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Join us in Austin as the American Planning Association - Texas Chapter recognizes the 2019 Great Places in Texas designees. These places illustrate most effectively what it means to be a “great” place, including design, functionality, sustainability, character, quality, and community participation.


Tuesday, March 26, 2019
1:00pm - 1:30pm
Webinar - What to Expect: Meeting with State Legislators
Hosted by APA National and APA Texas                                        


Meeting with Senator Cruz's Office in DC


Sunday, March 31, 2019
6:30pm - Dinner Reception
Location: Gather Venue Monroe | 411 W. Monroe | Austin, TX 78704

Join us for dinner (fajita buffet catered by Trudy’s), drinks and a short presentation as we prepare for the big April 1 announcement of the 2019 Great Places in Texas.  We will also recognize the 2018 Great Places in America designees, Downtown Georgetown and Fort Worth’s Magnolia Avenue. Attendees will get a sneak preview of the 2019 announcement video before it is made available to the public!

Gather Venue Monroe

Monday, April 1, 2019
8:30am - Group Photo at State Capitol (South Capitol Steps)

We will meet in the morning to take a group photo in front of the State
Capitol. The press release and announcement of the 2019 Great Places in Texas will go live at 8:00am on Monday, April 1, so the announcement will be public by this time. We will meet at the South Capitol Steps (see Capitol Map below)

Texas State Capitol Map
Texas State Capitol Parking

Texas State Capitol 

10:00am - Recognition in House Chamber

Representative Romero of Fort Worth will be recognizing the American Planning Association—Texas Chapter on the House Floor. We will meet in the House Gallery on the 3rd Floor of the Capitol at 9:45am and sit together for the recognition. 

House Gallery - House Chamber

1:00pm - 4:00pm - Visits to State Legislative Offices

We will schedule meetings with the legislative offices of the 2019 Great Places in Texas recipients. We will provide recognition pieces for the great places recipients to present to their legislators. This is a great photo opportunity with your legislators or their staff. It is also a great time to share with your legislators the great planning stories behind your designated place. Meetings may be scheduled later in the afternoon, so please plan accordingly. Chapter Board Members will need to schedule their meetings on their own. 

Texas State Capitol Map


 State Representative Romero


Sheraton Austin at the Capitol
701 E 11th St

The Chapter has secured a room block at the Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol. The deadline to book your hotel room under the Chapter's room block has passed. 

Sheraton at the Capitol