GPA 2022 Fall Conference

Join us September 14 – 16, 2022, in person for the GPA 2022 Fall Conference at the Columbus Georgia Convention and Trade Center, located on the banks of the beautiful Chattahoochee River.

Registration is now open! We are planning several exciting events, including the welcome and awards dinner, lunch with keynote speaker, and several inspiring mobile sessions and networking opportunities. 

We are pleased to offer five exciting mobile workshops this year. Reserve your spot for one or more of these when you register.

Register Today

Register by August 19 to take advantage of early bird pricing!

 Before 8/208/20 - 9/99/10 - Onsite
GPA Member Fee$275$320$350
GPA Non-Member Fee$320$350$375
GPA Planning Official Fee$125$125$125
GPA Retired/Unemployed/ Student Volunteer Fee$125$125$125

If you or your organization prefer to pay by check, please double-check to make sure your payment is directed to GPA’s current address:

Sidney E. Douse II, AICP
GPA Treasurer
Atlanta Regional Commission
229 Peachtree Street NE, Suite 100
Atlanta, GA 30303

Conference Schedule

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM:  Registration
1:00 PM – 2:15 PM:  Breakout Sessions 1
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM:  Mobile Workshop 1
2:15 PM – 2:30 PM:  Networking Break
2:30 PM – 3:45 PM:  Breakout Sessions 2
3:45 PM – 4:00 PM:  Networking Break
4:00 PM – 5:15 PM:  Breakout Sessions 3
4:00 PM – 5:15 PM:  Mobile Workshop 2
5:30PM – 7:30 PM:  Welcome and Awards Dinner

7:45 AM – 9:00 AM:  Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 AM – 11:45 AM:  Mobile Workshop 3
9:00 AM – 10:15 AM:  Breakout Sessions 4
10:15 AM – 10:30 AM:  Networking Break
10:30 AM – 11:45 AM:  Breakout Sessions 5
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM:  Lunch, Keynote Address, and Business Meeting
2:15 PM – 3:30 PM:  Breakout Sessions 6
2:30 PM – 5:00 PM:  Mobile Workshop 4
3:30 PM – 3:45 PM:  Networking Break
4:00 PM – 5:15 PM:  Breakout Sessions 7
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM:  GPA Board Meeting
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM:  Happy Hour (Details TBD)

7:45 AM – 9:00 AM:  Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM:  Mobile Workshop 5
9:00 AM – 10:15 AM:  Breakout Sessions 8
10:15 AM – 10:30 AM:  Networking Break
10:30 AM – 11:45 AM:  Breakout Sessions 9
11:45 AM – 12:00 PM:  Adjourn

Mobile Workshops

For all workshops, registered attendees should meet in the registration area of the Convention Center 5-10 minutes prior to the start time for departure.

Innovative Partnerships in Local Food Planning

Wednesday, September 14
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Transportation: Bus

Food insecurity leads to a variety of issues, including poor health and oftentimes preventable diseases. The Food Mill, MercyMed Farm, Open Door Community House, and Feeding the Valley Food Bank have created an innovative partnership to address these problems. These organizations, working in tandem, have developed a multi-pronged approach to reduce the burden of food insecurity for residents in the North Highland neighborhood by providing access to healthy food and building a health minded culinary culture. This session will be in two-parts.  

From Public Park to Private Development

Wednesday, September 14
4:00 PM – 5:15 PM
Transportation: Walking

Historic Columbus has developed a project to take ownership of a dilapidated city park and convert it to 5 single family residential properties.  5 threatened historic homes will be relocated onto the site, stabilized and then sold for private ownership and occupancy.  Elements of the park will be relocated to an existing adjacent city greenspace.  Come walk through and hear about this innovative project involving city property, historic preservation,  and economic development.  This privately funded $2,500,000 project will create new tax revenue,  eliminate a city liability, save 5 historic structures, and tell a complete history of the City of Columbus. 

Combating Poverty through Strategic Investments

Thursday, September 15
8:30 AM – 11:45 AM
Transportation: Bus

This session will consist of an onsite tour of multiple locations within the Mill District highlighting some of the challenges and successes of work being championed by The Mill District, Inc. and its partner organizations.  Toured sites will vary from a recently rehabilitated grist mill and new medical school, to small early 1900’s storefronts being repurposed for production and retail space.  The session will include frank conversations about poverty, race, and equity as they relate to community reinvestment.  Moderate walking will be required, weather permitting.

Columbus Black Heritage Bicycle Ride

Thursday, September 15
2:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Transportation: Bicycle included in workshop fee. Bring your own helmet. You can also bring and ride your own bike, but email us if you plan to do so.

Enjoy a group bicycle ride highlighting select sites along portions of two trails showcasing Columbus African American history and culture. The Columbus Black Heritage Trail and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Outdoor Learning Trail feature cultural contributions and significant events in the civil rights struggle and daily lives of African Americans. Learn how Bicycle Columbus, a local cycling advocacy organization, formed innovative partnerships to create cycling events that build community and showcase historic cultural resources.  Explore the Liberty District, a once-bustling, black enclave with residences, restaurants, professional offices, and entertainment.  We’ll also see portions of the Columbus Dragonfly Trail Network, the city’s award-winning network of multipurpose trails that promote recreation, transportation, & connectivity.

Two Cities Hosting the World Together

Friday, September 16
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Transportation:  Walking

Phenix City, AL and Columbus, GA will be hosting the International Canoe Federation World Cup in October of this year and the ICF World Championship in October of 2023.  Enjoy a preview of where top athletes from around the world will be competing in a sport that harnesses the power of Class V whitewater which USA Today awards as one of the Top 12 man-made adventures in the world.   Learn about how the Chattahoochee River became one of the top rivers for year-round training and how a “nomadic” community of kayakers became stars in a documentary. Enjoy a walking tour of the “loop” that will be activated and hear about plans to entertain thousands of visitors and joint efforts to showcase the two cities that share the Chattahoochee.  We will begin at “The Island” on the Columbus Riverwalk, complete the loop and end back at “The Island”.

Hotel Info

Columbus Marriott
800 Front Ave
Columbus, GA 31901

Group rate: $169 per night plus tax
Booking deadline: The group rate is available through August 23, 2022 or until it sells out, whichever comes first.

No resort fee. No parking fee.

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