History & Outlook

The Georgia Planning Association (GPA) is an official Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA).  GPA is a 1,000-plus member organization of professional planners and planning officials who serve Georgia’s communities in many ways, at all levels of government, the private sector and not-for-profit organizations.

The Georgia Chapter of the American Planning Association is registered with the Georgia Secretary of State as a Domestic Non-Profit organization.  GPA has been a registered non-profit since October 11, 1968.  In 1982, the original GPA merged with the Georgia Chapter of the American Planning Association into a stronger, functional entity, the new Georgia Planning Association.

GPA has provided resources and services to planners and communities for more than three decades.  In the 1970s and 1980s, popular programs included the Planners Lunch speaker series, legislation tracking, state and multi-state conferences, and professional development programs.  GPA has grown since then as the population and importance of planning in Georgia has expanded.  Early GPA members can attest to the importance that GPA has played in many diverse activities over the years.

Georgia is among the more progressive states in the U.S., given its state mandate to develop local and regional comprehensive plans.  The Georgia Planning Act of 1989 has served the state well to establish a basis of community planning.  During the 1990s, the state and GPA members were focused on achieving this first round of planning throughout Georgia.  Now in its second decade, the Georgia Planning Act requirements have led to more sophisticated planning in Georgia even during a time when planning and regulations are coming under increased scrutiny.

GPA has been an advocate for good planning and a respected source of training and information over the years.  Through conferences, Planners Lunch events, partnerships with other organizations for special events, the Community Planning Institute (CPI) and other activities, GPA has provided important resources to communities.  In the coming decade, GPA will continue to mature and provide an organization where planners can share their expertise and ideas with policymakers and the general public for the benefit of Georgia and its citizens.

NOTE: GPA files a Form 990 annually with the IRS which is available upon request.