Archived Conferences

Listed below are reviews, information, and presentations (for download) from past GPA conferences.

2017 Fall GPA Conference

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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.

2017 GPA Spring Conference in Review

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The GPA Spring Conference took place on Wednesday, April 19th at City Center (8534 Main Street) in Downtown Woodstock. The early registration discounted rate of $100 is available through Sunday, April 9th. After that, the rate will increase to $150. GPA is offering a discounted registration rate of $50 for planning officials (including planning commissioners, members of design review or zoning boards, etc.) You may register on-site at the conference. Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to experience Downtown Woodstock, earn CM credits, and network with your fellow colleagues!

2016 Joint GPA / SCAPA Fall Conference in Review

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The Georgia Planning Association (GPA) and South Carolina Chapter of the American Planning Association (SCAPA) are pleased to announce our joint Fall 2016 Conference scheduled for Sept. 21 – 23, 2016 at the Augusta Marriott at the Convention Center.

2016 GPA Spring Conference in Review

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The GPA 2016 Spring Conference was held on Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at the Douglasville Conference Center, 6700 Church Street, in Downtown Douglasville, GA. GPA was pleased to welcome Tim Keane, the City of Atlanta’s Commissioner of Planning & Development, and previously Charleston, SC’s Director of Planning, Preservation and Sustainability, as our opening keynote speaker.

2015 GPA Fall Conference in Review

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The popular City of Savannah was once again a great location for the wonderful Fall 2015 conference of the Georgia Chapter of the American Planning Association. The conference was well attended and included two popular keynote speakers. Cathy Sakas presented a humorous and thoughtful presentation on the Grey’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary and former Savannah Mayor Otis Johnson spoke to us about the importance of health in planning our communities. The GPA Board voted at the conference to make a donation to each of these non-profit agencies, thanking them for their contribution to our conference and our profession. 

2015 GPA Spring Conference in Review

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Nearly 150 planners attended the GPA Spring Conference on May 8th at the Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center. The day began with our keynote address from Alexander Garvin, who traced the role leading planners and projects have played in shaping Paris (Baron Georges-Eugene Haussmann), New York (Robert Moses), Chicago (Daniel Burnham), and Philadelphia (Edmund Bacon).

2014 GPA Fall Conference in Review

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GPA has taken a different approach to the fall conference this year in response to hosting the National Planning Conference earlier in the spring. We are going to kick-off our traditional three-day fall conference with three immersive mobile workshops on Wednesday afternoon.

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