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April 20 – Transportation and Tourism

This is a free event. Visit this page to register.

Location: DVRPC, 190 N. Independence Mall West, 8th Floor

Time: April 20th, 9 AM – 11 AM

AICP CM Credits: 2.0

Many older communities and neighborhoods are home to tourist destinations, like museums, historic sites, arts and cultural venues, or parks and trails, among others. Visiting these sites—whether by car, bus, transit, foot, or bicycle—can often present challenges. The first part of this event will feature speakers familiar with transportation, tourism, and community and economic development. The second part of the event will feature a roundtable discussion where participants can ask peers questions about transportation and tourism, and offer advice based on their own experiences. This event is free and open to the public. It will be of particular interest to planners, community and economic development professionals, transportation professionals, arts/cultural/historic site/museum staff, and tourism/marketing professionals.


Maud Lyon, Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance
Shelley Bernstein, Barnes Foundation

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 communities and organizations facing similar concerns.


8:30 am – Registration, Light Breakfast, and Networking
9:00 am – Welcome and Introductions
9:15 am – Presentations
10:00 am – Q&A Panel Discussion
10:15 am – Roundtable Discussion Discuss with your peers and colleagues

“March 22: Breaking Ground: Transforming a Region Together (4.25 AICP CM credits approved)

Thursday, March 22, 2018

7:30 AM – 3:30 PM

Loews Philadelphia Hotel
1200 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Breaking Ground 2018: Transforming a Region Together is a day-long conference that aims highlights the principles and goals of Connections 2045 Long-Range Plan for Greater Philadelphia [https://www.dvrpc.org/Connections2045/]. While our region is made up of 352 local governments, we will be better-positioned and more economically competitive if we move forward together, as a region. This year’s conference celebrates regional cooperation and government efficiency. The keynote speaker—Brian Elms—is an expert in management and government performance. All attendees will receive a copy of Brian Elms’ book, PeakPerformance: How Denver’s Peak Academy is saving millions of dollars, boosting morale, and just maybe changing the world.

Concurrent sessions will feature government transparency, sustainable environmental practices, collaboration between businesses and government, the use of data and metrics, and a celebration of diversity age-friendly communities. Breaking Ground 2018 is expanding to include a Learning Lounge, which will feature businesses and tech companies that assist municipal governments in better serving their citizens.

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Complete a South Philly SEPTA Survey

The Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) in partnership with SEPTA and the City of Philadelphia will be examining the feasibility of creating a new transportation center in the vicinity of Pier 70/Whitman Plaza/Columbus Boulevard.
Currently, there is no SEPTA-owned or controlled property for the numerous bus routes that end trips in this vicinity. The routes G, 7, 25, 29, 47, 47M, 64 and 79 layover on private property, where there is little guarantee that SEPTA operations can continue either for the long-term or short-term.  Therefore, SEPTA operations and customers would benefit from a new central location, such as a transportation center.
This study will investigate potential site locations for a South Philadelphia Transportation Center. Staff will complete research and analysis to assess impacts to existing SEPTA routes and the potential for new and realigned routes with the addition of a new facility. A site plan concept will also be prepared.
You can access the survey using this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RQSTYLZ.

Oct. 5: Philadelphia and the World Heritage City

Philadelphia’s World Heritage City status: What does it mean for tourism in your neighborhood or community?

Philadelphia is the United States’ first World Heritage City. What does this mean for Philadelphia neighborhoods and nearby Greater Philadelphia communities? Hear from speakers familiar with neighborhood and community development, historic preservation, and tourism and hospitality. This event is part of GlobalPhilly 2017. 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.

Thursday, October 5, 2017
9:00 am – 12:00 pm

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Aug. 30: Social Justice & Public Health (2 AICP CM Ethics Credits)


Principles to Which We Aspire: Social Justice & Public Health (2 AICP CM Ethics Credits)
Wednesday, August 30, 2017
9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Registration/Light breakfast at 8:30 AM


Planners have a unique charge to make policy decisions with the welfare of citizens in mind. The “Principles to which we Aspire” section of the ethics code sets the standard for how planners to work toward a more just future. This lecture will cover how three planners have worked to:

  • Seek social justice by working to expand choice and opportunity for all persons
  • Recognize a special responsibility to plan for the needs of the disadvantaged and to promote racial and economic integration and urge the alteration of policies, institutions, and decisions that oppose such needs.
  • Provide citizens the opportunity to have a meaningful impact on the development of plans and programs that may affect them.


  • Lisa Servon, Professor and Department Chair, City Planning, University of Pennsylvania
  • Amanda Wagner, MCP, MGA, Get Healthy Philly
  • Caroline Harries, AICP, Associate Director, The Food Trust

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Oct. 18: Register Now for Changing Lanes Conference

You’re invited to Changing Lanes: A Transportation Conference on Technology, Trends, and Change on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at the Union League of Philadelphia! Join leaders from around the tri-state region to learn how technology, funding, and the changing workforce are affecting the transportation field, today and well into the future.

Session topics include: diversifying our transportation workforce, funding the region’s visionary transportation projects, using technology for civic engagement, and more.

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July 5: 2017 Planning Law Review (1.5 AICP CM Law Credits)

2017 Planning Law Review

The U.S. Supreme Court, federal courts, and state courts all play an important role in shaping planning throughout the country. This annual review delves into the important cases, the decisions that were made — or not made — and how this will affect planning at many levels. Legal experts and members of APA’s amicus curiae committee fill you in on what you need to know.

This event provides 1.5 AICP CM LAW credits.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

3:45 – 5:30 PM

Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission

190 N. Independence Mall W., 8th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19106

The event is free but registration is required:


Three Walkability Webinars for the Philadelphia Region

Join DVRPC and the Montgomery County Planning Commission for three webinars about walkability.
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APAPA-SE, DVRPC and PennDOT Connect on Transportation

On Thursday, February 23, 2017, APAPASE and the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) co-hosted a breakfast event about PennDOT Connects. The event, which took place at the American College of Physicians building in Philadelphia, featured Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) Secretary Leslie Richards, Brian Hare of PennDOT, and Elizabeth Schoonmaker of DVRPC, presentations are available here. Secretary Richards kicked off the event with a twenty-minute presentation where she explained transportation’s role in connecting communities and supporting economic development. Under the PennDOT Connects initiative, PennDOT will take an earlier and more active role in reaching out to communities to enhance engagement with local communities and improve transportation-project planning, design, and delivery so that transportation investments support a community’s vision and goals.

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