A current listing of news related to the Georgia Planning Association, the State of Georgia, Legislative Updates / Alerts, and more.

Call for Papers: 2015 Atlanta Studies Symposium

posted on December 16th, 2014  |  Read more

The third Atlanta Studies Symposium will bring together researchers examining Atlanta’s social, cultural, economic and environmental issues on Wednesday 6 May 2015 in midtown Atlanta. Proposals are sought for presentations discussing empirical research under the theme, The Atlanta Way: Past, Present, and Future and should be submitted no later than Friday, February 6, 2015.

APA Board Retreat

posted on August 18th, 2014  |  Read more

APA Region 2 Board Member Rodger Lentz, AICP has provided an update regarding the recent APA Board Retreat and several upcoming deadlines

APA Board Update Winter 2014

posted on February 26th, 2014  |  Read more

The national planning conference is quickly approaching and I am really looking forward to being in Atlanta at the end of April. I hear that the local host committee is ready to show us what Atlanta is all about! Thank you for your hard work. If you haven’t registered I hope you will make plans to attend. Whether you want to learn about brownfields, transit, economic development, neighborhood revitalization …

HB 921 Development Authority Transparency and Accountability Act

posted on February 14th, 2014  |  Read more

House Bill 921, introduced in the Georgia House by Representative Matt Dollar (R – Marietta), aims to stifle the ability of local Development Authorities around the State to promote economic growth. Introduced as a bill to increase transparency, the bill will impose new reporting requirements for how authorities may make decisions and will force authorities to comply with increased regulations.
Development Authorities were established to “develop and promote trade, commerce, industry, and employment opportunities.”

SB 255 Public Private Partnerships

posted on February 5th, 2014  |  Read more

This legislation provides a new tool for cities to partner with private industry to finance infrastructure construction and operation. A city that is interested in using this financing mechanism must adopt local procedural guidelines.

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