Spring Into CM Credits!

Looking to get a jump start on CM credits for your reporting period? There are a plethora of events and webinars offering American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) Certification Maintenance (CM) credits this spring in Southeastern Pennsylvania. From parks and solar energy to economic development and historic preservation, there are trainings on a wide variety of topics—including those always important law and ethics credits!

Parks that Reshape Cities

CM | 1.25

Monday, April 4, 2016

Registration: 1:15 PM; Program: 1:30 – 2:45 PM

DVRPC, 190 N. Independence Mall West, 8th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19103

A new breed of parks is boosting tourism and urban transformation. Explore the surprising benefits.


Municipal Tools for Enabling Solar Energy Use and Promoting Energy Efficiency

CM | 1.5

April 21, 2016

Registration 5:30 p.m.; Program: 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Towamencin Township Building (Meeting Hall)

New opportunities exist for residents and businesses to incorporate energy efficiency measures and use solar energy technologies that may reduce greenhouse gas emissions and energy costs. Encouraging their use and making these technologies work in a community without causing unwanted impacts may require new municipal policies and regulations. This workshop discusses energy efficiency, solar technologies, and effective ways to manage them.



Aligning Planning, Policy, and Practice to Foster Public Health

CM | 3

Friday, April 29, 2016
9 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

DVRPC, 190 N. Independence Mall West, 8th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19103


“Aligning Planning, Policy and Practice to Foster Public Health” will address an emerging and critical issue in planning – how the built environment and planning processes can work to improve public health. The session will highlight efforts to plan for public health – or plan with health outcomes in mind – by different sectors and suggest opportunities for meaningful collaboration. Pennsylvania’s State Health Improvement Plan, 2015-2020, and the role of the built environment in combating priority health concerns will be addressed. Service-area planning required of non-profit hospitals will be explained and suggestions for planners and communities to share relevant data and work collaboratively with hospital partners toward common goals will be offered. The importance of having and upholding health-focused development policies will be highlighted. Finally, Carlisle’s nationally recognized walking and biking infrastructure and local health partnership will be presented.



Map It Out: An Introductory Guide to Open Source Mapping

CM | 3 Requested

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

1:30 – 5:00 PM

Venturef0rth, 417 N 8th St, Philadelphia, PA 19123


Have you ever wanted to learn a new way to produce maps for reports or the web? This lab style class offers an introduction to Quantum GIS, CartoDB and Geoda, three open source mapping platforms. Bring your laptop and join the American Planning Association for this live training (3 AICP CM credits anticipated for certified planners). This event will take place at Venturef0rth, a newly renovated coworking space in Philadelphia’s loft district. Venturef0rth provides a comprehensive array of services to help innovative young companies grow and succeed in Philadelphia.



Translating the Plan into Implementation

CM | 1.5

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

3:45 PM — 5:30 PM

Montgomery County Planning Commission, One Montgomery Plaza, Suite 201, 425 Swede Street, Norristown, PA 19401

How can zoning help put plans into action? What other kinds of implementation can smooth the way? Close collaboration? Rigorous regulations? Any way you look at it, implementation is key to fruitful plans and projects. Learn how communities are tightening up on implementation and measures of success. Panelists also will discuss how to make plan implementation more visible to the public. Cosponsored by the American Institute of Certified Planners and Zoning Practice.



ED101- Economic Development Finance

CM | 38.50

Monday, May 16, 2016, 9 a.m. – Friday, May 20, 2016, 2 p.m.
Sheraton Society Hill, Philadelphia, PA

$1,250.00. Register and save with promotional code: APA15

Participants in ED101, the first course in the National Development Council (NDC) EDFP Certification Program™, gain a solid understanding of both the basic tools and newest techniques used by successful economic development finance practitioners to assist small businesses and create jobs. The course explores economic development activities as part of a community’s overall economic development finance strategy and investigates the financing resources available for job creation projects. Participants analyze and structure economic development projects for small and medium-sized businesses as well as commercial real estate developments utilizing incentive financing packages. For Certified Planners, an understanding of issues and skills associated with economic development systems and small business credit analysis is critical to preparing and evaluating the action and implementation components of comprehensive city and neighborhood plans.


New Jersey Redevelopment Authority – Redevelopment Training Institute: C.R.E.D. – Nicetown CDC

CM | 12

Thursday, May 19, 2016, 9:30 a.m. – Friday, May 20, 2016, 4:30 p.m.

Philadelphia, PA


Using a case study approach, participants will learn the fundamentals of real estate development using actual development projects as “backdrops” to the concepts, applications and detailed discussions.  Leading community-based real estate developers and practitioners will present a case study on the Nicetown Court 1 project, an $11 million dollar low income housing tax credit (LIHTC) mixed-use development in Philadelphia, Pa. They will highlight the problems, challenges and opportunities encountered. Participants will have the opportunity to tour the project site and examine the overall structure of the development project, focusing on the analyses behind the investment strategy and community impact. 

The workshop will provide participants with an insider’s view on how the Nicetown Court 1 project was conceptualized and developed.  For each CRED location, consideration will be given to property and site analysis, market conditions, municipal approvals, acquisition strategy, construction or renovation costs, economic viability, and community and governmental relations.  The workshop will be taught by experienced real estate developers and their team. The NJRA Real Estate Development textbook will serve as a tool to supplement the lectures and discussions.   By examining actual development projects, participants can expect to gain a thorough understanding of the strategies and the details of a development project from beginning to end for a new development, Non-Profit community development or municipal-led redevelopment project.



Classic Towns Trolley Tour of Delaware County

CM | 3 Requested

Friday, May 20, 2016

8:30 AM — 4:00 PM

Lansdowne and Media, PA

$25 (includes breakfast and lunch)

Join Media Borough, Lansdowne Borough, and the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) for a trolley tour of the Classic Towns of Delaware County–Media and Lansdowne. The event will last from 8:30 am to 4:00pm and includes breakfast and lunch. Casual walking attire is recommended. Free all-day parking is available at the Municipal Lot, 28 Lansdowne Avenue.



HD422-Computer Spread Sheet Analysis for Housing

CM | 22.50

Tuesday, May 24, 2016, 9 a.m. – Thursday, May 26, 2016, 2 p.m.

Sheraton Society Hill, Philadelphia PA

$675 Early Bird. $750 Regular. Save with promo code: APA15

The third course in the HDFP Certification Program™, HD422 incorporates the use of computer spread sheets designed to give participants the ability to apply the financial analysis techniques presented in the previous two courses. In this three-day course, participants learn to use spread sheets as a tool to locate and interpret key financial information and to restructure a housing transaction based on revised assumptions. More time is available to consider structuring options for affordable home ownership and rental housing case studies.



The Section 106 Essentials (National Historic Preservation Act)

CM | 12

Tuesday, May 24, 2016, 8:30 a.m. – Wednesday, May 25, 2016, 4:30 p.m.

Hilton Garden Inn, Philadelphia, PA

$495.00 (includes light breakfast and afternoon snack)

The Section 106 Essentials is a two-day course designed for those who are new to federal historic preservation compliance or those who want a refresher on the Section 106 regulations and review process. This course explains the requirements of Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, which applies any time a federal, federally assisted, or federally approved activity might affect a property listed in or eligible for the National Register of Historic Places.

What will you learn in The Section 106 Essentials?

  • Understand the relationship of federal historic preservation review requirements to the National Historic Preservation Act;
  • Determine whether a Section 106 review is required and who should participate in a review;
  • Carry out or participate in the four-step procedure through which federal agencies fulfill their project planning review requirements under Section 106;
  • Participate in consultation to consider alternatives and resolve conflicts between federal or federally-assisted development and historic preservation.

This course features a real-life case study illustrating each step in the ACHP’s regulations, “Protection of Historic Properties” (36 CFR Part 800). ACHP staff instructors provide practical advice on how to make Section 106 work smarter and more efficiently to resolve conflicts between development plans and historic preservation values. Participants receive a handbook of reference materials and a CD containing model documents, guidance materials, and reference links.



Planning Law Review 2016

CM | 1.5 LAW

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

3:45 PM — 5:30 PM

DVRPC, 190 North Independence Mall West, 8th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19106

As the U.S. Supreme Court concludes its session, APA convenes planning attorneys to discuss the most important decisions of the year. In addition to the Supreme Court cases, the panel reviews district and state court rulings. Find out whether APA filed amicus briefs and why. Stay current, be informed, and invite your officials or clients to attend.



Housing for People with Disabilities: A Civil Rights Lens (#e.9008313)

CM | 1.5 LAW

Available any time from your own computer between January 1December 31

To locate this event for CM credit, go to https://conference.planning.org/events/course/9008313/ or search for “APA Urban Design & Preservation Division” on the APA website. PA Chapter has partnered with other APA chapters and divisions to bring you a series of FREE CM webcasts, a limited number are available as distance learning. See the Ohio Chapter website for the full schedule and latest information.


Ethics of Private Practice Consulting (#e.9016910)


Available any time from your own computer between January 1December 31

To locate this event for CM credit, go to https://conference.planning.org/events/course/9016910/ or search for “APA Private Practice Division” on the APA website. PA Chapter has partnered with other APA chapters and divisions to bring you a series of FREE CM webcasts, a limited number are available as distance learning. See the Ohio Chapter website for the full schedule and latest information.

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