The agenda for the 2022 Spring Retreat is listed below (as of 2/23):

All times listed are in Central Time, which is local time for Fall Creek Falls State Park


Wednesday March 2nd 

6:00 PM – Executive Board Meeting


Thursday, March 3rd
8:30 AM – 8:45 AM - Opening Remarks, Lynn Tully, TAPA Chapter President


9:00 AM - 10:00 AM (1.25 CM) Kimley-Horn: TN Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan: Conserving our World-Class Resources and Providing Recreational Access all Tennesseans


10:00 AM – 10:15 Annual Sponsor Presentations


10:15 AM – 10:30 BREAK


10:30 AM – 11:30 PM (1 CM) Jeff Fleming, Move to Kingsport: The Great Migration


11:30 AM – 11:45 AM Annual Sponsor Presentation


11:45 AM – 1:00 PM Lunch & Keynote Presentation (1 CM) Ron Littlefield FAICP: Bridging the Gap – 50 years of Planning in Tennessee


1:00PM – 2:00 PM (1 CM)  Bert Kuyrkendall, Orion Planning: Planners and Engineers Working Together


2:00 PM – 3:00 PM (1 CM) Ellen Dement Hunt, TN Historical Commission: Historic Preservation & Grant Opportunities


3:00: PM – 3:15 PM Break


3:15 PM – 4:15 PM (1 CM ) TDOT Long Range Planning: What OCT can do for land use planning? New Tools Developed 2020 and 2021


4:15 PM – 5:15 PM (1 CM) Tyra Copas: The Great Resignation: How workforce trends will shape the landscape of planning in the future


Friday, March 4th  


7:00 AM – 8:00 AM BREAKFAST


8:00 AM – 9:00 AM (1 CM) Sean Santalla, FHWA Tennessee Division: Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL)/Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA)


9:00 AM – 10:30 AM (1.5 CM Legal Credit) Bill Terry / Sam Edwards – Legislative Update


10:30 AM – 10:45 AM - BREAK


10:45 AM – 11:45 PM (1 CM) Ethics – Logan Engle 



Spring Retreat Overview


Every year, TAPA hosts a Spring Retreat during March or April. Usually attended by around 100 planners, the Spring Retreat is smaller with less sessions than the Fall Conference. However, it gives Tennessee planners another chance to get together, exchange ideas, and learn from each other to advance better community planning across the State.