Professional Development Committee

Membership (min. 5)

The duties of the Committee shall be:

  1. To advise and counsel prospective members of AICP as to the qualifications, purposes, and programs of AICP, its Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct, and any advisory rulings relative to AICP membership issued by AICP;
  2. To advise members of AICP concerning opportunities and/or requirements for continuing education and professional development; and
  3. To develop ethical standards and approaches to monitoring ethical practice.
  4. To develop and foster programs oriented to continuing education and the improvement of planning skills of all professional members of the chapter.

Policy and Advocacy Committee

Membership (min. 5)

  • Chair: The President with consent of the Board of Directors shall appoint a Chair of the Policy and Advocacy Committee
  • President
  • (3) Chapter members

The duties of the Committee shall be to:

  1. Conduct an annual survey of the membership to determine policy and advocacy priorities,
  2. Develop and carry out a policy and advocacy program that represents the views of the membership, and that is approved by the Board of Directors;
  3. Work with the Vice President for Programs and the Programs Committee in an effort to hold at least one policy and advocacy forum annually as may be appropriate, to which all members are invited, for the purpose of developing Chapter priorities on policy and advocacy issues;
  4. Recommend to the Board for approval an annual statement of policy and advocacy priorities of the Chapter, after having developed such priorities with the full participation of the membership; provided, however, that such policy and advocacy priorities are educational in nature and do not constitute lobbying as may be prohibited by tax-exempt status for the chapter to undertake;
  5. Inform the public, and elected and appointed officials, of the policy and advocacy priorities approved by the Board;
  6. Inform the membership of legislative issues, proposed legislation, and results of the legislative process in Congress and the Georgia General Assembly

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Programs Committee

Membership (min. 3)

  • Chair: Vice President for Programs
  • President
  • Chapter members
    (Appointed by, and a # as deemed appropriate by the Vice President for Programs).

The Programs Committee shall carry out such duties as assigned by the President and Vice President for Programs, which shall include:

  1. In accordance with the general direction of the Board of Directors, the Programs Committee shall be responsible for creating and executing all membership meetings and conferences as to date, time and place, program content and presenters, meals and refreshments, etc.
  2. The Programs Committee, directly or through subcommittees, shall be responsible for encouraging and executing special Chapter events such as local “planner’s luncheons,” receptions, and other educational events.
  3. The Programs Committee shall be responsible, directly or through subcommittee, for the awards activities of the Chapter as determined by the Board of Directors. An Awards Subcommittee Chairperson may be appointed by the Vice President for Programs with the consent of the President and in such an event an awards subcommittee committee shall be appointed by the Awards Subcommittee Chairperson.

Chapter Services Committee

Membership (min. 4)

  • Chair: Vice President for Chapter Services
  • President
  • Newsletter Editor, if such a position is appointed by the Vice President for Chapter Services and confirmed by the Board, and
  • Chapter members
    (Appointed by, and a # as deemed appropriate by the Vice President for Programs).

The Chapter Services Committee shall carry out such duties as assigned by the President and Vice President for Chapter Services, which shall include:

  1. Gathering articles and information of interest to the Chapter membership, and publishing and distributing a newsletter as approved by the Board in its Chapter Development Plan and annual budget.
  2. Undertaking activities to promote and maintain Chapter membership amongst professional planners, planning commissioners, and others actively involved in the field of planning in Georgia.
  3. Corresponding with media representatives, government officials, etc., directed toward the promotion of planning concepts and principles throughout Georgia, provision of information of general interest on the Georgia Planning Association, and promotion of interest in the field of planning by the general public.
  4. Promoting interest in the field of planning and Chapter membership among college students, whether or not such college students are enrolled in an accredited planning degree program.
  5. Publication of a membership roster or directory once every two years, if approved by the Board in its Chapter Development Plan and annual budget

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Committee


The Committee supports the implementation of the APA Diversity and Inclusion Vision, Mission, and Strategy. The EDI Committee shall actively address barriers to and support the recruitment and retention of underrepresented peoples in the profession by developing partnerships with educational institutions such as HBCUs, technical colleges, k-12 schools, and other groups. In order to build the capacity of planners to practice inclusive, culturally competent, and equitable planning practices, the Committee will work with the Programs Committee to incorporate Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) training into GPA events and conferences. The EDI Committee shall actively recruit underrepresented peoples to participate in GPA elected leadership, and will also provide information and educational opportunities on EDI to GPA Board members.

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Executive Committee

Membership (10)

  • President
  • President Elect or Past President
  • Vice President for Programs,
  • Vice President for Chapter Services
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Professional Development Officer
  • Planning Officials Development Officer if different from the Professional Development Officer, Two additional members of the Board of Directors elected by the Board.

The Executive Committee shall have and may exercise all of the authority of the Board of Directors in the management of the business and affairs of the Chapter when it shall be impossible or impractical for the Board to meet, except that it shall have no authority to:

  1. amend the Articles of Incorporation or these Bylaws;
  2. adopt a plan of merger or consolidation;
  3. sell, lease, exchange or otherwise dispose of all or substantially all of the property and assets of the Chapter;
  4. voluntarily dissolve or revoke the Chapter;
  5. change the Chapter dues, or
  6. remove an officer or director from office.

The Executive Committee shall meet at least two times per fiscal year, unless the President declares no need for the Executive Committee to meet, in which case one or both meetings of the Executive Committee shall not be required to be called. Meetings may be called by a majority of the members of the Executive Committee upon reasonable notice of the date, time and place to the other committee.