The Georgia Chapter of the American Society of Public Administration has been in existence for forty-eight (48) years, chartered in 1965.
The American Society for Public Administration is the largest and most prominent professional association for public administration. It is dedicated to advancing the art, science, teaching and practice of public and non-profit administration. ASPA’s four core values are Accountability and Performance, Professionalism, Ethics and Social Equity. Professionalism is promoted through chapters and sections. Members have an opportunity to advance their careers by becoming involved in their local public administration community. Additionally, members gain exposure to major public service issues by joining ASPA’s 21 sections. These sections focus on finance, budgeting, human resources, health and human services, ethics and more. Sections provide additional networking opportunities through conferences and other professional development activities. They also have a variety of award and scholarship opportunities.
We meet quarterly. October is our general membership meeting, and a guest speaker is invited to speak to our membership. In March we combine our business meeting with our academic conference and nominate a new slate of officers for our executive board and council. In July we have a transition meeting between outgoing and incoming officers.
Academic/Practitioner State Conference
Each year in March we decide who will hold the next conference. Hosts may volunteer from anywhere in the state. The conference is designed as an academic conference but we do cater to the presentations of our practitioners. Our conferences have historically been attended by faculty and students of our Georgia Master of Public Administration programs, but we highly encourage more practitioner -based presentations. Our keynote and business meeting speakers are usually practitioners.
We are the hosts of the Southeastern Conference for Public Administration (SECoPA) and plan to host that conference in Atlanta, Georgia, but can consider another location depending on the work of our SECoPA Committee.