2023 GPA Fall Conference in Review

Thank you to everyone that joined us in Savannah in September for our largest conference on record! A total of 315 people came together for three days of forward-thinking sessions, networking, and celebration of planning and the impact we make on our communities, particularly in Georgia and the southeast. Thank you to the Savannah Local Host Committee for creating a welcoming time and putting together seven fantastic mobile sessions, four of which sold out. Additionally, our 18 Fall Conference sponsors helped us break our sponsorship record for GPA conferences! #ResilientCommunities2023 #GPA

Keynote Address

Nature Based Solutions: Designing Resilience

The keynote luncheon on Thursday afternoon featured Dr. Todd Bridges, a Professor of Practice in resilient and sustainable systems in the College of Engineering at the University of Georgia. Prior to joining UGA in 2023, Dr. Bridges served for 17 years as the Senior Research Scientist (ST) for Environmental Science for the U.S. Army and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, where he founded and led the Corps’ Engineering with Nature® Program. Among his many publications, he led a five-year collaboration across the public and private sectors to develop and publish International Guidelines on Natural and Nature-Based Features for Flood Risk Management. Dr. Bridges received a Distinguished Presidential Rank Award from President Biden in 2021 for exceptional leadership, accomplishments, and service.

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Chapter Award Winners

GPA received outstanding nominations in a variety of categories for our Annual Awards. Thank you to all who submitted plans and individuals for consideration – it is evident that we are doing a lot of great work here in Georgia! A big congratulations to the 2023 GPA Award Winners.

See the full list here.


Advancing Regional Transit in Atlanta’s Northwest Region

Building Dreams Together: Uniting Community Voice, Public, Private Partnerships and Future Development in Thomasville HeightsGet Going with Your CTP

Defense Community Resilience Program

Equity in Transportation Planning

Flipping the Script on TOD-Stories of Partnerships

Flooding in Florida The Bellwether of Climate Change

Get Going with Your CTP: The Lates in Comprehensive Transportation Planning

Getting the Most Out of SS4A: Applying, Planning & Implementation

The Heritage Assessment Tool: Understanding Community-driven Preservation Values

Incorporating Resilience in MPO Metropolitan Transportation Plans

Innovative Approaches to Building Equitable Community Resilience

The Importance of Proactive Historic Designation and Planning

Low Impact for High Impact-Incorporating Nature-Based Solutions into Industrial Development Standards

Messaging Your Plan

Mobility for All: Coordinated Transit and Multimodal Planning for a Vibrantly Connected Gwinnett

Planning for Coastal Resiliency

Policy and Advocacy for Climate Mitigation and Adaptation

Student Presentation: The Worker and the City

A Tale Of Two Trails

Too Hot, Too Wet: Living with Climate in Georgia Cities

UAVs, Trains, Automobiles, and Pedestrians: Community Active Transportation Planning

Wall Street Landlords and Single-Family Rental

Zoning Reform for Incremental Development

Marsh Forward

Coastal Resources Division

South Atlantic Salt Marsh Initiative

Thanks to Our Conference Sponsors








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