Professional planners from Chester County are invited to attend the spring 2018 Chester County Planners’ Forum from 8 a.m.-10 a.m. April 17 at the Oakbourne Mansion, a beautiful historic property in Westtown (1014 S. Concord Road, West Chester, Pa., 19382).
The event will include the following presentations:
- Greening Coatesville: Lively Parks for Healthy People, presented by Ann Hutchinson of Natural Lands
- Understanding Transportation Impact Fees, presented by Joe Platt, P.E. of Traffic Planning and Design, Inc.
- Historic Preservation: Planning Initiatives and Economic Value, presented by Ray Ott and Jane Dorchester
To register for the forum, visit: https://2018-spring-planners-forum.eventbrite.com. Email any questions you may have to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Pennsylvania Chapter of APA will be hosting a full-day, in-person AICP exam prep session this spring. The session is free for PA Chapter members (non-PA Chapter members pay $35) and open to anyone interested in taking the exam.
The prep session will be held on Saturday, March 10 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m at the Susquehanna Township Building (1900 Linglestown Road, Harrisburg). Registration is required. Details and registration can be found here:
The session will review the content outline of the AICP exam, which APA recently updated, and provide details on the different content areas. The exam has been updated to reflect the new content outline, and the session will take time to clarify understanding of the revised exam. Questions are encouraged throughout the day.
Penn State Extension offers a Winter/Spring 2018 land use webinar series that is eligible for 1.25 CM credits per webinar (6.25 CM credits for the entire series). All webinars are from 12:00 PM – 1:15 PM on the following dates:
Wed., Jan. 17, 2018: Planning for Private Drinking Water Supplies
Wed., Feb. 21, 2018: Land Use Planning with a Changing Climate
Wed., Mar. 14, 2018: Community Heart & Soul: Engaging Residents through the Humanities to Find What Matters Most
Wed., Apr. 11, 2018: Addressing the Parking Challenge – Smart Parking Planning for Downtown Development
Wed., May 16, 2018: Sign Regulations That Encourage Outstanding Design
Non-Credit Registration – $40
RLA Credit Registration – $45
CM Credit Registration Fee – $75
Learn more and register at:
Thursday, March 22, 2018
7:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Loews Philadelphia Hotel
1200 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Breaking Ground 2018: Transforming a Region Together is a day-long conference that aims highlights the principles and goals of Connections 2045 Long-Range Plan for Greater Philadelphia [https://www.dvrpc.org/Connections2045/]. While our region is made up of 352 local governments, we will be better-positioned and more economically competitive if we move forward together, as a region. This year’s conference celebrates regional cooperation and government efficiency. The keynote speaker—Brian Elms—is an expert in management and government performance. All attendees will receive a copy of Brian Elms’ book, PeakPerformance: How Denver’s Peak Academy is saving millions of dollars, boosting morale, and just maybe changing the world.
Concurrent sessions will feature government transparency, sustainable environmental practices, collaboration between businesses and government, the use of data and metrics, and a celebration of diversity age-friendly communities. Breaking Ground 2018 is expanding to include a Learning Lounge, which will feature businesses and tech companies that assist municipal governments in better serving their citizens.
Want to represent your community and engage in the regional planning and decision-making process? Apply to be a member of DVRPC’s Public Participation Task Force (PPTF) today!
The mission of DVRPC’s PPTF is to provide access to the planning process, to make a platform to discuss timely issues, to serve as a conduit for DVRPC information to organizations and communities across the region, to assist the Commission in implementing public outreach strategies, and to empower citizens to be a part of the planning process. For more details about the PPTF, visit http://www.dvrpc.org/Committees/PPTF/.
Applications will be open through January 8th, 2018. The application is online here: http://www.dvrpc.org/GetInvolved/PPTFApplication/. If you have any questions, please contact Shoshana Akins, Public Participation Planner, at 215-238-2817 or email@example.com.
Curious but want to know more? Interested citizens are invited to attend the PPTF meeting on the evening of December 14th starting with dinner at 5:30 PM. Come network with current members and learn more about how the PPTF works. To RSVP, please email firstname.lastname@example.org by December 12th.
Increasingly, philanthropic organizations are thinking more broadly about how to support systemic change in local communities. On this call, you’ll hear how three foundations are investing in long-term transformation using Community Heart & Soul®, the Orton Family Foundation’s community development model. Community Heart & Soul is active in PA currently, with potential for future opportunities.
Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017 from 1-2 p.m. Eastern
Make a commitment during #PlanningMonth to become a planner and register for the Information Session on November 2nd for the MS City and Regional Planning, Temple University. The program has two concentration tracks in Sustainable Community Planning and Transportation Planning. Both are areas of expertise that are in wide demand in the greater Philadelphia region as well as across the country and globe. Accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board since 2012.
At the Meet and Greet with MS CTRP students and alumni, you’ll have a chance to learn about the various career paths alumni have taken from traditional government planning to community-based programming and policy development with nonprofit organizations, from government innovation to entrepreneurial startups, and more.
October marks the opening of APA’s application period for the 2018 Ambassadors Program. This initiative has been created to reach future planners with diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds. With recent national events, it is critical for the field of planning to grow more inclusive and diverse to continue to be relevant to communities of color and disadvantaged populations. It is also increasingly important for individual planners to connect to young people in these communities on a personal level to support just decisions and live up to the APA code of ethics.