Tag Archive for redevelopment and revitalization

Economic Development Division Holzheimer Memorial Student Scholarship

Applications due February 2, 2018

The Economic Development Division is currently accepting applications for the Holzheimer Memorial Student Scholarship for Economic Development Planning. Though applications are not due until February 2, early submissions are encouraged. Applicants must be Master’s level students currently enrolled in or recently graduated (2016 or later) from PAB-accredited planning programs in the United States.

The scholarship is named in memory of longtime APA member and economic development visionary, Dr. Terry Holzheimer of Arlington County, Virginia and Virginia Tech. The $2,000 award is a scholarship provided by the APA’s Economic Development Division. Winners are strongly encouraged but not required to use the award money to support attendance at the APA National Planning Conference. The application materials should include an original student paper or work that is 2,500 words or less (including citations and footnotes), and must include the name and contact information of a faculty member involved in supervising the student and/or the submitted work. The application form is available at: https://goo.gl/forms/RObcycBRCpNv7BSi2.

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Porches, Pocket Parks, and Pop-Ups: Philly’s Love Affair With Public Spaces

An architectural historian, preservationist, architect, and community economic developer walk into a panel…

Who’s who, what are they building, and where are they now?

On September 13th, PlanPhilly kicks it some of the folks who have been working on transforming urban spaces in Philadelphia for decades.

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Oct. 5: Chester County Planners’ Forum

Professional planners from Chester County are invited to attend the fall 2017 Chester County Planners’ Forum from 8 a.m.-10 a.m. Oct. 5 at the East Whiteland Township Building, 209 Conestoga Road in Frazer, Pa. At the event, Chester County Planning Commission staff will provide an update on Landscapes3, the county’s next long-range plan, and the Chester Valley Trail Extension to Downingtown. There also will be presentations from guest speakers about development trends in Great Valley, an economic development plan for the Kennett area, and riparian buffer ordinances. To register for the event, click here: https://chescoplanningfallforum.eventbrite.com. Email any questions you may have to ccplanning@chesco.org.

March 31: The New Normal for Downtowns

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

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Fall into CM Credits in Pennsylvania and New Jersey

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.

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April 29: Placemaking: Revitalizing Commercial Corridors in Philadelphia


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.

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Oct. 14: Gentrification Webinar

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.

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Oct. 16: How Immigrant Businesses Can Bring New Vitality to Downtown Retail Districts (2.5 CM credits)


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.

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May 13: Philadelphia Then and Now: Are Times Really A-Changin’?

Philadelphia Then and Now: Are Times Really A-Changin’?
An Interview with Harris Steinberg

The DVSGA invites you to a conversation with Harris Steinberg, Executive Director of the Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation at Drexel University.

Harris will speak on “Philadelphia Then and Now:  Are the Times Really A-Changin?” and then participate in a Q&A led by Inga Saffron of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Have we turned the corner?  Has Philadelphia finally come around to embracing the role of planning and design in city life and economic development?  Big projects such as the new Comcast Innovation Center to Drexel’s ambitious plans for University City are reshaping the skyline while smaller interventions such as Sister Cities Park and Schuylkill Banks are making the city livable.

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Call for Submissions: Scholarship Awards for Vacant Property Papers

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.

For details on the application process and eligibility, please visit: