Sept. 10: APAPASE Park Cleanup and Master Plan Discussion!

SAVE THE DATE: APAPA-SE is excited to announce an in-person event at FDR Park in South Philadelphia! On Saturday, September 10th, from 10 AM to 3 PM, we will be participating in volunteer cleanup activities and hearing a presentation from the park’s management and architects about the upcoming master plan implementation. Stay tuned for registration details during the month of August.

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Aug. 3: APA PA Webinar Wednesdays – Telling Your Story: Effective Strategies for Communication

Webinar Wednesday: Telling Your Story…

August 3 @ 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm

Telling Your Story: Effective Strategies for Communication

Successful public communication is more than surveys and opinion polls. It must also inform and educate, and that requires more than posting everything on your website. Even in a small community, that volume of data is overwhelming and can be frustrating to navigate. In this presentation, we will share how West Whiteland Township created the “Development by Design” brand and integrated it into our communications to organize a high volume of information during a period of rapid development, helping residents stay informed about what was happening in the Township while assuring them that all of this was, in fact, planned.
Keeping residents and other stakeholders informed and educated about what’s going on is challenging under the best of circumstances, but COVID-related lockdowns heightened that challenge. While internet-based technology proved essential, it is only one means of communicating: the “technology divide” is real, and relying solely upon tools that require a computer and internet access will leave some people out. So we will also review other methods we used, including traditional print media, in-person meetings, focus groups, and public open-houses in addition to the tools we used when meeting in-person wasn’t an option, including on-line and virtual meetings, social media, and effective use of our website. Not everything worked, and some things worked better than others: we’ll share our experiences – including our failures – and our thoughts on how useful these tools may be in the long run.
Our Township is fortunate to have two planners and a dedicated communication specialist on staff, and we recognize that most municipalities don’t have access to that level of resources. For this reason, our presentation will highlight methods that deliver a lot of bang for the proverbial buck and methods that may be more successful with smaller populations and that require minimal resources.

CM credit is pending approval.

Speaker: John Weller, AICP

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

Deadline to register is August 2, 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 an email the week of 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.

Sept. 20 – 21: PA Floodplain Management Conference & Call for Presenters – Due 7/15

Join us! Present your topic or experience to Pennsylvania’s floodplain management professionals!

The 2022 PAFPM Conference in Harrisburg, PA is themed “50th Anniversary of Agnes Flood – From Risk to Resiliency.”

Example and suggested topics this year include:

  • Post Flood Substantial Damage Assessments
  • Climate Change Adaptation
  • Integrated Floodplain and Stormwater Management
  • Modeling and Floodplain Mapping
  • Insurance – NFIP and Risk Rating 2.0
  • Disparate Impacts/Social Justice in Floodplains • Community Renewal/Development – Rebuild or Relocate
  • Evolution of Stormwater Management
  • Grants/Infrastructure Funding/Financing
  • Outreach and Risk Communications
  • Stream Restoration and CLOMR/LOMR Requirements
  • Floodplain and Stormwater Management Policy Evolution
  • Role of Floodplain Administrator

Submissions due July 15, 2022

Submit Here

Oct. 25 – 26: PA Autonomous Vehicle Summit

Back in person! The 2022 PA AV Summit returns in person for the 5th year in a row. If you are interested in learning and hearing about the technology  development in the AV industry along with other topics such as workforce, equity, freight, deployment, infrastructure, and environment, you’ll love attending the 2022 PA AV Summit.

This year’s Summit will be held in Pittsburgh, PA from October 25 – 26 at Stage AE.

Registration opens soon. More information can be found on the PA AV Summit: www.paavsummit.org

June 16: Mid-Atlantic Collaboration: Smart Growth Tools for Protecting Water Resources

June 16 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Smart Growth Tools for Protecting Water Resources
Water quality outcomes are directly tied to land use decisions made by local jurisdictions. This webinar would explore local land use scenarios that lead to triple-bottom-line (economic, social, environmental) results and pose questions on current land use trends watershed-wide that may threaten progress.

June 23: LGBTQ+ Professionals in the Built Environment Pride Happy Hour

June 23 – 6PM – 8PM @ Cockatoo

208 S. 13th St Philadelphia, PA

Hosted by OLIN and ASLA Pennsylvania/Delaware. Register hereLGBTQ+ Professionals in the Built Environment Pride Happy Hour - Philly

Join us on Thursday, June 23rd at 6:00p at Cockatoo for a Pride happy hour, an event for LGBTQ+ landscape architects, architects, planners, and allied professionals in the Philadelphia region. Let’s start conversations, build community, and celebrate Pride within our fields!


The event is free and open to LGBTQ+ individuals and allies that work in the built environment (bring your friends and colleagues)! Attendees will receive a free drink ticket. The event is 21+ and is sponsored by OLIN and the Pennsylvania and Delaware Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects.

For any questions, please reach out to Max at mdickson@theolinstudio.com


Member Spotlight – Mark Davie

APAPASE is a network of nearly 800 planners working and studying in Southeastern Pennsylvania. Our members work across public, private, nonprofit, and institutional sectors and possess an impressive diversity of expertise and experience. The APAPASE Member Spotlight is a new regular feature of our website designed to help you get to know your peers. If you or someone you know would like to be featured here, please send an email to admin@dvrpc.org

Name: Mark Davie

School: West Chester University

Program of Study: Master of Urban & Regional Planning

Year/Class: 2nd year grad student

What is your favorite class you are taking or have taken? As dry as it sounds, I really enjoyed my planning law class. I liked learning about the

 different ways states tackle planning issues and the frameworks and processes they have in place.

What are you working on now? Can you tell us about a recent or ongoing project or initiative that you are excited about? I am currently in an internship at an MPO in New Hampshire! I am operating traffic counts, conducting site visits for a parks and recreation inventory under the state children’s health foundation, and assisting with a housing assessment for the region. 


How did you get into the field of planning? I’ve always liked maps and geography but I read “Walkable City” by Jeff Speck for a gen ed class in

college and that’s when I realized people do this work for a living.

What did you want to be when you grew up? Despite getting in trouble in elementary school for drawing highway interchanges during class, I actually started college as a nursing major. I think my family always knew I’d end up here anyway. 

What was your first job? I worked at a Boy Scout camp in New Mexico! I taught search and rescue skills to high schoolers as they made their way across the mountains.

What is your favorite place in the region? I love running and biking at the Heinz refuge by the airport!

What are the greatest planning challenges facing our region? What are the greatest opportunities? Transit inequality is an issue that disproportionately affects low-income communities and populations of color. However, I feel that SEPTA and the region have a lot to work with, having one of the most extensive multi-modal networ

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