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Submit a Nomination for APAPASE Section Council

This summer we will hold elections for American Planning Association, Pennsylvania Chapter, Southeast Section (APA PA SE) Officers and Council members. Nominate a friend, nominate a colleague, nominate yourself! All nominations are due NO later than May 12th to elections@apapase.org!

We are taking nominations for Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer, Secretary, 6-7 Professional Planners, and 2-3 Citizen Planners.

  • The four Section Council Officer positions consist of President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer. Chair provides leadership and guides the development of the chapter, the Vice Chair assists, the Treasurer maintains the budget and all financial matters, while the Secretary administers the documentation and membership of the organization.
  • A Professional Planner is an individual earning a majority of their income practicing planning or who is retired from such occupation. Professional planners are required to be a member of the Pennsylvania Chapter of APA.
  • A Citizen Planner is any appointed or elected official who is involved in planning decisions for the betterment of a state, region, county, city or municipality; an 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). Elected citizen planners will receive complementary membership to the Pennsylvania Chapter of APA.

If you are interested in serving either in an Officer or Council member position:

  • New members welcome! No previous experience required.
  • AICP not required to join the board.
  • Review the Chapter Bylaws for descriptions of the Officer and Council member duties and responsibilities.
  • Determine if your schedule will allow sufficient time for the position, generally 1-3 hours/month.
  • Speak with current Officers or Council members regarding any questions or concerns.
  • Submit a nomination and candidate statement (600 words max) to the Nominating Committee no later than May 12th at: elections@apapase.org. You may also submit a photo.

The official elections ballot will be distributed online during the summer by APA national to coincide with their election and voting will end in early September. The results of the election shall be published for Section members in October, with official terms to start in January 2024.

Please visit the APAPA-Southeast Section website for more information about the section.

December Annual Event Reflection

Over 60 APAPA-SE members gathered at Daniel’s Restaurant and Bar in Conshohocken on December 8 for the 2022 Southeast Section Annual Meeting and to celebrate the retirement of Barry Seymour from the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission. Meeting attendees enjoyed networking opportunities and casual conversations while enjoying a multip

le course dinner and drinks from Daniel’s bar. Meeting highlights included an overview of the state of the chapter and information about the upcoming national conference from Alexis Williams, section president, presentation of the 2022 Southeast Section Student Paper Awards by Rebecca Ross, Education committee chair, and an in-depth conversation with Barry Seymour led by Matthew Popek, Events committee chair. A great time was had by all!

We plan to have our 2023 annual event in the fall, likely in Philadelphia. We hope you will consider joining us to enjoy the comradery, meet fellow planners (both new and seasoned), hear about a diverse skill base in planning from fellow attendees, and have some good food and drink. Watch our section’s social media pages for a Save the Date announcement later this year.

Featured Job Listing – Michael Baker International

Michael Baker International is looking to hire for two positions! Click through for the full job announcement:

APA PA Carpool List

Want to carpool to Lancaster for the Conference? Join the APA PA Carpool!!

Carpooling is great for budgetary reasons, eco-friendly philosophies, meeting new people, convenience, stress reduction, and more! The trip can be the start and capstone to the fun of the conference. We’ve created a link to help planners share rides to the conference – whether you are going for a day or the entire conference.

Please use this link to share information if you have an extra seat or want to find a driver. https://www.groupcarpool.com/t/ipw0na

Deadline June 9 – Great Places in PA Program Accepting Nominations

The Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Planning Association is looking for Great Places in two categories: Great Public Spaces and Great Greenways/Trails. 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 Greenway/Trail designation. Please complete the online submission form by Thursday, June 9, 2022. 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 Greenways/Trails 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.





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.

Click here to apply

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!

Interested in an AICP Study Group?

Are you thinking about taking the AICP exam and looking for some study buddies? Reach out to Alexis Williams our Chapter Professional Development Officer at alexis.williams@stvinc.com and she can connect you with other people in the southeast who are preparing for the exam.

Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) – Local Government Online Survey

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania – Department of Environmental Protection is in the process of adopting and implementing its Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) program, focused on reducing carbon emissions, improving air quality and public health, and advancing climate resiliency throughout the state. To help inform the program’s prospective policies, investment plan, and ongoing engagement strategies, Pennsylvania DEP’s consultant, Delta Institute, has developed a Local Government Online Survey for staff serving in municipal, county, and township government, to gather input on RGGI’s anticipated benefits and impacts, and to hear regional priorities around how the program’s revenues should be invested.

The survey will be open until July 15, 2021. Should you have any questions, please contact Jack Eskin at jeskin@delta-institute.org or call (312) 651-4350.