NARC Annual Conference
& Exhibition

June 23-26, 2024 – Atlanta, GA

58th Annual Conference & Exhibition
Registration Now Open!

The NARC Annual Conference and Exhibition is the largest national event focused on promoting effective regional cooperation and solutions through interaction and education. Held annually in June, NARC’s Annual Conference is the premier event focused on regions and regional collaboration. 

Representatives of Councils of Government and Metropolitan Planning Organizations — leadership, professional staff, board members, local elected officials, technical and program staff — share best practices and learn about relevant issues. Speakers include experts from the public and private sector, congressional and state lawmakers, and individuals from universities and non-profit organizations. 

Hotel Reservations

Atlanta Marriott Marquis
265 Peachtree Center Ave. NE
Atlanta, GA 30303

NARC Awards

NARC awards recognize excellence in regional leadership, programs, and services. Awards are a fantastic way to honor the hard work of your board members and staff and bring attention to your region’s most successful and innovative projects.


To view a PDF version of the program, click here.

Session Slides

Monday, June 24 Sessions and Presentations

Breakfast and Welcome

  • Anna Roach, Executive Director, Atlanta Regional Commission

Workforce Challenges Facing the Planning and Project Development Professions

  • Eric Rensel, Founder and CEO, Rensel Consulting
  • Kathy Renzetti, Executive Director & CEO, DiscoverE

Regional Strategies for Climate Action: Insights from the CPRG Program

  • Becky Bradley, Executive Director, Lehigh Valley Planning Commission
  • Matt Hart, Executive Director, Capitol Region Council of Governments
  • Crystal Jackson, LEED Green Associate, Atlanta Regional Commission

State of the Association

  • Erich Zimmermann, Executive Director, National Association of Regional Councils

Lunch Keynote: Empowering Local Leaders with Strategies for Inclusive Growth

  • Eloisa Klementich, President & CEO, InvestAtlanta

NARC Transportation Committee 

NARC Energy and Environment Committee 

Economic & Community Development Committee

Livable Centers Initiatives: Celebrating 25 Years of Success

  • Sam Shenbaga, Managing Director, Community Development Group, Atlanta Regional Commission

Tuesday, June 25 Sessions and Presentations 

Breakfast & Keynote Discussion 

  • Mike Alexander, Chief Operating Officer, Atlanta Regional Commission
  • Anna Roach, Executive Director, Atlanta Regional Commission

Public Health and Active Transportation

  • Kristine Day, Deputy Chief of Physical Activity and Health Branch of Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity of National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Complex Conversations

  • Brad Sperber, Senior Policy Director, Keystone Policy Center

Freight & Logisitics: Meeting New Demands

Implementing Justice40

  • Sahar Shirazi, Partner, CityFi
  • Rosalind Tucker, Managing Director of Mobility Services Group, Atlanta Regional Commission

Navigating Discretionary Funding for Regional Projects

Connecting the Dots: Strategic Messaging for Regional Councils

Exploring the Regional Role in Housing: Solutions and Strategies

  • Elizabeth Carvajal, Deputy Planning Director, Land Use, Southern California Association of Governments
  • Michael Dunn, Deputy Planning Director, Land Use, Southern California Association of Governments
  • Megan Townsend, Community and Economic Development Director, Wasatch Front Regional Council

Different Modes for Different Folks

Tech-Forward Governance: Navigating the Digital Landscape in Public Service

Conference Countdown

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Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorship opportunities are available for our 58th Annual Conference & Exhibition. Check out our sponsorship packet for more information. 

Future Dates

59th Annual Conference & Exhibition

June 8-11, 2025

Seattle, WA