Date :: September 27-29, 2017
Location :: Columbus Convention and Trade Center, Downtown Columbus, GA
GPA would like to thank everyone who attended the 2017 Fall Conference in Downtown Columbus. We had more than 300 planning professionals in attendance and fantastic participation in the mobile workshops.
GPA would like to extend a special thank you to the following individuals for welcoming GPA members to Columbus and making this conference a huge success.
- Rick Jones, City of Columbus
- Will Johnson, City of Columbus
- Patti Cullen, River Valley Regional Commission
- Julio Portillo, River Valley Regional Commission
- Allison Slocum, River Valley Regional Commission
- Jim Livingston, River Valley Regional Commission
For AICP planners – if you would like to log your CM credits, the conference sessions are available on the APA website now, so please log in to your account and enter credits for the sessions you attended. The majority of the presentations from the conference breakout sessions are posted on the archived 2017 Fall GPA Conference page.
Fall Conference Keynote Speaker
This year’s Keynote Speaker was Dr. Kari Watkins, P.E., the Frederick Law Olmsted Associate Professor in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Georgia Tech. Dr. Watkins co-created the award-winning OneBusAway program, a real-time transit information tool for riders in greater Seattle-Tacoma. Dr. Watkins is currently exploring cyclist infrastructure preferences through the Cycle Atlanta crowdsourcing program. Her keynote address focused on Complete Streets.
The Conference Welcome Reception took place on Wednesday, September 27th from 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM at the 14th Street Bridge.
Live music, hors d’oeuvres, wine and beer, and plenty of opportunities for networking and connecting with your fellow planners from around the state were enjoyed. A free trolley was available to transport attendees between the Columbus Convention and Trade Center and the reception.
Young Planners Group Reception
After the Awards Dinner, planners of ALL ages were invited to the YPG reception on Thursday, September 28th from 8:30 PM – 12:00 AM. The reception took place at Nonic, located at 1239 Broadway in Downtown Columbus.
- 2017 State Legislative Updates for Planning & Zoning and 2018 Preview Richard Osborne
- AICP-Ethics-Cases-of-the-Year Cornell & Godwin
- Arts and Culture Creating Our Communities Deanna Murphy
- Big Rigs Big Parking Big Issue Kai Zuehlke
- Capturing the Value of Community Engagement Meghan McMullan
- Complete Streets Suitability for Valdosta and Lowndes County Andrew Smith
- DeKalb County Zoning Code Update Melora Furman
- Door to Door Improving Last Mile Connectivity 9-27-17 Erin Thoresen
- Eastland Rising Leveraging Abandoned Malls for Community Empowerment Meghan McMullan
- Equity in Transportation Aileen Daney
- Equity in Transportation David Haynes
- Equity in Transportation Forbes & Rukmana
- Georgia Planners4Health Ariel Godwin
- Grassroots Greenspace Growing Parks in Our Neighborhoods Allison Stewart Harris
- Home Run Reinventing a Sports Icon – Turner Field Stadium Neighborhoods LCI Audrey Plummer
- Impact of TIA on Columbus and the State of Georgia Rick Jones
- Keeping the Law on Your Side David Kirk
- Living Small_A Big Housing Choice_09 25 2017 Genesea Elias
- Next Wave of New Urbanism in Savannah & CNU 26 Kevin Klinkenberg
- Next Wave of New Urbanism in Savannah & CNU 26 Nick Helmholdt
- PlanFirst Success Stories and Best Practices Adriane Wood
- Planning in Rural Georgia Ariel Godwin
- Planning in Rural Georgia Martin Laws
- The Urbanization of the Suburbs Buford Highway LCI Master Plan Aaron Fortner
- Updating Historic District Surveys Using Modern Methodology Sarah Farr Newman
- AICP Prep Comprehensive Planning Zoning and Land Development Jim Summerbell
- AICP Prep Environmental and Natural Resource Planning Russ Danser
- AICP Prep Transportation Infrastructure Planning Engineering Jamie Cochran
- Planning for Autonomous Vehicles Part 1 Jim Summerbell
- Planning for Autonomous Vehicles Part 2 David Haynes
- Planning for Autonomous Vehicles Part 3 Ellen Dunham Jones