In the Spring of 2008, the American Planning Association (APA) made it a top priority to focus on emerging planners and their professional development. A Young Planners Taskforce was commissioned by APA President, Bob Hunter, to investigate the feasibility of a emerging planners program. The Young Planners Taskforce effort culminated with the presentation of a report to the APA Board of Directors at the 2008 national conference in Las Vegas. The Sacramento Valley Section of California formed the first emerging planners group in the Spring of 2008. Their overwhelming success led to nine other states creating their own groups. Georgia is the ninth state to join the movement.
In the Summer of 2009, the Georgia EPG hosted a Kick Off Meeting where 30 planning professionals gathered to share challenges and offer potential opportunities for EPG to assist emerging planners. Since our formation in 2009, Georgia EPG has hosted networking events at the semiannual GPA conferences, educational programs, and socials. We welcome you to join us!