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APAPASE New Officers

APAPASE is pleased to announce contact information for the section’s new officers! The chapter has one Citizen Planner spot open as well. If you or someone you know is interested in being a citizen planner, please contact us at nominations@apapase.org.

Executive Committee
Alexis Williams – Chair – chair@apapase.org
John Federico – Vice Chair vicechair@apapase.org
Rick Collier – Treasurer – treasurer@apapase.org
Pattie Guttenplan – Secretary – Secretary@apapase.org
Justin Dula – Past Chair – justin@apapase.org
Citizen Planner 
Cheryl Tumola
Linda McIsaac
Are you interested in being a citizen planner on the council? Contact us at nominations@apapase.org

At Large
Ramond Joseph
Amanda Lafty
Kiersten Mailler
Maureen McQuilkin
Rebecca Ross
Rebecca Wetzler

Sponsor APA Pennsylvania Southeast for 2020

The work and programs by the Southeast Section of the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Planning Association (APAPASE) aren’t possible without the support of our sponsors. We are releasing sponsorships now for organizations who prefer to take advantage of end of year giving, but are always happy to work with new year sponsors as well.

The sponsorship levels are laid out in our 2020 Sponsorship Package . If you would like to discuss a custom sponsorship, simply contact sponsorship@apapase.org to start the discussion.

Sponsors reach the diverse membership of APAPASE which includes citizen planners, planning officials, and professions planners from the public, private and nonprofit sectors. It also supports programming for emerging professionals and students.  We host a variety of events, ranging from educational to social.

The APAPASE Annual Event brings together planners from around the region.

Our Annual Event is the headline event for planners in the Philadelphia region.  Each fall, the membership meets at this educational and networking event.  AICP certified planners receive CM credits for the educational portion. Student are on hand to receive the annual John E. Pickett Awards. All members then have a chance to network and enjoy refreshments at a unique venue in the region.  Most sponsorship levels receive tickets to the event.

Annual Event Sponsors now have the exclusive opportunity to sponsor the event. Annual event sponsors are able to have their name exclusively highlighted in event marketing. They are also able to introduce the keynote speaker of the event and address the assembled membership. This is in addition to all the other sponsorship benefits.

Platinum Sponsors and Gold level and greater sponsors also have the option to submit select project highlights and received featured job postings to our members.

All sponsors are featured on this website, which receives over 44,000 website hits and an average of over 4,000 unique visitors each month! Articles are emailed to over 1,400 planners and colleagues every month. Our popular Job Postings section of the website has become a go-to tool for finding planning jobs in Greater Philadelphia and sponsors receive featured postings as articles on the website for greater visibility.

Southeast Chapter's booth at Future City

Events highlighting planning projects in Greater Philadelphia are made possible through sponsorship of APAPASE

There are also opportunities to sponsor specific events that meet your organization’s outreach goals. AICP study group sponsors reach professionals who are reaching the next level of the profession while assisting them by providing study materials and refreshments for sessions.

Mentorship program sponsors reach graduate planning students in the region who are looking to learn more about the professional experience they will have after graduation.

Happy Hour sponsors reach a range of professionals and students at a local networking event.

Educational Seminar sponsors reach AICP certified professionals looking to learn about a particular topic. Sponsors can help shape the agenda for the topic if they wish or sign on to sponsor an event already being planned.

Ryerson University (Toronto, Canada) School of Urban and Regional Planning Students Visit Philadelphia

From October 6-9, 2019, a group of approximately 45 undergraduate students from Ryerson University’s School of Urban and Regional Planning in Toronto, Canada visited Philadelphia. One of their instructors, René Biberstein, explained that the group was here to learn about planning issues in the city. During their four days in Philadelphia, the students and their instructors participated in walking tours, a bus tour, and panel discussions to learn more about the city’s planning history, and how this history affects local planning issues, opportunities, and decision-making.

APAPASE helped connect the group with a variety of planning-related organizations, including the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC), Delaware River Waterfront Corporation (DRWC), Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority (PRA), SEPTA, Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS), Lindy Institute, Drexel University, USA250, and McCormick Taylor, a full-service transportation and energy consulting firm with a Planning and Communications practice.

While at McCormick Taylor, the students met with company ownership and staff to discuss the differences in planning culture between the United States and Canada and what it is like to work as a professional planner. Presenters also provided information on local projects, such as SEPTA’s extension of the Norristown High Speed Line, King of Prussia Rail.

Students from Ryerson University’s School of Urban and Regional Planning in Toronto, Canada visited Philadelphia and meet with local planners

Photo Credit: Adam Dall, McCormick Taylor


Students from Ryerson University’s School of Urban and Regional Planning listen to a panel discussion about the Function and Role of Consultants in the Planning Process on Monday, October 7, 2019, at McCormick Taylor’s headquarters in Philadelphia.

Featured Listing – Economic and Demographic Analyst

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



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.