Featured Listing – Michael Baker – Sr. Aviation Planner

Michael Baker is looking for a Senior Aviation Planner! Click through for more information.

Michael Baker – Senior Aviation Planner

June 18: Webinar on “Using Comprehensive Area-Wide Planning Approaches to Promote Equitable Development”

June 18, 2019 (1:00 – 2:30 PM EDT)

Register Early

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has launched a training webinar series to build the capacity of environmental justice practitioners working at the state level. The third webinar “Using Comprehensive Area-Wide Planning Approaches to Promote Equitable Development” is now open for registration. Please note that registration is required. When you sign up, you will receive details on how to access the webinar. Please share this information widely with your colleagues and networks.

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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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June 6 – Planning Professionals Happy Hour Event

Happy hour for Planners and related professions: engineers, transit professionals, architects, designers…all are welcome. Happy hour and networking at La Peg followed by short discussion led by Christopher Puchalsky of the Office of Transportation, Infrastructure, and Sustainability (oTIS) and Chris Dougherty of the Delaware River Waterfront Coalition (DRWC) at Cherry St. Pier.

Details: Happy hour at La Peg can only be applied to items ordered inside, which can be carried outside. Food and beverage also available from food carts outside.

Rain Date: 6/13/19

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May 30 – Addressing Turnover in the Transit Industry

A Design-Thinking Workshop for Transit and Workforce Practitioners

The median age of transit workers is 51.  Research indicates that  approximately 50% of the transit industry’s workforce will retire over the next 10 years. Due to this demographic shift, demand for increasingly sophisticated skills, gaps in training, and industry perceptions, the transit industry needs to address these workforce and human capital issues that are critical to the continuing success of the industry.

This workshop will highlight these workforce trends and strive to pinpoint the contributing factors. Learning from a panel of professionals in the transit and workforce development industries, participants will work in groups to think through the problems and uncover solutions to mitigate the challenges of attracting and retaining the next generation of transit workers.

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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.

Featured Job Listing – Michael Baker – Planning Intern

Michael Baker is seeking a summer Planning Intern. See the job listing for more information.

Michael Baker – Summer Planning Internship

June 13 – 2019 Classic Towns Trolley Tour – CM Credits Available

Thursday, June 13, 2019
8:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Starting location: Woodbury, NJ City Hall Council Chambers, 33 Delaware Avenue, Woodbury, NJ 08096
Join DVRPC for the 2019 Classic Towns Trolley Tour. This year we’re going to visit our two Classic Towns in Gloucester County, New Jersey: Woodbury and Glassboro. The tour will include both walking and driving portions. You will hear about placemaking initiatives, adaptive reuse, new construction, community events, historic preservation projects, Opportunity Zones, and recent developments in these Classic Towns.
Cost: $30. Includes breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack, and 5.0 CM credits

APAPASE Member Spotlight – May

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.


Caroline Harries
Associate Director
The Food Trust

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Comments Due June 7 – APA Considering Revision to CM Credit Process

APA is considering updating the CM Credit process, with comments due by Friday, June 7. See the full details of the change at https://www.planning.org/cm/updates/.

Summary of Changes Under Consideration

The chart below summarizes the updates under consideration. If approved, the proposed timeline will allow for technology updates and offer sufficient advance notice to members and CM providers. The expected implementation date is January 1, 2021.

Mandatory Credit Topics Credits Required in a Two-Year Reporting Period Minimum Length of Sessions on Mandatory Topics

  • 1 CM credit on ethics
  • 1 CM credit on ethics related to equity
2 One hour
Law 1 One hour
Targeted topic: A critical, urgent issue that is relevant to planners.
First targeted topic: Climate*
1 One hour

If all four mandatory credit topics are approved, members would log each credit type separately, as they do now for law and ethics.

Thank you for your attention to these important proposed changes to the CM program. Please provide feedback by sending an email to amoore@planning.org by Friday, June 7.