A current listing of news related to the Georgia Planning Association, the State of Georgia, Legislative Updates / Alerts, and 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.
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced from Washington, D.C., the newly elected and appointed officers and directors to its 2015 Board of Directors, including Denise Grabowski of Symbioscity who will serve a three-year term in the Urban/Regional Planner seat.
Savannah leaders on Friday presented the Victorian Neighborhoods Association with certificates from the American Planning Association declaring the area one of the nation’s 10 Great Neighborhoods for 2014.
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 …
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.”
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.