Date :: September 5-7, 2018
Location :: Jekyll Island Convention Center, 75 Beachview Dr N, Jekyll Island, GA 31527
Thank you to everyone who attended GPA’s 2018 Spring Conference in Gainesville and Fall Conference at Jekyll Island. Details for our 2019 conferences are still being finalized, but please Save the Dates for:
Spring: March 27, 2019 in Decatur, GA
Fall: October 2-4, 2019 in Athens, GA
Start thinking of your conference session ideas now so you’ll be ready when we have a call for sessions!
GPA hosted the 2018 Fall Conference on September 5th – 7th at the beautiful Jekyll Island Convention Center. In addition to the LEED silver certified convention center, new restaurants and retail have been completed since GPA last visited Jekyll, while still preserving 65% of the island in its natural state.
Our attendees enjoyed a variety of informative sessions, networking with planners and other colleagues, and a chance to relax and rejuvenate in Georgia’s Golden Isles.
Please join us in thanking those that helped to make this event possible, especially Allison Stewart-Harris for her leadership with the Program Committee, Whitney Shephard, our local host committee chair, and Beth Anne Trombetta, our Events Coordinator, as well as the many volunteers that have been working behind the scenes to make this conference a success. Special thanks also needs to go out to our Annual and Conference sponsors without whose support we would not be able to provide the many services we deliver to our members.
Planning for Low- Carbon, Resilient Communities
The keynote speaker was Michael Boswell, Department Head and Professor of City & Regional Planning at California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly) in San Luis Obispo. Michael has done extensive research on climate action planning and will share some strategies that planners can undertake to mitigate the impacts of climate change.
- Affordable Atlanta
- AICP Exam Overview
- 2018 AICP Exam Review
- Balancing Conserved Lands and Development
- A Blueprint for Project Delivery: Integrating a Grant Strategy as Part of Your Project Prioritization Framework
- Community Resiliency: Housing Choice and Affordability Across Georgia
- Community Transformation Plans: The Public Perspective on Housing as a Platform for Community and Resident Health
- Deep Dives and Quick Fixes: Zoning in Three Georgia Cities
- Emerging Technologies & Autonomous Vehicle Readiness Planning
- Ethics Cases of the Year: 2018-19
- The Future of the Marshlands and Sea Island of Georgia: The Next 50 Years
- Georgia Planning Legacy
- Georgia’s New Investments and Adventures in Transit
- Gwinnett 2040: Unified Plan
- Gwinnett 2040 Unified Plan – Summary of Findings
- Infill Housing and Pattern Books: Progress in Chattanooga
- Innovative Freight Planning and Technology
- Is Your Planning Process Legal?
- A New Way of Thinking about Transit in Georgia
- Norwich Street Revitalization
- Packaged Cities: Your One Stop Shop
- Plan Implementation in Local Government
- Plans + Pop-Up Park = Payoff
- Rural Zone: Program Overview
- The Student Housing Conundrum
- Town of Brooks Zoning Ordinance Rewrite
- Upstream Engagement Techniques
- Urban Forest Master Plans & Urban Tree Canopy Analysis
- Utilizing BIG DATA in the Transportation Planning Process
Jekyll Island History
Jekyll Island is the smallest of Georgia’s barrier islands and has a rich and diverse history dating back for centuries. As described in the New Georgia Encyclopedia, Jekyll Island was originally home to Native-American hunter-gatherers. It was later settled in 1737 by Major William Horton, who established a residence and raised cattle on the land. Over the next 200 years, Jekyll Island changed ownership a number of times, with agriculture remaining the primary activity on the island.
In 1886, businessmen John Eugene DuBignon and Newton Finney purchased the island and established the Jekyll Island Club as a hunting club and winter retreat for wealthy northerners. Over the years, the club hosted a number of prominent business leaders, including J.P. Morgan, William K. Vanderbilt, and Joseph Pulitzer. Following a run on US banks in 1907, secret meetings at the Club led to the eventual formation of the US Federal Reserve.
The Jekyll Island Club suffered a series of financial hardships during from the Great Depression through World War II. In 1947, the State of Georgia purchased Jekyll Island for $675,000. Initially established as a state park, the island’s high maintenance and operation costs led to the chartering of the Jekyll Island Authority in 1950. The authority remains in place today as a state agency dedicated to preserving the island’s unique ecosystem and retaining the island as a destination for tourists.
In 1978, the National Park Service designated the Jekyll Island Club with National Historic Landmark District status. Today, visitors are drawn to Jekyll Island for its pristine beaches; bird watching, kayaking, and other ecotourism activities; the Georgia Sea Turtle Center, the state’s only sea turtle educational and rehabilitation facility; the Jekyll Island Club and surrounding historic district; golfing, biking, tennis, and other recreational amenities; and the recently constructed oceanside convention center.