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Submit by April 15: AICP Exam Scholarships

The American Planning Association is committed to providing opportunities for all to achieve excellence in planning by fostering equity, diversity, and inclusion in the organization and in the planning profession.

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AICP Certification Diversity scholarships help make the planning profession more diverse and accessible to those with financial need. Diversity is an inclusive concept which encompasses, but not is not limited to race, ethnicity, class, gender, age, sexuality, ability, educational attainment, spiritual beliefs, creed, culture, tribal affiliation, nationality, immigration status, political beliefs, and veteran status.

The PA Chapter of the American Planning Association has two partial scholarships for the 2022 AICP Exam testing cycles (can be used for either the 2022 May or November exam). Please see the chart below for fee reduction information.

Name Regular Fee Scholarship Recipient Fee
Program & Exam Registration $255 $85
Experience Assessment $255 $85
Exam Transfer $100 Free
Essay Appeal $100 Free
Total $550 $170

Honoring John C. Keene

Professor Keene was tireless in his 55 years of service at Penn. A lawyer and expert on laws regarding urban planning, growth management, and environmental policy, he was the school’s department chairman of city and regional planning from 1988 to 1992 and served two terms as chair of the department’s graduate group and its doctoral program.

Request for Survey Input – Climate Risk Management Survey

APAPASE is collaborating with a team of ten academic institutions led by Rutgers University to improve climate risk management in the New York City – New Jersey- Philadelphia region.  Supported by the National Science Foundation, the Megalopolitan Coastal Transformation Hub (MACH) includes climate and sea level scientists, civil engineers, urban planners, economists, emergency management specialists, environmental anthropologists, decision analysis experts, social scientists, and humanists, among others. 

As part this effort, the Rutgers team is conducting an online survey of members of nonprofit organizations representing the following sectors: municipal finance, community planning, flood plain management, public health, and post-disaster relief organizations.  We believe that participation in this survey is an important opportunity for our members to contribute to coastal climate resilience efforts and greater public understanding of climate change adaptation strategies in our region.  We urge all of our members to participate in the online survey.

The survey will take approximately 15 minutes and it is anonymous. The survey asks questions related to climate-change related impacts, climate change mitigation and resilience actions, and information sources.

Please click on this link that will take you to the survey:  https://rutgers.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_dmUdN2iryZ8QUF8  

We strongly encourage you to take the survey on a computer rather than on a mobile phone, for ease of viewing and answering the questions.

We ask you to please complete the survey by March 31, 2022. The Rutgers University project team will share results with our organization and we will make it available to our members.

If you have any questions, you may contact Jeanne Herb at (jherb@ejb.rutgers.edu) or 848-932-2725.

Thank you in advance for your participation!

April 6: APA PA Webinar Wednesday – Multi-Local Government Aggregation Programs: A Tool for Implementation

April 6 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Multi-Local Government Aggregation Programs: A Tool for Implementation

Multi-municipal aggregation programs can be incredibly valuable to assist local governments with implementation of technical and/or high upfront cost projects. Aggregation programs provide lower cost and turnkey services to local governments by leveraging the purchasing and decision making power of participants. Further, these programs remove several key technical, procurement, and decision-making challenges that local governments face by providing a centralized procurement/contracting process and the resources to effectively engage utilities, address legal considerations, access funding or financing, on-board trusted consultants, and navigating technical decision-making in a timely manner. This session will provide an example of DVRPC’s Regional Streetlight Procurement Program (RSLPP), a multi-municipal aggregation program that enabled more than 60 municipalities to convert their street lighting systems to LED. Through the program, DVRPC estimates that individual project costs were 20-30% less than traditional municipally led procurement methods, and projects were implemented with a high success rate (86% of municipalities who entered the program completed their projects and all but one of those who did not  proceed completed an LED conversion on their own as a result of their participation). This guide provides step-by-step information that will assist regional and multi-government groups with developing and implementing a multi-local government / aggregation procurement and implementation program, and the lessons learned can be applied to other applications of aggregated procurement and implementation for local governments as well.

CM credit is pending approval.

Speaker: Liz Compitello and Mike Fuller

Deadline to register is April 5, 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.


DVRPC – Fellowship Application

DVRPC is accepting applications for their Fellowship program! The deadline to apply is April 15, 2022.

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What is DVRPC’s Fellowship Program?

The Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) Fellowship Program provides an opportunity to learn about urban and regional planning by serving in various departments at the Commission over the course of a year. DVRPC is committed to supporting a pipeline of talented individuals from historically and currently underrepresented communities into urban and regional planning and related fields, such as Geographic Information Systems (GIS), project management, policy analysis, or capital programming. The selected fellow will participate in the daily activities of a Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), complete specialized projects, and experience firsthand how regional and local plans and investments are made in the Greater Philadelphia region. The fellow’s specific department and project assignments will be determined based on a combination of the selected candidate’s specific skills and interests, and DVRPC project needs.

DVRPC is a place to work, learn, and create a career in a professional and stimulating environment that values diversity, innovation, and bringing your best self to work. The DVRPC Fellowship is a paid, year-long, full-time, professional development program that begins July 2022 through June 2023.  The Fellowship will aid in preparation for graduate school or a successful career in planning or a related discipline. There will be one fellow at a time. If there is mutual interest and applicable work assignments, the chosen Fellow may be extended for an additional year. No fellowship will continue for more than two years.

WalkWorks Grant Round Now Open

WalkWorks Grant Round Now Open!

WalkWorks is pleased to announce its sixth round of assistance to advance policy development related to active transportation. Once, again, grants will be offered to a limited number of municipalities and other governmental bodies to assist with the development of Active Transportation Plans, Complete Streets Policies, and/or Vision Zero Policies. These plans and policies are essential to our efforts to establish activity-friendly routes that connect people to everyday destinations, thereby expanding opportunities for physical activity.

In the context of this Funding Opportunity, active transportation include walking, wheeling, and public transit. Eligible applicants include municipalities, Metropolitan and Rural Planning Organizations (MPOs/RPOs), and other governmental entities, like Counties, with the capacity to complete the proposed project and adopt the resulting plans and policies.

See the WalkWorks website for more information, including important dates for funding. 

March 23: ULI Philadelphia UrbanPlan Volunteer Happy Hour

ULI will be hosting a happy hour event on March 23rd, at 5 PM. The event will be at Craft Hall. This is an opportunity for planners to come and learn more about UrbanPlan.

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Date:March 23, 2022

Event start time:5:00 PM
(GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)

Venue: Craft Hall

901 N Delaware Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19123

UrbanPlan Seeking Volunteers

What is UrbanPlan?

UrbanPlan is an engaging classroom-based curriculum in which participants – high school students, university students, public officials or community members – learn about the fundamental forces that affect real estate development in our communities.

Next Volunteer Training: May 19, 2022

Application Deadline: April 1, 2022

Learn More & Apply Today

ULI will also be hosting a happy hour event where interested individuals can find out more about UrbanPlan and connect with local land use professionals.

Volunteer Opportunity

UrbanPlan volunteers are selected from experienced land use and real estate development professionals and will be required to attend a one-day training. The training is currently being planned as an in person program, but if necessary may be delivered entirely virtually. Because of the nature of the training, a hybrid option will not be available.

Time Commitment

If selected, volunteers are committing to attend an all day volunteer training on May 19, 2022, roughly 8:30am – 4:30 pm in Philadelphia. Once volunteer training is complete, volunteers are eligible to volunteer for future engagements. A minimum of 1 hour and maximum of 15 hours will also be required for various UrbanPlan programs throughout the year. Deadline to apply April 1, 2022. 

Feb. 15 & 16: CAAP Statewide Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Summit

Central Section of PA Chapter of APA is excited to announce its partnership with the Community Action Association of Pennsylvania (CAAP) to present a virtual  CAAP 2022 STATEWIDE Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) SUMMIT. The two-part event will occur on Tuesday, February 15th and Wednesday, February 16th from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. What is even better, 5.5 Equity CMs are pending approval for the two sessions of the DEI Summit, including the Keynote with Jerome Underwood, CEO of Action for a Better Community from Rochester, New York.

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For CAAP’s keynote address, Jerome Underwood will focus on the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion practices to increase equity for all citizens. Underwood is a member of the Equity and Economic Mobility Commission with the National Community Action Partnership. Mr. Underwood is also a member of the Black Agenda Group, an organization dedicated to the creation of culturally specific and culturally responsive interventions to address the effects of racism within the Black community.

Action For A Better Community (ABC) in Rochester, N.Y. ABC serves families in Monroe and Ontario Counties by offering programs and services in the areas of employment, early childhood education, youth services, adult education, health services, community development, and energy conservation. Racial equity and justice advocacy are core to ABC’s work. The agency’s mission is to provide opportunities for low-income individuals and families to become self-sufficient.

Feb. 17: Mid-Atlantic Collaboration: Plan Integration for Resilience and Equity

February 17 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Plan Integration for Resilience and Equity

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Planners have a number of plans for which they are responsible. Two factors, climate resilience and equity, are top-of-mind as we try and integrate planning strategies to provide multiple benefits. The webinar would explore examples of successful plan integration and their relation to building in more resilient approaches to local decision-making.