Design on the Delaware Proposal Deadline Extended to May 2

Share your expertise, experience, and leadership in the design and building industry by presenting a program or tour at the 12th Annual Design on the Delaware Conference in Philadelphia.

AIA Philadelphia is accepting program proposals for the 2014 Design on the Delaware conference taking place November 12 -14, 2014, at the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel and Center for Architecture. This multi-disciplinary conference for architects, planners, landscape architects, engineers, and other design and building professionals features four keynotes speakers, 36 professional education programs, three days of tours and a full day design charrette.

Deadline for proposals has been extended to Friday, May 2.  Submissions must meet the guidelines as outlined in the Call for Programs. To download the Call for Programs, visit

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April 28: Open Government and Engaging the Public

Monday, April 28, 2014, 3:45 PM – 5:30 PM

Gloucester County Planning Commission, 1200 North Delsea Drive, Clayton, NJ 08312

This event offers 1.5 AICP CM credits.

3:30 – 3:45 PM: Registration

3:45 – 4:00 PM: DVRPC Presentation

4:00 – 5:30 PM: Live viewing of APA Audio/Webconference

Technology is changing the way planning is conducted and open government is reshaping community engagement. Citizens now can access extensive information online and make use of government data, application processes, review procedures, and project commenting. Learn how this affects the planning commission’s role as the interface between government and the public. The program also will look at the developing concept of participatory budgeting.

The event is free but RSVPs are required:

Sponsor Philadelphia’s APA Pennsylvania Annual Conference


The 2014 Annual Conference “Innovations from Historic Foundations” will be held at the Society Hill Sheraton October 12-14, 2014. This is the first time the American Planning Association, Pennsylvania Chapter Annual Conference is being hosted in Philadelphia for the first time in over a decade, providing a unique opportunity for firms located in Southeastern Pennsylvania to reach this state-wide audience and well up your name in the region. Become a sponsor today!

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Submit Nominations for Great Places

Rittenhouse Square, an APA Great Place

The Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA-PA) is kicking off the “Great Places in Pennsylvania” Program. Great Places are unique, memorable places where people want to be – not only to visit, but to live and work every day. They serve as a model that other communities want to emulate – places of exemplary character, quality planning, identity, cultural interest and community involvement with a sustainable vision for the future.

For this first year, the nomination categories are Great Neighborhoods and Great Public Places. Specific criteria have been developed for each category. The Great Neighborhoods criteria relate to form & function, character & identity, and environmental & economic challenges. Criteria for Great Public Spaces relate to form & function, unique characteristics, and social interaction.

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April 25: Volunteer at Temple EarthFest

Every year, Temple holds an Earth Day celebration called Earthfest.  Over 10,000 students and adults attend.  The Southeast Section staffs a booth on planning and the chapter.  We typically use historic aerials to discuss land use changes over time and how to plan for them.  The students (not all of them of course) typically react well to the aerials, trying to identify uses and answering questions on what they would do to plan.  (We usually are involved with a treasure hunt stamp and usually have candy, both of which add to the demand at our booth.)

The event will be held Friday April 25 at the Temple Ambler campus from 9:30 AM to 2 PM, although we need to get there earlier, probably around 8:30.  The event is lots of fun.  We need volunteers, preferably two people at a time for two hour shifts.  If you’re interested, please contact John Federico at

May 13: Andrew Howard of Team Better Block in Allentown

As part of the 2014 Spring Planning Forums – Making It Great Now, Andrew Howard, AICP of Team Better Block, a leading expert in placemaking and transportation, will be keynoting a day of sessions focused on revitalization and engaging communities in their future.  Andrew and additional sessions throughout the day will address strategies and methods that can be rapidly deployed, quickly implemented and readily realized to advance local community engagement and revitalization objectives. The forum will focus on the how-to and hands-on of creative asset mobilization, organizational structure, community capacity building, institutional support and civic engagement.  The local option is May 13, 2014 in Allentown.  5.25 CMs are pending approval for the event, including 1.5 ethics credits.

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Job Listings Get a Makeover at



We heard you.

Since we first launched in 2010, the single most popular feature on the site has been our regular job postings. (Shocking, right?) You’ve made the go-to place to find jobs in and around the Southeast Section. It’s a service that the American Planning Association, PA Chapter, Southeast Section provides for free as a benefit to our members.

Now, finding and applying for those jobs will be even easier.

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March 24: APA-PA 2013 Conference Planning Meeting


The 2014 APA Pennsylvania chapter conference “Innovation from Historic Foundations” will be held at the Society Hill Sheraton October 12-14, 2014. This committee is working through topic specific subcommittees to help provide local support to APA Pennsylvania staff.

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April 2: People, Planning, and Public Health: A Joint Conference of Planning and Health Professionals


Join the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) and the Health Promotion Council (HPC) at this symposium that will connect professionals from the fields of public health and planning to foster a better understanding among practitioners. Participants will learn about data sources, useful tools to better serve our communities, and successful collaborations. Participants will leave with new ideas and opportunities for partnerships.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
9:00am to 3:30pm
DVRPC’s Main Conference Room
8th Floor, ACP Building
190 N. Independence Mall West, Philadelphia, PA 19106


Create Planning Events in Philadelphia!

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Do you want to help plan events in the LGBTQ planning events in the Philadelphia region? Sign up at to get in on the ground floor of a group doing just that. The Gays and Lesbians in Planning (GALIP) Division is looking to partner more locally on events in our region. Through this group you will be able to shape the way this group forms and what sorts of events are planned.


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