NPC 23 – Call for Volunteers!

The NPC Merchandise Subcommittee is in need of volunteers to help staff the APA-PA merchandise table. All volunteers will receive a FREE conference T-shirt!

Volunteers are asked to staff the table for at least one 1.5 hour shift. Please indicate your availability to volunteer via this doodle poll – https://doodle.com/meeting/participate/id/avQEEYLe.

Deadline March 8th: Student Scholarship to Attend NPC 2023

The Student Representatives Council (SRC) is providing $1000 to sponsor students to come to NPC23. The application is due March 8 – apply here!


The Student Representatives Council (SRC) firmly believes that the National Planning Conference (NPC) is a valuable experience for students and emerging planners to form meaningful connections with peers and other professionals, gain relevant knowledge, and amplify student and emerging planner voices as the future of the planning profession. However, the SRC acknowledges that there often are significant financial and logistical barriers to in-person conference attendance. This year, the SRC is pleased to announce that we will be able to sponsor students for up to $1,000 to attend NPC2023.

Eligibility Criteria – This opportunity is open to all students and emerging planners, with an emphasis on those who come from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds. You should be able to attend at least the entire in-person conference (April 1-4 in Philadelphia) and ideally the online conference as well (April 26-28).
Application Details – Applications will be due by midnight on March 8th. Awardees will be announced in later in March. There are a limited number of Sponsorship slots. This year, we hope to support two students, but the exact number is to be determined.
Sponsorship Expectations – There will be certain expectations to be fulfilled by the awardee during and after the conference. During the in-person conference, the awardee will be required to fulfill the following expectations: attend one (1) official NPC mobile workshop, take at least ten (10) photos of their time at NPC and share them with APA (images will become  property of APA), meet up with their APA sponsor (information provided upon award), and complete your two (2) self-determined goals (see application below). In addition, after the conference, the attendee will write a 500-word blog post reflecting on their experience for online publication.
For questions or comments, please reach out to the SRC using this address: apastudentsrepcouncil@gmail.com.
Selection for this program is an honor, and the SRC is proud to offer this opportunity. We hope you will apply!

April 1st: APA PA Social Event

APA PA is hosting a social event on April 1st from 6 to 8 PM at the Racquet Club. This social aims to connect planning professionals from all over country. Light appetizers and drinks will be available.

Registration is $10 for PA APA members and $20 for non-members.

Register here

The Racquet Club of Philadelphia 215 South 16th Street Philadelphia, PA 19102

Feb. 23 – APA PA SE Mentor Mixer

It’s back! APAPA-SE will be holding another planning mentor mixer for Philadelphia area planning students and professionals to share information about professional development, career paths, and how to succeed in any kind of planning field.

RSVP by Tuesday February 21st!

Students? We invite you to join us! Bring your burning questions, grand ideas, and thoughts about how you hope to reach your professional development goals.

Professionals? We need you too! Sign up to lead discussions with students and pass along your knowledge of success and pitfalls. We’re looking for a wide variety of planning professionals in all fields to speak with students.

Catered refreshments will be available.

APAPA-SE Planning Mentor Mixer
Thursday, February 23
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Temple University Center City Campus
1515 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102
Room 320

Students and professionals should both RSVP by February 17th on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/apa-pa-se-mentoring-mixer-spring-2023-registration-515204228717


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: