This spring, all roads lead to Atlanta. Five thousand planners are heading to APA's 2014 National Planning Conference, April 26-30. It's the perfect place to see what's around the corner for the planning profession and communities around the world.
Missed the deadline for online registration? It's not too late to be part of planning's biggest, boldest event of the year. Come to Atlanta and register on site starting at 1 p.m. Friday, April 25.
For planners, Atlanta is a real eye-opener, full of history but looking to the future. See a "highlights reel" of Atlanta sights, from the transformation of the BeltLine to the revitalization of Olympic venues. Then explore the city's lessons and lore on myriad mobile workshops. You can sign up for these workshops and more at APA's conference Registration Booth:
Urban Agriculture in Metro Atlanta*
Sunday, April 27, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Get food for thought on a day of visits to community gardens, farmers markets, and other local agricultural resources. CM | 5
Atlanta Housing Authority's Lifelong Communities
Monday, April 28, 1:15-5:15 p.m.
Visit three retrofitted Atlanta Housing Authority high rises and see how affordable housing connects with the community and supports aging in place. CM | 3.5
Roswell: Transitioning a Mature City*
Tuesday, April 29, 9:45 a.m.-3:15 p.m.
Find out how modern planning tools are helping this Sun Belt city meet the challenge of empty or underused commercial properties. CM | 4
Atlanta's Innovative Planning Technology
Wednesday, April 30, 10 a.m.-noon
Preview transportation and transit technologies in development at the Atlanta Region Commission and Georgia Tech. CM | 2
*Student discount available
Atlanta is famous for its hospitality. Experience it for yourself at events presented by the Local Host Committee. Get your tickets at APA's conference Registration Booth.
A Georgia Hoedown
Sunday, April 27, 7-10 p.m.
Get a taste of the South with dinner at the Georgia Depot, a historic facility in the heart of the city, followed by dancing to "The After Party," Atlanta's hottest new cover band.
APA Atlanta Pub Crawl
Monday, April 28, 8 p.m.-midnight
Join the Georgia Chapter of Young Planners Group for a stroll through the city's film sites, complimentary beverages and drink specials, and late-night snacks at an after party.
Get Big Ideas
Kick off the conference at the opening keynote by Acting U.S. Surgeon General Boris D. Lushniak. If you want to know how public health and planning can work together, he's the one to ask.
Wrap up your conference experience with the closing keynote by Candy Chang, the dynamo behind a piece of public art The Atlantic called "one of the most creative community projects ever."
Put planning in perspective at any of half a dozen plenary presentations. Speakers include HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan, Dr. Georges C. Benjamin of the American Public Health Association, and an A list of others.
When and Where
April 26-30, 2014
Georgia World Congress Center
285 Andrew Young International Blvd NW
Atlanta, GA 30313
Georgia World Congress Center
Hall C, Main Lobby
Tips and Tools
Watch the mail for your conference packet, including your badge and tickets. BRING THEM to the conference. There's a $10 charge for reprinting on-site.
Download the conference program. You'll find answers to many FAQs.
Download the facility maps.
First time at the conference? Check out this handy guide.
Planners Guide to Atlanta was prepared as a service to those attending the American Planning Association's 2014 National Planning Conference in Atlanta.
Explore your travel options for getting to and getting around Atlanta.
Keep up on the latest developments with APA's Atlanta conference blog.
Don't Miss …
Conference registration includes admission to these events. Be sure to claim your place.
Exhibitors' Meet and Greet
Saturday, April 26, 5:30-7 p.m.
Have a drink and a nosh on APA while you mingle with your fellow conference attendees and see what exhibitors have in store.
FAICP Induction Ceremony
Sunday, April 27, 4:30-6 p.m.
Be there as the AICP College of Fellows welcomes its 2014 class of distinguished members. All are welcome; add the reception for $75.
Planning Expo Lunch
Monday, April 28, noon-1 p.m.
Enjoy lunch courtesy of the exhibitors, tour their booths, and network with colleagues.
APA/AICP Annual Meeting and Leadership Honors
Tuesday, April 29, 2:30-3:45 p.m.
Join the celebration of people and projects at the top of the planning profession, and learn the results of the 2014 APA/AICP elections.