Sept. 24: Post-Disaster Recovery in a Changing Climate

Post-Disaster Recovery in a Changing Climate (1.5 CM credits)

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

3:45 – 5:30 PM

Chester County Planning Commission

601 Westtown Road, Suite 270, West Chester, PA 19380

This event is free, but registration is required:

Demographic shifts and climate change are making disasters bigger and costlier. Gradually, the nation is moving toward more effective long-term recovery, while communities are working to become more resilient. But greater resilience calls for more sophisticated planning. Do you have the tools for a safer, stronger community? Learn about the next generation of post-disaster recovery planning from the people who wrote the book — and the new edition. This program is also suitable for planning commissioners. Cosponsored by FEMA.

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Professional Development Scholarships Deadline: August 29

There are two Professional Development Awards being offered by APA-PA at this time.  These are great opportunities to grow your planning skill set without making such a dent in your wallet.  The deadline to apply is August 29, 2014.

  1. Jerry S. Walls, FAICP Planning Professional Development Award -  $2000.00 will be awarded to the Pennsylvania applicant who demonstrates commitment in the field of community planning, involvement in public sector planning, and a desire to enhance their expertise and/or develop new skills.
  2. Irving Hand, FAICP Excellence in Planning Professional Development Award - $2,500.00 will be awarded to an outstanding Pennsylvania applicant who demonstrates excellence in the field of community planning, and a desire to enhance their expertise and/or develop new skills.

More detail on both awards and the applications can be found at: 

Oct. 11: Leigh Gallagher at the Collingswood Book Festival

Leigh Gallagher

America is tired of sprawl!  Leigh Gallagher, author of The End of the Suburbs­–a fascinating look at the changing mindset and demographics affecting where we want to live–will be reading and signing her book on Saturday, October 11 at 1pm at the Collingswood Book Festival (

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Sept. 3: Environmental Governance as a System

Environmental Governance as a System: Individuals, Organizations, and Stewardship Networks

Erika S. Svendsen and Lindsay K. Campbell

The next presentation of the Consortium for Climate Risk in the Urban Northeast (CCRUN) Green Infrastructure, Climate and Cities Seminar Series will be held on Wednesday, September 3rd at 4pm at Drexel University.  Come join the discussion about the risks and opportunities presented to our urban communities by climatic extremes, and what decision makers, researchers, and practitioners are learning about how to address these issues.

Space is limited, so please RSVP for both in-person and webinar attendance at

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Sept. 25: Cooperative Marketing: A Workshop for BIDs and Planning Practitioners (2 CM Pending)

Organizing, designing, agreeing…and the dreaded collecting. Join DVRPC, the Collingswood BID, and Leigh Minor Nagy from Minor Bird Retail Therapy, on how to make cooperative marketing effective, smart, and as pleasant as possible.

Thursday, September 25,2014

8:30 AM: Breakfast and Registration

9:00 AM – 11:00 AM: Presentation by Leigh Minor Nagy, Minor Bird Retail Therapy

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Register to Reserve Your Spot at the APA-PA Annual Conference in Philadelphia!


Registration for the APA PA Annual Conference is now open!  Register online here by September 12 to enjoy the early bird rate.

View the preliminary program here. This year’s conference includes over 50 sessions and 6 mobile workshops.

Reserve your hotel room at the Society Hill Sheraton at the group rate of $169 (plus taxes) per night.  Hotel reservations must be made by September 15 to receive the rate. However it is recommended you register sooner as it is anticipated the hotel will sell out.

Also, SEPTA is offering free 5-day Independence Transit Passes to conference attendees.  If you would like to take advantage of the pass, you must check the appropriate box on the conference registration form.  There is an additional $1 to receive your pass in the mail in advance of the conference or it may be picked up at the SEPTA booth at the conference.

See you at the conference!

Insights on How to Get a Job for New (and Old!) Planners


Our colleagues over at APA Arizona put together this tremendously helpful brochure, for which they surveyed more than 800 planners across the country. Whether you’re looking for a job or just want some interviewing/employment advice, it’s tremendously helpful. Click on the image above to download the report.

Aug. 13: APAPA Chapter Conference Planning Committee


The Planning Committee for the 2014 APAPA Conference is meeting on August 13.

Click here for the agenda!

Aug. 12: GALIP Meetup at Independence Beer Garden


Gays and Lesbians in Planning (GALIP) Philadelphia is hosting an event at the Independence beer garden as a meet up point on Tuesday, August 12 at 6 pm.  Topics for this meeting include planning our Park(ing) Day spot and seeing how we can reuse these items for future street closures (such as on Drury Street or at Outfest). Can’t make it?  You can sign to the group and find out more on at to join the googlegroup list and join the facebook group at You can also see Meeting Notes in our Files.

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Volunteer for PARK(ing) Day


APA Pennsylvania Chapter, Southeast Section is looking to create a Park(ing) Day space on September 19 if there are enough interested volunteers.

How do I let you know if I’m interested?

Sign up if you are able to help staff the parking space by August 8 by selecting available times at or by emailing availability to  We’re hoping to have coverage throughout the day (preferably with two or more volunteers). We typically look at a spot near 13 and Chestnut by Macy’s.

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