Dec. 9: DVRPC’s 50th Anniversary Celebration


Please join us on the evening of December 9th as we celebrate five decades of planning and regional cooperation, recognize the people, projects and programs that have transformed our region, meet new friends and partners, and be inspired for the next 50 years!

DVRPC’s 50th Anniversary Celebration
Wednesday, December 9, 2015
Hilton Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing
201 S Christopher Columbus Blvd
Philadelphia, PA 19106
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Oct. 28-30: Design on the Delaware

DoD at NeoCon logo

The Design on the Delaware conference features 20 AICP CM approved programs offering 33 credits, and 1.5 law and 1.5 ethics credits.   Courses include Philadelphia’s Civic Design Review Process Update; Bartram’s Mile – Revitalizing the Lower Schuylkill Waterfront; Communities Create, Build Their Futures;  The Impact of Health in Planning: Creating the Environment for Healthy Living; Infrastructure Impediments to Smart Growth Projects; and the tours From Plan to Reality: Green2015 Coming to Life and Urban Land Trusts as Tools for Fighting Vacancy.

APA members from any chapter are entitled to the discounted member registration.  New this year, single session a la carte pricing is available.  You can register for an individual course(s) ($35 – $50), for a full day ($200), or two days ($275).   October 30 programs and tours are individually priced.  Early registration pricing (above) ends midnight October 11.  Go to for conference details and registration.

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Nov. 5: Can the Suburbs Compete for Millennials?

Can the Suburbs Compete for Millennials?
A presentation and expert panel with
Maureen McAvey, Kevin Gillen, Eric Goldstein, and Tony Maras.

Millennials are driving new housing and commercial activity in big cities. Twenty somethings want density, walkability, mixed uses, and transit. So far, Millennials aren’t enthusiastic homeowners or car owners.  Given this, can the suburbs really compete for the biggest generation yet?

To crack this riddle, we have a top panel of experts:

  • Maureen McAvey, Senior Resident Fellow at Urban Land Institute, Washington, D.C. (Keynote Speaker)
  • Kevin Gillen, Chief Economist, Meyers Research
  • Eric Goldstein, Exec. Dir., King of Prussia BID
  • Tony Maras, Area President, K. Hovnanian Homes

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Nov. 12: Healthy Communities Task Force Meeting

DVRPC’s Healthy Communities Task Force meeting will be held on Thursday, November 12, 2015 from 10am to 12pm.  This meeting will focus on equity and active transportation with presentations on the state of active transportation and equity, how complete streets policies affect different communities, and what Philadelphia’s bike share program, Indego, has done to be more inclusive.

Healthy Communities Task Force Meeting

Thursday, November 12th

Coffee and Tea available at 9:30am

Meeting starts at 10am

Lunch served after meeting

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Oct. 9: The EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program

Regional Community and Economic Development Forum

The EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program

Friday, October 9th

Coffee and networking begins at 8:00am

Meeting begins at 8:30am

Adjournment at 10:30 a.m.

DVRPC’s Regional Community and Economic Development Forum (RCEDF) will meet next Friday, October 9th at DVRPC to discuss the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program. The meeting will begin with a program overview and, with its authorizing legislation set to expire on September 30th, a discussion of what the future holds for it. The overview will be followed by a discussion of how EB-5 has been used to fund various projects in Greater Philadelphia. Attached is the agenda – if you have not already done so, please RSVP by emailing no later than Wednesday, October 7th  if you are planning to attend. There is no charge for this event.

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Oct. 8 and 12: Art of Active Play

Art of Active Play – Healthy Play Panel
October 8th, 2015, 6pm-8pm

Smith Memorial Playground, 3500 Reservoir Drive
Join the Community Design Collaborative and the Philadelphia Department of Public Health/Get Healthy Philly to talk about play!

We’ll discuss the impact of play on childhood learning and health, and play’s surprising role in creating a great city. Register.

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WTS Philadelphia Scholarship Applications Due Oct. 17

Each year, WTS Philadelphia awards scholarships to women who are pursuing careers in transportation through high school, junior college/trade school, undergraduate, and graduate degree programs.

To be considered, applications must be received by Saturday, October 17, 2015 by 11:59pm.

For more details and applications, please click here.

For scholarship questions, please contact Jenna at

Future City Philadelphia – Mentors and Volunteers Needed

It’s that time of year again.  Hopefully everyone had a great summer.  I can’t believe it’s over!   The school year is off to a great start.  To date 43  schools have signed up and have started designing their cities of the future.

Our greatest need at this stage of the competition is for mentors. Each school is assigned a mentor to work with the students and share their real world experiences to help them develop their future city.   Just 1 or 2 hours a week can make a big difference in how students approach their project and how they start to address it.  The following is a the current list of schools that need mentors:

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Oct. 14: Gentrification Webinar

Bridging the Gap: Research and Practice on Gentrification and Equitable Development in Philadelphia

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

12:00 noon–1:00 p.m. EST

Join us for a webinar during which we will discuss gentrification, residential displacement, and strategies for equitable development in Philadelphia. The webinar will feature findings from new research from the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia on Gentrification and Residential Mobility in Philadelphia, which examines the relationships between gentrification and both mobility patterns and financial health among residents in Philadelphia. This research also focuses on which neighborhoods in Philadelphia are gentrifying, who is moving into and out of gentrifying neighborhoods, and the experiences of vulnerable residents in those neighborhoods.

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Oct. 30: Shaping the New York Metropolitan Region

APA New York Metro Chapter Annual Conference and Awards Ceremony

Shaping the New York Metropolitan Region: Planning Innovations and Disruptors – on October 30, 2015

Will you still need credits after the APA Pennsylvania Chapter Conference this year in Pittsburgh October 18-20 ( Don’t worry, you can check out the APA New York Metro Chapter’s 2015 Annual Conference and Awards Ceremony – Shaping the New York Metropolitan Region: Planning Innovations and Disruptors.

The list of panels and speakers is now posted on their chapter website ( The all-day conference will be held on Friday, October 30, at Lerner Hall, Columbia University. Mark your calendars and look out for announcements on additional details and conference registration.

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