February Planning Events in Metro Atlanta

The month of February features some exciting and educational planning-related events around our region. Be sure to check them out!

Sustainable Atlanta Roundtable: Planning for a Sustainable Atlanta: Friday, February 6 from 7:30-9:00 a.m. at Southface in Atlanta. The biggest new development boom since the 1996 Olympics is underway in the City of Atlanta. What does this mean for Atlanta’s future? Will we expand our city’s walkable urban spaces or compound suburban sprawl and highway congestion? The City of Atlanta Planning Commissioner, a position currently vacant, is responsible for the city’s comprehensive planning, and therefore has significant influence over the direction of new development in Atlanta. On February 6, three of Atlanta’s prior planning commissioners will convene to discuss Atlanta’s new development cycle and what the City needs in a commissioner to position it as a forward-thinking, sustainable city of the future. Panelists include Michael Dobbins, Leon Eplan, and Tom Weyandt. For more information and to register, visit http://www.southface.org/get-involved/attend-event/sustainable-atlanta-roundtable.

Cherokee State of the County Address: Wednesday, February 11 from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the Cherokee Conference Center in Canton. Keynoting the event is Cherokee County Chairman, Buzz Ahrens. Attendees will hear an economic development forecast from Misti Martin, President of the Cherokee Office of Economic Development. For more information, visit http://councilforqualitygrowth.memberzone.com/events/details/2-11-2015-cherokee-state-of-the-county-1044.

South Metro Development Outlook: Wednesday, February 18 from 7:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at the Georgia International Convention Center (GICC) in College Park. The South Metro Development Outlook (SMDO) serves as a platform to convene professionals with an interest in fostering smart growth in the southern crescent, highlighting the City of Atlanta and Clayton, Coweta, Douglas, Fayette, Henry, Spalding and South Fulton Counties. SMDO features industry experts and government officials providing invaluable information relevant to South Metro’s continued growth. This year’s conference will feature topics including the new Clayton County/MARTA partnership, film industry growth, BeltLine West and South Metro economic forecasting, and more. It will culminate with a talk by Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (H-JAIA) general manager Miguel Southwell, providing insight on new developments planned for H-JAIA, including the 24-hour “Airport City” and its economic impact. For more information and to register, visit http://southmetrooutlook.com/.

Gwinnett State of the County Address: Thursday, February 19 from 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at Gwinnett Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth, GA 30097. Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners Chairman, Charlotte Nash, will review 2014 achievements and unveil a vision for 2015 and beyond. More than 650 community leaders and elected officials are expected to attend this annual event. For more information and to register, visit http://web.gwinnettchamber.org/External/WCPages/WCEvents/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1427.

Georgia Organics Conference & Expo: Friday-Saturday, February 20-21 in Athens. For the 18th annual conference, Georgia Organics is returning to Athens, the heart of northeast Georgia’s farming community. More than 1,000 attendees will learn, network, feast, and champion organic foods and farms. The two-day conference is one of the largest sustainable agriculture expos in the South and attracts famers, health advocates, gardeners, parents, DIYers, and everyone in between who cares about healthy foods, farms and families. This year the Georgia Organics Annual Conference will feature eight Food and Farm Tours, more than 12 in-depth workshops, 36 educational sessions, a Better Farms, Better Flavors Expo, a keynote from chef and author Hugh Acheson, and the famous Farmers Feast, featuring local, organically produced food. Visit http://conference.georgiaorganics.org/ for more information and to register.

Joint ARC LUCC/TCC Meeting: Thursday, February 26 from 9:30-11:00 a.m. at ARC. The next ARC Land Use Coordinating Committee (LUCC) meeting will be held jointly with the ARC Transportation Coordinating Committee (TCC). The meeting will focus on gathering committee members’ and attendees’ input on important components of The Region’s Plan. The meeting is set for Thurs., Feb. 26 at 9:30 a.m. at ARC.

NEXT SOUTH Conference and Career Fair: Friday, February 27 from 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. at The Biltmore in Atlanta. (817 West Peachtree Street). Generation Green and the Georgia Conservancy present NEXT SOUTH, the largest conference in the Southeast dedicated to inspiring and empowering future leaders seeking careers in sustainability and corporate responsibility. A full day of speakers and panels featuring a who’s who list of industry luminaries, plus a career fair with top companies seeking talent for internship and career opportunities. Participating companies include: AGL Resources, Brown-Forman, Center for Civic Innovation, Center for Disease Control, Chipotle, City of Atlanta, The Coca-Cola Company, Compost Wheels, Cox Enterprises, Emerald Cities, Ernst & Young, Federal Reserve Bank, FoodCorps, Garnish & Gather, Georgia Department of Natural Resources, GreenLaw, Homestead Atlanta, Homrich Partners, Kimberly-Clark, Mansfield Clean Energy Partners, Mohawk Industries, National Wildlife Federation, Novelis, Olmsted Linear Park Alliance, Park Pride, Live Thrive Atlanta, One More Generation, Opportunity Knocks, Red Hare Brewing, Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance, SolAmerica Energy, Southeast Horticultural Society, Southwire, Sustainable Talent, Trees Atlanta, UPS, U.S. Green Building Council, White Oak Pastures, Whole Foods. Click here for a full Next South schedule. $35 Pass – All-Day Conference and Career Fair (includes Whole Foods breakfast and Chipotle lunch). Limited tickets available. Any available seats will be $45 at the door.

DCA Community Planning Institute (CPI): Friday-Saturday, February 27-28 in Richmond Hill, GA. The Georgia Department of Community Affairs Office of Planning and Environmental Management, in partnership with the Georgia Planning Association, offers a series of classes called the Community Planning Institute (CPI) to Georgia’s planning commissioners, elected officials and local government staff. The Institute provides information about planning for land use, growth and development, as well as for efficient management of local water resources. While not in the Atlanta region, the upcoming class in Richmond Hill (south of Savannah) is open to interested planners from all parts of Georgia. The event will feature two courses:

  • Managing Your Water Resources  (Feb. 27): One-day training that is an overview of Georgia’s water resources and what local governments can do to wisely use and protect these resources. Registration is $25. There is no registration fee for representatives from WaterFirst and PlanFirst communities. Register Here
  • Preparing and Implementing Your Comprehensive Plan (Feb. 27-28): Two-day training that covers the local planning process. Registration is $50/day early bird, $60/day after February 15. Register Here

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