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Featured Job Listing – DVRPC – Transportation Planner

Click here for the full job listing and information on how to apply.

Classification: RESEARCH ANALYST I/II (RA I/II)
Salary Range: Hi $40,000s to Low $50,000s (position level & salary commensurate with education & experience)
Location: Office of Mobility Analysis and Design
Closing Date: When position is filled

The Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) is the Philadelphia region’s Metropolitan Planning Organization. We believe DVRPC is a place to work, learn, and create a career in a professional and stimulating environment that values diversity, innovation, and bringing your best self to work. If your background and experience match the following vacancy, we would like to hear from you.

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College Outreach & Engagement Panel Recap

On April 22nd, the American Planning Association, Pennsylvania Chapter, Southeast Section (APAPASE) and Temple University’s Student Planning Organization (TSPO) hosted a Zoom College Outreach and Engagement Panel Event. Graduate planning students from schools in the Philadelphia region – including Bryn Mawr College, Temple University, UPenn, and West Chester University – participated in the hour-long event, which was moderated by Andrew Halt (TSPO President).  Panelists consisted of three APAPAPASE members:

  • John Federico, PE, AICP, a project manager with over 20 years of professional experience in multimodal transportation planning and design, including bicycle, pedestrian, transit, parking, and integrated land use-transportation projects.
  • Lorianne DeFalco, AICP, a technical director and LEED Green Associate with over 15 years of experience in the environmental consulting, planning, and engineering industry.
  • Matthew Popek, AICP, a Transportation Planning Assistant Manager at Montgomery County Planning Commission, and a former TSPO President.

With a mix of environmental and transportation disciplines and public and private sector background experience, the panelists provided perspectives on the current entry-level hiring process and opportunities, as well as personal career movement. The panel answered questions related to experiences on work styles, recent project assignments, and on-the-ground community engagement. The event was a success and APAPASE is looking forward to future events with planning programs within the Philadelphia region.

May 5 – APA PA Webinar Wednesdays: Beat the Heat Hunting Park

May 5 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Beat the Heat Hunting Park: A Community Heat Relief Plan

In Philadelphia, some neighborhoods can be 22 degrees F hotter than others and low-income residents and residents of color are more likely to live in these hotter neighborhoods. This pattern of unequal exposure to risk tells us that climate change is not only a public health issue but also an issue of racial equity. As climate projections show hotter days to come, it is important to support residents as they work to make their communities more sustainable. For this reason, the City launched Beat the Heat Hunting Park: A Community Heat Relief  Plan, which was created to identify cooling solutions through a collaboration between residents, community organizations, and the City, and is now being implemented. Read more here.

During this webinar, participants will learn how planning, development, and social structures inform climate risks, and the importance of equitable community collaboration when developing and implementing climate policy. CM credit is pending approval.

Speakers: Christine Knapp and Cheyenne Flores

Deadline to register is May 4, 2021

If you’re interested in sponsoring a Webinar Wednesday session or have a session for Webinar Wednesday please contact us. Send your request to info@planningpa.org.

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DEADLINE EXTENDED – April 30: Submit a Nomination for APAPASE Section Council

This summer we will hold elections for American Planning Association, Pennsylvania Chapter, Southeast Section (APA PA SE) Officers and Council members. Nominate a friend, nominate a colleague, nominate yourself! All nominations are due NO later than April 30th to elections@apapase.org!

We are taking nominations for Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer, Secretary, 6-7 Professional Planners, and 2-3 Citizen Planners.

  • The four Section Council Officer positions consist of President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer. Chair provides leadership and guides the development of the chapter, the Vice Chair assists, the Treasurer maintains the budget and all financial matters, while the Secretary administers the documentation and membership of the organization.
  • A Professional Planner is an individual earning a majority of their income practicing planning or who is retired from such occupation. Professional planners are required to be a member of the Pennsylvania Chapter of APA.
  • A Citizen Planner is any appointed or elected official who is involved in planning decisions for the betterment of a state, region, county, city or municipality; who is
    individual who has an interest in furthering the purposes of Association, but who is not a Professional Planner (for example, planning commissioner, planning official, zoning board member, Philadelphia RCO zoning representative, or similar). Elected citizen planners will receive complementary membership to the Pennsylvania Chapter of APA.

If you are interested in serving either in an Officer or Council member position:

  • New members welcome! No previous experience required.
  • AICP not required to join the board.
  • Review the Chapter Bylaws for descriptions of the Officer and Council member duties and responsibilities.
  • Determine if your schedule will allow sufficient time for the position, generally 1-3 hours/month.
  • Speak with current Officers or Council members regarding any questions or concerns.
  • Submit a nomination and brief biography (3-4 sentences) to the Nominating Committee no later than April 30th at: elections@apapase.org. You may also submit a mission statement and picture.

The official elections ballot will be distributed online during the summer by APA national to coincide with their election and voting will end in early September. The results of the election shall be published for Section members in October, with official terms to start in January 2022.

Please visit the APAPA-Southeast Section website for more information about the section.

Featured Job Listing – DVRPC – Manager, Office of Capital Programs

DVRPC is looking for a Manager in their Office of Capital Programs!
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April 28: APAPASE Office Hours Social Event

APAPA-SE will be holding its third virtual “office/happy hour” event on Wednesday, April 28th from 5 to 6 PM. Come join your fellow APAPA-SE section members for conversations about the latest planning hot topics (single-family zoning: yes or no?), spring allergies, post-pandemic travel dreams, and everything in between.

As always, attendance is free flowing; feel free to stop by for the whole hour or a few minutes.

Register to attend here: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0lc-2hqz4vGN31gi1MoL9sqKsJpxAFoU18

We hope to see you on Wednesday the 28th!

April 29: Happy Trails! Planning and Designing Trails for All Users

Happy Trails! Planning and Designing Trails for All Users
April 29, 2021 | 4:00 PM– 5:30 PM | Webinar | Free 

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Montgomery County has an extensive and very popular trail network. However, the demographics of our trail users do not always reflect the diversity of the communities they pass through and, often, there are physical and cultural barriers preventing local residents from accessing our trail system. In response to this issue and to support the transportation and equity goals established in the county’s comprehensive plan, Montco 2040: A Shared Vision, the county prepared and adopted the Montgomery County Trail Access, Diversity, & Awareness Plan

Join us to explore this innovative plan, which aims to promote equity on county trails, broaden the diversity of trail users, and modernize trail designs to address the evolving demographics of our constituents. This free event, incorporating both virtual and on-site components, will demonstrate how best practices can be applied to any community trail network in the county.

Deadline April 14: AARP Community Challenge Grant

For the full list of project criteria or to submit an application visit the AARP’s full announcement page

Important Dates

  • April 14, 2021: Applications are due by 8:00 pm (ET)
  • June 2021: All applicants will be notified of their status by email
  • July 14, 2021: MOU (memorandum of understanding) and vendor forms to be completed and returned by grantees
  • July 28, 2021 (tentative): Public announcement of selected grantees — work on the projects may begin
  • November 10, 2021: All funded projects must be completed
  • December 8, 2021: Deadline for after-action reports

Eligibility

The program is open to the following types of programs:

  • 501(C)(3), 501(C)(4) and 501(c)(6) nonprofits
  • Government entities
  • Other types of organizations will be considered on a case-by-case basis

The following projects are NOT eligible for funding:

  • Partisan, political or election-related activities
  • Planning activities and assessments and surveys of communities without tangible engagement
  • Studies with no follow-up action
  • Publication of books or reports
  • Acquisition of land and/or buildings or a vehicle purchase
  • Sponsorships of other organizations’ events or activities
  • Research and development for a nonprofit endeavor
  • Research and development for a for-profit endeavor
  • The promotion of a for-profit entity and/or its products and services

Acceptable Projects

AARP will prioritize projects that deliver inclusive solutions that meet the needs of diverse populations, as well as those that directly engage volunteers through permanent or temporary solutions that aim to achieve one or more of the following outcome areas:

  • Create vibrant Public Places that improve open spaces, parks and access to other amenities.

  • Deliver a range of Transportation and mobility options that increase connectivity, walkability, bikeability, wayfinding, access to transportation options and roadway improvements.
  • Support a range of Housing options that increases the availability of accessible and affordable choices
  • Increase Civic Engagement and demonstrate the tangible value of “Smart Cities” with innovative and tangible projects that bring residents and local leaders together to address challenges and facilitate a greater sense of inclusion
  • Support local recovery from the Coronavirus pandemic with an emphasis on economic development, improvements to public spaces and transportation services
  • Ensure a focus on Diversity and Inclusion while improving the built and social environment of a community
  • Other community improvements. In addition to these areas of focus, AARP wants to hear about local needs and innovative ideas for addressing them

Deadline April 30: Spring 2021 Student Paper Award Program

APAPASE is looking for Graduate School students in Planning and related fields to submit technical papers (written by individuals or pairs) that address contemporary planning-related topics and issues, including but not limited to sustainability, Smart Growth, transportation, and energy planning. Papers must be generated through graduate-level classes/course assignments. Recognition from APAPASE through this Award Program provides an honor to include on your resume as well as a monetary reward that can help defray the costs of your academic coursework.

Papers that were written during the 2019/2020 OR 2020/2021 school year are eligible. The maximum page length of eligible papers is 50 pages. Applicants are permitted to revise original work based on instructor feedback and/or to correct spelling, grammar, or typological errors. 

Papers will be evaluated by these criteria:

  • subject quality and originality
  • paper structure
  • technical writing
  • thoroughness of research
  • analysis and conclusions

APAPASE will present monetary rewards for the top three reviewed papers at the following levels: 

  • $200 for First Prize
  • $150 for Second Prize 
  • $100 for Third Prize

Winning papers will be announced in early June on the APAPASE Website (https://apapase.org) and social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn). Checks will be mailed to winners.

Please submit entries electronically as a PDF to the APAPASE Education Committee at education@apapase.org by 5:00 PM on Friday, April 30, 2021. Please include your name, email, and phone number as well as the name of the course for which the work was produced and the date which it was originally submitted in the email with your entry.

April 28: Strengthening Orgs from the Inside Out: An Intro to the Standards for Excellence

Strengthening Orgs from the Inside Out: An Intro to the Standards for Excellence®
Wednesday, April 28 | 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM | Interactive Web Session

Presented by: Tish Mogan, Director of Standards for Excellence, PANO

The COVID-19 pandemic put nonprofit organizations to the ultimate test of sustainability. This past year has demanded innovation, creativity, and agility all while managing increased community needs, economic crisis, and civil unrest. Now, as we edge closer and closer to post-pandemic life, many of us are looking at our own infrastructure. Moving forward, how can we improve accountability? Efficiency? Transparency? How can we strengthen our organizations from the inside out?

Enter the Standards for Excellence®. This ethics and accountability code supports nonprofits in meeting the highest standards, legal requirements, and regulatory compliance of nonprofit governance, management, and operations. The six guiding principles of Standards promote integrity in nonprofit management and, ultimately, strengthen the public trust in PA’s nonprofit sector. Something that’s become more important than ever as we navigate through COVID and beyond!

This interactive intro session to the Standards for Excellence will include:

  • A basic overview of the Standards for Excellence,
  • A self-assessment checklist for participants to identify areas of excellence and opportunities for growth and improvement,
  • Educational resources, including sample tools and policies, available through the Standards,
  • Info about the voluntary accreditation and recognition process.

Click here for more information and to register