Planning in the Midst of a Pandemic

Thank you to all of our fellow planners who attended the 2021 GPA Spring Virtual Conference on April 23, 2021. We were excited to welcome more than 150 professionals who attended the virtual conference.

This full day of virtual sessions covered climate disaster, comprehensive planning, transportation, and then concluded the day with a virtual social hour. 

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Keynote Address

“What We Know (or Don’t Know) About the Impact of COVID-19.”

The presentation will reflect on the economy, jobs, housing, tax impacts, evictions, general COVID information, racial disparities related to COVID and more.


Keynote Speakers

Michael D. Alexander, AICP

Director of the Atlanta Regional Commission’s Center for Livable Communities

Mike Carnathan

Manager of the Research & Analytics Division at the Atlanta Regional Commission


8:30 AM – 9:15 AM: Better Plans, Better Communities: Three Things to Take Your Comprehensive Plan to the Next Level

9:15 AM – 9:30 AM:  BREAK

9:30 AM – 10:15 AM:  Balancing Multiple Priorities in the Southern Fulton Comprehensive Transportation Plan

10:15 AM – 10:30 AM:  Mini Session / Student Presentation: Evacuation with Efficiency: An Inland and Coastal Flood Based Emergency Evacuation Planning Scorecard Proposal

10:30 AM – 11:15 AM:  Climate Disaster in the Headlights. Is Georgia Ready?

11:15 AM – 11:30 AM:  BREAK

11:30 AM – 12:15 PM:  Pandemic Impacts on Transit in the Atlanta Region

12:15 PM – 12:30 PM:  BREAK

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM:  Keynote Address: What We Know (or Don’t Know) About the Impact of COVID-19

1:30 PM – 1:45 PM:  BREAK

1:45 PM – 2:30 PM:  Pandemic Policy Playbook

2:30 PM – 2:45 PM: BREAK

2:45 PM – 4:15 PM:  Ethics in Planning – 2021

4:30 PM – 5:30 PM:  Virtual Social / Happy Hour

A special thanks!

Georgia Planning Association thanks the following Annual Sponsors at the Premier and Supporter Levels that provide support for Chapter programs throughout the year including the 2021 Spring Conference.

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