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Sept. 10 – APA PA SE Council Meeting

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, APA PA SE Council meetings will be held via teleconference for the foreseeable future. Bi-monthly Council meetings occur on the second Thursday of every other month at 5:30 PM, with the next meeting occurring on September 10.

Call-in information is 1-866-499-7054; Code: 7352890020. All are welcome.

August 20 – CM Webinar – APA Region 1 Webcast hosted by PA Chapter

August 20 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

APA Region 1 Webcast hosted by PA Chapter
Location Analytics for Coronavirus Preparation Planning | 1 CM 
(pending approval)

This webinar will go over planning for emergencies and disasters, such as the COVID-19 outbreak, of this year, requires quick access to current data related to community resources and business, as well as identification of at-risk populations. This session will review the use of business analytics software and data to map vulnerable populations, medical and emergency services, and create dashboards, web-based maps, and web sites to inform planners and the community.

Speakers:
Gary Coutu, PhD, West Chest University
Victor Rodite, AICP, Borough of Northampton

REGISTER NOW

July 20 – YPT Philly Virtual Jeopardy Night

The sun is shining, the sky is clear…but things are still not fully open. Luckily, Young Professionals in Transportation (YPT) Phlly has at least one of your evenings covered, and all for a good cause. On Monday, July 20th from 6PM-7PM, join us for our first virtual Jeopardy Night! In a round-robin format, we will ask you the toughest transportation trivia from Philly and abroad. You can be on a team or by yourself, but we ask each participant to pay $5 to play, with all of the money going to Philabundance to fight hunger in our community.

To play, follow these 3 easy steps:

  1. Fill out this Google Form to say that you will attend and who is on your team
  2. Donate $5 through either Venmo (@YPTPhilly) or make the donation yourself (www.philabundance.org) and just email us the confirmation (yptphilly@gmail.com)
  3. Start studying!

Call-in information on the Zoom meeting information will follow, and can’t wait to see you all on the 20th!

New APA Video Series – Voices of Equity in Planning

APA has launched a new video series, Voices of Equity in Planning.

Equity is a guiding principle for all who participate in the process of planning as advisors, advocates, and decision makers. In this video series, we are proud to lift the voices of planners who have been centering equity in their work to correct racial injustice, mitigate disparity, and improve the quality of life for marginalized people in all communities.

Videos were made possible by the generous gift of time from members of APA’s Social Equity Task Force, appointed in 2018 by then-President Cynthia Bowen, FAICP.

APA CM Webinar and Live Discussion: How Planners Can Collaborate With Public Health During a Pandemic

Attend the live discussion on Thursday, June 25, 2020 from 1-2:30 p.m. Eastern –Register Here

APA is presenting, for the first time, a panel discussion among AICP planners working within public health departments to highlight how planners can be agile and help with pandemic/emergency response and recovery work.  This interactive virtual course includes breakout rooms with moderated peer-to-peer interactions to develop solutions for rebuilding and designing more equitable communities.

  • Learn how the local public health department operates, including the structure, responsibilities, and the type of projects/programs they undertake.
  • Identify areas for collaboration between planners and public health departments during emergency situations.
  • Demonstrate the value of planning and the importance of including planners in pandemic response and recovery phases.

In these challenging times, public health agencies are experiencing work fatigue due to the additional workload. In such times (and beyond), planners should be considered as an extension of the public health workforce to help relieve some of the pressures of the local public health departments. Planners can collaborate in many ways, such as data tracking and monitoring, map creation, identifying clusters of new outbreaks, contact tracing, addressing health inequities, and providing other creative solutions for the new normal.

Register to learn how you can become a part of the solution by collaborating with public health. 

DVRPC Connections 2050 survey – Share your vision

Share your vision at virtual meetings and through online surveys this spring and summer.

You could win a $50 gift card to support a local restaurant of your choice by taking the survey or attending an online workshop! We’re giving out 20 throughout the month of June. See details here. [0.1 MB pdf]

Two ways to participate:

  1. Attend one of five online workshops hosted by several of the region’s local leaders. These 60-minute workshops provide an in-depth explanation of the Long-Range Plan and offer thought-provoking exercises.
    1. Tuesday, June 9 at 7:00 PM – Registration Closed
    2. Sunday, June 14 at 6:00 PM – Registration Closed
    3. Thursday, June 18 at 9:00 AM with Bucks County Commissioner Robert J. Harvie, Jr – Registration Closed
    4. Tuesday, June 30 at 2:00 PM with Montgomery County Commissioner Valerie Arkoosh, MD, MPH
    5. Tuesday, July 14 at 10:00 AM
  2. Take this 5-minute survey to share your values and concerns.

For more information, visit https://www.dvrpc.org/2050/

June 18 – MUSE-ings: Planning While Black in a Pandemic

“MUSE-ings: Planning While Black in a Pandemic” is a free virtual panel discussion with Black planners from four cities (Philly, Chicago, LA, Detroit) taking stock of this moment personally and professionally. Nina Idemudia, AICP, is bringing together these voices and the panel is comprised of three planners who will share their expertise, insights and experiences: Kristen Gordon, Economic Development Deputy for Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson in Los Angeles; Khalilah Burt Gaston, Founder & President at Guidepath Strategies in Detroit; and Dr. Matthew Miller, Provost Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design in Philadelphia. This conversation is part of a series by MUSE called Candid Covid Convos as a space for honest conversations about how planning & related fields can respond to today’s crises.

The program is free and takes place on Thursday, Jun 18, 2020, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM CDT. In lieu of a ticket cost, the registration link allows for donations for Black architecture & planning organizations which are in high stakes circumstances right now – from CDFIs to community organizing CBOs/RCOs and more – because of the COVID-driven recession. Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/museings-planning-while-black-in-a-crisis-tickets-109656728226

Matthew Jordan Miller is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design Department of City and Regional Planning. His intellectual interests are economic development, placemaking and place-keeping, and visual/spatial analysis, particularly on and for Black/African diasporic communities. He is a photographer, storyteller, and geographer who approaches these topics using mixed methods for producing insights that he weaves into his essays, presentations, teachings, and research. Dr. Miller has worked through fellowships and consultancies at governmental agencies such as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the City of Stockton, the City of Los Angeles’ Economic and Workforce Development Department, and most recently the National Endowment for the Arts as a Panelist. He is working on his first book, based on his doctoral dissertation, exploring and theorizing around the geography of Black commerce, culture, and creativity in the United States. His intellectual work has been honored by the National Academy of the Sciences and the Association for Collegiate Schools in Planning. His civic work has been recognized by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the California State Legislature. His artistic and cultural work has been featured in the New York Times, the Boston Globe, and the Philadelphia Tribune.

June 11 – Information session: Philadelphia Master Watershed Stewards

The Philadelphia County Master Watershed Steward Program will be offering a training in fall of 2020!

Join the community of volunteers working to improve the health of Philly’s waterways!

Master Watershed Stewards volunteer to protect our environment, by:

  • Organizing educational events,  workshops, and community walks
  • Planting trees and restoring streams
  • Sampling water quality and
  • Monitoring wildlife
  • Hosting stream and trash clean-ups
  • Working towards clean waters and environmental justice
  • Designing demonstration rain gardens
  • And more!

First time hearing about the Master Watershed Steward program?  Find out more on our general information page.

How to Apply

Before applying please visit our Do you really want to be a Master Watershed Steward? page. To apply:

1. Download and complete this application (PDF).

2. Submit the completed application by email to Erin Frederick at elf145@psu.edu.

3.  Attend an Online Information Session:

Thursday, June 11th at 6:30 p.m.

         Register here.

Things to Note:

  • Space is limited in the class and not all who apply will be accepted.
  • Attending the class costs $70, thanks to support from the Philadelphia Water Department, and includes the Master Watershed Steward handbook.  Payment is due after notification of your acceptance in the program.  Scholarships are available to individuals with financial hardships.
  • Participants can only miss one class or field trip and still be eligible for graduation of the program. If you miss more than one class, it is the responsibility of the participant to work with the instructors to make up the missed class. Otherwise, you risk not graduating.
  • Graduation is conditional on attending classes, field trips, and passing the final exam.

May 21 – APAPASE Events Committee Meeting

Thu, May 21, 2020

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM EDT

Register here

Do you like to organize events (both virtual and in-person) like happy hours, walking tours, and educational events related to planning? Then join the APAPASE Events Committee and help us plan fun events! We would love to have volunteers to help with all aspects of the event-planning process – for now that might include brainstorming event ideas, inviting speakers, and advertising/marketing events. Eventually that will expand to in-person support including working the registration table, coordinating with venues, and ordering food/beverages.

APA PA Scholarship Deadline Extended

The APAPA Student Engagement Committee has announced a deadline extension for scholarship grant submissions! The new deadline is now 5/30.
Please encourage any students you know to apply. Information on how to apply can be found here: