2017 Conference

This year’s conference will be in Sarasota, Florida on October 18-20, 2017. Mark your calendar, and make sure you are on our email contact list to get regular updates.

Hotel, Conference Registration, and Agenda

Hotel.  The conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota, 1000 Boulevard of the Arts, Sarasota, FL 34236.  The hotel conference rate is $165 per night ($184.80 with taxes and fees).  To make a room reservation at the conference rate, click here.

Program.  The draft conference program is now available.  The theme of this year’s conference is “Impact Fees and Infrastructure Finance:  Back to Basics in a Changing World.”  The conference will start with a reception Wednesday evening.   Sessions will take place all day Thursday, and on Friday until 2 pm.  Activities are being planned for Friday afternoon and evening.

Conference Registration.  The conference registration fee is $275 early, $350 regular, and $75 student.  The deadline for early registration is Friday, September 15.  Click this link to register for the conference.

Meals.  The registration fee includes a Wednesday evening reception, breakfast and lunch on Thursday and Friday, and Thursday evening dinner at a nearby restaurant.

Transportation.  For those who will drive to the conference, a hotel reservation at the Hyatt comes with complimentary self-parking (and free wi-fi).  For those flying into the Sarasota airport (SRQ), a 4-mile, 12-minute taxi ride costs about $15, and there is a convenient non-transfer bus ride that takes about 25 minutes (10-minute walk plus 15-minute ride).

Planning credits.  All sessions have been submitted to the American Planning Association for AICP certification maintenance credit.  A participant can earn up to 11.25 credit hours, including 1.25 law credit hours.

Sponsors

We welcome corporate and academic sponsors to help keep our conference more affordable.  We offer three levels:  Platinum ($1,500, two complimentary registrations), Gold ($750, one complimentary registration), and Silver ($500).  All sponsors receive recognition on our website, in the conference area, and in the conference program. Academic sponsors pay half the rate and get an extra complimentary registration.  To sponsor the 2017 conference, fill out and submit the sponsorship guide.

We are grateful to the following sponsors of the 2016 conference for helping us keep the conference affordable:
Platinum ($1,500):   TischlerBise
Gold ($750):  NUE Urban Concepts, Raftelis, Tindale-Oliver, White & Smith, and Willdan
Academic Sponsors:  University of Florida, Georgia State University, Rutgers, and University of Connecticut

Board of Directors Election

Four positions on the GIC Board of Directors were up for election at the 2016 conference.  The four incumbents (Nilgun Kamp, Clancy Mullen, Jerry Murphy, and John Osborne) were reelected to another 2-year term.  The other nominees were Andrew Rheem and Kathleen Ball, who have been appointed, along with Jeanne Shreve, Rich Eisenhauer, Susan Schoettle, and Marshall Willis, to the Future Conference Planning Committee.

Conference Details

Go to the “Conferences” tab at the top of the page to access information about the 2016 and prior conferences, including agendas, presentations, handouts, and photos.

Email List

If you would like to receive updates by e-mail, contact GIC secretary Clancy Mullen to get on our e-mail list.  You can also send him an e-mail to get off the contact list.

Listserve

For information on how to join our listserve and participate in the dialogue on infrastructure finance issues, click here.

Organization History

GIC evolved out of annual informal get-togethers of impact fee administrators in Florida that began in the late 1990s.  Initially called the Impact Fee Roundtable, it grew from afternoon gatherings in local government offices to a two-day conference held in a rented venue.  The first conference to be held outside of Florida was in Phoenix in 2002, when the name was changed to the National Impact Fee Roundtable.  By this time, it had become apparent that a formal organization was required to oversee the annual conference.  The National Impact Fee Roundtable was incorporated as a non-profit organization in 2004. The founding board members were Tyson Smith (chair), Charlene Gabriel (vice-chair), Clancy Mullen (secretary), Jerry Murphy (treasurer), Rachel Arnold, Deborah Galardi, Pedro Leon, Doug Frost, and Joe Colgan.  In recognition of a growing interest in expanding the scope beyond the subject of impact fees, the name was changed to Growth & Infrastructure Consortium in 2010.