Feb. 14: Strategies to Advance Park Equity in Rural Areas

Park Equity in Rural Areas 

Webinar | Tuesday, February 14, 2023 | 11:00am – 12:00pm EST 

Rural communities are facing a host of challenges, including loss of population; economic dislocation and traditional industries shed jobs; and loss of young people and an educated workforce. The recreation economy is one path towards revitalizing rural communities. The workshop will highlight cases, such as building and protecting trails in rural areas in Pennsylvania. 


  • Christine Detorre – Regional Advisor, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
  • Owen Franklin – Vice President, Regional Director, Trust for Public Land
  • Owen Worozbyt – Operations Director and Trail Manager, Lackawanna Heritage Valley Authority 


Register Today for NPC23!

Sip on this…Registration is now open!

It’s only January, but NPC23 Philadelphia and NPC23 Online, will be here before you know it. The National Planning Conference is being offered in two distinct, complementary experiences.

NPC23 will be held in Philadelphia April 1-4, and NPC23 Online can be streamed from your favorite chair April 26-28. Experience refreshing conversations while new ideas bubble up in a variety of learning settings.

Don’t miss the opportunity to register early and save.

What’s in it for you?

This year’s NPC content will focus on how the planning community can lead the way to develop solutions to today’s most pressing problems. The experience will be empowering, educational, and inspirational.

You can count on:

  • Content that is relevant and interesting
  • Experiential learning environments through Mobile Workshops
  • Case studies that shine a light on real experiences
  • Connection to your community and expand your network

Hope to see you in Philadelphia or Online!

Register Now!

December Annual Event Reflection

Over 60 APAPA-SE members gathered at Daniel’s Restaurant and Bar in Conshohocken on December 8 for the 2022 Southeast Section Annual Meeting and to celebrate the retirement of Barry Seymour from the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission. Meeting attendees enjoyed networking opportunities and casual conversations while enjoying a multip

le course dinner and drinks from Daniel’s bar. Meeting highlights included an overview of the state of the chapter and information about the upcoming national conference from Alexis Williams, section president, presentation of the 2022 Southeast Section Student Paper Awards by Rebecca Ross, Education committee chair, and an in-depth conversation with Barry Seymour led by Matthew Popek, Events committee chair. A great time was had by all!

We plan to have our 2023 annual event in the fall, likely in Philadelphia. We hope you will consider joining us to enjoy the comradery, meet fellow planners (both new and seasoned), hear about a diverse skill base in planning from fellow attendees, and have some good food and drink. Watch our section’s social media pages for a Save the Date announcement later this year.

Featured Job Listing – DVRPC – Public Participation Planner

DVRPC is hiring a Public Participation Planner! Click here for the full job announcement. 

Seeking Volunteers for NPC23 in Philadelphia

Seeking Volunteers to Lead Walking & Bus Tours During National Planning Conference (NPC23) in Philadelphia

We are looking for enthusiastic volunteer tour guides to help with the 2023 National Planning Conference (NPC23) in Philadelphia on Saturday, April 1st and Sunday, April 2nd, 2023. The orientation tours are designed to showcase Philadelphia landmarks, neighborhoods, and its rich planning history. A script will be provided. The tours will depart from the Convention Center (1300 block of Arch), and each tour with have 2 local volunteers who follow a pre-determined and rehearsed script and route map. Tours will be held rain or shine.

Bus Tour

  • 2 guides/bus
  • 50 people/tour
  • approximately 3 hours long
  • one 15-minute stop
  • you should be comfortable speaking into a microphone and helping the bus driver navigate directions

Walking Tour

  • 2 guides/tour
  • 20 people/tour
  • approximately 2 hours long
  • covers 4.5 miles (including 1 mile on transit)

If you are interested, please visit tinyurl.com/NPC23guides to express your interest in volunteering. The form includes dates and times for both the walking and bus tours. We ask that you indicate all times and dates you are available by Friday, January 13, 2023. However, we will only schedule you for one of the tours (bus/walk) based on your responses. If you are scheduled to speak on a panel or lead a mobile workshop, we will do everything in our power to avoid conflicts with your other session(s).

Tour Guides will not be compensated for leading a tour; however, confirmed guides will receive 50% off published registration rates for NPC23. Additional information on registration will be sent once all guides are confirmed. If you are AICP-certified, you will receive one (1) extra CM credit for leading the tour in addition the CM credits for the tour itself. You do NOT need to be a member of the American Planning Association (APA) to be a tour guide. You can be a tour guide even if you don’t plan to attend the rest of the conference.

This form is an expression of interest–we will contact you to confirm your participation and invite you to a training session for tour guides to be held in January or February 2023. Thank you for your willingness to volunteer for the National Planning Conference!

Featured Job Listing – Michael Baker International

Michael Baker International is looking to hire for two positions! Click through for the full job announcement:

APAPA Southeast Section 2022 Annual Event – December 8 at Daniel’s Restaurant + Bar

2022 APAPASE Annual Event: A Tribute To Barry Seymour

RSVP today!

Deadline Wednesday, November 30

Your admission cost includes 2 drink tickets, heavy hors d’oeuvres, and buffet stations.

Daniel’s Restaurant + Bar 16 East 1st Avenue Conshohocken, PA 19428

Thu, December 8, 2022, 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM EST

Please join fellow planners of the Southeast Section of the American Planning Association, Pennsylvania Chapter at our 2022 Annual Event!

For this year’s event, we are honored to have Barry Seymour, the retiring executive director of the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC), for a conversation regarding his life, career, and the future of planning in the Philadelphia region.

We are also planning to announce the 2022 John E. Pickett Scholarship Winners. Our scholarship committee has been working hard to review work by the brightest planning graduate students in Greater Philadelphia and will present scholarship awards to top projects. The event will include a brief description of the projects and the award ceremony for the authoring scholars.

In addition, the section will give details and present involvement opportunities for the 2023 National Planning Conference, taking place April 1-4 in Philadelphia.

Come out to network with colleagues, celebrate achieving students and an amazing career, and get geared up for a busy 2023 with the American Planning Association!

Location: Daniel’s Restaurant & Bar (formerly The Lucky Dog Saloon) at 16 East 1st Avenue in Conshohocken.  Daniel’s is only a five-minute walk from the Conshohocken Regional Rail station on the Manayunk/Norristown Line (see walking map below).  Plenty of on-street and off-street parking options are also available.


Dec. 9: Webinar Wednesday – Planning Ethics: What’s New in 2022 and Elect Ethics Cases of the Year

Webinar Wednesday: Planning Ethics

December 7 @ 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm

Planning Ethics: What’s New in 2022 and Elect Ethics Cases of the Year

The AICP Code of Ethics was recently updated in 2021 with the updated code going into effect January 1, 2022. This session will present a summary of the updated AICP Code of Ethics followed by a review of several ethical scenarios/case studies. The review of the updated AICP Code of Ethics will include a refresher on aspirational principles, rules of practice and behavior, and procedures for enforcement of the code. Key components of the AICP Code of Ethics that changed will be highlighted. The ethical scenarios/case studies will feature perspectives applicable to both public and private sector planners. The ethical scenarios/case studies are based on real-life planning issues from past years developed by the AICP Ethics Committee. The learning objectives are as follows:

  • Learn about key updates to the AICP Code of Ethics that went into effect January 1, 2022.
  • Learn about key components of the AICP Code of Ethics, including: aspirational principles, rules of practice and behavior, and procedures for enforcement of the code.
  • Through review of selected past years ethics case studies, explore and learn from ethical dilemmas faced by both public and private sector planners.

Ethic CM credit is pending approval.

Steven Thomas, AICP
Rebecca Ross, AICP
Lauren DeVore, AICP

**The Pennsylvania Chapter is not responsible for the materials or opinions of the speaker(s) you will hear**

Deadline to register is December 6, 2022

If you’re interested in sponsoring a Webinar Wednesday session or have a session for Webinar Wednesday please contact us. Send your request to info@planningpa.org.

Please note: You will receive a reminder email a few days before the webinar with zoom information (please check your spam/junk folders). This email will be sent to the email address you used to register for the event.


Featured Job Listing – DVRPC – Senior Capital Project Planner

DVRPC is looking to hire a Senior Capital Project Planner! Read more for the full job announcement.

Featured Job Listing – DVRPC – Planning Data Specialist

DVRPC is looking to hire a Planning Data Specialist! Read more for the full job announcement.