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Oct. 2: Government Connext Forum


Friday, October 2, 2015

8:30 am–4:00 pm

(Program begins promptly at 9:30am)

The Conference Center at Mercer

1200 Old Trenton Road, West Windsor, NJ

With tightening budgets and growing responsibilities, towns across the country are struggling to keep pace with the constant flow of new government technologies. At the same time, citizens expect immediate access to information and streamlined communication alternatives. Join us to find out how municipalities can meet these expectations and improve operating efficiencies and communications.

Government & Nonprofit Representatives and Green Team Members: $35.00

Other Attendees: $100.00

REGISTER: http://bit.ly/govconnext

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May 28: Zoned Out

Zoned Out: Fair Housing Solutions Symposium

Presented by Housing Equality Center of Pennsylvania

The Housing Equality Center of Pennsylvania is hosting a fair housing symposium dedicated to zoning, planning and land use topics on Thursday May 28, 2015 from 9:00 – 3:00 in Willow Grove. The day long symposium, designed for local government officials, solicitors, attorneys, planners and housing advocates, will include presentations, panel discussions and networking opportunities with HUD, expert attorneys and local agencies.
This is a FREE event and is sponsored by the Housing Equality Center of Pennsylvania with support from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency, and Bucks-Chester-Montgomery Link to Aging and Disability Resources.

Register Here.

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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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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Nov. 20: The Great Millennial Mouth Off

The Great Millennial Mouth Off

Thursday, November 20, 2014

6:00 – 8:30 PM

Impact HUB (1227 N. 4th St., Philadelphia, PA 19122)

Tickets available at: http://yip.ticketleap.com/great-millennial-mouth-off/

There’s a huge mayoral election next spring–what matters most to you?

The Great Millennial Mouth Off is a night of debate and dialogue, a friendly competition designed to surface ideas that can move Philadelphia forward in three critical areas: Economic Development, Education and City Planning. Using unique conversation stickers, attendees will expand on, challenge, and bring focus to ideas while naturally mingling and moving throughout the room. Prizes will be awarded not only for the best ideas, but for ideas that generate the most conversation.

Attendees will be joined throughout the evening by prominent experts/coaches who will be rolling up their sleeves to play alongside. Experts include:

Ajay Raju, CEO – Dilworth Paxson

Meryl Levitz, CEO – visitphilly.org

Liz Dow, CEO – Leadership Philadelphia

Sam Katz, filmmaker – History Making Productions

Jane Golden, Executive Director – Mural Arts

Richard Maimon, Principal Architect – Kieran-Timberlake

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Sept. 23: “The Landscape” With Deputy Mayor Alan Greenberger


“The Landscape” with Deputy Mayor Alan Greenberger

September 23rd 6:00 PM

Meyerson Hall: 34th and Walnut, Upper Gallery

Cost: Free—Free with eventbrite registration

Have you ever listened to a presentation and wondered how this person got their job? How did they get this far? What projects are they most proud of? What are their biggest regrets? APAPASE’s events committee has designed a new series called “The Landscape” where these types of questions will be answered! The concept is similar to “Inside the Actors Studio”. Prestigious planners nominated by APA’s members will answer a set of questions with a live audience. This event is the first APA PA SE Mentor Program event and will serve as a great opportunity for mentors to meet up with their students.

We’re honored to have Deputy Mayor Greenberger as our first speaker. Alan Greenberger is the Deputy Mayor for Economic Development and Director of Commerce. He also serves as Chairman of the Philadelphia City Planning Commission. He has been with the City of Philadelphia since 2008.

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April 28: Open Government and Engaging the Public

Monday, April 28, 2014, 3:45 PM – 5:30 PM

Gloucester County Planning Commission, 1200 North Delsea Drive, Clayton, NJ 08312

This event offers 1.5 AICP CM credits.

3:30 – 3:45 PM: Registration

3:45 – 4:00 PM: DVRPC Presentation

4:00 – 5:30 PM: Live viewing of APA Audio/Webconference

Technology is changing the way planning is conducted and open government is reshaping community engagement. Citizens now can access extensive information online and make use of government data, application processes, review procedures, and project commenting. Learn how this affects the planning commission’s role as the interface between government and the public. The program also will look at the developing concept of participatory budgeting.

The event is free but RSVPs are required: http://dvrpc.ticketleap.com/open-government-and-engaging-the-public/

DVRPC’s Public Participation Task Force Meeting: Vacant Land, Land Banks, and Urban Gardens

Wednesday, December 4 at 6:00 P.M.

6:15 P.M.             A Philadelphia Land Bank: An Approach to Addressing Vacant Property … Jill Feldstein, Organizing and Advocacy Coordinator, Women’s Community Revitalization Project

A land bank is a public authority created to efficiently handle acquisition, maintenance, and sale of vacant properties. Land banks are a best practice that more than 75 governments have adopted, including Cleveland, Louisville, and Atlanta. The creation of a land bank authority is currently being discussed in Philadelphia; on October 28, the Public Property and Public Works Committee of Philadelphia City Council held a hearing on the Philadelphia Land Bank legislation. The Committee voted to give the bill a favorable recommendation meaning that it can now move to the full Council. Ms. Feldstein, one of the authors of the Philadelphia land bank legislation, will discuss issues surrounding land banks and next steps for Philadelphia.


6:45 P.M.             The Urban Garden Initiative… Aissia Richardson, Vice President of Operations, Uptown Entertainment & Development Corp

The Urban Garden Initiative transformed a vacant lot with rampant dumping, prostitution, and drug dealing to a meeting space for Philadelphia’s Broad Street community. Ms. Richardson will present the history, challenges, and issues surrounding the revitalization of this formerly vacant lot on North Broad Street.

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Central Section Event: Meeting the Letter and Spirit of the Law – 5.75 CM

Central Section Event: Meeting the Letter and Spirit of the Law: Legal Components of Comprehensive Plans | 5.75 CM

This workshop will provide participants with an understanding of the legal connection between Comprehensive Plans and the PA Municipalities Planning Code. Matthew J. Creme, Jr., Esq. will cover all of the applicable laws that are noted in Article III, Section 301(a)(6) which require municipalities to plan for the protection of natural and historic resources. Other applicable laws that are required to be followed when completing a municipal, regional or county comprehensive plan will also be covered Community planning documents that impact the development of comprehensive plans and how these plans including recreation plans, sewerage plans, and housing plans can complement each other will also be discussed. In addition, this workshop will discuss the five key components to developing plan content and the process to create a comprehensive plan more likely to be implemented and provoke action and results will be a key topic.

This workshop has been approved for 4.25CM credits and 1.5 Law .


Start: May 2, 2013 8:30 am

End: May 2, 2013 4:15 pm

Organizer: APA PA, Central Section

Venue: Pennsylvania Newspaper Association Community Room

Address: 3899 N. Front Street, Harrisburg, PA, 17110, United States

Registration fee is $40.00 for APA PA members and $45.00 for non members.

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