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Citizen Planner Needed for APA PA SE Section Council Position

APA PA SE is looking to fill a recently vacated Citizen Planner position. According to Section bylaws a Citizen Planner is defined as:

“Any appointed or elected official who is involved in planning decisions for the betterment of a state, region, county, city or municipality; who is individual who has an interest in furthering the purposes of Association, but who is not a Professional Planner (for example, planning commissioner, planning official, zoning board  member, Philadelphia RCO zoning representative, or similar). This will be congruent with the Chapter definition for Planning Commissioner/Planning Official.”

Attendance at virtual, bi-monthly Section Council meetings held at 5:30 PM on the second Thursday of every other month is required. Please send names of interested candidates to chair@apapase.org.

Jan. 30 – Philadelphia Future City Competition 2021 – Volunteers and Mentors Needed!

The Future City Philadelphia program is part of a national program to encourage middle-school students to design a city.  The competition this year will be virtual and will be held on Saturday, January 30, 2021.  This year’s Future City Theme is “Living on the Moon.”

With the new format, the program will need additional volunteers that day to both judge and to keep things moving smoothly on Competition Day.  New this year will be the need for Zoom Hosts (experience not required) and Zoom Experts.  Please visit the website at www.futurecityphilly.org and “Click here to sign up as a Volunteer” on the top left of the page.  There you can register to be a judge or general volunteer.

Thanks in advance to all who volunteer for this great event!

Feb. 3 – Webinar Wednesdays: Planning and the New Dynamics of the Demographic of Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Growth

February 3 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Planning and the New Dynamics of the Demographic of Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Growth

The “Grandparents Raising Grandchildren” demographic is rapidly growing across Pennsylvania. Over 90,000 families have this situation. Millions of youngsters nationally are being raised this way. This panel will examine the role of the planner in working closely with this demographic and how the need exists to include this population in the development of the community. There are social, educational, health, legal and other consequences to take into account. This unique group requires special attention in a recreational and other planning elements as a growing part of school districts and other governmental components. A grandparent and legislative component are included in the panel. CM credit is pending approval.

Speaker: Howard Grossman

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.


Jan 6. – Webinar Wednesdays: Hello, It’s Me… (1 CM Pending Approval)

January 6 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Hello, It’s Me: Introducing PA-SHARE

PA-SHARE (Pennsylvania’s Historic & Archaeological Resource Exchange), the PA State Historic Preservation Office’s new, state-of-the-art GIS and online project management system, launched October 2020.

As the primary interface for all PA SHPO programs, PA-SHARE will enable users to submit and track projects in real-time, receive confirmation of submissions and expedited communication, and access more than one million pages of information about historic properties and archaeological sites.

Join PA SHPO for a real-time demonstration of PA-SHARE’s capabilities and benefits for planners and to learn about access and training opportunities. Learn about searches, submittals, and how PA-SHARE can help us, help you! 1 CM credit (pending approval)

Speaker: Elizabeth Rairigh

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.

Jan 6. Deadline – Help Build NPC21

Next week is the deadline to volunteer to review sessions or propose a session concept of your own! We consider it critical that the NPC21 program is inclusive of diverse perspectives and as a member of a population-based division, your unique insights can shape the future of planning. Bring your voice to our (virtual) stage and together we can reshape how planners work for and with communities. Throw your proverbial hat in the ring by January 6!

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Play a Part in Expanding Planning Knowledge

You have an individual outlook, and we want to give you the platform to share it with the planning community. Accelerate critical solutions through a session proposal exploring the issues impacting the planning practice. This year is a unique opportunity to conduct a session encouraging planners to lead through the application of planning interventions, new skills, and practices to enact effective and inclusive, long-lasting change.

The 2021 National Planning Conference will gather progressive leaders to explore critical issues facing the future of the planning profession and the communities we serve. We consider it crucial to include diverse participation and perspectives through the NPC21 program.

We look to offer unique insights, as well as innovative and practical approaches that enable the planning community to anticipate and successfully adapt to the needs of today’s rapidly changing world. This includes raising awareness and advancing methods to overcome racism and solutions to create inclusive and equitable communities.

NPC21 will be fully digital, May 5–7, 2021. Due to the ongoing pandemic and COVID-19 public gathering restrictions currently in place in Boston, NPC21 will take place as a virtual event.  

Jan 14: APA PA SE Bi-Monthly Section Council Meeting

APAPASE will be having our bi-monthly section council meeting on January 14 at 5:30 PM!

For our first meeting of 2021 (January 14th) please come prepared to discuss 3 goals for your committee for 2021. Please touch base with your other committee members before our January call to develop them. If you are not on a specific committee, please think about 3 goals for the overall SE section.

Also, please anticipate our January meeting lasting a little longer than our usual 1-hour. Aside from the goals discussion, Rick will also be discussing our 2021 budget.

Lastly, sponsorship requests were emailed out several weeks ago. Please follow up with your firms and contacts about possibly sponsoring the section next year. We’ve received several confirmed sponsorships so far but are always seeking more. The sponsorship information is attached to this email.

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Register to Receive Virtual Conference Sessions & CM Credits

The State Board has approved offering the recent State conference virtually to members and non-members.  There is a fee and the conference can be viewed until May 31, 2021. CM credits can be earned for the sessions.  This is a great opportunity for those who could not attend but want the learning opportunity and CM credits.

Visit this link to register for the conference sessions on APA PA’s website.

Consider Sponsoring APA PA SE in 2021

Please support of the Southeast Section of the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Planning Association (APAPASE) in 2021 as a sponsor. The Southeast Section represents the planning profession in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery Counties and the City of Philadelphia. Sponsorship is critical to our ability to offer outstanding educational resources and networking opportunities for our diverse network of members.

We offer a variety of sponsorship levels and options to meet the need of any organization as outlined in the attached package, but we can also work with you to create a custom sponsorship to meet your goals.

Please refer to the 2021 Sponsorship Benefits Brochure for details or contact Sponsorship@apapase.org.

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Dec. 9: A Conversation with Richard Rothstein, author of The Color of Law

Wednesday, December 9, 2020 @ 9:00 AM EST

Free to Register

As part of its annual Board Retreat, DVRPC is pleased to host a public presentation with Richard Rothstein, author of The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America.

Richard Rothstein argues with precision and insight how segregation in America—the incessant kind that continues today—is the byproduct of explicit government policies over time at the local, state, and federal level. We are hobbled by the notion that our segregation is “de facto,” arising from private discrimination, personal choices, and the unintended consequences of economic forces, rather than by explicit government actions. Mr. Rothstein argues that once we understand that our racial landscape has been created and maintained by governmental law and policy, only then can we design remedies.

Join us to learn more from The Color of Law, and hear from Mr. Rothstein about the history of racial segregation in the United States and Greater Philadelphia.