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Future City Philadelphia: Planning Excellence Award Winner

Blair Christian Academy (Philadelphia, PA) won the American Planning Association, PA Chapter, Southeast Section Special Award for Planning Excellence at the Future City Philadelphia Competition on Saturday, January 19. The theme for this year’s competition was “Powering Our Future.” Greater Philadelphia middle schools students were asked to design a future city with an electrical grid that could withstand and recover from natural disaster.

The Blair Christian Academy team featured above with their teacher, Willette Whitaker, and mentor, Derrick Whitaker, PE (Burns Engineering).

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April 4-6: Mid-Atlantic Greenways & Trails Summit

April 4 – 6

Cira Centre & UPenn campus

For more information and to register for this event, please visit greenway.org/midatlanticsummit2019

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Chester County releases video highlighting Lanscapes3, the newly adopted comprehensive plan

The Chester County Planning Commission has released a new video that highlights Landscapes3, Chester County’s newly adopted comprehensive plan: http://ow.ly/Mvdh30ngE80. The video discusses how the plan provides a template for growth and preservation for the next 10 years. In addition to the video, the plan is available online as a PDF or via a webpage: http://chescoplanning.org/landscapes3/. The plan’s executive summary can be found here: http://chescoplanning.org/Landscapes3/PDF/ExecutiveSummary.pdf.

RFP – APA PA – Legislative Monitoring Consulting Services

The Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Planning Association is soliciting proposals from firms who are interested and qualified to provide Legislative Monitoring Consulting Services. It is the intent of the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Planning Association to select a single consultant to accomplish all services outlined in this Request for Proposals.

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RFP – Wyomissing Borough Corridor Study

The Borough of Wyomissing, Berks County, is soliciting written proposals for the preparation of a Master Plan Study for the Penn Avenue and Park/North Park Road corridors, and the Berkshire Heights area of the Borough.

The study will provide an objective review of available options for re-development and economic development, and will establish baseline information related to the physical, social and economic context of the area. It will also include a list of action items the Borough can complete to assist in economic development and re-development of the areas identified.

For more information, please refer to the full RFP announcement and study area map.

Jan. 30 & Feb. 26 – DVRPC’s Healthy Communities Task Force: Racial Equity Workshops (CM Credits Available)

HCTF’s first racial equity workshop The Impact of Racism and Trauma and Learning How to Work with People Who Have Been Traumatized, will be offered on both Wednesday, January 30th and Tuesday, February 26th from 9:00am to 12:30pm at DVRPC. The workshop will be facilitated by Dr. Jade Logan, Ph.D., ABPP, Assistant Professor of Psychology at Chestnut Hill College and counselor with The Ladipo Group. The workshop agenda, as well as additional information on Dr. Jade Logan and the Ladipo Group, are attached. Registration for a second workshop on Communication Strategies for Discussions about Race, Microagressions, and Unconscious Bias will be announced at a later date.

Registration

Thanks to all who have RSVP’d so far. We look forward to seeing you! If you have not registered but would like to attend, please visit Ticketleap to register. Limited scholarships are available. Please contact Amy Verbofsky at averbofsky@dvrpc.org for more information.

About the Workshop

Historically, people from underrepresented groups have encountered ongoing experiences of oppression throughout their lifetimes. These experiences have impacted their mental health and the social conditions in which they live. The first workshop has three major objectives:

  • Participants will gain an understanding of the historical and political underpinnings of racism and classism and how these ideals continue to impact communities today;
  • The facilitator will introduce the concept of racial trauma and explore the impact of racial trauma on individuals and communities in which we work; and
  • Participants will be given strategies to learn how to effectively communicate with those who have been traumatized.

The facilitator will use case examples, small group discussions, and role-plays to engage participants throughout the workshop. The overarching goal will be to provide a historical context to facilitate understanding and inform effective communication and interactions.

Workshop Details

The Impact of Racism and Trauma and Learning How to Work with People Who Have Been Traumatized

Session #1: Wednesday, January 30, 2019

9AM to 12:30PM | Registration & Coffee at 8:30am

Lunch served after workshop | Cost: $65

DVRPC’s Main Conference Room

190 N. Independence Mall West – 8th Floor

Philadelphia, PA | www.dvrpc.org/directions

*2.5 AICP CM credits available*

Session #2: Tuesday, February 26, 2019

9AM to 12:30PM | Registration & Coffee at 8:30am

Lunch served after workshop | Cost: $65

DVRPC’s Main Conference Room

190 N. Independence Mall West – 8th Floor

Philadelphia, PA | www.dvrpc.org/directions

*2.5 AICP CM credits available*

Summer Internships at DEP

DEP currently has 47 internship opportunities available in 8 different counties. DEP Internships provide an exciting opportunity for students to learn about and assist with the environmental protection activities of various program areas within the agency.

Most positions require a major with 24 credit hours of study in the sciences or engineering. Join us as we work towards our mission to protect Pennsylvania’s air, land, and water from pollution and provide for the health and safety of PA citizens through a cleaner environment!

DEP internship opportunities will close on March 1, 2019 so don’t wait until the end of the semester. Apply today!

Jan 17 & Jan 22: QUE Events

Queer Urbanist Exchange (QUE) is having two events this month!

The Pyramid Club (1735 Market St, Philadelphia, PA) at 6 pm on Thursday Jan. 17, 2018 for the event Bridging Connections with LGBT across the Greater Philadelphia Area with Independence Business Alliance (IBA). The event is free, but you have to register here.

And the Blue Cross Riverrink Winterfest (101 S Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106) at 5:30 pm on Tuesday, January 22, 2018 for Greenworks Review Magazine Launch & Community Celebration.

You can sign to the group and find out more on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/QUEPHL, on Google Groups at http://bit.ly/QUEgoogle, and on Meetup at https://www.meetup.com/Queer-Urbanist-Exchange/.

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APA PA SE Sponsors Future City Competition for 2019

APA PA SE has supported the Future City competition for 2019 at the Sponsor Level, sponsoring an award for Planning Excellence.

The chapter had a booth at Future City’s October 13th event, presenting information on climate change and sea-level rise, focused on the event’s theme of building a resilient power grid.

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Not Too Late to Help Support Planning in 2019!

It’s not too late to support planning in 2019 by sponsoring APA PA SE!

The work and programs by the Southeast Section of the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Planning Association aren’t possible without the support of our sponsors.

The sponsorship levels are laid out in our 2019 Sponsorship Package. If you would like to discuss a custom sponsorship, simply contact sponsorship@apapase.org to start the discussion.

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