2017 Fall GPA Conference


Date :: September 27-29, 2017
Location :: Columbus Convention and Trade Center, Downtown Columbus, GA

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Hotel Information

A block of hotel rooms has been reserved at the Columbus Marriott (800 Front Avenue). Call 1-800-228-9290 and ask for the Georgia Planning Association group rate of $129, which is available for reservations placed through Tuesday, September 5.


Fall Conference Sponsorships Now Available

Becoming a 2017 Fall Conference Sponsor is a great way to promote your firm to a wide range of planning professionals, and also helps to offset the costs of putting on the event! Sponsorships are available at the PLATINUM ($1,200), GOLD ($800), SILVER ($500), BRONZE ($300), and COMMUNITY ($100) levels.

The deadline to submit your sponsorship form is Friday, August 25th, so don’t delay. GPA thanks you in advance for your consideration and support!

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Denise Abboud Memorial Scholarship

The Denise Abboud Fund of the Georgia Planning Memorial Foundation (GPMF) is dedicated to helping with the education and professional development of planners and volunteer appointees that work in or provide assistance to Georgia cities and counties. Eligible persons include staff planners, zoning administrators, planning commissioners, and elected officials.

Scholarships in the amount of $500 are awarded to offset costs to attend the Fall GPA Conference and Community Planning Institute training events. Please consider filling out a scholarship form and submitting it, along with a reference letter, on or before August 25.


Welcome Reception

Make plans now to attend the Conference Welcome Reception!  It will take place on Wednesday, September 27th from 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM at the 14th Street Bridge.  More details to follow…

Founded in 1828, Columbus was the last planned city of the thirteen original colonies. Today, it is Georgia’s second largest city. In an effort to expand delivery of services while saving money, Columbus was the first city in Georgia to form a consolidated city-county government. Columbus’s streamlined governance, combined with key public-private partnerships and an emphasis on restoring the rich cultural and historic legacy of the area, have created a thriving city that celebrates the “old” while continuing to progress towards the “new.”

Columbus is nestled in west-central Georgia, bordered by the Chattahoochee River. The river has played a crucial role in the city’s development since its inception. In the city’s earliest days, textile mills, sawmills, and grist mills lined the river, and cargo ships and riverboats transported people and passengers towards Florida and on to ocean ports for passage across the world. The restoration of the river has been an important part of Columbus’s renaissance. In the late 1980s, Columbus leaders took a visionary approach to meeting federally-mandated sewage and water upgrades along the Chattahoochee; instead of demolishing the existing landscape, leaders capitalized on the area’s rich history by constructing the Columbus RiverWalk. The RiverWalk now extends for 22 miles and links residents and visitors to several historic and cultural sites, including the National Civil War Naval Museum, Coca-Cola Space Science Museum, Columbus Historic District, and a variety of other destinations.

The restoration of the river has also contributed to Columbus’s rich outdoor culture. The removal of the dams has created the longest urban whitewater course in the world, named as one of the Top Twelve Man-Made Adventures on the Planet by USA Today. The city’s recreational opportunities extend to land as well. The Dragonfly Trail is a 34-mile network of off-road trails that includes the RiverWalk, Fall Line Trace, and a 1.4-mile connector to be completed later this year. Another 27 miles of trails are planned throughout Columbus area.

GPA invites you to experience Downtown Columbus firsthand at the Columbus Convention and Trade Center, located at 801 Front Avenue.


Young Planners Group Reception

After the Awards Dinner, planners of ALL ages are invited to the YPG reception on Thursday, September 28th from 8:30 PM – 12:00 AM. The reception will take place at Nonic, located at 1239 Broadway in Downtown Columbus.

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