Thursday, June 30, 2011

Sustainable Europe Summer Course

Follow our summer course in Switzerland via our student blog at:  Students will update the blog daily (or depending on travel every other day). We have 12 students from UVA and 9 from VT, including 5 graduate MURP students. Thus, chances are that you may know one of the ‘bloggers’.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

October 17: All ACC - VT Golf Challenge

October 17: All ACC - VT Golf Challenge | 11 AM | Evergreen Country Club (Haymarket, VA)

FORE! Golfers of all skill level are invited to join the National Capital Region Chapter for our annual HokieOpen Golf Tournament. 

This year’s event will take place at the premiere 18-hole course at Evergreen Country Club ( in Haymarket, VA. Evergreen offers a challenging, highly acclaimed Algie Pulley layout, which features water on 6 of the 18 holes, dramatic elevation changes, excellent course conditions, and 7,096 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72. 

Registration is open for the first 144 people. The $125 tournament fee includes practice time, golf cart, lunch, drinks on the course, a buffet dinner, and more! Prizes and awards (including a $10,000 Hole-in-One challenge) will be given away to our winners. A portion of the proceeds will benefit scholarships for students in the National Capital Region area. 

For more information, please visit

DC Area VT Alumni Association July 16: Family Summer Picnic

July 16: Family Summer Picnic | Time: 1 - 4 PM | Lake Fairfax Park - Home of the Water Mine (Reston, VA) | Contact:

Lake Fairfax Park is back by popular demand for this event. Many area Hokie alums have enjoyed our picnic here because it’s less than 20 miles from Arlington, Centreville, Bethesda, and DC. The 476-acre Lake Fairfax Park ( features an 18-acre lake, picnic areas, trails, and a playground. The park is also home to the Water Mine Family Swimmin’ Hole (, with slides, flumes, sprays, showers, and floatables. These attractions are designed for elementary-aged children, but there is something for everyone. 

Here is what your alma mater will provide:
  • A kid-friendly and dog-friendly event 
  • All-you-can-eat hot dogs, hamburgers, and veggie burgers
  • Bottomless cold beverages (alcohol is strictly prohibited in the park)
  • A wide variety of desserts for everybody
  • Cold side dish contest (with special prizes for the winners)
  • Games and activities for kids and adults (with special prizes for the winners)
If you are interested in entering the side dish contest, please contact Rob Bergeron at 

For more information on the event and to register, visit

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

You're Invited: FREE Lunchtime Workshop on Eco-City Alexandria on Thurs July 14

Alexandria Quality of Life Initiative
Lunchtime Workshop Series

Cosponsored by
ACT for Alexandria ■ City of Alexandria ■ Partnership for a Healthier Alexandria
■ Virginia Tech Center for Public Administration and Policy

The Alexandria Quality of Life (AQOL) Lunchtime Workshop Series bring people together around the key questions and challenges involved in further enhancing our great community.  How do we measure Alexandria’s Quality of Life?  How can agencies, nonprofits, businesses and community groups use this data to make our community an even better place to live, work and play?

In a conversational setting, we’ll discuss best practices and key insights about using community indicators to make meaningful community change, including ‘lessons learned’ from colleagues and peers. 

Join us for a stimulating discussion!  The workshops are free and open to the public; **FREE LUNCH** is provided for the July program courtesy of Virginia Tech.  For more information, contact Beth Offenbacker, Ph.D., Virginia Tech Center for Public Administration and Policy at or 703 623 4811.

Case Study:

Eco-City Alexandria and Community Indicators

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Noon -1pm

Beginning in spring 2007, the City of Alexandria partnered with Virginia Tech’s Urban Affairs and Planning Program (UAP) to design and facilitate a new, strategic collaborative planning process, called Eco-City Alexandria, to create an Eco-City Charter and Environmental Action Plan to guide Alexandria toward sustainability. Eco-Cities are places where people can live healthier and economically productive lives while reducing their impact on the environment. They work to harmonize existing policies, regional realities, and economic and business markets with their natural resources and environmental assets. Eco-Cities strive to engage all citizens in collaborative and transparent decision making, while being mindful of social equity concerns. 

As part of this effort, the Eco-City Alexandria team conducted an inventory of existing City programs and plans and examined best practices from across the country and around the world to create a Compendium of Model Programs and Practices. Join us for an indepth conversation about the ‘lessons learned’ from creating these indicators and how they are being used to support the Alexandria Eco-City Charter.

Speakers include:

        Bill Skrabak, Director, Office of Environmental Quality, Department of Transportation and Environmental Services, City of Alexandria

        Joe Schilling, Professor of Practice, VT Urban Affairs and Planning Program and part of the Eco-City Project team
LOCATION: Charles Houston Recreation Center, 901 Wythe Street, Alexandria, Va. 22314

Street parking nearby and also accessible via Alexandria’s DASH bus service

No charge to attend.  Seating is limited; please RSVP by Wednesday, July 13 at

Upcoming Northern Virginia AICP CM Credit Programs

2011 Planning Law Review
APA Audio/Web Conference (1.5 CM Credits)
Wednesday June 29, 2011, 4:00 PM to 05:30 PM
1.5 CM Credits
Hosted by: Fairfax County Dept. of Planning & Zoning
Herrity Building, Room 106
12055 Government Center Pkwy.
Fairfax, VA 22035
Land Use, Local Election and Citizen Participation Processes in the US and Russia
1.5 CM Credits
Wednesday, July 13, 2011, 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Arlington Central Library Auditorium
1015 North Quincy Street
Arlington, VA 22201

Land use, local elections and citizen participation processes work differently in Russia than the US. While it is well known that Russia has an authoritarian and highly corrupt government, there is little public discussion in the US about how these problems affect local concerns, such as urban planning, the allocation of municipal property, and citizen participation processes. Robert Orttung will provide an overview of current practices in Russia as compared with the U.S. Robert Orttung is the assistant director of the Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies at The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs and a Research Associate Professor of International Affairs. He is the author or editor of several books on current affairs in Russia as well as commentary published in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal.

APA Virginia Annual Conference – 2011
Wintergreen Resort
Wednesday July 20 through Friday, July 22, 2011

3.0 AICP Credit Pending
Wednesday, July 27, 2011, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Reston, VA
Hosted by: Fairfax County Dept. of Planning & Zoning and Dept. of Public Works and Environmental Services
RSVP by July 21, 2011 at:

Fairfax County has completed Watershed Management Plans for all 30 watersheds in the County. The Plans assess the health of all watersheds and contain a 25-year list of stormwater management and environmental restoration capital improvement projects. A tour of local stormwater project sites will follow a presentation on the Watershed Management Plans and planning process.

William Preston Society Master’s Thesis Awards

The Graduate School announces a call for nominations for the William Preston society Master’s Thesis Awards. Three awards will be selected, one from each of the following categories:

· Life Sciences
· Social Sciences, Business and Education
· Innovation Application of Technology to Scholarship

Eligible students will have completed their master's thesis in Summer 2010, Fall 2010 or Spring 2011. Winners will be recognized at the William Preston Society Annual Meeting in September 2011 and be submitted as a nominee for the awards selected by the Conference of Southern Graduate Schools.

For complete information about eligibility and nomination process, please see this link:

Deadline for submission of nominations is Friday July 29, 2011 at 5 pm

Job Oppty: Cumberland County Planning/Zoning

Cumberland County has a job available for a Planner I/Assistant Zoning Administrator.  It is an entry level planning job and the posting closes on July 1st.

Please click on this link for the ad, job description and an application.

Alliance to Save Energy Summer Internship

Teams: International team; Energy Efficient Codes Coalition

Full-time (37.5 hours/week), $11/hour, from ASAP to August 26, 2011
The intern's duties will be split between two teams and primary duties include:
• Update and enhance website materials
• Develop case study materials
• Help develop EE training materials on public sector energy efficiency
• Provide research support and excel modeling to project focused on energy efficiency in appliances and clean technologies
• Assist with preparations and logistics for visits by international delegations and study tours
•Assist effort to maximize publicity surrounding mid-July release of 2012 IECC by ICC
• Assist with identification of and outreach to green builders
• Assist with regular communications to efficiency stakeholders
• Help prepare materials for DOE-sponsored international conferences on energy efficiency
• Provide research support
Desired skills/qualifications:
• Good writing/communication, organizational, and research skills
• Strong attention to detail
• Highly professional and organized
• Dynamic and can work in a fast-paced environment
• Writing for the web
• Excel modeling skills
• Proof reading/editing
• Experience with graphic design would be a plus
Application instructions: 
Please send a resume, writing sample and cover letter to ASAP. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. Please specify the position to which you are applying. Cover letters can be addressed to "Internship Coordinators." No phone calls, please.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

HUD Announces Preview of Sust Comm Regional Planning Grant Pgm

"HUD announced today that a notice of funding availability for its Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant Program will be released shortly. The announcement is the latest in a series of NOFAs following the lengthy FY2011 budget debate that delayed the release of many grant opportunities well into the spring." (from the APA Blog)

Read more at the APA Blog,

Free July 19 HUD Learning Summit on Sustainable & Inclusive Housing

"Sustainable and Inclusive Housing Prize Initiative"
Learning Summit and Awards Ceremony Registration
Inscripción para la Cumbre de aprendizaje y el Otorgamiento de premios
Cúpula de aprendizagem e inscrição para a cerimônia de premiação

Tuesday, July 19, 2011
National Building Museum
401 F Street, N.W. Washington, D.C.

The summit and awards ceremony will be held Tuesday, July 19, 2011 at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC. Registration will start at 8:00 am EDT.

Registration and conference information is available at our website,"

Free June 27 PACE Webinar: 'Using Online Tools to Engage-and be Engaged by-the Public'

Sponsored by PACE-Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement

"Space is limited.
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:

Please join us for this PACE webinar featuring our friend and colleague Matt Leighninger of the Deliberative Democracy Consortium.

How can online tools help you engage citizens in public decision-making and problem-solving? What are the most common mistakes being made by public managers and other leaders as they try to work with the public online? In a given scenario, which tools and tactics seem most appropriate and effective? Using Online Tools to Engage – and be Engaged by – the Public, a new report from the IBM Center for the Business of Government, delves into these questions, describes a range of scenarios and tactics, and gives real-world examples of online engagement. It highlights over 40 different technologies in use today to support various kinds of public participation.

Matt Leighninger, who wrote the report, is Executive Director of the Deliberative Democracy Consortium, an alliance of the major organizations and leading scholars working in the field of deliberation and public engagement. The DDC represents more than 50 foundations, nonprofit organizations, and universities, collaborating to support research activities and advance democratic practice, in North America and around the world. Over the last seventeen years, Matt has worked with public engagement efforts in over 100 communities, in 40 states and four Canadian provinces. He is the author of The Next Form of Democracy: How Expert Rule is Giving Way to Shared Governance – and Why Politics Will Never Be the Same.

Chris Gates, the Executive Director of PACE-Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement, will moderate the discussion. PACE is an affinity group of the Council on Foundations and works as a learning collaborative of foundations doing work in the field of democratic theory and practice.

PACE Webinar: 'Using Online Tools to Engage-and be Engaged by-the Public'
Monday, June 27, 2011
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.

System Requirements
PC-based attendees
Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server

Macintosh®-based attendees
Required: Mac OS® X 10.4.11 (Tiger®) or newer"

Monday, June 20, 2011

Free June 28 Webcast on Social Networking and Democracy/Civic Participation

How Social Networking Can Reinvigorate American Democracy and Civic Participation
Free webcast sponsored by the Brookings Institution
Tuesday, June 28 at 10am eastern

Learn more and register at

"The 2008 campaign represented a textbook example of digital mobilization and impact.  Using social networking outreach tools such as Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter, a number of Democratic and Republican candidates raised money, identified supporters, and built unprecedented virtual electoral coalitions.  Despite social networking’s track record for generating democratic engagement, it has proven difficult to sustain political interest and activism online over time and move electronic engagement from campaigns to governance.  Faced with a polarized political environment and arcane debates over legislative provisions, many Americans have opted out of the online civic participation which was so prolific during the 2008 election cycle.

On June 28, the Center for Technology Innovation at Brookings will convene a discussion forum focused on using social networking and digital tools to reinvigorate democracy and extend electronic engagement from campaigns and grassroots-activism to governance. Participants will discuss strategies for voter empowerment, citizen engagement, and governance transformation. Questions to be examined will include: What tools does government use to engage the American people, and how have these engagement strategies evolved? How does social networking improve participation and collaboration in governance? What does current research say? What role should industry actors such as Facebook and Twitter play in encouraging online civic participation?"

Welcoming Remarks and Moderator
Darrell M. West
Vice President and Director, Governance Studies

Mindy Finn

Diana Owen
Associate Professor of Political Science, Director of American Studies
Georgetown University

Macon Phillips
Special Assistant to the President and Director of Digital Strategy
The White House

Lee Rainie
Pew Internet & American Life Project

Friday, June 17, 2011

Tuesdays at APA-DC - You're Invited!

You’re Invited!
Tuesdays at APA-DC
June 21 @ 5:30pm
BRT in Context: Colombia and New York
Speakers: Thomas Bassett
                   Program Associate, APA
                    &  Andrea Marpillero-Colomina
                   Historic Preservation & Urban Planning Media Coordinator, Columbia University

Rapidly urbanizing cities face new challenges regarding mobility. Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) is a flexible and cost-effective way to alleviate transit demands. Colombia has become the global leader with low-cost, high-efficiency BRT systems. This lecture will explore the physical aspects as well as innovative financing structure of BRT in Colombia and take a critical look at the recently implemented Select Bus Service in New York City.

CM | 1.0

Learn more about this event and upcoming events on the APA website

Tuesdays at APA–DC
Join APA in Washington, D.C., each month for this after-work lecture and discussion series. Practicing planners, researchers, and professionals from allied fields discuss innovative ideas and concepts or present their latest projects.
The events are free and open to APA members and nonmembers.

Please enter on 15th Street and check in with security desk
American Planning Association - Headquarters
1030 15th Street, NW, Suite 750 West
Washington, DC 20005

Metro – Farragut North (red line)
                 McPherson Square (orange/blue lines)
Parking available in paid parking lots or on street

We hope to see you there!

Free June 30 Webcast: Private Comm Assns, Boon or Bane for Local Governance?

You are cordially invited to attend


Thursday, June 30, 2011 • 9:00-10:00 a.m. ET
Sponsored by the Urban Institute

To attend in person in Washington, D.C., register at: (Registration is required.)

To watch the video webcast or a recording, go to (No registration is necessary.) 


Evan McKenzie, political science and law professor, University of Illinois at Chicago; author, Beyond Privatopia: Rethinking Residential Private Government (Urban Institute Press, 2011) 
Robert Nelson, public policy professor, University of Maryland, College Park; author, Private Neighborhoods and the Transformation of Local Government (Urban Institute Press, 2005) 

Rolf Pendall, director, Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center, Urban Institute
    Do homeowners and condominium associations, whose membership numbers more than 60 million people (a fifth of the U.S. population), offer their residents control over their neighborhoods? Or do these associations undermine individual freedom?

    Are these private governments a more efficient and responsible way than traditional governmental bodies to deliver local services? What are the fallout and remedies when homeowners associations and other private neighborhoods fail to meet their obligations? What impact will this form of collective private housing ownership have on the future of local government? How should the political and legal roles of private community associations change?

    Join us as two scholars of private government go public with their contrasting analyses of how “community interest housing developments” are remaking metropolitan America and of their philosophical, legal, and political underpinnings.

    At the Urban Institute, 2100 M Street N.W., 5th Floor, Washington, D.C.
    Breakfast will be provided at 8:45 a.m. The forum begins promptly at 9:00.

    Job Oppty: Quality Control Mgr - Dept of Public Space Mgmt

    Quality Control Manager -  Department of Public Space Management

    The Downtown DC Business Improvement District is seeking candidates for a position to promote delivery of consistent high-quality services, through BID programs and public-private partnerships, to support a remarkable urban experience in the Downtown.

    Reporting to the Director of Public Space Management, the Quality Control Manager will develop and staff effective quality control systems, data collection and assessment tools. Will identify and assemble project teams, manage data, negotiate and administer work orders, and assist in administering municipal regulations. S/he will be responsible for meaningful goal setting, measurable outcomes and accountability for all projects.

    The successful candidate will manage programs in the use and conditions of public space-streetscape, parks, plazas and roadways.  S/he will also manage partnerships with property managers, public safety and public works officials, and regulatory agencies, (especially city government), the National Park Service, the General Services Administration, and other DC BIDs.  Will coordinate special teams of Safety and Maintenance staff, (Downtown SAMs), as well as interns in data collection and survey tasks.

    The Manager will staff joint programming with other entities to leverage BID services and funding in community improvement efforts. Will also provides guidance and technical assistance to the Director on public space issues and community involvement.

    The ideal candidate will have at least five years' technical experience in a large-scale service or campus environment, with experience in property management, municipal services or public-private partnerships.  Strong verbal, written and data collection and communication skills are required, including demonstrated ability to interact with clients and staff. High level of technical proficiency required in collection, management and analysis of data.  A Bachelor's degree is preferred. Familiarity with, and passion for, Downtown DC strongly preferred.

    The Downtown BID, a 501c(6) non-profit organization, offers competitive salary, excellent benefits, and central location convenient to public transportation. Please email resume with cover letter and salary requirement to

    Part-time Summer Job

    Part-time summer job opportunity: Become a docent at the Reston Museum sponsored by the Reston Historic Trust.  Docent needed for weekend work, $10.00/hour.  Lake Anne Village Center, Reston.  Contact  Loren Bruce at 703-709-7700.

    Thursday, June 16, 2011

    Graduate Student Assembly Elections, National Capital Region

    Graduate Student Assembly, National Capital Region (GSA NCR) is looking for motivated graduate students to represent NCR students. Applications are invited for Chair, Vice-Chair, Treasurer and two delegates’ positions, constituting the 2011-2012 GSA-NCR committee
    Deadline: 6/24/2011

    Committee Chair Responsibilities:
    1. Serve as primary liaison between Blacksburg GSA (executive board) and NCR campus.
    2. Oversee operations of GSA NCR.
    3. Plan events associated with GSA at NCR campus.

    Vice-chair Responsibilities:
    1. Serve as GSA NCR membership coordinator.
    2. Assist the chair with GSA-related programs at NCR campus.

    Treasurer Responsibilities:
    1. Manage finances for GSA-NCR.
    2. Assist both the chair and vice-chair at NCR campus with activities and programs associated with GSA

    Delegate Responsibilities:
    1. Participate in University wide delegate meetings.
    2. Vote for NCR region in delegate meetings.
    It is allowed to apply for multiple positions at the same time. However, only one position can be granted per person.

    Please submit a short letter of interest (in plain text, MS Word, or PDF format) from your email to and Shree Narayanan with the following items:
    1. "GSA NCR APPLICATION" in email subject.
    2. Your name, program, and department.
    3. Your contact method.
    4. Position(s) applying for in the order of your preference.
    5. Other content of your choice.

    June 17 Meet the Scientists Program

    Meet the scientists and tour the new research center. This event is organized to maximize the opportunities for networking among scientists as well as to provide a forum for sharing Virginia Tech's research capabilities available at the new research center in the National Capital Region, in Roanoke, and in Blacksburg.

    When: 6/17/11 @ 8:00
    Where: 900 N. Glebe Road, Arlington, VA

    June 18 Capitol Tour & Social

    Come tour the Capitol followed immediately by a happy hour on Capitol Hill with fellow Hokies. The tour will be given by Brent Blevins, an officer with the NCR chapter board and a Congressional staffer.

    When: 6/18/11 @ 3:00
    Where: Capitol Building, Washington DC

    WWICS Research Assistant Internship

    The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars announces its call for Fall 2011 research assistant internship applications. The priority deadline to apply is Friday, July 1, 2011.  You can review and download the internship application form and additional information at:

    If there are any questions, please contact Krishna Aniel, Internship Coordinator and Recruitment Specialist, at (202) 691-4053 or via email at

    June 26 VT NCR Open House

    Virginia Tech - Closer Than You Think!

    join us to celebrate the opening of our new facility
    in the National Capital Region

    Virginia Tech Research Center – Arlington
    Sunday, June 26, 2011
    1 to 3 p.m.

    900 N. Glebe Road
    Arlington, VA

    Wednesday, June 15, 2011

    Part-Time Database Management Job, Washington DC

    Part-Time Database Management Job
    Washington, DC

    Good Jobs First seeks a part-time data entry associate to help manage our contact management database.

    The database is in ACT brand software. Data entry responsibilities include but are not limited to: updating contact information; deleting duplicate entries; and working with other staff members on new and revised entries.

    Familiarity with ACT is desired but not required. Applicants should have a desire to work for a social and economic justice organization. Good Jobs First is a fast-paced nonprofit organization based in Washington, DC and is the nation’s leading resource for grassroots groups and public officials seeking to make economic development subsidies more accountable and effective.

    This position is part-time at approximately 8 hours per week at $15 per hour.

    Please email resumes to No phone calls, please.

    Michelle Y. Lee
    Communications and Development Coordinator
    Good Jobs First

    Free June 16 Partnership for Sustainable Communities Webinar

    Join the senior leadership of the federal Partnership for Sustainable Communities on Thursday, June 16, 2011 to celebrate the Partnership's two-year anniversary and to talk about what initiatives are coming next.
    Celebrating Two Years of Partnership
    Beth Osborne, Deputy Assistant Secretary, DOT;
    Shelley Poticha, Director, Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities, HUD;
    John Frece, Director, Office of Sustainable Communities, EPA; and
    Derek Douglas, Special Assistant to the President for Urban Affairs (Invited)
    Thursday, June 16, 2011 - 1:00 PM EDT
    Click here to register for this webinar. Call-in information will be sent to registrants.

    On June 16, 2009, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) joined together to help communities nationwide improve access to affordable housing, increase transportation options, and lower transportation costs while protecting the environment to better support local economies.

    The Partnership for Sustainable Communities works to coordinate federal housing, transportation, water and other infrastructure investments to make neighborhoods more prosperous, allow people to live closer to jobs, save households time and money, and reduce pollution. Over the past two years, the Partnership has visited with residents and business leaders in hundreds of communities, coordinated to provide new funding opportunities, and worked to reduce barriers at the federal level. For more on the Partnership, visit

    Tuesday, June 14, 2011

    2011 Ed Bacon Student Design Competition

    The Philadelphia Center for Architecture is excited to announce its upcoming 2011 Ed Bacon Student Design Competition, scheduled for September 2011.

    For the sixth consecutive year, this international competition challenges students in all disciplines to focus on a real-world urban design problem. In the spirit of the competition’s namesake, Edmund N. Bacon (head of Philadelphia's City Planning Commission from 1949-1970), the program focuses on encouraging multi-disciplinary, visionary ideas for our urban future.

    Pre-Registration Due: Thursday, September 08, 2011 @ 11:59pm EST -
    Competition packets emailed on May 09, 2011 to all pre-registered individuals and teams

    Final Entries Due: Friday, September 30, 2011 @ 11:59pm EST
    Winners announced early 2012

    Awards Ceremony: February 2012 (date TBD) @ the Philadelphia Center for Architecture
    Pre-registration for Part 2 will be accepted starting April 2012

    Upcoming CM Opportunities

    2011 Planning Law Review
    APA Audio/Web Conference (1.5 CM Credits)
    Wednesday June 29, 2011, 4:00 PM to 05:30 PM
    1.5 CM Credits
    Hosted by: Fairfax County Dept. of Planning & Zoning
    Herrity Building, Room 106
    12055 Government Center Pkwy.
    Fairfax, VA 22035

    Land Use, Local Election and Citizen Participation Processes in the US and Russia
    1.5 CM Credits Pending
    Wednesday, July 13, 2011, 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
    Arlington Central Library Auditorium
    1015 North Quincy Street
    Arlington, VA 22201

    Land use, local elections and citizen participation processes work differently in Russia than the US. While it is well known that Russia has an authoritarian and highly corrupt government, there is little public discussion in the US about how these problems affect local concerns, such as urban planning, the allocation of municipal property, and citizen participation processes.  Robert Orttung will provide an overview of current practices in Russia as compared with the U.S.  Robert Orttung is the assistant director of the Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies at The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs and a Research Associate Professor of International Affairs. He is the author or editor of several books on current affairs in Russia as well as commentary published in the  New York Times  and Wall Street Journal.

    APA Virginia Annual Conference – 2011
    Wintergreen Resort
    Wednesday July 20 through Friday, July 22, 2011

    Extension Associate position at K-State in public finance

    Position: Extension Associate

    Office of Local Government, Department of Agricultural Economics, Kansas State University Full-time, term position in the Office of Local Government, subject to annual performance review.

    Date Available: The starting date is negotiable.

    Responsibilities: Assist University faculty member in Extension outreach education program related to state and local government budgeting and public finance. This position is affiliated with the Office of Local Government (OLG) in the Department of Agricultural Economics, Kansas State University. Duties include: (1) independently and in collaboration with the Director develop and deliver Extension outreach education programs in the general area of local government budgeting and public finance; (2) interact with external clientele including local public officials, county Extension agents, community organization representatives and citizens, respond to inquiries, and make referrals as appropriate; (3) create and maintain large databases of local government budget information; (4) develop written reports and instructional materials related to public finance for mass distribution;
    (5) conduct technical analyses and applied research for cities and counties, including state and local trend studies and comparative analyses; (6) lead, support, and contribute to Internet-based information dissemination; (7) participate in an active applied research program; (8) provide leadership in the day-to-day management of OLG office operations and finances; (9) provide general support for the overall educational outreach mission of OLG; (10) provide supervision, assistance and instruction to other OLG staff and students, and (11) create an environment that fosters diversity, collegiality and ability to work in a multi-cultural setting. Additional program information:


    * Bachelor's degree in Accounting, Economics, Public Administration, or other discipline with emphasis in public finance, accounting, and/or budgeting and financial management.
    * Excellent quantitative analysis skills in financial accounting, management, data assembly and analysis. Capacity to use the relational capabilities of Microsoft Suite, including word processing, spreadsheet and database.
    * A sound, working knowledge of Kansas state and local government institutional structure and functions.
    * Ability to communicate complex economic concepts to a lay-audience both orally and in writing. Excellent writing skills. Willingness to travel in-state for educational outreach, including occasional overnight stays.
    * Strong commitment to expanding and fostering diversity.

    * Masters or Ph.D. degree in an appropriate discipline.
    * Practical experience in working with local government budget documents is strongly preferred.

    Salary & Benefits: Salary is competitive and commensurate with candidate's ability and experience. The Kansas State University benefit package includes a retirement plan, group health and life insurance, worker's compensation, vacation, sick leave and other benefits <>.

    How to Apply: Submit (1) a letter of application that includes a statement of interest, qualification and aspiration, (2) resume, (3) transcripts of all college and university work, and (4) complete contact information for three references be sent to:
            Judy Maberry
            Department of Agricultural Economics
            342 Waters Hall
            Kansas State University
            Manhattan, KS 66506

    Deadline: The deadline for applications is July 1, 2011. Questions about this position can be directed to Dr. John Leatherman at 785-532-4492,

    Affirmative Action: Kansas State University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. KSU encourages diversity among its employees.