Take a Survey: Gender Issues in the Workplace

You are invited to participate in an exciting new Workplace Dynamics survey, sponsored by APA’s Planning & Women Division. This short survey will ask questions about gender issues in your workplace, exploring topics such as staffing, behavior and impressions, and parental leave. All genders are encouraged to participate, and we encourage you to share this link with your colleagues! Click here to complete the survey.

Feb. 11: APAPA-SE Events Committee Meeting

APAPASE is looking forward to planning some great events for Philadelphia-area planners in 2016. If you’d like to get more involved in APA events in the Greater Philadelphia area, we’d love to have you. Do you like to organize events like walking tours, happy hours, and educational events related to planning? Then join the APAPASE Events Committee and help us plan fun events! We are looking for volunteers to help with all aspects of the event-planning process, from brainstorming event ideas, coordinating with venues, ordering food/beverages, inviting speakers, advertising/marketing events, working the registration table, speaking at events, and conducting event follow up.

Please join us for our first meeting of the year:
Thursday, February 11, 2016
5:45 PM – 7:00 PM
Michael Baker Jr Conference Room
1818 Market Street, Suite 3110, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Please RSVP on Eventbrite so we have a list of names for security.

Featured Job Listing: Michael Baker International Is Looking for an Urban and Regional Planner


Michael Baker International is looking for an urban and regional planner for their Harrisburg office. Click here for the job listing!

Feb. 24: Tips and Tricks for Event Planning

Tips and Tricks for Event Planning
Brought to you by APA’s Young Planners and Emerging Professionals Groups

Please join us on February 24, 2016 from 1:00-2:15 PM ET for the next in our Young Professionals Group/Emerging Professionals Group webinar series. We will host a lively discussion on the ever important, ever challenging, topic of EVENT PLANNING!

We’ve got four speakers that will lead the discussion and answer your questions. They have great tips and practical strategies for how to plan for and execute events that are engaging, fun (yet cost effective), and bring visibility to your group.

· Christina Arlt, AICP, chair of the APA Pennsylvania Chapter, Southeastern Section Events/Emerging Professionals Committee

· Melanie Tylke, chair of the APA California Chapter, San Diego Section Young Planners Group

· Jamie Simchik, AICP, and Jake Gutekunst, EIT, chairs of the APA Transportation Planning Division Vanguard

Register for the event at: https://planning.adobeconnect.com/tipsandtricksevent/event/login.html

Summer of Maps Returns

Azavea’s Summer Of Maps is back – Got data? Need someone to map it? Summer of Maps is a three-month long fellowship giving student GIS analysts the opportunity to perform geospatial data analysis for local and national non-profit organizations. The deadline for non-profit project submissions is February 7, 2016. Check it out HERE.

Jan. 22: How to Write a Successful Grant Application


Have you ever put tremendous effort into a grant application only to be turned down for funding? Do you struggle with writing grant proposals on behalf of your government agency, non-profit, or community development corporation? Have you ever wondered how you could improve your grant applications so they are more likely to be funded in the future? Join DVRPC for a one–day comprehensive grantwriting workshop!  Participants will increase their understanding of what type of information belongs in each proposal section, learn how to avoid common grant writing mistakes, and increase the odds of having their proposal selected. The workshop will feature short lectures, small group activities, and the opportunity to ask questions. In the afternoon, we will use DVRPC’s Transportation and Community Development Initiative (TCDI) application as a template to discuss what makes a project compelling to a funder, and how to make your project come to life despite word count limitations.

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Join DVRPC’s Public Participation Task Force



The Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC), as part of its ongoing efforts to engage citizens in Greater Philadelphia, has opened a selection round to solicit new members for its Public Participation Task Force (PPTF).

The PPTF is comprised of Board-appointed members and citizens at-large selected through an application process open to all residents of the nine-county DVRPC region. The task force provides ongoing access to the regional planning and decision-making process, reviews timely issues, serves as a conduit for DVRPC information to organizations and communities across the region, and assists the Commission in implementing public outreach strategies. For more details about the PPTF, visit www.dvrpc.org/getinvolved.

DVRPC is seeking applicants with an interest in planning, knowledge of regional issues, a history of civic engagement, and effective communications skills. Task force membership will also strive to reflect the region’s geographic, ethnic, cultural, and economic diversity. Individuals interested in serving as members on the task force must submit an application by December 31, 2015. Applications are available to the public at libraries throughout the region, online at www.dvrpc.org, and by contacting Shoshana Akins, Public Participation Planner, at 215-238-2817 or sakins@dvrpc.org.

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Jan. 20: Technology, Data, and Engagement


Technology, Data, and Engagement (1.5 CM credits)
Wednesday, January 20, 2016; 3:45–5:30 PM

Ever-changing and ever more important, technology is reshaping community building, governance, and planning. Look at what’s coming next as panelists examine the three big components of technology: plan management, research and data, and public engagement. Learn about emerging technologies and how they apply to planning. See how some communities are tackling technology in a comprehensive way while others keep a tighter focus. What could your community be doing? Share ideas in a live Q&A with the panelists.

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City of Philadelphia Releases Traffic Research RFP

The City of Philadelphia has recently announced that it is seeking research proposals aimed at understanding Philadelphians’ traffic knowledge and behavior.

The winning solution will be awarded $32,000 to implement their strategy and have the opportunity to work directly with the City of Philadelphia.


Philadelphia sees approximately one hundred people killed on the streets every year as a result of traffic crashes.  City residents have long been under the perception that traffic crashes, and the fatalities they cause, are simply a part of the risk of being a resident, worker, or visitor to a major city.  Now, Philadelphia would like to challenge this notion.  The first step to solving the problem, is understanding the problem.

The City is looking for innovative ways to measure gaps in traffic knowledge and understand unsafe traffic behavior at identified intersections.

Successful solution(s) should provide a strategy for how to collect accurate information on one or both of the points below:

  1. What traffic rules and regulations Philadelphians do and do not understand.The City is interested in learning if Philadelphians are familiar with the following:
  2. The citywide speed limit;
  3. How to act around different types of bicycle infrastructure;
  4. The importance of yielding to pedestrians;
  5. How to pass school buses; and
  6. Other fundamental rules of the road.
  1. 2.What unsafe or illegal traffic behaviors are being engaged in at identified intersections, including risky behavior that does not result in traffic crashes.

The deadline for applications is Wednesday, December 23 at 5:00 PM EST.

To find out more and submit a proposal, visit “Small Contracts, Big Ideas” at http://bit.ly/1YkVJTh

Dec. 16: Development Committee Kickoff

APA Pennsylvania Southeast section is having a Development Committee call to help with the growth of the organization. The first phone call to help set the priorities of the group will be held on Wednesday, December 16 at 11:00 am. Any interested section members are welcome to join by calling 1-866-245-0351 passcode 605275.

The call will follow up and set new priorities for the newly created Development Committee. The committee looks at ideas to create sponsorship opportunities and develop membership in the APA Pennsylvania Chapter Southeast Section. If you’re unable to attend the call, but still have input you’d like to include, please contact vicechair@apapase.org with any thoughts, ideas, or interest in participating in future meetings.