Date: Wednesday, March 27, 2019
Location: Downtown Decatur at the Courtyard Marriott Atlanta Decatur Downtown/Emory

Pre-registration is now closed. You can register onsite Wednesday morning beginning at 7:30 am.


2019 GPA Spring Conference, Connected Communities!

The Georgia Planning Association invites you to Decatur for the 2019 Spring Conference.  Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to experience Decatur, earn CM credits, and network with your fellow colleagues!

Connection can mean different things to different people, but one thing is certain: as both people and communities, we need connection to each other to thrive. Explore how Georgia’s communities are becoming increasingly connected.

  • Member Rate Early (through March 1st):  $125
  • Member Rate Late (March 2nd or after):  $150
  • Non-member Rate Early (through March 1st):  $150
  • Non-member Rate Late (March 2nd or after):  $175
  • Planning Official Rate: $75 (no rate change)
  • Student/Retired/Volunteer Rate: $75 (no rate change)
  • Conference Speaker Registration: $89 (no rate change)

**Your registration fee includes Breakfast and Coffee Breaks.**


Mobile Workshops

Legacy Park

9:30am – 12:15pm
**Registration Fee: $10, Limited to 35 participants.**

Join City of Decatur staff and design firm Cooper Carry for a site tour of the 77-acre property formerly occupied by the United Methodist Children’s Home. The session demonstrates successful public participation methods and how that participation can be used to identify unique partnerships to help implement a multi-million, multi-objective master plan. From preservation to recreation, and a mix of goals between, multiple examples of partnerships will be discussed on how combining resources is the difference between projects that get implemented, and others that stay on the books. The session will be led by Angela Threadgill, Planning Director for the City of Decatur, and Allison Bickers, Project Manager at Cooper Carry, each having been in the professional planning field for 15+years and both of whom led the master planning process for the 77-acre parcel owned by the City.

Please note: Portions of the site tour are not accessible to disabled persons. This workshop will take place rain or shine and appropriate attire, especially outdoor walking shoes, is recommended.

Connected Vehicle Demonstration

1 hour time slots (5 total) from 9:20 – 3:30 with break for lunch.  See registration for specific times.
**Registration Fee: $10, Limited to 9 participants for each time slot.**

Connected vehicle (CV) technology aims to improve safety and operations by communicating information between traffic signals, school beacons, drivers, emergency vehicles, bicyclists, and pedestrians.  Information is communicated via Dedicated Short Range Radios (DSRC) and cellular communications, and can alert drivers if they’re about to run a red light, pre-empt traffic signals for emergency vehicles, tell drivers if a signal is about to turn green, and much more. Ford announced in January that all new cars they produce by 2022 will be equipped with 5G CV technology, and other manufacturers have similar implementation timeframes.  This technology is moving from concept to reality, and will be standard in most new vehicles in just a few years.

Applied Information, a company based in Gwinnett County, will demonstrate how CV technology works using verbal alerts from their Glance Travel Safely app.  The infrastructure for this technology has been installed as part of the North Avenue Smart Corridor project in Atlanta, throughout the City of Marietta, and in a number of other locations.  Staff from Applied Information will take mobile workshop participants for a ride down the North Avenue Smart Corridor in their company owned Tesla vehicles, demonstrating autonomous vehicle technology alongside their app’s connected vehicle technology.  Rides are expected to take 45 minutes to an hour, giving participants plenty of time to learn about the technology and ask plenty of questions.

Complete Streets Walking Tour

1:30pm – 3:00pm
**No registration fee.**

Hit the complete streets of Decatur on our afternoon walking tour! Led by the City, visit the newly built green infrastructure built as part of the North McDonough Streetscape. Then, head south to see the low-cost road diet and complete street—with a touch of tactical urbanism-of the Reimagine West Howard project. Throughout the walk, we will discuss the benefits reaped by road diets and complete benefits, and how each project used civic engagement effectively.


GPA Spring Conference Happy Hour

March 27, 2019
Twain’s, 211 E Trinity Place
Decatur, GA 30030

Join EPG for happy hour at Twain’s in Decatur after the GPA Spring Conference. Appetizers will be provided, and we will meet at Twain’s directly after the last session of the day.