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Featured Listing – Economic and Demographic Analyst

DVRPC is hiring a Economic and Demographic Analyst! Click through for more information.

 

DVRPC – Economic and Demographic Analyst

Vote for PennDOT Connects – Deadline Oct. 6

Vote for PennDOT Connects

PennDOT was named as one of the Top 12 projects nationwide in the America’s Transportation Awards competition for our PennDOT Connects transportation planning initiative. PennDOT Connects engages community stakeholders, planning organizations, and local governments to help ensure that community needs are understood at each phase of a transportation project’s planning process.

PennDOT Connects was nominated in the Quality of Life/Community Development category and is competing for the national Grand Prize and the People’s Choice Award.

Support PennDOT Connects by voting today and often!

Online voting ends at 11:59 p.m. eastern time on Sunday, Oct. 6. Cast your vote at http://AmericasTransportationAwards.org. Individuals can cast no more than one vote per day.

Accepting nominations for APAPASE’s member spotlight!

Want to recognize a friend or colleague in the Southeast Chapter for their professional contributions? Email to asvekla@dvrpc.org with their name, a brief introduction, and their contact information.

APAPASE is a network of nearly 800 planners working and studying in Southeastern Pennsylvania. Our members work across public, private, nonprofit, and institutional sectors and possess an impressive diversity of expertise and experience. The APAPASE Member Spotlight is a new regular feature of our website designed to help you get to know your peers. If you or someone you know would like to be featured here, please send an email to asvekla@dvrpc.org.

Cast Your Vote for PennDOT Connects

PennDOT Connects One of America’s Top Twelve Transportation Projects Vying for Two Prestigious Awards (AASHTO)

Twelve winning transportation projects from four U.S. regional competitions will battle it out in this year’s America’s transportation Awards competition, with two $10,000 cash awards for a charity or transportation-related scholarship of the winners’ choosing at stake. The broad scope of the projects in the final round include one credited with using drone technology to get transportation systems back up and operating after a devastating hurricane as well as others that endeavor to incorporate citizen feedback and involvement in project design and development.

 

Support PennDOT Connects by voting today and often!

Online voting ends at 11:59 p.m. eastern time on Sunday, Oct. 6. Cast your vote at http://AmericasTransportationAwards.org. Individuals can cast no more than one vote per day.

 

Oct 1: Chester County Planners’ Forum

Professional planners from Chester County are invited to attend the fall 2019 Chester County Planners’ Forum from 8 a.m.-10 a.m. Oct. 1 at Historic Yellow Springs, 1685 Art School Road, Chester Springs. Chester County Planning Commission

The forum provides a great opportunity to hear about current planning issues, share ideas with your fellow planners, and catch up with old friends. There will be presentations about the impact of multi-family housing, Chester County’s Return on Environment report, and preservation of historic landscapes.

Register online: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2019-fall-planners-forum-tickets-68267978361. Email any questions you may have to ccplanning@chesco.org.

Interested in an AICP Study Group?

Are you thinking about taking the AICP exam in November 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.

Aug. 15: Deadline to Vote in APA Elections

Planning Home. Community Planning Assistance Teams. The AICP Candidate Pilot Program. Elected leaders identify and direct major initiatives that move APA and the planning profession forward. Join your fellow American Planning Association, Pennsylvania Chapter, Southeast Section members and make your voice heard in chapter, division, student representative, and APA/AICP national elections. Voting is open July 15 through August 15. Learn more about the candidates and vote today.
If your APA address is in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, or Philadelphia Counties you can also vote for southeast Section leadership. If you don’t see these candidates on your ballot please email getinvolved@planning.org to report the error.

Planning for All Ages Survey

Does your community engage in planning and other activities to meet the needs of residents across all age groups? Has practice improved in the last decade?

ICMA and Cornell are reprising a national study on the extent to which local governments engage in planning and other activities to meet the needs of residents across all age groups – especially seniors and families with children. Results will provide insights into how local governments can promote more livable communities for all residents.

Every city and county in the US received the paper copy of the survey in mid May.  It is divided into 3 sections: planning and participation, services, and values and attitudes. We estimate the survey will take 20 minutes to complete.

We encourage all cities and counties to fill out and return the survey as this will provide us with a  view across the nation.  If you would like to fill out the survey for your community, please use the link https://icma.org/planforallages

There will be a report on results of the survey at the 2020 National Planning Conference in Houston.

Chester County’s new report, Return on Environment: The Economic Value of Protected Open Space in Chester County

Chester County Unveils Return on Environment Report

The Chester County Commissioners announced results of a study, Return on Environment: The Economic Value of Protected Open Space in Chester County, during an Open Space Summit in May. The study—and its accompanying video—highlight the valuable economic, environmental, and public health benefits that open space preservation has provided to Chester County for the past three decades.

The report was prepared by Chester County departments, land conservancies, municipal representatives, economic development agencies, and Econsult Solutions, Inc., an economic consulting firm that provides econometric and analytic expertise to businesses and policymakers nationwide.

PennPraxis – Introducing the Neighborhood Preservation Toolkit

In 2018, PennPraxis led the Historic Preservation Citizen Engagement Project, bringing the conversation started by the Mayor’s Task Force on Historic Preservation to neighborhoods throughout Philadelphia. The project was Neighborhood Preservation Toolkitfunded by the William Penn Foundation, and was led by PennPraxis’ Julie Donofrio and Molly Lester, in partnership with a network of 21 community liaisons, who worked as partners to lead conversations across the city. The resulting Neighborhood Preservation Toolkit is a new, free resource to build a larger, broader constituency for preservation in Philadelphia. The toolkit’s guidebook and poster are available for free download through PennPraxis and on PHLPreservation.org.

The Neighborhood Preservation Toolkit is the receipient of the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia’s 2019 Public Service Award, and Preservation Pennsylvania’s 2019 Initiative Award for Education.

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