Annual Convention


Savannah, Georgia

GMA 2021 Convention

GMA’s Annual Convention registration opened on June 8th and we saw an overwhelming response. Due to the demand, we added three additional hotels and increased class sizes to accommodate as many of our members as possible. 

Convention packets will be mailed to all registrants the week of July 12th. These packets will include your name badges, badge holders and tickets for items included in your registration. Be sure to bring your packets to convention with you to avoid standing in registration lines to reprint badges. We will have lanyards available at the convention center for you to pick up along with printed programs. You will only need to visit the registration desk if you have changes to make to your registration. 

If you need to make any hotel changes after July 16th, please contact the hotel directly. 

Below you can find the schedule outline for Convention. More details will be posted as the program is finalized. 

We look forward to seeing you in Savannah!

Schedule Outline

Friday, August 6

9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Municipal Training Institute Classes  

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Municipal Training Institute Classes  

4:15 pm – 5:45 pm 

Board of Directors Meeting

Saturday, August 7

8:15 am – 9:15 am 

Policy Committee Meetings (Included in full Convention registration) 

9:30 am – 10:30 am

Policy Committee Meetings (Included in full Convention registration) 

10:45 am – 11:45 am 

Policy Committee Meetings (Included in full Convention registration) 

12:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Municipal Training Institute Classes  

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Workshop – Trails and the Trust for Public Land (Included in full Convention registration) 

3:30 pm – 4:15 pm

Mentor/Mentee Meet and Greet 

3:15 pm – 6:00 pm 

Exhibit Hall Opening and Reception (Included in full Convention registration)  

Sunday, August 8

7:30 am – 8:15 am 

Worship Service (Included in full Convention registration)  

8:00 am – 9:00 am 

Exhibit Hall Open for Breakfast (Included in full Convention registration) 

8:00 am – 9:00 am

Legislative Policy Council Meeting   

9:30 am – 11:00 am

Opening General Session (Included in full Convention registration)

11:15 am – 12:15 pm

Federal Policy Council Meeting   

11:15 am – 3:15 pm 

City Attorney’s Session and lunch 

11:15 am – 12:30 pm

Hub Cities Meeting

11:15 am – 2:15 pm

Lunch break – on your own or Exhibit Hall (Included in full Convention registration) 

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm 

City Managers Session

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm 

MAMA Meeting

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm 

Equity and Inclusion Commission Training Session

2:15 pm – 3:15 pm 

Rapid Fire Sessions(Included in full Convention registration) 

3:15 pm – 3:45 pm

Voting Credential Pickup

3:45 pm – 5:00 pm

Business Meeting and Installation of Officers (Included in full Convention registration) 

and Board of Directors

Monday, August 9

8:30 am – 9:30 am

Concurrent Sessions  (Included in full Convention registration)

  • Equity and Inclusion Forum
  • Building and Maintaining Trust between Law Enforcement and Citizens
  • Preparing for 2022 LOST Negotiations  

9:45 am – 11:00 am

General Session (Included in full Convention registration) 

11:15 am – 12:15 pm

Concurrent Sessions (Included in full Convention registration) 

  • Let’s Make a Deal:  Best Practices for Economic Development Deal Making 
  • Open Government:  Practical Issues Primer 
  • Creating a Pipeline for Your City’s Future Workforce 
  • Preparing for 2022 LOST Negotiations

12:15 pm – 2:15 pm

Lunch break – on your own

1:45 pm – 3:15 pm

ARPA:  Ideas for Your Community (Included in full Convention registration)  

2:15 pm – 3:15 pm

Concurrent Sessions (Included in full Convention registration) 

  • Equity and Inclusion Forum 
  • Managing a Crisis Event in a Modern World 
  • Supporting Theatres and Commercial Downtown Districts 

3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Awards Ceremony  (Included in full Convention registration)

(including presentation of training certificates)

6:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Closing Event (Ticket Included in full Convention registration)

Tuesday, August 10

8:00 am – 11:00 am

Municipal Training Institute Classes

8:00 am – 3:00 pm

Municipal Training Institute Classes

Contacts

Sponsorship Information

Kelli Bennett, Communications Director

Exhibitor Information

Yalonde Tanner, Deputy Director, Conferences and Management Services

General Questions

Erica Grier, Conferences and Events Manager