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Center for the Comparative Study of Metropolitan Growth

Metropolitan centers can only remain viable places to live and work with deliberate, yet flexible planning that taps a number of disciplines.  At the center of such planning are lawyers, who help craft workable laws and regulations, as well as land-use planners, economic planners, business leaders, engineers, and regulatory agencies. 

The Center for the Comparative Study of Metropolitan Growth (Metro Growth Center) advances interdisciplinary dialogue and research on urban growth and management issues.  The Center achieves its mission by sponsoring the Urban Fellows Program, the summer legal and policy study, foreign enrichment courses, and study space.  Additionally, the Center organizes and sponsors symposia and speakers on urban and growth management issues.

The Metro Growth Center takes advantage of the fact that Georgia State University is located in Atlanta, one of the nation’s fastest growing cities.  This prime location offers students an opportunity to explore the myriad of issues affecting urban areas, and experience firsthand the legislative and judicial actions affecting planning and growth management.  Students involved in the Metro Growth Center's programs are ready to serve as leaders in the law and regulation of the built and physical environment.



Urban Fellows Applications Being Accepted for the 2014-2015 Program - Due April 4, 2014 at 4 p.m.
Graduate students in good academic standing from any department at GSU or Georgia Tech's School of City and Regional Planning may apply.  An information session will be held on Wednesday, March 26 from 12-1 p.m. in Room 652 of the Urban Life Building.  Click here for the program requirements and application, or email Karen Johnston if you have questions at kjohnston3@gsu.eduLearn more.

Pharmaceutical Waste Management Symposium Rescheduled - Friday, Sept. 19, 2014
The one day symposium, Healthcare Meets the Environment:  A Symposium on Pharmaceutical Waste Management, was originally scheduled for January 31, 2014 but had to be postponed due to snow.  All registrants are registered for this new date unless a refund was sought.  Learn more.

Study Space VII will take place in Barcelona May 5-9, 2014
The theme of Study Space VII is Beyond Affordable Housing:  An Interdisciplinary Multi-National Approach to Adequate Housing Options.  Learn more.

Certificate in Environmental and Land Use Law - Apply Now!
The Metro Growth Center is accepting Declaration of Interest Forms for students interested in pursuing the Certificate in Environmental and Land Use Law.  This certificate program is for current GSU Law students only.  To receive a certificate, students must complete one full year of the Urban Fellows Program.  Click here to learn more and download the forms.  Contact Karen Johnston for questions at