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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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Great Places Deadline Extended! – May 19

Submit your nomination by Friday, May 17, 2019, to be considered for designation in 2019!

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 work not only for their community, but as a model others want to emulate – places of exemplary character, quality, planning, identity, cultural interest, and community involvement with 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, 2019. Nominations will be considered by the Great Places in Pennsylvania Judges Committee with notification to applicants in early Summer.

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Call for Letters of Interest – Creative Communities Pilot Initiative

The purpose of the Creative Communities Initiative is to provide multi-year funding to community-driven, arts-based projects that serve as catalysts for livability, economic development, and community connectedness. Also called creative placemaking, the funded projects will have a demonstrated, positive impact on their respective communities.

Two-to-four pilot communities will be selected in 2019 to each receive up to $25,000 per year for up to four years. Eligible applicants include local governments and 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(6) organizations.

The community selection process will begin with the submission of letters of interest, followed by review and site visits to a limited number of communities. Selected communities will be invited to submit a full application.

Interested communities can access submission instructions, program selection criteria, and application guidelines at arts.pa.gov. Letters of interest may be submitted May 31 to June 28, 2019. Inquiries should be directed to Sarah Merritt at skmerritt@pa.gov or 717-787-1521.

The PCA’s mission is to strengthen the cultural, educational, and economic vitality of Pennsylvania’s communities through the arts.

APAPASE Member Spotlight – May – Caroline Harries


Caroline Harries
Associate Director
The Food Trust

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May 9 – APA Pennsylvania Southeast Section Council

APA PA Southeast Section Council meeting (held the second Thursday of every other month)

5:30 pm

1600 John F. Kennedy Boulevard, Suite 510
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Calling in? Please use the following:

Toll free: 1-866-499-7054 Conference code: 735 289 0020

Please direct any agenda topics and/or questions to secretary@apapase.org. *if you are a voting member unable to attend, please email secretary@apapase.org.

Feb. 28: Comment on APA Policy Guides

Stand up for Planning

APA Policy Guide Comment Period Begins

APA members can comment on draft policy guides on equity, housing, and surface transportation. The draft guides, which were created by APA members and approved by APA’s Legislative and Policy Committee, represent the collective thinking of association members nationwide on key planning issues. Developed for policymakers, APA policy guides propose policy recommendations that aim to create just, healthy, and prosperous communities that expand opportunity for all.

APA policy guides also inform our annual policy agenda and set the course for our advocacy work on federal, state, and local issues.

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Nominate Your Community or Project for an APA Award

Nominations are open for the Great Place in America, County Planning Division Awards, and Transportation Planning Excellence Awards.

Nominate your community or project today!

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Chester County releases video highlighting Lanscapes3, the newly adopted comprehensive plan

The Chester County Planning Commission has released a new video that highlights Landscapes3, Chester County’s newly adopted comprehensive plan: http://ow.ly/Mvdh30ngE80. The video discusses how the plan provides a template for growth and preservation for the next 10 years. In addition to the video, the plan is available online as a PDF or via a webpage: http://chescoplanning.org/landscapes3/. The plan’s executive summary can be found here: http://chescoplanning.org/Landscapes3/PDF/ExecutiveSummary.pdf.

APA PA SE Sponsors Future City Competition for 2019

APA PA SE has supported the Future City competition for 2019 at the Sponsor Level, sponsoring an award for Planning Excellence.

The chapter had a booth at Future City’s October 13th event, presenting information on climate change and sea-level rise, focused on the event’s theme of building a resilient power grid.

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