2021 GRA Virtual Conference 


The Governmental Research Association and the Civic Federation invite you to the 108th Conference and Annual Meeting July 19 – July 21, 2021. The conference will be virtual and hosted on the Gatherly platform.

The format will follow previous in-person conferences with three half-days of conversation on topics ranging from the impact of the pandemic on future city revenue, criminal justice reform, broadband and the digital divide and the future of conventions and hospitality post-pandemic. However, we also plan to take advantage of the opportunities that a virtual conference provides by featuring facilitated group discussions on a number of issues that will appeal to all of your staff—communicators, development professionals, finance and operations staff and researchers. The lower ticket price of $50 is intended to allow member organizations to send the whole team to the conference—and we’ll have plenty of content to interest everyone.

The Gatherly platform is designed to facilitate interactive meetings. Its design mimics the layout of an event hall. Using a virtual elevator, you can move around different floors and rooms as you would in an in-person event. It also allows attendees to join individual and group conversations by clicking on the group or the individual’s name, allowing interaction similar to joining a group of your GRA colleagues in the lobby of the hotel or outside the conference space. This video provides an overview of how Gatherly works. The platform is very intuitive, but rest assured there will be plenty of tutorials and assistance on hand leading up to and during the conference.

Also as a reminder, the conference will feature the return of the GRA Awards Competition, with the award presentations taking place at a virtual Award “luncheon” with keynote. We will be finalizing and announcing the keynote speaker soon, along with our full slate of speakers and group discussion topics. If you or a member of your staff have an idea for a group discussion or skill share they’d like to facilitate, please reach out to Sarah at president@graonline.org.

Click on this link to reserve your spot in the conference. We will follow up with Gatherly orientation information closer to the conference date.

We look forward to seeing all of you—and your whole staff—in July!