Archive for September, 2013

Registration Still Open for Georgia Planning Association Fall Conference on Jekyll Island, Oct. 9-11

September 27, 2013


This year’s annual Georgia Planning Association Fall Conference is taking place October 9-11 on Jekyll Island.

GPA has applied for more than 50 AICP CM credits, including topics on Ethics and multiple opportunities for Law credits.

Currently the registration rate is $295. On-site registration will increase to $325.

The conference will include opportunities for mobile workshops to explore one of Georgia’s Golden Isles and plenty of time for networking on the beach.

More information and registration are available at

Email Beth Anne Trombetta at with any questions.

Submit Session Proposals for Next Year’s Park Pride Conference by November 1, 2013

September 23, 2013


Park Pride’s 13th annual conference is set for March 31, 2014 at the Atlanta Botanical Garden.

Proposals for breakout sessions are being accepted now, through November 1, 2013.

The conference, entitled Pipes to Parks: Creating Greenspace with Rainwater, will focus on green infrastructure and its relationship to parks and greenspace. The event will highlight existing opportunities for development, inspire cooperation from diverse partners, and influence decision-makers to creatively solve problems concerning infrastructure while producing wonderful parks and greenspaces that provide multiple benefits to communities.

To submit a session proposal, visit the Conference Webpage and review the Call for Presentations.

Registration Open for 2013 Gwinnett Redevelopment Forum on Oct. 31

September 19, 2013



Make plans now to attend the Fifth Annual Gwinnett Redevelopment Forum on October 31 from 7:15am-1:30pm. This year’s theme is Redefining Redevelopment.

The Forum – sponsored each year by Partnership Gwinnett – will take place at the Aurora Theatre in Lawrenceville. This year’s program will feature best practices and speakers from across Metro Atlanta and Georgia, including the Greater Atlanta Homebuilders Association, North American Properties, the Savannah Economic Development Authority and more.

The Executive Director of the Michigan Suburbs Alliance will share his experience creating the first of its kind, redevelopment ready certification program for local governments outside of Detroit, Michigan.

Finally, keynote speaker Joe Minicozzi of Urban3, LLC will present on the value of smart redevelopment and its importance to the overall tax base. Mr. Minicozzi share the results of a study his team is conducting in Gwinnett to analyze the financial impact of smart redevelopment at target sites across the County.


2013 Gwinnett Redevelopment Forum – Redefining Redevelopment

October 31, 7:15am – 1:30pm

Aurora Theatre – 128 E. Pike St., Lawrenceville, GA 30045

AICP CM Credits & Engineering CE Credits Available


  • Regular Rate: $55
  • PG Investor Rate: $45
  • Group Rate: 3 for $115

Seating is limited.

Register Here

Free Webinar Examines the Benefits of Active Commuting

September 19, 2013

Fourth Annual Georgia Bike Summit Set for Oct. 18-20

September 19, 2013

The Georgia Bike Summit is a conference for advocates, planners, elected leaders, transportation officials, and anyone interested in seeing a safer, more bicycle-friendly Georgia.

This year’s summit will be held in Roswell from Friday, October 18 to Sunday, October 20 and is presented by the Tony Serrano Century Ride.

For complete details and registration, visit


Friday, October 18

8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Workshops and roundtable discussion for transportation professionals, planners and engineers. Topics will include: GDOT Complete Streets Policy, Implementing Bike Safety Projects Under MAP-21, TIA/TSPLOST, Bicycle Safety Performance Measures, Bikeshare Programs, Non-Motorized Traffic Counts, NACTO Guide.

Evening social event – TBA

Saturday, October 19

8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. – Georgia Bike Summit workshops, including topics such as Bike Friendly Small Towns, the Silver Comet Trail Economic Impact study, Working with Sponsors, Traffic Court 101 for Cyclists, Starting a Women’s Cycling Organization, Economic Impact of Bike Events, Community Bike Shops & Economic Empowerment, and more.

Keynote Speaker: Jim Sayer, Adventure Cycling Association

Sunday, October 20

7:00 a.m. – On- and off-road rides in Roswell – TBA

Registration Now Open for Metro Atlanta’s Second-Annual Bike to Work Challenge

September 18, 2013

Register Now for October 10th Piece by Piece Neighborhood Investment Conference

September 18, 2013


On Thursday, October 10, Piece by Piece — the metro Atlanta regional foreclosure response initiative — will be convening institutional investors, regional government leaders, affordable housing stakeholders and others for a collaborative discussion about recent real estate investment trends and strategies to ensure long-term health and viability of metro Atlanta neighborhoods.

This Neighborhood Investment Conference is being presented with support from the Atlanta Regional Commission and Enterprise Community Partners and will be held from 8:30am to 12:30pm at the Loudermilk Center for the Regional Community at 40 Courtland Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.

This half-day conference will provide:

  • An overview of local and national investor activity in the scattered-site, single-family rental market;
  • A discussion with private equity firms on their long-term goals, property management strategies, opportunities for partnerships with nonprofits, and more;
  • An examination of the Phoenix, AZ market and a discussion on what lessons Atlanta can learn from it; and
  • A discussion of the role of code enforcement, an overview of a unique approach in Baltimore, MD, and a look at Atlanta’s code enforcement activity.

Confirmed participants include:

  • Dr. Dan Immergluck, Associate Professor, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Andrew Jakabovics, Senior Director, Enterprise Community Partners
  • Mike Minutelli, The Macallan Group and member of the Urban Land Institute’s Technical Assistance Panel program
  • Aaron Edelheit, Chief Executive Officer, The American Home Real Estate Investment Trust
  • Rob Lee, Managing Director, Sylvan Road Capital
  • Dave Zanaty, Regional Director Atlanta, Waypoint Homes
  • Odetta MacLeish-White, Program Director, Enterprise Community Partners
  • Germán Reyes, Vice President, Chicanos Por La Causa
  • Deputy Commissioner Michael Braverman, City of Baltimore
  • Major C.J. Davis, Code Enforcement Director, City of Atlanta

There is no fee to attend the event, but registration is required. A continental breakfast will be provided.

For complete event details and registration, visit

Get Ready for TEDCity2.0 this Friday, September 20

September 16, 2013


Dream me. Build me. Make me real.

This Friday, September 20, TEDCity2.0 will commence at the TimesCenter in New York City from 9am-5pm ET. Co-curated and co-hosted by Chris Anderson, John Cary, and Courtney Martin, the event will surface stories of urban ingenuity and interdependence from across the globe, and feature an unexpected mix of over 20 speakers, including several 2012 City 2.0 Award winners. Topics will include walkability, housing, public space, public art, safety and transportation.

Live-streamed online for free, the TEDCity2.0 anchor event in New York will coincide with self-organized TEDxCity2.0 events over a 48-hour period. TEDx communities worldwide will envision the cities of our future and share big ideas about collaborative action and sustainable solutions.

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed will be featured in the first morning session in New York City. He is the only U.S. mayor to participate. Other speakers will include walkability advocate, Jeff Speck, and U.S. Secretary of Housing & Urban Development, Shaun Donovan. To see the full list of speakers and for additional information about TEDCity2.0, visit

Local TEDx simulcast events in the Atlanta area include TEDxPeachtree — the local “anchor” event at Atlanta City Hall — and TEDxGeorgiaTech.

Only 1 Week Left! Submit Your Nominations Now for 2013 ARC Developments of Excellence Awards

September 13, 2013


UPDATE: Only One Week Left to Submit Your Nominations for the 2013 ARC Developments of Excellence Awards!

Each year, the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) honors trend-setting developments in the Atlanta region with the Developments of Excellence (DOE) Awards. Past winners have been honored for exemplifying urban revitalization, transit accessibility, affordable housing, conservation and sustainability. The program is now in its 15th year.

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2013 DOE Awards, and submissions are encouraged from developers, builders, private, public and nonprofit entities for their recently completed or nearly complete projects.

In addition to the primary DOE award, ARC offers additional award categories that reflect the incredible places that comprise our diverse region. The first category is the LCI Achievement Award, which honors a community that has excelled in the implementation of its Livable Centers Initiative (LCI) plan. The second category is called “Great Places” and allows nominations for places, streets, communities, neighborhoods, civic spaces or parks that contribute to the Atlanta region’s character and provide choices for where and how people work and live. Great Places are enjoyable, safe and desirable and can serve as regional models for future growth – the possibilities are open.

Visit ARC’s Developments of Excellence webpage to find out more, read about past winners, and nominate a deserving project, community, civic space, etc. by the close of business on Friday, September 20. Then register for ARC’s annual State of the Region Breakfast on Friday, November 1 to learn the winners.

Please e-mail questions or completed nomination packets to Andrew Smith at or mail to his attention at 40 Courtland Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.

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