Nov. 12-14: Design on the Delaware


If you missed the APA PA State Conference….you can get your AICP CM Credits at this year’s Design on the Delaware, November 12 – 14, 2014 at the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel and Center for Architecture

The conference offers 23 Accredited AICP CM.  You can earn up 15 AICP CM including the 1.5 AICP CM Law requirement.

Course topics include green infrastructure, creating parks and other public spaces, transportation infrastructure, designing trails, business campus planning, riverfront planning, stormwater management, form-based code and more.

Registration fees as low as $235 for November 12th or 13th; $325 for November 12th and 13th. Individually priced tours are available November 14th .

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Nov. 5: Green Infrastructure and Coastal Resilience

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, November 5th at 4pm at Drexel University.  A webinar option will also be provided.

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

Green Infrastructure and Coastal Resilience

Adrian Benepe and Philip Orton

The topic for this session is green infrastructure and the urban coast, discussing the current state of natural hazard resilience and climate change adaptation.  Hurricane Sandy caused coastal flooding in Northern New Jersey and New York City that exceeded any levels reached in over three hundred years of the region’s history.  Philip Orton will place Sandy’s flood heights in the context of historically increasing storm tides and sea levels and will demonstrate how he is using hydrodynamic modeling to examine the efficacy of nature-based and vertical barrier based approaches. In response to resilience and adaptation, Adrian Benepe will discuss the benefits of storm water capture provided by natural green infrastructure and on wetland preservation. Adrian will focus on parks as green infrastructure, concentrating on The Trust for Public Land’s work around the country.

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Mentors Needed for Future City Philadelphia

Happy October from Future City Philadelphia.  The program is going strong with 46 schools registered.  Here is the current list of schools that need mentors:

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Nov. 5: Health Equity and Planning Ethics (1.5 CM Ethics)

Equity and ethics are not identical, but they do intersect. Listen as AICP planners and allied health professionals probe this important topic. How is health equity being addressed, and how does it relate to planning? What ethical codes do public health professionals follow, and where’s the intersection with planning ethics? Examine the role equity plays in various ethical frameworks and find out how communities and planners are taking on health equity.

This event offers 1.5 AICP CM Ethics credits.

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Oct. 30-Nov. 2: Big Ideas, Global Impacts

2014 ACSP 54th Annual Conference

The Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning is holding its annual conference in Philadelphia October 30 – November 2 at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel.  Today’s planning researchers and practitioners grapple with “big ideas”. From big data to fundamental restructuring of the world’s economy to climate change, the challenges of planning have changed dramatically. These challenges are daunting but they provide unprecedented opportunities for planning to have global impacts like never before. With these big challenges in mind, the Philadelphia ACSP conference aims to provide opportunities to address the big issues of today and tomorrow. Many of the sessions are approved for CM credits.

One day registration as a local practitioner is available.  Please visit for more details and use the attachment to register as a local practitioner: Local Practitioner Form

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!


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.

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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!


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