SUN Conference

Fifth Annual Small Urban Network (SUN) Conference
Dates: August 7–9, 2019
Location: Athens, Ga.
Register: SUN 2019


CTAA’s annual Small Urban Network (SUN) Conference – now heading into its fifth year – allows chief executives and leaders at small-urban transit agencies a chance to gather with their peers to network, share ideas and solutions and shape CTAA policy strategy impacting small urban systems in a collegial, retreat-like setting. Past SUN Conference attendees have noted they enjoy this event in particular due to its focused agenda and because nearly all its participants are their fellow transit managers and executives.

After our past SUN Conferences in Denver, Asheville and Flagstaff, Athens continues our trend of bringing this event to small cities, where attendees can experience the examples and ideas of their peers in action. In addition to the bustling college town atmosphere cultivated by the University of Georgia that launched the careers of music acts like R.E.M., the B-52s and Widespread Panic, Athens boasts among the highest per capita transit usage rates in the nation. Athens Transit System Director and SUN co-founder Butch McDuffie is excited to host this year’s conference and highlight the ways transit has become an indispensable part of Athens’ identity.

Cost: $250 for CTAA transportation provider members; $500 for non-CTAA member transportation providers; $750 for CTAA vendor members (vendors must be CTAA members to attend the SUN Conference).

Hotel & Transportation from Atlanta

We’ve arranged a special room rate of $109/night at the fun and quirky Graduate Athens hotel, where the Conference sessions will be held.

In addition, CTAA staff will be arranging some direct transportation options for conference attendees from Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport to Athens on Wednesday, Aug. 7 and back on Friday, Aug. 9. We’ll follow-up with attendees directly soon.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Our sponsorship opportunities are intentionally limited to maintain the focus on peers engaging directly with each other. For our 2019 Conference, download our flyer detailing sponsorship options for CTAA vendor members. SUN 2019 Sponsorships.

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The Community Transportation Association of America (CTAA) and its members believe that mobility is a basic human right. From work and education to life-sustaining health care and human services programs to shopping and visiting with family and friends, mobility directly impacts quality of life.