Featured Job Listing: Senior Community Engagement and Communications Professional


Michael Baker International is looking for a Senior Community Engagement and Communications Professional in Philadelphia.

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May 20: APAPA Public Private Partnerships Training at DVRPC (3 CM Credits, Including Law)

Public/Private Partnerships: A Professional Development Program

Click here for the brochure and to register.

3 AICP CM Credits* including 1.5 LAW

Join Sean Garrigan and Matt Ward to cover P3 essentials:

  • Application
  • Funding Mechanisms
  • Legal Structure
  • Partnership Agreements
  • Financing Terms

Sponsored by the PA Chapter of the American Planning Association and the PA Local Government Training Partnership

Public/Private Partnerships (P3s) are increasingly becoming a tool that local governments, quasi-public entities and government agencies are using to achieve necessary and desirable community investments. They are especially effective for communities facing major re-investments as a result of a changing economy, closure of a major employment center, loss of retail anchors or shifts in tax bases. At any one of four locations statewide, join a planner and lawyer experienced with P3s to understand how your community could benefit from these innovative, yet complex, partnerships.

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March 4: Assessing Green Infrastructure with Urban Vegetation

Consortium for Climate Risk in the Urban Northeast (CCRUN) Green Infrastructure, Climate, and Cities Seminar Series


Assessing Green Infrastructure with Urban Vegetation

Wednesday, March 4th at 4pm (EST)

Drexel University – Hill Seminar Room – Lebow Engineering Room 240 – 31st and Market Sts, Phila, PA

webinar option also available


RSVP links:
http://whoozin.com/CAA-ETD-DPF3 (in person)
http://whoozin.com/P4H-YDR-RGEN (web attendance)

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March 9: We Built This City


Join the Queer Urbanist Exchange (QUE) for “We Built This City” our big kick-off event, an urban themed sing-a-long* on Monday, March 9 at 5:30 pm at Tavern on Camac, 243 South Camac St, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107. QUE brings together urban design professionals and enthusiasts to meet, network and discuss topics affecting our lives in Philadelphia. This will essentially be our public unveiling, and also serve as our first mixer. We will share ideas and build our agenda for 2015. Your input will help shape the focus of our group and upcoming events. If you can’t make the event, but still want to be involved, you take our survey or join us on social media.

*Yes, you read that right… an urban themed sing-a-long! You are welcome to sing them yourself or leave it to the professionals. Jeff, the Tavern’s talented pianist, will be taking requests all night. On the Facebook Event, we’ve started a list of our favorites so he has time to prepare (e.g. “We Built this City on Rock and Roll”, The Trolley Song, and maybe even the Simpson’s Monorail Theme). Add your favorites or vote for some of the current selections.

Most drinks will be $2 off for our group until 7pm. There is a flyer for you to share with friends and co-workers about this event here.

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Starting This Week: APA Mentoring Program Lunch Series!

Join other planning graduate student at the APA Mentoring Program Lunch Series. This lunch series will feature professionals from a variety of planning fields with a discussion on their work and careers in the field.

Date & Time:   Tuesdays at 12:15PM

Location:          Meyerson Hall, Room B6

PennDesign, 210 S 34th Street

Pizza will be served!

For more information, please contact planningmentorpa@gmail.com

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Feb. 23: APAPA-SE ​Awards Happy Hour Event

happy hour event flyer

APA PA SEAwards Happy Hour Event

​Monday, February 23rd

The Lodge at Waterfront Winterfest
101 S. Columbus Blvd

Join other Philadelphia area city planners as we celebrate the accomplishments of our 2014 Student Scholarship Award Winners, and plan for a bright 2015!

(skate rental not included)


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Old City District Master Plan RFP Released

Old City District has released an RFP for its master plan. Click here to download it: RFP- Old City District Master Plan

Planning and the 2015 Mayoral Election

Planners can have the greatest ideas in the world, but without politicians to enact them into policy or set aside money in a budget to implement them, the plans will wind up sitting on a shelf. That’s why elections matter to planning.

In Philadelphia, Mayor Nutter’s second term will be up at the end of 2015. All 17 seats on City Council will also be on the ballot, as well as Sheriff, Register of Wills, three slots on the City Commission, and a number of state and municipal judgeships. But in a predominantly one-party city like Philadelphia, sometimes it’s the primary that’s more important than the general election. This year’s primary is coming up on Tuesday, May 19, 2015. Several organizations are organizing events to help you learn more about the candidates and where they stand on the issues–particularly related to planning.

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March 27: Journey to Sustainability

Symposium: Journey to Sustainability

Friday, March 27, 2015, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Rotwitt Theater, McShain Performing Arts Center

Rosemont College

Journey to Sustainability will explore the positive social and environmental impact of sustainability and sustainable business practices. Join a community of scholars, business practitioners, and sustainability experts committed to addressing the environmental challenges currently facing human beings.

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Downtown West Chester recognized as a “Great Neighborhood”


From downtownwestchester.com:

The Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Planning Association (PA-APA) recognized Downtown West Chester as one of four Great Neighborhoods 2014 through its Great Places in Pennsylvania program when David Ward, Assistant Director of the Chester County Planning Commission and member of the PA-APA Chapter, presented the Great Places Certificate to the West Chester BID Board, Borough Mayor and Borough Council on January 21.

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