In honor of our 50th birthday, GPA invites you to join us in commemorating a half century of community building in Georgia!



From the heart of urban Atlanta to the quietest of rural back roads, our 2019 Fall Conference will focus on inclusivity, diversity, and recognizing the great work being done across the state by a variety of planners, designers, advocates, scientists and community leaders.

Come be part of the 2019 GPA Fall Conference in Athens, October 2nd through 4th, where we will celebrate being One Georgia.

More information will be posted soon. Download the flyer. Questions? Email Allison Stewart-Harris, Vice President of Programs.

Registration is Open!

 Early Registration
(through 9/06)
Late Registration
(through 9/27)
Onsite Registration
GPA Member$250$295$325
Student Volunteer
Planning Official$100$100$100

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Hotel Information

Hyatt Place Athens/Downtown
412 N Thomas St
Athens, GA  30601

Group Rate
$149 per night plus tax and $5.00 per day Georgia Hotel Fee

$10 plus tax per day, per vehicle, self-parking

Cutoff Date
September 11, 2019 or until the block sells out, whichever comes first

Call: 706-425-1800
Use Group code G-PLA9 or reference GA Planning Association.

Homewood Suites by Hilton Athens
750 E Broad St
Athens, GA  30601

Group Rate
$149 per night plus tax and $5.00 per day Georgia Hotel Fee

$15 plus tax per vehicle, per night, valet only

Cutoff Date
September 3, 2019 or until the block sells out, whichever comes first

Call: 706-548-3500
Reference GA Planning Association to receive group rate.

Mobile Workshop Information

**Please plan to meet in the registration area 5-10 minutes prior to the start of Mobile Workshops. All Mobile Workshops will depart once registrants are checked-in.

Wednesday Afternoon Mobile Workshop: Athens in Motion Walking Tour

Kick off your Athens experience with a walking tour of downtown Athens and some of its new bicycle and pedestrian facilities with Hillary Essig, Athens-Clarke County’s first Bicycle/Pedestrian Coordinator. The tour will include a brief overview of the recently adopted “Athens In Motion” Bicycle / Pedestrian Master Plan and a stop along the way at Creature Comforts Brewery. Limited to 40 registrants.

Date: Wednesday, October 2, 2019, 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM
Price: $15.00

Thursday Morning Mobile Workshop: Athletics Facilities Arms Race

A look at how a major University such as Georgia strategically plans and develops a comprehensive athletics facilities program to keep up with and in cases, get ahead of other major University athletic programs in a big money, highly competitive “business.” Limited to 25 registrants.

Date: Thursday, October 3, 2019, 10:45 AM – 12:45 PM
Price: $25.00

Thursday Afternoon Mobile Workshop: Town & Gown Tour of Historic Athens

Take a tour of historic Athens! This mix of walking and van tour will include a visit to the historic Church-Waddel-Brumby House, as well as Downtown Athens, a portion of the Historic Cobbham neighborhood, Milledge Avenue, and the University of Georgia campus. Limited to 14 registrants.

Date: Thursday, October 3, 2019, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Price: $15.00

Thursday Afternoon Mobile Workshop: History, Community, and Storytelling: Georgia Author Talk at Avid Bookstore

Co-hosted by local bookseller Avid Bookstores, join Georgia authors Hannah Palmer and Kate Sweeney in the historic fire hall for a panel discussion on how to uncover community histories, engage long-time residents, and give life to their stories. Hannah Palmer is the author of Flight Path: A Search for Roots beneath the World’s Busiest Airport, and currently leads the Finding the Flint initiative. Kate Sweeney is an award-winning writer and former producer at NPR affiliate WABE; she currently produces and hosts What’s Next ATL, the Atlanta Regional Commission’s podcast about the issues critical to metro Atlanta’s future. Limited to 30 registrants.

Date: Thursday, October 3, 2019, 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Price: $15.00

Friday Morning Mobile Workshop: It’s Bigger Than You: A Bike Tour of REM’s Athens

Starting with a debrief at Jittery Joe’s Roastery/Tasting Room, hop on a bike and head down the North Oconee Greenway for a quick pit stop at Weaver D’s (source of REM’s album title “Automatic for the People”) and other key spots from the band’s Georgia days. From there, we will bike to Dudley Park to check out the Trestle and new pedestrian bridge. Limited to 25 registrants.

Date: Friday, October 4, 2019, 8:00 AM – 10:45 AM
Price: $70.00 (includes bike rental) OR $20.00 (does not include bike rental)

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