Christine Powell, Earthquake Center
    • Dr. Brian Waldron, Groundwater Institute
  • Dr. Ann-Margaret Esnard
  • Marya Morris (May mini-conference)

2005: Connecting Communities

  • Martin Adams
  • Martin Blank
  • Kathy Madden
  • Dan Burden

2004: Planning Healthy Neighborhoods, Cities and Regions

  • Dr. Richard Jackson
  • Bruce Appleyard
  • Randall Arendt
  • David Boehlke

2003: Building Sustainable Communities: Schools, Neighborhoods and Design

  • Ellen Schoshkes
  • Steven Bingler
  • Mike Watkins
  • David Bernhardt

2002: Infrastructure Choices: Shaping Growth & Development in the Mid South

  • Bruce Katz
  • James Duncan
  • Rob Neiweg
  • Lane Kendig

2001: Growth Management

  • Arthur C. (Chris) Nelson
  • Robert (Bob) M. Jones
  • Hattie Dorsey
  • P.C. 1101 Panel:
    • Bill Terry
    • Sam Edwards
    • Karen Hundt
    • Norman Whitakere

2000: Historic Preservation

  • Dwight Young
  • Claudia Polley
  • William (Bill) Hudnut
  • Donovan Rypkema

1999: Planning Safer Communities

  • Sherry Carter
  • Oscar Newman
  • George Kelling
  • Diane Zahm

1997: Link Between Established & Emerging Neighborhoods

  • Robert Barber
  • James Duncan
  • Ray Kramer
  • James Howard Kunstler

1996: Linking Land Use and Economic Development

  • Charles Graves
  • Jeffrey Finkle
  • Kenneth Jackson
  • Panel:
    • Steve Huntley
    • Corky Neal

1995: Transportation

  • David Bonk
  • Margot Garcia
  • Eric Damian Kelly
  • Tad Widby

1994: Sustainability

  • Michael Chandler
  • Greg Dale
  • Kennedy Lawson Smith
  • Alice Hubbard

1993: Environment

  • Milton Herd
  • Catherine Rogers
  • James Berry
  • Cheryl Calloway

1992: Housing

  • Michael Chandler
  • Land Kendig
  • Harvey Jacobs
  • Maryann Ustick
  • Margaret Murray

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