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State Conference Carpool Coordination

APAPASE is excited to announce that we will be helping to coordinate carpooling for those interested to the 2024 state conference in Erie this October.

Watch for a follow-up announcement closer to the conference!

July 10 – 12: Intergenerational Community Planning & Placemaking

Intergenerational Community Planning & Placemaking

July 10 – July 12

July 10, 2024. 10:00a.m. to 3:30p.m. in Lancaster, PA
Intergenerational Community Planning & Placemaking

1-Day Symposium with 5 CM Credits for AICP (this day precedes the July 10-12 2024 Mid-Atlantic Intergenerational Conference)

Planners, architects, and municipal staff, as well as community-based organizations that cut across disciplines focused on education, health and human services are invited to join:

The co-authors of the American Planning Association 2023 Report Intergenerational Community Planning

  • Irv Katz, Senior Fellow, Generations United
  • Matt Kaplan, Professor, Intergenerational Studies, Pennsylvania State University

Together with:

  • Karen Shakira Kali, AICP, Policy Advisor, AARP Public Policy Institute.
  • Douglas Smith, AICP, Chief Planner, City of Lancaster, PA.
  • Christine Kennedy, MA Urban Planning, Principal, Age2Age Consulting
  • David Rouse, FAICP, Urban+Regional Planning Consultant, co-author of The Comprehensive Plan: Sustainable, Resilient, and Equitable Communities for the 21st Century

Participants will learn about:

  • Making the case for intergenerational community planning, funding and resources.
  • Case study: “How the City of Lancaster, PA integrated the intergenerational lens within the Comprehensive Planning Process.”
  • Creating a network of educators, planners, providers and enthusiasts to develop a range/continuum of intergenerational community-building strategies.

The Registration fee for the 1-Day Symposium:

  • $115 as a stand-alone for the 1-Day Symposium on July 10, 2024.
  • $55 as an add-on to the full Mid-Atlantic Intergenerational Conference, July 10-12.
  • Student discounts are noted on the registration page of the conference website.

Registration Includes:

  • Complimentary digital copy of the American Planning Association 2023 Report Intergenerational Community Planning
  • Lunch, Networking & Walking Tour of Lancaster City Intergenerational Places
  • Certificate Maintenance Credits from AICP (5 CM)

For more information and to register, search online for: 2024 Mid-Atlantic Intergenerational Conference 

Featured Job Listings – DVRPC – Multiple Openings

DVRPC is looking to fill multiple positions! Click below for the full job announcement for each:

2024 Mentor Mixer Recap!

APAPASE held a successful student-mentor mixer event at the University of Pennsylvania on April 11, 2024.

Twenty-five attendees from professional backgrounds and the three Philadelphia-area planning schools – UPenn, Temple, and West Chester – met to share stories and career advice. Conversations went deep into the evening over sandwiches and drinks, and both sets of attendees felt that the information exchange was valuable.

Nominations Open for Great Places in PA 2024!

Submission Deadline May 17th

Great Places in Pennsylvania

The Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Planning Association is looking for Great Places in two categories: Great Public Spaces and Great Transformations. Great Places are unique, memorable places that display community planning best practices, have an exemplary character, and a sustainable vision for tomorrow.

We want to hear your suggestions for a Great Public Space or Great Transformation designation. Please complete the online submission form by Friday, May 17, 2024. Nominations will be considered by the Great Places in Pennsylvania Judges Committee with notification to applicants in the summer.

Nominations via the Web
All Great Public Spaces and Transformation nominations must be submitted online. All information is to be entered on or uploaded to the website.

It’s easier than you think to submit a nomination:

  • Enter basic information on the online form
  • Upload a photo
  • Attach support documents and images

Before you begin, please assemble all information needed for the nomination and files to be uploaded.





Pam Shellenberger, AICP
Great Places Initiatives Committee Chair
Work: 717-771-9870 ext. 1768
Direct: 717-824-7132
Email Pam

Call for Volunteers! Future City Competition

The Philadelphia Region is now celebrating its 29th year of the Future City competition.

This coming year, the competition will be returning to Archbishop Carroll High School and will be held on January 20, 2024.

The theme of this year’s competition is Electrify Your Future.  The students’ challenge is to design a 100% electrically powered city with energy generated from sources that keep their citizens and the environment healthy and safe.

We need one person from our membership to evaluate the teams for the APA PA SE special award.  If you are interested, please contact John Federico ( and then sign up at

Congratulations to Incoming Council Members!

We have received the results of our Southeast Section council 2024-25 term election and are excited to announce our new council members!

  • John Federico – Chair
  • Pattie Guttenplan – Vice-Chair
  • Matt Edmond – Secretary
  • Rick Collier – Treasurer
  • Alexis Williams – Immediate Past Section Chair
  • Matt Popek – At Large Member
  • Nicole Hostettler – At Large Member
  • Sue Myerov – At Large Member
  • Danielle Baer — At Large Member
  • Rachel Pastan – At Large Member / Citizen Planner
  • Terry Robinson – At Large Member / Citizen Planner

DVRPC Visioning Survey

Vision Update for 2050

See DVRPC’s website for the full announcement!

Join the Conversation. Shape Tomorrow.

What are your vision and goals for the region? It’s been several years since the Long-Range Plan for Greater Philadelphia was adopted. The Plan sets the Vision and goals for the region, strategies to achieve them, and allocates $67 billion in state and federal transportation funds through the year 2050. Per federal requirement, we’re updating it again, and need your help to do it!

Your Vision for 2050

The existing vision, generated through broad public engagement during the last Plan update, is an EQUITABLE, RESILIENT, and SUSTAINABLE Greater Philadelphia Region that:

– Preserves and restores the natural ENVIRONMENT.
– Develops inclusive, healthy, and walkable COMMUNITIES.
– Grows an innovative and connected ECONOMY with broadly shared prosperity.
– Maintains a safe, multimodal TRANSPORTATION network that serves everyone.

What do you like about the current vision statement? What would you add, remove, or change? Weigh in on a new ENERGY & CLIMATE focus area! DVRPC invites you to participate in a survey to shape the Vision for 2050 for the next iteration of the Long-Range Plan for Greater Philadelphia.

Take the Survey!

If you live, work, or play in Greater Philadelphia, we want to hear from you! Whether you have 5 minutes or more than 10 minutes to spare, your input matters in guiding investments and shaping the future for the region. Qualified participants who successfully complete a survey will have the opportunity to enter into a giveaway for one of 20 gift cards, valued at $50 each. Visit the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to see full giveaway rules.

Take the survey today!

Voting now open!

The 2023 election cycle is underway!

If you are a Pennsylvania Chapter voting member, please be on the look out for an email from APA‘s third party vendor. If you are a part of the Southeast Section and a voting member, you will receive an additional email. Please see message below from APA:
APA has partnered with Survey & Ballot Systems (SBS) to administer the 2023 APA Consolidated Election. To ensure your election specific broadcast email arrives safely in your inbox on August 10, 2023, simply add the following email address as an approved sender:  
If you haven’t received your email please check your spam/junk folder. After searching your mailbox and you still haven’t found your email, please let us know and we can put in a ticket requesting your email.
August 10 Ballots available online, reminders emailed to all chapter/division members.
Late-August Email reminders sent to those members who have not yet voted.
Early-September Email reminders sent to those members who have not yet voted.
September 8 Firm deadline for receipt of ballots from membership.
September 14 Survey Ballot Systems certifies election results and prepares report to National for dissemination.
January 1, 2024 Newly elected leaders take office.


Application Due Sep. 8: Chester County’s Vision Partnership Program

Chester County’s Vision Partnership Program

The Vision Partnership Program (VPP) provides funding to Chester County municipalities and multi-municipal groups who are seeking to improve their planning programs through various types of projects. Projects include revised municipal plans, ordinances, and planning studies that address opportunities and issues of community concern – and all projects must achieve consistency with the county’s comprehensive plan, Landscapes3.

Chester County is currently accepting applications for Vision Partnership Program, with approximately $215,000 available. Applications are due by September 8.

Recently projects completed with funding assistance by the Vision Partnership Program include the Avondale Borough Comprehensive Plan, Pennsbury Township Subdivision and Land Development Update, and the Plum Run Corridor Master Plan (East Bradford Township). A list of cash grant awards can be found here:


To learn more about the Vision Partnership Program, visit