2021 GPA Fall Conference in Review

Date :: October 6 – 8, 2021
Location :: Chattanooga, TN

GPA would like to thank everyone who attended the 2021 GPA/TAPA Fall Conference, our first in-person conference since the onset of the pandemic. It was great to see so many faces, and we appreciate everyone’s adherence to the safety protocols. Nearly 300 people attended, including 170 GPA members.

We appreciate our Conference and Annual Sponsors, who help to make this conference a big success.

Keynote Speaker

Charles T. Brown
Founder and Principal of Equitable Cities
“Mobility for All: The Importance of Centering Racial Equity in Transportation Planning, Policy and Research”

This presentation highlighted the importance of centering racial equity in transportation decision-making processes. It explored how transportation inequities have and continue to result in adverse outcomes in BIPOC communities, including increases in traffic violence and crime, reductions in physical activities and access to healthy foods, and increases in social isolation and environmental toxins and other pollutants. Participants were also introduced to Arrested Mobility, which examines how the collective racialized forces of over-policing BIPOC mobility have led to adverse social, political, economic, environmental and health outcomes that are preventable. Lastly, this presentation surgically examined the ways in which our approaches to research, planning, policy, and design can and must be reimagined to achieve greater mobility, health, and safety for BIPOC populations.











Student Presentations

Conference Schedule

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Wednesday, October 6

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM     TAPA Board Meeting
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM     Registration
1:00 PM – 2:15 PM     Breakout Sessions

  • Equity: It’s Not a Thing, It’s Everything
  • Using Historic Preservation to Maintain Neighborhood Diversity
  • Enhancing Rural Economics and Infrastructure

2:30 PM – 3:45 PM     Breakout Sessions

  • Community Engagement During and After the Pandemic
  • Georgia Now and Forever: How Land Cover Data Can Foster Sustainable Communities
  • Regional Trails in Metropolitan Atlanta

2:30 PM – 4:30 PM     Mobile Workshop #1
4:00 PM – 5:15 PM     Breakout Sessions

  • Ethics (4:00 PM – 5:30 PM)
  • Environmental Laws & Transportation Decision-making
  • Implementing Bus Electrification Programs –  Experience of GA and TN Transit Agencies

5:30 PM – 7:30 PM     Welcome Reception

Thursday, October 7

7:00 AM – 8:45 AM     Continental Breakfast & Registration
9:00 AM – 10:15 AM     Breakout Sessions

  • TDOT Access Management Policy Update – Where’s my Driveway?
  • Trail-Oriented Development for Everyone
  • Creative Steps to Activate Public Spaces
  • Student Presentations  

9:30 AM – 11:30 AM     Mobile Workshop #2
10:30 AM – 11:45 AM     Breakout Sessions

  • 2021 GA and TN Legislative Review: A Comparison of the Policy and Advocacy Efforts of both Chapters
  • It’s Time for Realistic TOD Plans: Avoiding the Aspirational Design Trap
  • Keep on Trucking – Regional, Statewide, and Multi-State Perspectives on Freight Planning
  • AICP Exam Session: Make No Little Plans: Preparing for Your AICP Exam

12:00 PM – 2:00 PM     Lunch, Awards, and Keynote Address: Mobility for All: The Importance of Centering Racial Equity in Transportation Planning, Policy and Research
2:00 PM – 3:15 PM     Breakout Sessions

  • Looking to the Future – Engaging Younger Generations in Planning
  • The Keys to A Successful Downtown
  • Focus on Regional: Implementing Regional Transit Development Plans and Operations AICP
  • AICP Exam Session: Environmental and Natural Resource Planning

2:30 PM – 4:30 PM     Mobile Workshop #3
3:30 PM – 4:45 PM     Breakout Sessions

  • Grant Myth Busting for Local Governments
  • Driving the Future of Climate Resilience
  • Thinking outside the box to integrate equity into transportation planning efforts in the Greater Chattanooga region: Reflecting on an MPO’s evolving approach to meeting the intent of planning requirements related to transportation equity
  • AICP Exam Session: Urban Design

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM     GPA Board Meeting
5:15 PM – 7:00 PM     Chattanooga Scavenger Hunt presented by TAPA/EPG
6:00 PM    Reception hosted by GPA EPG and TAPA – OddStory Brewing                     

Friday, October 8

7:00 AM – 8:45 AM     Continental Breakfast & Registration
9:00 AM – 10:15 AM     Breakout Sessions

  • The Bend: Leveraging Form-Based Code to Drive Industrial Revitalization in Chattanooga’s Riverfront
  • Suburban Transit(itions)
  • Lessons Learned in Rural Engagement

8:30 AM – 10:30 AM     Mobile Workshop #4
10:30 AM – 11:45 AM     Breakout Sessions

  • Georgia and Tennessee: What Can We Learn from Pandemic Flu Planning?
  • Planning for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles in Small Cities
  • Planning for Sign Code Success