The New Normal for Downtowns
A DVRPC Strategies for Older Suburbs Roundtable
Friday, March 31, 2017, 9:00 AM — 1:00 PM
190 N Independence Mall West, 8th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19106
DVRPC’s roundtable series highlights challenges older suburbs and downtowns are facing. The Strategies for Older Suburbs Roundtable Series provides a means for networking and exchanging ideas with similar organizations facing the same concerns. Join us for a workshop with David Milder, DANTH, Inc., who is nationally recognized for his expertise on the new normal for downtowns, the deliberate consumer, multichannel retailing and niche revitalization strategies. The workshop will feature presentations, a question and answer session as well as one-on-one discussions. This event is approved for 2.5 AICP CM credits.
Light lunch will be served
The end of the year is only a few short weeks away, and for many planners that means their AICP CM-credit reporting period is coming to a close. Do you have all of the credits that you need? Are you looking for a few more events to get some additional credits? Below are some events happening in the Greater Philadelphia region in the next few weeks that offer AICP CM credits.
Join the Planning and Community Development Department at Temple University and its partners for a full day of learning and engagement on placemaking strategies used to revitalize commercial corridors in Philadelphia’s neighborhoods. The morning public lecture is free and open to the public. The afternoon design workshop is limited to 25 Temple University students.
Morning Public Lecture 9:00-Noon
Learn successful placemaking strategies that have turned commercial corridors into lively public places. Philadelphia community leaders will share their stories on how they have incorporated arts, market spaces, cultural resources, and green spaces to activate and revitalize commercial corridors. Coffee and donuts will be served.
Bridging the Gap: Research and Practice on Gentrification and Equitable Development in Philadelphia
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
12:00 noon–1:00 p.m. EST
Join us for a webinar during which we will discuss gentrification, residential displacement, and strategies for equitable development in Philadelphia. The webinar will feature findings from new research from the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia on Gentrification and Residential Mobility in Philadelphia, which examines the relationships between gentrification and both mobility patterns and financial health among residents in Philadelphia. This research also focuses on which neighborhoods in Philadelphia are gentrifying, who is moving into and out of gentrifying neighborhoods, and the experiences of vulnerable residents in those neighborhoods.
How Immigrant Businesses Can Bring New Vitality to Downtown Retail Districts (2.5 CM credits)
DVRPC’s Strategies for Older Suburbs Roundtable Series highlights challenges older suburbs and downtowns are facing. The Roundtable Series provides a means for networking and exchanging ideas with organizations facing similar concerns. This roundtable discussion will feature presentations on immigrant businesses followed by peer discussion.
Local economic development is of critical concern for municipalities and much effort is put into economic development strategies and initiatives. Actively working to attract immigrant newcomers is an emerging strategy many forward-thinking municipalities are employing. Immigrants represent 28 percent of Main Street business owners and can be found in a variety of businesses, including neighborhood goods and services, restaurants, and accommodations. Local officials understand immigrant-owned businesses contribute to local economic development, and competition is increasing. Learn how this important population segment can help the vitality of your downtown and what campaigns are currently underway in the Greater Philadelphia region.
The Vacant Property Research Network (VPRN) is pleased to announce its second annual scholarship competition for two masters students whose research contributes to new knowledge and practice around vacant properties.
Masters Scholarship Awards ($250) will be granted to two students enrolled in a masters degree program during 2015. Winners will be selected from the submission of a single-authored paper (12-30 pages in length) on a “vacant property” topic, which includes everything from deindustrialized landscapes, distressed cities, and shrinking regions to land banks, code enforcement strategies, and housing courts. Submissions may be refined term papers, practicum reports, or thesis chapters. Preference will be given to fully developed papers that demonstrate excellence and innovation in knowledge, research and/or practice about land change. Winners will be invited to participate in an upcoming VPRN-sponsored session at a national conference and may be eligible for travel or registration support.
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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).
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.
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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