CONNECT – 2017 Thought Leaders Dinner

2017 Sandy Springs Conservancy Thought Leaders’ Dinner

On March 30, 2017 the Sandy Springs Conservancy will bring together community leaders, city officials, and developers for our fourth annual “Thought Leaders’ Dinner” to promote the economic and community-building value of green space. It is an invitation only event.  

This year’s speaker is Ryan Gravel, an urban planner, designer, and author whose master’s thesis in 1999 was the original vision for the Atlanta Beltline. In his book, “Where We Want to Live,”  Gravel investigates the cultural side of infrastructure, describing how its intimate relationship with our way of life can illuminate a brighter path forward for cities. He will explain how Sandy Springs can incorporate ideas that have been so successful in other communities.

Following Gravel’s speech, Mayor Rusty Paul will discuss why connectivity is critical to the economic development of Sandy Springs. He will also share the city’s vision and plans for parks, trails, and greenspace that have emerged from the recent Next 10 comprehensive planning process.

Sponsorships are still available. If interested, please contact

To read about our 2016 Thought Leaders’ dinner featuring Chuck Flink, President of Greenways, Inc, CLICK HERE.  Mr. Flink shared with the audience of 200 how Sandy Springs can be a leader in the integration of trails and greenspace into the fabric of our city for recreation, commuter purposes and forming a sense of community.

Thank you to our Platinum Sponsors

Thank you to our Gold Sponsors

Thank you to our Siver Sponsors

Thank you to our Friends of Greenspace

Ashton Woods
Hensler Financial
Signature Bank
TSW Design
Sandy Springs Perimeter Chamber
Al & Kathi Pond
Laura and Bert Jones
Mysha Whorley
Peoples & Quigley, Inc.
Nancy & James Schisler
Carolyn & Box Axt
Andy & Cara Barfield
Steve & Janice Levetan )
Linda & Mike Bain (
Michael Smith & Elizabeth Jetton
Helen Tapp
Gary Boteler
Terri Cloud
Sally & Peter Parsonson
Couchman & Noble Foundation
Craig & Carol Johns
 Molly and Andrew Welch
Sean O’Toole



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