Today! The Future of Transportation in Pennsylvania and Beyond

More so than most states, Pennsylvania is at a turning point as it confronts its transportation future.  Much of the state’s diverse transportation infrastructure needs upgrading or replacement, at the same time that new technologies are coming down the pike which are changing the way we think about transportation.  In Pennsylvania,  as in other states,  voters are looking to Congress to take the lead in identifying priorities and providing funding, but Congress has again kicked the can down the road.

Please join us on Monday, October 6th at 6 pm in Meyerson B-3 for a facilitated discussion between Rina Cutler,  Al Biehler, and Professor Megan Ryerson about “The Future of Transportation in Pennsylvania and Beyond.”  This is an all-star cast. 

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Dec. 1-4: Economic Development Course in Lancaster

For anyone looking to strengthen their economic development skills, this intensive four day course, administered by Penn State Harrisburg, is accredited by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). The IEDC is the nation’s largest membership organization for economic developers. For those seeking national certification, the Economic Development Course is the first requirement in the process towards receiving certification as an economic developer (CEcD).

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Oct. 29: A New Look at Reviewing Subdivision and Development Plans

On October 29th, the PA Local Government Training Partnership is coming to the Radnor Township Building in Wayne, Delaware County for a day-long focus on subdivision and development plan reviews.  This course is designed for local officials, staff, and consultants involved in the front lines of reviewing subdivision and development plans. The local development review process prescribed by the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code can be complex. In addition there are related approvals following different timelines for state and federal permits. The process can frustrate local officials, developers, and the public. It can lead to community controversy and ill feelings when not handled well.  The course will examine the local government development review process – steps, timelines, and the roles of various officials and bodies doing the review. Information presented will be useful for both newcomers to the process and as a refresher for experienced officials and professionals. There will be hands-on exercises reviewing actual development plans. Instructors Denny Puko of DCED and John Trant, Jr., AICP of HRG will provide a new look at ways to improve the process and make it a win-win for the community and developers in achieving sound, quality development.

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Join Us This World Habitat Day!

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The United Nations designates the first Monday of October of every year as World Habitat Day.

For 70 years, the United Nations has been the one global organization with the vision and reach to address the world’s most pressing challenges.

World Habitat Day provides an excellent opportunity to highlight human settlement challenges from around the globe.

The purpose of World Habitat Day is to reflect on the state of our towns and cities, and on the basic right of all to adequate shelter. It is also intended to remind the world that we all have the power and the responsibility to shape the future of our cities and towns.

The United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development will be the first UN global summit after the adoption of the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda.

RSVP here: info@una-gp.org

Info here on Facebook.

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Download the APAPA 2014 Conference App

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Attention APA PA 2014 Conference attendees! This year, for the first time, APA PA has created a Conference App for your iPhone or Android device. Features of the App include sponsor, speaker, and attendee listings; maps of the conference area and surrounds; the twitter feed for #APAPA14; and complete conference schedule that you can customize to your unique conference experience! This user-friendly App is now available for FREE on iTunes and Google Play. Download it today!

Links

Google Play

iTunes 

Twitter #APAPA14

Oct. 23: Mapping the Sustainable City

Sponsor:
Temple Libraries,
Open Data Philly,
Office of Sustainability,
greenSTEM Network,
Grounded in Philly
Location:
Paley Library Lecture Hall Room 021 (Lower Level)

Grounded in Philly, the greenSTEM Network, and Open Data Philly help Philadelphians to better understand their communities through maps and other data visualization tools. Join our panelists to discuss these projects, and learn how accessible, transparent information is a key tool of social justice, and a crucial element in creating a more sustainable city.

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Oct. 14: Philadelphia Planning Gets the Archival Film Treatment

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GeoPhilly, Philadelphia’s meetup group for map enthusiasts, is pleased to present After Hours for Planners with Archival Planning Films.  This free event is held on the last day of the America Planning Association, Pennsylvania Chapter Annual Conference and features archival films from the 1950s-1960s about city planning and Philadelphia.  A meet and greet with local urban planners and GeoPhilly members will follow the film screening at The Institute Bar.

These archival films are a time capsule of mid-century Philadelphia life and historical planning practices.  The films feature a variety of planning recommendations which are at times archaic and at others times innovative and progressive. We hope you will find these films as charming, entertaining and fun as we do!
To travel from the conference, take the Market/Frankford line westbound from 2nd and Market to 11th and Market.  You can either walk north on 12th Street to the venue located at Spring Garden and 12th or you can take the 23 bus north from 11th and Market to 11th and Spring Garden and walk to 12th street.
Date: Tuesday, October 14th, 6:00pm

Location: PhilaMoca, 531 N. 12th Street
RSVP: http://www.meetup.com/GeoPhilly/events/207445852/

Oct. 1: Special Surprise Planning-Related Announcement at Reading Terminal

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Join APA at 10 am on Wednesday, October 1 for a special announcement with special guests Alan Greenberger, Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development, and Carol Rhea, APA President Elect. Meet in the center court seating area for light snacks and refreshments.

RSVP to Lynsey Knowles, lknowles@planning.org or 202.349.1040.

Oct. 6: Annual World Habitat Day

Film showing of Urbanized and a report on the first preparatory committee meeting of the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development.

Click here for more info!

Sept. 27: APAPA-SE Pop Up Parks Tour

PHS Pop Up Garden at 1438 South St.

PHS Pop Up Garden at 1438 South St.

Saturday, September 27, 2014 from 11am – 1pm

Start at QuickFixx (1511 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19146)
Tickets are free, but registration is required: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/pop-up-park-tour-tickets-13186050833?aff=eorg
Pop up parks are all the rage in Philadelphia these days. Come hear from three planners about parklets, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) Pop Up Garden, and the Delaware Waterfront Corporation’s Spruce Street Harbor Park. Tour begins at 11:00 AM at the parklet in front of QuickFixx (1511 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19146) and ends at 1:00 PM at Spruce Street Harbor Park. Please wear comfortable walking shoes and bring cash if you want to buy a beverage/lunch at one of the stops along the way.