Future City Philadelphia Event Day Volunteers Needed

DiscoverE’s Future City® Competition is a non-profit educational program that asks middle school students to imagine, design, and build cities of the future. Participating STEM teams across the country compete once a year in a regional competition in January. Finalists then proceed to present their projects at the National Competition during National Engineers Week in February in Washington, D.C.

48 teams will be competing in the Philadelphia Regional Competition on January 20, 2018. The theme of this year’s competition is “The Age-Friendly City,” and students will be showcasing their age-friendly table models to Special Awards Judges in the morning and presenting to a panel of 4 Finals Judges in the afternoon. The effort of amazing and dedicated volunteers makes Future City Philadelphia a success each year.

Competition support on the day of the event is very valuable to the teams, judges, and organizers. It’s truly a unique opportunity to participate in such a positive event surrounded by fresh ideas (read this post from one of last year’s APA volunteers: http://www.apapase.org/?p=2862). We encourage our members to sign up as volunteers for this great program.

Please sign up to volunteer here, whether judging your special award or signing up for other roles. Select “General Volunteer” if you wish to provide competition day support with any task needed. You will receive information, directions, and other details regarding your role when you arrive at the competition from the volunteer coordinator or model/presentation judging coordinator. Almost all volunteer roles are needed only in the morning.

WHEN:                 Saturday, January 20, 2018

8:45 AM — Opening Announcement

9:00 to 12:00 PM — Preliminary judging; special awards evaluation

1:15 PM — Announcement of Finalists

1:30 to 3:30 PM — Final judging (oral presentations, questions from judges)

3:30 to 4:30 PM — Awards ceremony and announcement of regional winning teams

 

WHERE:               Archbishop Carroll High School

                            211 Matsonford Road, Radnor, PA 19087

 

 

March 10: AICP Exam Prep Session

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:

https://planningpa.org/event/2018-aicp-exam-prep/

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.

 

Jan 24: Active Design/Healthy Communities: State of the City

The first lecture in the Active Design/Healthy Communities series explores how public health agencies can join forces with design to address inequalities in the city and promote physical, mental, emotional, and civic well-being. The case study is the new South Philadelphia Health, Literacy, and Recreation Center on Broad Street. tate of the City is scheduled for Jan 24 from 8am-10am in the AIA Center. CM credits for planners are pending.

Registration: https://www.aiaphiladelphia.org/events/active-designhealthy-communities-state-city

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Jan 25: Winter Happy Hour at Winterfest

Join APAPASE for happy hour! We will be mingling and enjoying drinks on Thursday, January 25, 2018 from 5:30-7:30 PM at The Lodge at Winterfest which is located at 101 S. Columbus Blvd. Please come to celebrate the new year or simply to spend time with your fellow Planners!

Register at https://apapase2018winterhh.eventbrite.com

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Looking for an AICP Study Group?

A study group is forming for those taking the May 2018 AICP Exam. If you’re interested in joining the group and learning more, please contact Hailey Stern at hailey.stern@phila.gov.

Feb 9: Growing Greener: Writing Conservation by Design Ordinances

Practitioner Training

Growing Greener: Writing Conservation by Design Ordinances

Randall Arendt & Ann Hutchinson, Natural Lands

Register here

Growing Greener Event Flyer

Sponsor this event!

February 9, 2018 @ 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

The Barn at Camp Olympic Park, Lower Macungie Township

3120 S. Cedar Crest Blvd., Emmaus, PA  18049

The Lehigh Valley-Berks and Southeast Sections of the American Planning Association and the Pennsylvania-Delaware Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects invite you to participate in this training course on the technical aspects of the Growing Greener: Conservation by Design approach to land use planning and residential development. This training is intended primarily for professional planners (county, municipal or private) who consult with municipalities and review or write land use ordinances. Participants will become familiar with the specific wording and provisions that typically must be added to existing codes to give local officials the tools they need to ensure that new subdivision proposals will be designed around the central organizing principle of land conservation. Township engineers and zoning officers who must enforce these codes are also invited.

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APA-DE Regional Conference Call for Presentations

The Delaware Chapter of the American Planning Association is now accepting proposals for presentations at their 2018 Regional Conference to be held in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. The conference is scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday October 23-24, 2018. The theme is Planning 360: Economy, Environment and Health.   Eligible submissions can cover a broad range of topics related to technological advances and their impacts on infrastructure planning, design, operations, and management related to the theme. Subjects may include those related to Economic Development, Environmental Quality, Public Health, or Planning-related Communications.  Research-based sessions highlighting promising emerging and innovative research ideas, best practices, or case studies are encouraged.

The deadline for submissions is January 15, 2018. Complete information on presentation content, proposal preparation and submission is available on the Chapter website http://delawareapa.org

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Don’t forget to apply to APA’s Ambassador Program by December 31

As the end of year quickly approaches, so is the December 31 deadline to apply to become an APA Ambassador.  This important initiative is designed to encourage future planners with diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds.  The application is short and easy to fill out, even during the end of year crunch.  Participation in the program will provide valuable skills and earn you up to 8 pro-bono AICP CM credits in 2018.

Check out our previous blog post with all the important information on the application and details of the program.  You can apply as an individual or as a team.  Contact Al Beatty at ab5562@nyu.edu if you would like to join the local team of ambassadors.  Thank you Al for stepping up to be a regional team leader!

Post Authored by: Maggie Rwakazina

(Image from APA Ambassador’s blog: https://www.planning.org/blog/blogpost/9127770)

CM Credits for Pro Bono Planning Service

AICP members can obtain up to eight CM Credits for Pro Bono Planning Service, as outlined on the APA National website at https://www.planning.org/cm/logging/selfreport/probono

APA Future City Mentorship could relate to these allowed activities:

  • Planning-related support to groups that lack adequate planning resources, including service that expands choices and opportunities for everyone.
  • Planning to meet the needs of the disadvantaged and to promote racial and economic integration.
  • Mentoring the development of students, interns, beginning professionals, colleagues, and members of underrepresented groups to help them advance in the planning profession.

Economic Development Division Holzheimer Memorial Student Scholarship

Applications due February 2, 2018

The Economic Development Division is currently accepting applications for the Holzheimer Memorial Student Scholarship for Economic Development Planning. Though applications are not due until February 2, early submissions are encouraged. Applicants must be Master’s level students currently enrolled in or recently graduated (2016 or later) from PAB-accredited planning programs in the United States.

The scholarship is named in memory of longtime APA member and economic development visionary, Dr. Terry Holzheimer of Arlington County, Virginia and Virginia Tech. The $2,000 award is a scholarship provided by the APA’s Economic Development Division. Winners are strongly encouraged but not required to use the award money to support attendance at the APA National Planning Conference. The application materials should include an original student paper or work that is 2,500 words or less (including citations and footnotes), and must include the name and contact information of a faculty member involved in supervising the student and/or the submitted work. The application form is available at: https://goo.gl/forms/RObcycBRCpNv7BSi2.

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Penn State Extension Winter/Spring 2018 Land Use Webinars

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, 2018Planning 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:
https://extension.psu.edu/land-use-webinar.

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