October 6-8, 2021
We’re excited to announce the 2021 Joint TAPA/GPA Fall Conference will be an in-person conference! The conference will take place at the Chattanooga Convention Center in Chattanooga, TN and is a joint event with the Tennessee Chapter of APA. The conference format can always go virtual if needed, as safety is our highest priority.
Full Conference Registration gives you access to all sessions and breaks, Wednesday Welcome Reception, Thursday and Friday Continental Breakfasts, and Thursday Lunch. The Thursday Social Event (details TBD) will have food and drink available for purchase.
Daily Conference Registration gives you access to all sessions, breaks and functions for the day.
((9/18 – 10/1
(10/2 – 10/8)
|GPA/TAPA Retired/Unemployed/ Student Volunteer||$75||$75||$75|
|GPA/TAPA Planning Official||$125||$125||$125|
Chattanooga Marriott Downtown
2 Carter Plaza
Chattanooga, TN 37402
$159 per night plus tax
Self-Parking: $15 plus tax per day, per vehicle
Valet: $18 plus tax per day, per vehicle
September 6, 2021 or until the block sells out, whichever comes first
Marriott reservations: 800-841-1674
(reference GA Planning Association or TN Planning Association to receive group rate)
Mobile Workshop #1: How Missing Middle Housing Meets Today’s Housing Demands
Date/time: Wednesday, October 6, 2021, 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Transportation: Public transit, walking
Cities across the country are rediscovering the utility that house-scale multi-family buildings, or “Missing Middle” housing, can provide. Participants of this workshop will first look to the past to understand how these housing forms have continued to work for generations in downtown Chattanooga’s MLK neighborhood. Next, participants will take a trip on public transit to the Highland Park neighborhood to see how contemporary examples of Missing Middle housing address walkability, affordability, and community resiliency.
Mobile Workshop #2: The Southside and Main Street: Lessons Learned from Urban Neighborhood Redevelopment
Date/time: Thursday, October 7, 2021, 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Fee: Free, but registration required
Homes in Chattanooga’s Southside neighborhoods are in high demand and Main Street has become one of the city’s most popular destinations with local shops and restaurants. How did this once derelict area turn around? Participants will learn about the redevelopment obstacles and solutions, catalytic projects, zoning changes, and continuing challenges of revitalizing urban neighborhoods.
Mobile Workshop #3: Revitalization of Downtown Chattanooga’s Riverfront
Date/time: Thursday, October 7, 2021, 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Transportation: Bicycle (approximately 3 miles, easy and flat). Bicycle included in workshop fee. Bring your own helmet.
Chattanooga’s downtown and riverfront have undergone a remarkable transformation in the last three decades. Using Chattanooga’s bike share program, workshop participants will ride approximately 3 miles through the heart of downtown, to Ross’s Landing, past the Tennessee Aquarium, and along a section of the paved Riverwalk to the Blue Goose Hollow Trailhead. In addition to enjoying the natural scenery along the Tennessee River, participants will hear about new riverfront housing, hotels, playgrounds, and public art.
Mobile Workshop #4: Benefits of Quality Public Spaces
Date/time: Friday, October 8, 2021, 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM
Fee: Free, but registration required
This workshop will explore the value of public spaces as public assets that benefit the economic, social, and environmental wellbeing of cities. Participants will visit several public spaces in and around downtown Chattanooga to observe how people interact with open spaces and hear history about the public/private/philanthropic partnerships that have helped amplify these spaces in recent years. The workshop will include discussions about the value of public art, green spaces, and the power of public spaces to foster social connections.