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Dec. 2: CM Webinar – Micromobility Challenges:  Sometimes You Feel Like a Scooter and Sometimes You Don’t

Need CM Credits? Check out the first APA Pennsylvania Chapter Wednesday Webinar Session: “Micromobility Challenges:  Sometimes You Feel Like a Scooter and Sometimes You Don’t”

The Pennsylvania Chapter will be kicking off a webinar series as a way for Chapter members to earn additional CM credits and have access to programming on a variety of topic areas.

The first “Webinar Wednesday” event will take place on December 2, 2020 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. titled “Micromobility Challenges:  Sometimes You Feel Like a Scooter and Sometimes You Don’t;” presented by Roy Gothie, Statewide Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator with PennDOT.  Participants will evolve their understanding of current micromobility classifications, how that is applied to Pennsylvania’s existing vehicle code and the implications of these vehicles for equity, health, and safety.

CM Credits will be available, and the webinar is free for Chapter Members and $20.00 for non-members.

To register visit: https://planningpa.org/event/webinar-wednesdays-micromobility-challenges/

 

Starting Dec. 2: APA Pennsylvania Chapter Wednesday Webinar Series

The Pennsylvania Chapter will be kicking off a webinar series as a way for Chapter members to earn additional CM credits and have access to programming on a variety of topic areas.

Save the Date for the first “Webinar Wednesday” event on December 2, 2020 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. titled “Micromobility Challenges:  Sometimes You Feel Like a Scooter and Sometimes You Don’t” presented by Roy Gothrie, Statewide Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator with PennDOT.  Participants will evolve their understanding of current micromobility classifications, how that is applied to Pennsylvania’s existing vehicle code and the implications of these vehicles for equity, health, and safety.

CM Credits will be available, and the webinar is free for Chapter Members and $20.00 for non-members.  Keep an eye out on how to register for this Webinar in the new few weeks.

If you are interested in sponsoring a Webinar Wednesday session or if you have a future Webinar Wednesday topic please contact the Pennsylvania Chapter administrator at info@planning.org

Future Cities 2021

APA PA SE will once again be a sponsor for the Future City Competition in the Philadelphia Region.  Now celebrating its 26th year, this city-building competition has introduced over 600 middle school students at over 50 schools in the region to the world of engineering and planning.

The competition this year will be virtual, with a competition date of January 30, 2021.  As a sponsor, APA PA SE will need one volunteer to evaluate the teams for our organization’s special award.  The competition at large also needs volunteers to mentor the schools, serve as judges, and keep things moving smoothly on Competition Day.  If you are interested in any of these opportunities, please contact Bill Deguffroy at:  wdeguffroy@mcmahonassociates.com

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.

Opens Oct. 22: The Hartbeat of Main Street Grant Program

The National Main Street Center announces the second round of the HartBeat of Main Street Grant Program. The application opens Thursday, Oct. 22 at 9am PT.

In partnership with The Hartford, the program will continue to fund solutions that help small business owners respond and adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic, and also help to revitalize and strengthen older and historic downtown commercial districts.

A link to the application will be posted on NMSC’s program webpage as soon as the application opens. In the meantime, you can review a PDF version of the application here.   A few important things to note:

  • Applications will open on Thursday, Oct. 22 at 9am PT and must be submitted by Thursday, Oct. 29 at 4:59pm PT. 
  • All Round 1 grant applicants have been notified about the status of their submissions, and grant recipients will be publicly announced on Oct. 21.
  • Please review the program website and FAQ before completing an application.

LEARN MORE HERE

National Community Planning Month

October is National Community Planning Month!

Planners work to improve the well-being of all people living in our communities by taking a comprehensive perspective. This approach leads to safer, resilient, more equitable, and more prosperous communities. We celebrate the role that planning plays in creating great communities each October with National Community Planning Month.

Planning is more important than ever as communities continue to navigate the disruptive changes brought about by the pandemic.

This year’s theme — Planning Is Essential to Recovery — highlights how planning and planners can lead communities to equitable, resilient, and long-lasting recovery from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Join the conversation with #planningmonth.

COVID Alert PA App

COVID Alert PA is the official mobile app by the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) that uses the Exposure Notification System (ENS) provided by Apple and Google.

Download the App

Add your phone to the fight against COVID-19 by going to the Google Play Store or Apple App Store and downloading the free COVID Alert PA app to your smartphone. The app runs on iPhones that support iOS 13.5 and higher, and Android phones running Android 6.0 and higher. The app is not intended to be used by people under 18 years of age.

Apple app store

 

Due Nov. 9 – America Walks Community Change Grants

America Walks’s annual Community Change Grants are now open for applications. This beloved program aims to provide support to our growing network of advocates, grassroots organizers, organizations, and agencies using innovative, engaging, and inclusive programs and projects to create tangible change at the community level.

America Walks is looking to fund projects that:

  • Increase physical activity and active transportation in a specific community
  • Work to cross engage people and organizations newer to the efforts of walking and moving and walkability
  • Demonstrate a culture of antiracism and inclusive health and design
  • Support and cultivate connected, active and deeply engaged communities

Learn more and apply at https://americawalks.org/community-change-grants/

Oct. 12: In Search of Our Mother’s Urbanism: A Womanist Call for Spatial Reparations

Monday, October 12, 2020 6:30pm

Register via Zoom

for Spatial Reparations” on Monday, October 12th at 6:30pm.   Please register with the link above.

Dr. Destiny Thomas is a change agent. She is the founder and CEO of Thrivance Group, a multi-regional, socially responsible, for-profit firm that works to make public spaces and public services more safe, more healthy and more accessible, especially for Black, Indigneous, and transgender people, and those with disabilities. 

An anthropologist planner hailing from Oakland, CA, Dr. Thomas has a combined 15 years of experience in nonprofit management and project management within government agencies, including the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) and the City of Los Angeles. In addition, Dr. Thomas has led advancements in statewide racial equity initiatives for over a decade. Her focus has been urban planning, policy writing, and organizational development in communities most impacted by racial inequities.

For more information or to register visit UPenn’s event page.

Oct. 19-20: APA Pennsylvania Annual Conference

It isn’t too late to register for the Pennsylvania Chapter of APA’s first virtual conference from October 19 through 20!