Sponsor Philadelphia’s APA Pennsylvania Annual Conference


The 2014 Annual Conference “Innovations from Historic Foundations” will be held at the Society Hill Sheraton October 12-14, 2014. This is the first time the American Planning Association, Pennsylvania Chapter Annual Conference is being hosted in Philadelphia for the first time in over a decade, providing a unique opportunity for firms located in Southeastern Pennsylvania to reach this state-wide audience and well up your name in the region. Become a sponsor today!

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Submit Nominations for Great Places

Rittenhouse Square, an APA Great Place

The Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA-PA) is kicking off the “Great Places in Pennsylvania” Program. Great Places are unique, memorable places where people want to be – not only to visit, but to live and work every day. They serve as a model that other communities want to emulate – places of exemplary character, quality planning, identity, cultural interest and community involvement with a sustainable vision for the future.

For this first year, the nomination categories are Great Neighborhoods and Great Public Places. Specific criteria have been developed for each category. The Great Neighborhoods criteria relate to form & function, character & identity, and environmental & economic challenges. Criteria for Great Public Spaces relate to form & function, unique characteristics, and social interaction.

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April 25: Volunteer at Temple EarthFest

Every year, Temple holds an Earth Day celebration called Earthfest.  Over 10,000 students and adults attend.  The Southeast Section staffs a booth on planning and the chapter.  We typically use historic aerials to discuss land use changes over time and how to plan for them.  The students (not all of them of course) typically react well to the aerials, trying to identify uses and answering questions on what they would do to plan.  (We usually are involved with a treasure hunt stamp and usually have candy, both of which add to the demand at our booth.)

The event will be held Friday April 25 at the Temple Ambler campus from 9:30 AM to 2 PM, although we need to get there earlier, probably around 8:30.  The event is lots of fun.  We need volunteers, preferably two people at a time for two hour shifts.  If you’re interested, please contact John Federico at jefederico@urbanengineers.com.

May 13: Andrew Howard of Team Better Block in Allentown

As part of the 2014 Spring Planning Forums – Making It Great Now, Andrew Howard, AICP of Team Better Block, a leading expert in placemaking and transportation, will be keynoting a day of sessions focused on revitalization and engaging communities in their future.  Andrew and additional sessions throughout the day will address strategies and methods that can be rapidly deployed, quickly implemented and readily realized to advance local community engagement and revitalization objectives. The forum will focus on the how-to and hands-on of creative asset mobilization, organizational structure, community capacity building, institutional support and civic engagement.  The local option is May 13, 2014 in Allentown.  5.25 CMs are pending approval for the event, including 1.5 ethics credits.

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Job Listings Get a Makeover at APAPASE.org



We heard you.

Since we first launched apapase.org in 2010, the single most popular feature on the site has been our regular job postings. (Shocking, right?) You’ve made apapase.org the go-to place to find jobs in and around the Southeast Section. It’s a service that the American Planning Association, PA Chapter, Southeast Section provides for free as a benefit to our members.

Now, finding and applying for those jobs will be even easier.

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March 24: APA-PA 2013 Conference Planning Meeting


The 2014 APA Pennsylvania chapter conference “Innovation from Historic Foundations” will be held at the Society Hill Sheraton October 12-14, 2014. This committee is working through topic specific subcommittees to help provide local support to APA Pennsylvania staff.

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April 2: People, Planning, and Public Health: A Joint Conference of Planning and Health Professionals


Join the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) and the Health Promotion Council (HPC) at this symposium that will connect professionals from the fields of public health and planning to foster a better understanding among practitioners. Participants will learn about data sources, useful tools to better serve our communities, and successful collaborations. Participants will leave with new ideas and opportunities for partnerships.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
9:00am to 3:30pm
DVRPC’s Main Conference Room
8th Floor, ACP Building
190 N. Independence Mall West, Philadelphia, PA 19106

To RSVP: planningandpublichealth.eventbrite.com

Create Planning Events in Philadelphia!

GALIP logo

Do you want to help plan events in the LGBTQ planning events in the Philadelphia region? Sign up at http://bit.ly/GALIPPHL to get in on the ground floor of a group doing just that. The Gays and Lesbians in Planning (GALIP) Division is looking to partner more locally on events in our region. Through this group you will be able to shape the way this group forms and what sorts of events are planned.


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DVRPC Unveils New Classic Towns Website


DVRPC’s Classic Towns of Greater Philadelphia program celebrated the first day of spring by unveiling a new website!

The new layout features photography of the Classic Towns and the intuitive navigation allows for an optimal visitor experience– making it easy to explore the townsread the news, and find local events.

Come visit our new website! Maybe you’ll discover a new neighborhood to call home, a place to expand your business, or a new weekend destination in the Classic Towns of Greater Philadelphia.


April 9: GeoPhilly Film Night (Free!)

Roger Tomlinson

Roger Tomlinson

Wednesday April 9th 6:30-9:00. Film starts at 7:00 PM.

PhilaMoca 531 N 12th street, (just North of Spring Garden Street)

The GeoPhilly meetup would like to invite planners to GeoPhilly film night. This screening of short archival films related to mapping, cartography, and planning from as early as the 1940s. “Data for Decision” (1967), our feature for the evening, focuses on Roger Tomlinson (the “Father of GIS”) and the first ever use of digital analytical map making. Other films will feature WW2 era cartography, challenges of non-digital map projections and how to deter everything from boredom in suburbia to mob fights through proper planning. This event is part of Philly Tech Week. Drinks and snacks will be for sale.