Archive for Susan Elks

Dec. 1-4: Economic Development Course in Lancaster

For anyone looking to strengthen their economic development skills, this intensive four day course, administered by Penn State Harrisburg, is accredited by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). The IEDC is the nation’s largest membership organization for economic developers. For those seeking national certification, the Economic Development Course is the first requirement in the process towards receiving certification as an economic developer (CEcD).

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Oct. 29: A New Look at Reviewing Subdivision and Development Plans

On October 29th, the PA Local Government Training Partnership is coming to the Radnor Township Building in Wayne, Delaware County for a day-long focus on subdivision and development plan reviews.  This course is designed for local officials, staff, and consultants involved in the front lines of reviewing subdivision and development plans. The local development review process prescribed by the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code can be complex. In addition there are related approvals following different timelines for state and federal permits. The process can frustrate local officials, developers, and the public. It can lead to community controversy and ill feelings when not handled well.  The course will examine the local government development review process – steps, timelines, and the roles of various officials and bodies doing the review. Information presented will be useful for both newcomers to the process and as a refresher for experienced officials and professionals. There will be hands-on exercises reviewing actual development plans. Instructors Denny Puko of DCED and John Trant, Jr., AICP of HRG will provide a new look at ways to improve the process and make it a win-win for the community and developers in achieving sound, quality development.

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Professional Development Scholarships Deadline: August 29

There are two Professional Development Awards being offered by APA-PA at this time.  These are great opportunities to grow your planning skill set without making such a dent in your wallet.  The deadline to apply is August 29, 2014.

  1. Jerry S. Walls, FAICP Planning Professional Development Award –  $2000.00 will be awarded to the Pennsylvania applicant who demonstrates commitment in the field of community planning, involvement in public sector planning, and a desire to enhance their expertise and/or develop new skills.
  2. Irving Hand, FAICP Excellence in Planning Professional Development Award – $2,500.00 will be awarded to an outstanding Pennsylvania applicant who demonstrates excellence in the field of community planning, and a desire to enhance their expertise and/or develop new skills.

More detail on both awards and the applications can be found at:  http://planningpa.org/for-planners/professional-planners/professional-development-scholarship/ 

Two Southeast Section Students Honored by AICP

The Pennsylvania Chapter and Southeast Section congratulate Jenna Oskowitz from Temple University and Tali Cantor from the University of Pennsylvania for their recognition as one of 2014’s Outstanding Students. The AICP Outstanding Student Award recognizes outstanding attainment in the study of planning by students graduating from Planning Accreditation Board–accredited planning programs during the academic year of the award. Students are selected by a jury at their respective schools. To see a full list of this year’s winners, please visit https://www.planning.org/awards/outstandingstudents/.

May 13: Andrew Howard of Team Better Block in Allentown

As part of the 2014 Spring Planning Forums – Making It Great Now, Andrew Howard, AICP of Team Better Block, a leading expert in placemaking and transportation, will be keynoting a day of sessions focused on revitalization and engaging communities in their future.  Andrew and additional sessions throughout the day will address strategies and methods that can be rapidly deployed, quickly implemented and readily realized to advance local community engagement and revitalization objectives. The forum will focus on the how-to and hands-on of creative asset mobilization, organizational structure, community capacity building, institutional support and civic engagement.  The local option is May 13, 2014 in Allentown.  5.25 CMs are pending approval for the event, including 1.5 ethics credits.

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March 26: Jenny Odell

 Manufacturing Landscape, Jenny Odell

Manufacturing Landscape, Jenny Odell

The Philadelphia Mural Arts Program / muraLAB is hosting San Francisco-based artist Jenny Odell on March 26th at 6pm at Moore College of Art and Design, Stewart Auditorium, 1916 Race Street.  Jenny will give a lecture about her work collaging digital images — harvested from Google Earth, streetview and other Internet sources — of urban infrastructure systems. She calls it “Looking at Cities” because she is both documenting the extent of the infrastructure that undergirds urban life, and also opening up questions about relationships city dwellers have to the resources that sustain them. Her broader work as an Internet collagist can be seen at www.jennyodell.com.  Please register by emailing muralab@muralarts.org.  Additional details are found on the attachment below.

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April 10: Planning Matters: Demographic Change and Land Use Policies

This year’s annual training series, which is a joint venture of APA-PA and DCED, features Todd Poole of 4ward Planning and Mark Keener of The RBA Group.  Planning Matters:  Demographic Change and Land Use Policies will focus on the significant demographic changes occurring in the United States (from an aging population, to a more ethnically diverse population, to a more diverse household formation population) and developing land use strategies that are not only market receptive but also fiscally prudent.  The series will take place in four locations across the state, with the Lower Merion Township Building in Ardmore hosting the southeast session on the morning of April 10th.  The event is approved for 3 CMs.  This interactive session is sure to be full of great information and ideas!  Full details and registration are available here: http://planningpa.org/wp-content/uploads/Planning-Matters-Training-Brochure.pdf

March 27-28: Stormwater Training in Philadelphia

The National Stormwater Center is offering Certified Stormwater Inspector (municipal) training in  Pennsylvania.  Designed specifically for municipal personnel the course offers training and certification to demonstrate, for the record, that inspectors are qualified.  The locations and dates for Pennsylvania are:

  • Pittsburgh, PA:  March 24-25, 2014
  • Philadelphia, PA:  March 27-28, 2014

Inspectors who take the course learn:

– how to inspect construction, commercial, industrial  & municipal activities
– what to inspect
– the limits of their authority
– appropriate demeanor
– appropriate discretion

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March 8: AICP Exam Prep

The PA Chapter is once again holding a spring AICP exam prep session.  The prep session is targeted at those who are taking the test in May or November of 2014, and will provide testing tips as well as an overview of material within each content area of the exam. Information will be provided on history, law, theory, plan implementation, functional areas, public participation, social justice, spatial areas and ethics. Resources will be identified to assist attendees with their studies.

The session runs from 9 am – 4 pm in Harrisburg on Saturday March 8th and covers test-taking tips and the content areas.  There is ample opportunity for questions.  The session is free for Chapter members and $20 for non-PA Chapter.  Lunch is NOT included but refreshments and morning/afternoon snack are included.

For more detail and to register, click here.

Survey on Planners Use of Mobile Apps

The Ohio State University is conducting a survey in order to understand the degree to which city planning professionals use mobile apps and smartphone and tablet devices. This survey is being undertaken to gain an understanding of the importance of mobile apps in the planning profession and how they can be adapted upon and used in the future to enhance the planning process.

This survey should take approximately 10 – 15 minutes to complete. Your responses to this survey will remain confidential. Each question is optional and you can choose not to answer any question.

Survey results will be used for academic research and practice recommendations. The information may also be used for journal articles and other important research projects in the future. This research study is being undertaken by Professor Evans-Cowley with The Ohio State University. For more information regarding this study please send an e-mail to cowley.11@osu.edu