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The Louisiana Chapter of the American Society of Public Administration has been in existence for over ten years. The American Society for Public Administration is the largest and most prominent professional association for public administration. It is dedicated to advancing the art, science, teaching, and practice of public and non-profit administration. ASPA’s four core values are Accountability and Performance, Professionalism, Ethics, and Social Equity. Professionalism is promoted through chapters and sections. Members have an opportunity to advance their careers by becoming involved in their local public administration community. Additionally, members gain exposure to major public service issues by joining ASPA’s 21 sections. These sections focus on finance, budgeting, human resources, health and human services, ethics, and more. Sections provide additional networking opportunities through conferences and other professional development activities. They also have a variety of award and scholarship opportunities.

General Membership Meetings

The ASPA-LA Chapter meets quarterly. The chapter in October hosts our general membership meeting, and a guest speaker is invited along with a general membership meeting. In March/April the chapter hosts both a business meeting in conjunction with our annual academic conference and the results of the annual election executive board and council members are announced. In July the chapter hosts a transition meeting between outgoing and incoming members of the Executive Board and Council.

Academic/Practitioner Statewide Conference

Each year in March/April, the chapter decides which academic institution will host the next conference. Hosts may volunteer from anywhere throughout the state. The conference is designed as an academic conference for students and faculty in MPA programs throughout the state as well as practitioners from every sector.

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