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Livable Lesson: Commercial District Design

AARP’s Livable Lesson Videos are based on the design briefs and feature Patrice Frey, the president and CEO of Main Street America and an expert in sustainability, economic development, commercial district revitalization and historic preservation.

Watch the subject-specific videos long with an overview and implementation video — or see all seven segments compiled into one.

HUD Environmental Training

HUD Region 3 officers are pleased to announce the next session in their remote environmental training series will cover SITE CONTAMINATION COMPLIANCE AND A DEMONSTRATION OF EPA ENVIROMAPPER AND ENVIROFACTS.

This training will be a collaborative delivery between HUD Region 3 and EPA Region 3 staff. HUD will provide an overview of the compliance requirements associated with the standards at 24 CFR Parts 50.3(i) and 58.5(i)(2). EPA staff will lead grantees through a demonstration of the ENVIROMAPPER online mapping and evaluation tool. This session will also be used to introduce a short document that Region 3 EPA and Region 3 HUD collaborated on to provide some tips on how to consider the data output generated from an ENVIROMAPPER search.

The training will be delivered remotely through Microsoft Teams on Tuesday, April 13, from 10 am to 12:30 EST, and is recommended for grantees, HUD staff, and partners involved in the environmental review process.

If you are unfamiliar with Microsoft Teams, here is a quick tutorial on how to enter the session once you get the invitation email. There will be an opportunity to ask questions during the session.

Register here

Registration is now open and closes on Friday, April 9. Only those registered will receive an email with an iCalendar invite attachment to the Microsoft Teams Meeting.


Equitable Vaccinations Options Survey

Can your organization help ensure equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines?

Please help by completing this quick questionnaire for your organization. Pennsylvania is in urgent need of information that will help reach the most vulnerable populations in the Commonwealth with vaccinations.

Click here for the questionnaire


Pennsylvania’s Transportation Survey 2021

Please take a moment to tell the State Transportation Commission about the transportation needs that are important to you.

Share your opinions, interests and concerns about transportation, particularly the needs in the community where you live. Your feedback is an important part of this 12-Year Transportation Program update process. Your input is also used to inform other state and regional transportation plans and programs such as Pennsylvania’s Long Range Transportation Plan and Freight Movement Plan. Here’s your chance to

Share what you think.

April 13: Delaware Valley Smart Growth Alliance Hosts Andre M. Perry

DATE: Tuesday, April 13 | TIME: 8:00-9:00AM

In the second of a three-part series, DVSGA is hosting Andre M. Perry—a nationally known and respected commentator on race, structural inequality, education and economic inclusion—who will discuss the role of race in land-use patterns and policies. In addition to Perry’s work at Brookings, he is also a scholar-in-residence at American University, a columnist for the Hechinger Report, and the author of Know Your Price: Valuing Black Lives and Property in America’s Black Cities, which is available for purchase.


Smart growth has traditionally advocated for economic and community development strategies that curb urban sprawl and worsening environmental conditions to create healthy, environmentally resilient and economically robust places; however, little attention has been paid to how race impacts planning and outcomes. We look to this discussion to reveal concrete strategies that proponents of smart growth can use to end inequality that has historically existed in land use. Dr. Perry will be interviewed by Charnelle Hicks, principal of CHPlanning, a firm providing comprehensive, municipal, transportation and environmental planning and community outreach programs.

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March 2&3, and 4&5: Economy League Well City Challenge Pitch Competition

Research shows that millennials–those born between 1981 and 1996–are suffering from more physical and mental health challenges than previous generations. Millennials are the largest population in the U.S., the most educated, and the largest wealth generators over the next two decades – yet they are in poorer health than previous generations. Blue Cross Blue Shield Association’s 2019 The Health of Millennials Report found that eight out of 10 top conditions have double-digit increases among millennials and 6 out of 10 are behavioral health conditions. How we handle millennial health and mental health challenges could make or break the economy.   

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Stay Tuned for Information on AICP Prep!

Looking to take the AICP exam or want more information on the exam format and contents? We are currently working on a AICP exam prep session and will post more information when a date is selected.

Deadline March 5: Call for Presenters – APA PA Annual Conference

Deadline: Friday, March 5, 2021 at 11:59 PM

Conference Date and Location:

October 17-19, 2021

Sheraton Pittsburgh Hotel at Station Square
300 W Station Square Dr
Pittsburgh PA 15219




Proposers are encouraged to submit traditional and non-traditional sessions, plus mobile workshops. Traditional sessions typically involve presentations and audience interaction with an expert panel. Non-traditional sessions can include problem-solving roundtables, “fast-fun-fervent” presentations, and peer-group sessions.


For more information visit APA PA’s announcement here!

Consider Sponsoring APA PA SE in 2021

Please support of the Southeast Section of the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Planning Association (APAPASE) in 2021 as a sponsor. The Southeast Section represents the planning profession in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery Counties and the City of Philadelphia. Sponsorship is critical to our ability to offer outstanding educational resources and networking opportunities for our diverse network of members.

We offer a variety of sponsorship levels and options to meet the need of any organization as outlined in the attached package, but we can also work with you to create a custom sponsorship to meet your goals.

Please refer to the 2021 Sponsorship Benefits Brochure for details or contact Sponsorship@apapase.org.

Nov. 12: APAPASE Annual Event – CM approved!

Registration is now live for APAPASE’s annual event on Thursday, November 12th at 5 PM! Local experts at the intersection of planning, epidemiology & disaster planning, climate change, public health, and education will speak on how the events of 2020 (global pandemic, fight for racial justice and equity, changing economy, extreme weather events) are adjusting their approach to planning to address these challenges.
See the full list of speakers and register online here!
This event is eligible for 1 CM credit.