2018 was a very successful year for the Emerging Planners of Georgia (EPG). Over the past 12 months, EPG continued to provide multiple opportunities for students and planners who are in the early stages of their careers to learn, network, and just have a good time with each other. EPG leaders planned and held several events and participated in the GPA Spring and Fall conference panels. EPG was involved in over five events in which distinguished planners in the Metro Atlanta area were invited to share insights on the work they do, and the nature of advancing one’s career in planning. Speakers hailed from organizations as varied as the Upper Westside CID, the BeltLine, the Atlanta Regional Commission, and various planning consultant firms. EPG wishes to thank all of the individuals who volunteered their time to impart their knowledge to others! It is important to also point out that several of these events are eligible to be counted for AICP Certification Maintenance credits, providing further value to attendees.
Critical to the success of EPG are the volunteer leaders of the organization. Early in 2018, EPG expanded its board from five individuals to ten, allowing the organization to host more events, reach out to more young planning professionals, and create more and better programming on behalf of the Georgia planning community. On the topic of outreach, EPG leaders would like to reminder prospective members that there are no member fees, or even necessarily hard experience requirements (minimum or maximum!). We encourage participation by all planners, be they young, or simply young at heart, though we do especially strive to provide benefits to those who are towards the beginning of their career path in whatever particular field of planning they practice.