Monday, October 31, 2011

Call for Papers - Sustaining Regional Futures - Beijing Conference Center, Beijing, China - Regional Studies Association Global Conference 2012 - Sun

The Regional Studies Association is concerned with the analysis of regions and sub-national issues and promotes interest and research on regional economies throughout the world. For the first time, the annual conference is being held outside Europe and is being organised with our partner, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, around the theme of `Sustaining Regional Futures' in Beijing, China.

As well as the plenary sessions at the Beijing conference, where keynote speakers will address some of the biggest issues facing regions and sub-national areas around the world, gateways are being organised on the causes and implications of different patterns of regional development. The gateways are dedicated to assessing the forms and successes of regional policies in managing regional disparities; establishing basic public services; supporting endogenous growth and the comparative advantages of regions; promoting regional competitiveness and sustaining harmony between the economy, society and the environment.

Offers of papers on each of these themes are encouraged - on different countries' and regions' experiences, and on comparative studies. Papers on aspects of social justice, territorial politics, governance, and peripheral and marginal regions are also welcome to address what has been happening in these times of rapid national growth and global upheaval. Additional topics in which we particularly encourage contributions are city-regions, spatial planning and analysis which may look at the position in China but which may focus elsewhere. Debate and discussion, contrast and comparisons are essential to the success of Regional Studies Association conferences and to academic endeavour. Critical analyses and sharing of experiences in all these topic areas will ensure the Beijing conference achieves the aims that the Regional Studies Association and its partners have set out for it.

Gateway Themes
A. Environmental sustainability
B. Migration and labour markets
C. Social justice and civil society
D. Rural challenges
E. Territorial politics and policy
F. City-regions and urban transformations
G. Spatial econometrics
H. Borders, border regions and peripherality
I. Industries, entrepreneurship, and regional competitiveness
J. Innovation and knowledge economies
K. Creativity, identities, and branding
L. Spatial planning and practice
M. Banking, finance and financialisation

Organisers welcome proposals for special sessions, themed workshops and innovative forms of networking and collaboration. If you would like to organise or offer a session to the conference please contact Jimmy Ancheta Jr. at and we will assist you.

Academic Organising Committee: Co-chairs, Liu Yi: , Andrew Beer: , Secretary, Weidong Liu:, Members, Henry Yeung:, He Can Fei:, Anthony Yeh: Mike, Pedro Marques:

For the most up-to-date version of this call for papers visit:

Southern Regional Science Association 51st Annual Conference Call for Papers - deadline for submission of abstracts is January 15, 2012

We are pleased to issue the call for papers for the 2012 Southern Regional Science Association Conference in Charlotte, NC. We will meet at the Charlotte Marriott City Center from Thursday, March 22 through Saturday March 24.

To participate, please send an abstract to Program Chair Dan Rickman (Oklahoma State University) by going to the Association website. After logging onto the site, click on 2012 Annual Meeting of the Southern Regional Science Association. Then click on Proposal Submission to begin the submission process. Unless the paper is part of a special session, submit the paper under the track General Papers. The initial deadline for submission of abstracts is January 15, 2012. We already have a number of organized sessions planned but we invite others to also propose sessions. To propose a session, please e-mail Dan at

Each paper accepted for presentation in the 2012 SRSA meeting will be assigned a discussant. Participants will be given their discussants' contact information and will be responsible for delivering a complete paper to that person by March 14, 2012.

Multinational Strategies, Networks and Regional Economic Development - A workshop on inter-regional trade, investments, knowledge transfer and their e

The aim of this intensive two-day workshop is to bring together an international group of researchers with an interest in multinational strategies, trade and FDI, and regional economic development to:

a) present and discuss research findings on the effect of trade, investments and labor mobility on the performance of urban systems; and,

b) to explore opportunities for joint research by exploring a research agenda "Multinational Strategies, Networks and Regional Economic Development" by taking an interdisciplinary perspective combining insights from economic geography, international economics, and international business.

Presented papers will be considered for publication in a volume by an international recognized journal and/or publisher.

Themes may include: FDI; trade and regional economic development; Location and multinational strategy; Internationalization of clusters; Entry strategy of multinationals; Trade, FDI and European integration; Offshoring of R&D and regional economic development; Urban and regional competition for foreign direct investment

Prof. dr. Roberto Basile, Prof. dr. Philip McCann, and Prof. dr. Klaus Meyer will present keynote lectures. The venue of the workshop is the Woudestein campus of the Erasmus University Rotterdam in the Netherlands.

The workshop is organized by the RSA Research Network on Regional Urban Systems and their Performance. Organizers are Dr. Martijn Burger (Erasmus University Rotterdam), Prof. dr. Frank van Oort (Utrecht University), Dr. Evert Meijers (TU Delft), and Prof. dr. Enrico Pennings (Erasmus University Rotterdam).

Places are limited to allow ample time for presentation and discussion of papers. To participate, send an e-mail with abstract to and/ before November 1st. Please note that all abstracts will be subject to review and the organizers will make the final decision regarding inclusion in the workshop program.

Thanks to the support of the Regional Studies Association and the Erasmus Research Institute for Management, participation in the workshop (including informal dinner) is free of charge. Moreover, we are able to offer some travel bursaries to assist eligible attendees with their travel and accommodation costs.

Those wishing to apply for a travel bursary should indicate this when submitting their abstract. More details available at:

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Metro Washington Council of Governments is seeking volunteer scribes for pricing acceptability forums

We are looking for volunteers to act as scribes at one (or more) of our upcoming forums on the public acceptability of congestion pricing. I’m hoping some of you will be willing to help us out with this very interesting public opinion research project.

The forums, titled “Should We Use Congestion Pricing to Help Solve Our Traffic Woes?,” are examining whether and how the attitudes of the general public toward congestion pricing will change after citizens learn about and discuss current problems and potential solutions. The forums are part of a TPB study that has been funded by the Federal Highway Administration and is being conducted in partnership with the Brookings Institution. We have engaged the non-profit AmericaSpeaks to conduct the forums. I’m attaching a memo on the study to give you some background.

The invitation-only forums are essentially “mega focus groups” comprising about 60-70 people. The sessions last approximately four hours, beginning at 10:00 a.m., and are held on Saturdays throughout the region. At the forums, participants are divided into 8-10 round-table discussions with 7-9 people each. Discussions are led by a facilitator, provided through AmericaSpeaks. Scribes (hopefully some of you) record the discussions on laptops and periodically forward the groups’ comments to a “theme team” that synthesizes the input from the different discussions.

We need 8-10 scribes for each of the following events:

· Saturday, November 5 – Rockville, MD

· Saturday, November 19 – Chantilly, VA

· Saturday, December 3 – Springfield, VA

· Saturday, January 21 – Washington, DC

We will train you (a quick briefing) and provide lunch. If you can do only one, that’s great; more than one, that’s great too!

If you want to participate or you have questions, please let me know. Or you can contact Gareth James or Ben Hampton of the DTP staff.

These forums offer a unique opportunity to learn about the evolution of congestion pricing as a potential policy solution, and to observe an innovative public opinion research technique. I hope you’ll be able to assist us with this fascinating project!

Please Contact for more information:

John Swanson, AICP

Principal Transportation Planner

Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments


Reinventing the Strip Mall Design Competition - Deadline November 30, 2011 - City-Region Studies Centre - University of Alberta - Edmonton, Alberta

Strip Appeal is an ideas design competition, and travelling exhibit, intended to stimulate and showcase creative design proposals for the adaptive reuse of small-scale strip-malls.

How might the small-scale strip be reinvented and redeveloped to local advantage? Simple and sturdy, what better adaptable typology than the small-scale strip. Any community can make the small-box their own.

We invite you to identify ailing strip-malls in your local neighborhoods to which you will apply your creative ideas for their aesthetic reinvention and adaptive reuse. Go to:

Saturday, October 29, 2011

APA Virginia Releases 2011 Publication, "Managing Growth and Development in Virginia: A Review of the Tools Available to Localities"

APA Virginia has released the 2011 edition of its publication of Managing Growth and Development in Virginia:  A Review of the Tools Available to Localities (October 2011).  The publication can be downloaded at

According to APA Virginia Chapter president Jeryl Phillips, the publication is now in its seventh edition.  It "has proved to be a valuable resource for those seeking to understand current enabling legislation as it pertains to land use planning in Virginia, and includes modifications made to Virginia’s planning and zoning enabling authorities during the 2011 General Assembly Session."

Graduate Students Honor Code Training

Graduate Students Honor Code Training

Do you think upholding academic integrity at Virginia Tech is important? If so, then you may want to serve as a panelist for the Graduate Honor System. The GHS is looking for both faculty and students to join a volunteer team of panelists who serve on investigative and judicial panels and may hold information sessions/orientations to academic departments about the GHS. We are always looking for more NCR grads students so that we are fully representative of our campus community in our panels! To learn more about the GHS, visit To become a panelist, you must attend one of the hour-long training sessions. Please complete the following survey to indicate which training session you would attend:

When: 11/2/11 @ 5:30 & 11/3/11 @ 12:00
Where: Room 401 Northern Virginia Center
Who: Chief Justice Katelin Shugart-Schmidt

Friday, October 28, 2011

ETD Speaker Series: Graduate School Review of your ETD

ETD Speaker Series: Graduate School Review of your ETD

Graduate School staff will discuss items we check while reviewing your submitted ETD and the timeline of the submission process

When: 11/9/11 @ 7:00 PM
Where: Room 351 Northern Virginia Center
Room F Graduate Life Center
Virtual Graduate Life Center (vGLC) via online

Virtual users should plan on signing up for an account several days prior to the event.

vGLC users should "arrive" no later than 6:45 the night of the event to ensure all settings are correct to view the event before it begins at 7pm. Questions regarding the vGLC should be directed to


Thursday, October 27, 2011

APA Division to host free webinar on Chesapeake Bay Restoration Program - 11/2 - CM Credits Available

Wednesday, Nov 2, 2011 @ 1:00 PM

APA’s Regional and Intergovernmental Planning Division will host a free webinar on the Chesapeake Bay Restoration Program. The speakers will be: John Carlock, Deputy Director of the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission; Jeffrey Corbin; Special Assistant to the EPA Administrator for the Chesapeake Bay and Anacostia River; and, Anthony Moore, Assistant Secretary of the Virginia Department of Natural Resources for Chesapeake Bay Restoration.

The link to register for this webinar is:

CM 1.5 Credits available for this webinar.

The Chesapeake Bay Restoration program has been underway since the mid-1980’s. A recent consent order directed the EPA to take a stronger role. Initially, the states submitted their general strategies in the latter part of 2010 and early 2011 to implement the EPA directed program. Now the states are working with local and regional agencies in developing implementation steps. The Division’s first webinar on this subject was in late May. It generally concentrated on State of Maryland actions. The upcoming webinar will concentrate on State of Virginia actions.

The first hour will be given over to presentations by the panelists. The last half hour will be given over to audience questions.

This webinar is being put on through the Ohio State University City and Regional Planning Department webinar service.

For more info, contact:

Lee Schoenecker

Immediate Past Chair

Regional and Intergovernmental Planning Division

American Planning Association


Going Public: Spaces in our Communities

Registration now open for 2011 WTPD Online Conference

1-2 November 2011

The World Town Planning Day Online Conference Committee topic for the 2011 conference is Going Public: Spaces in Our Communities.

We've put together an exciting line-up of speakers from around the world – Canada, USA, Dubai, China, and many more. What better way to celebrate the planning profession than to engage in a worldwide conversation on-line?

To learn more about the conference schedule, speakers and how to register, please visit

Registration fees range from $20 to $50 USD depending on your country of residency and day rates also are available. Students with proof of status can register for the conference at the rate of $10 USD.

Bonus! Registrants for the 2011 conference receive free access to the recordings and presentation materials for our 2009 (theme: Healthy People, Healthy Places, Healthy Planet) and 2010 (theme: Resilience in a Changing Climate) events.

We hope you'll join us for this our third annual event in honor of World Town Planning Day! Registration closes on Saturday, 29 October at midnight.

13.5 AICP CM Credits Pending as a Multi-Part Event

Partner Organizations
* American Planning Association's International Division
* Commonwealth Association of Planners
* Canadian Institute of Planners
* The Chinese University of Hong Kong
* European Council of Spatial Planners-Conseil europƩen des urbanistes

* FederaciĆ³n Iberoamericana de Urbanistas
* Hong Kong Institute of Planners
* Hong Kong Institute of Urban Design
* International Federation for Housing and Planning
* New Zealand Planning Institute
* Planning Institute of Australia
* Royal Town Planning Institute
* South African Council for Planners

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Call for Papers: The Journal for Nonprofit Management

The peer reviewed, biannual online Journal for Nonprofit Management (JNM) is a forum for the publication, dissemination, and discussion of all aspects of developing a common base of U.S.-based nonprofit management practice. Scholars, practitioners, and students are invited to submit their manuscripts for publication in JNM's eleventh year. The journal welcomes submissions from all areas of nonprofit management practice. Examples of desirable submission areas include (but are not limited to) the following areas:
•Nonprofit boards and governance issues
•Organizational Change
•Succession planning
•Strategic and business planning
•Ethics of nonprofit management
•Theories of nonprofit management
•Philanthropic fundraising and marketing
•Performance management and evaluation
•Conflict Management
•Human resource management
•Volunteer management
•Budget and finance
•Management of information technology
•Staff supervision
•Public relations –media, community, legislative and other governmental relations
•Grant writing and contract management
•Managing corporate liability

Manuscript Guidelines
These specific types of manuscripts will be published in the Journal for Nonprofit Management:
•Shorter Contributions
•Case Studies
•Book Reviews

Authors should review the electronic publication format appendix in the APA Style Guide, which is online at . Manuscripts must be written in English, double-spaced, using 12-point Courier or Times New Roman font. An abstract of 100-150 words must be included on the second page of the manuscript, after the title page.

Manuscripts should be submitted via email using Microsoft Word to and A hard copy should also be sent to the address below:
John Brothers, LP.D and Ronald Quincy, PhD, Co-Editors
Journal for Nonprofit Management
Rutgers University –Center on Nonprofit Management and Governance
390 George Street, 5th Floor
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Sustainability Series Webinar October 28! "Developing a Business Plan for an Urban Farm"

Vita Nuova LLC

**1 AICP Credit typically available per webinar. Visit to add the webinar to your CM log.

Friday October 28, 2011- 12:00pm eastern

Developing a Business Plan for an Urban Farm

Christopher Choi, USEPA

Jim Rocco, Vita Nuova LLC

Fresh FoodWhether to help address community challenges such as vacant properties, food deserts, neighborhood crime, and unemployment rates, or just to better connect residents with what they put on their plates, interest in building farms as part of the urban landscape is growing. The idea is simple enough: taking vacant or underused lots to grow healthy food. Therefore, it is not surprising that this concept has appeal to a diverse range individuals and organizations with farming knowledge, skills and experience, or a lack of them, to match.

Christopher Choi, USEPA

While urban farms may share the basic process requirements of traditional agriculture, there are also many elements that are unique to urbanized areas that will require attention such as local zoning, neighborhood crime, utility access, and storage/refrigeration space. Individuals and organizations will improve their ability to establish a successful, economically sustainable urban farm if these and other issues are acknowledged and planned for up front.

Jim Rocco,
Vita Nuova LLC

Through funding from U.S. EPA's Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization, EPA Region 5, along with Vita Nuova and SRA International, worked with Toledo CDC, Lucas County Improvement Corporation, and other local partners to facilitate the redevelopment of a 2-acre brownfield site into the Fernwood Growing Center. The Fernwood Growing Center's goal was to reclaim a vacant parcel of land, and turn it into productive use by providing a source of and educating the local population on fresh fruits and vegetables. To help the Fernwood Growing Center realize their goal, we help them develop a business plan to guide the process and cost of starting it up and maintaining it.

The Urban Farm Business Plan Handbook provides a framework for any organization or community interested in developing an urban farm to help address neighborhood blight, food access, or community development challenges on brownfields or vacant sites. The handbook provides guidance on how to assemble marketing, operating, and financial strategies to communicate your urban farm project to potential partners and funders along with worksheets to help identify and address the issues important to the development of these strategies.

Vita Nuova Sustainability Series

Register for Vita Nuova's monthly Sustainability Series Sustainability SeriesWebinars - FREE! The webinars are held on the last Friday of each month for one hour and feature experts from around the country who present interesting and current discussions on sustainable development topics. 1 AICP CM credit is typically available per webinar - check for current credit availability.



The Transportation Planning Excellence Awards (TPEA) Program recognizes
outstanding initiatives across the country to develop, plan, and
implement innovative transportation planning practices. Winners
represent a variety of planning organizations from across the county,
and will receive awards at the TRB Summer Meeting in 2012 on the West
Coast (location TBD).

This biennial awards program is sponsored by the Federal Highway
Administration (FHWA) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA).

Special Invite: Peak Oil, Energy & the Economy - 2011 ASPO-USA Conference, Nov. 2-5

The 2011 ASPO-USA Conference - *Peak Oil, Energy & the
*will be at the Capitol Hill Hyatt in Washington DC, *November 2-5*.

The event will gather many of the biggest names and leading experts on Peak
Oil, resource depletion, and how changing energy realities will affect the
economy and all aspects of modern life. *Wes Jackson, William R. Catton
Jr., Richard Heinberg, Jean Laherrere, Jeff Rubin*, just to name a few. It
is a unique opportunity to better understand this critical but often
overlooked issue.

We cordially invite local organizations and individuals to take advantage of
the conference being in Washington DC.

- A *special registration
fee*<>of $225
is available for DC-based attendees. Just use code CAPITOL. One-day
registrations are also available.

- A special free briefing, *Adapting to the End of Cheap Oil*, will be
held *Thursday, November 3, 8:30 am - 12:00 noon* in the *Congressional
Auditorium* at the Capitol Visitor Center (*RSVP* appreciated, see info

- *In-depth discussion
conference speakers will be held on
*Saturday, November 5, 9:00 am - 12:30 pm*. There will also be a
for students and educators*, *Saturday, 1:00 - 5:00 pm*. There is no
charge for the Saturday sessions and we invite anyone interested
in learning
more about the issue and ASPO-USA to attend. Please RSVP to Ray Long,

Questions? Please feel free to contact me. Hope to see you there.

*Jan Lars Mueller
Executive Director
Association for the Study of Peak Oil and Gas USA*

Tuesdays at APA-DC - You're Invited!

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You’re Invited – Next Tuesday!

Tuesdays at APA-DC

October 25 @ 5:30pm

Congestion Management

Speaker: Michael Grant

Principal, ICF International

Traffic congestion continues to challenge urban areas, resulting in wasted fuel, time, and costs to the economy. Efforts to address congestion in urban areas are one of the primary demands on transportation funding. The federally-required Congestion Management Process (CMP) for metropolitan areas with populations over 200,000 creates a solid framework for addressing congestion within the transportation planning process. While historically these efforts were often viewed simply as a data analysis exercise or report to identify capacity needs, the CMP is intended to be an on-going process, fully integrated into the metropolitan transportation planning process, addressing regional goals and objectives and multimodal system performance needs. In this session, Michael Grant of ICF International will discuss the new Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) guidebook on the CMP, highlighting key elements of the process, and the broader links between congestion management, livability, and multimodal system performance.

CM | 1.0

RSVP for the October 25 Tuesdays at APA

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

See you there!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

UAP Social Gathering, October 21, 2011

Tom Sanchez presents James Steffens the 2011 UAP Distinguished Alumni Award.  James graduated in 1961 from the MURP program.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Derek Hyra - Research in Progress - NEXT Wednesday (10/26)

Back by popular demand!

Beginning next Wednesday (10/26) we will revive the long-moribund SPIA Research in Progress (RIP) Pizza Seminar.

Two upcoming presentations:

“Conceptualizing the New Urban Renewal: Comparing the Past to the Present”
Derek Hyra (UAP)
NEXT Wednesday, October 26th
3rd Floor Library
1021 Prince Street

“Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head: Factors Shaping The Use of Climate Science to Prepare for Floods in Rural Communities”
Kris Wernstedt (UAP) and Patrick Roberts (CPAP)

Wednesday, November 30th
3rd Floor Library
1021 Prince Street

A few details:

1. Pizza will be served. Please RSVP if you plan to attend so we have a sense of how much to get.

2. Two rules: No PowerPoint and no droning.

3. We are looking for future presenters. Anyone (faculty, student, SPIA, non-SPIA) who is interested in presenting, please drop me a line. Half-finished projects and half-baked ideas are welcome.

Hope to see you there!


Matthew Dull
Assistant Professor, Center for Public Administration & Policy

Thursday, October 20, 2011


APA-VA/Virginia Tech Panel

Join Virginia Tech’s CASPA and APA-Virginia’s Northern Virginia section for a panel discussion and networking event!

Wednesday, November 2nd at 7pm

3rd floor former studio space, 1021 Prince Street, Alexandria, VA

Our panel discussion will feature practicing planners from both the public and private sectors specializing in housing, environmental planning, and transportation. Panelists will provide brief remarks on their current positions, how they got into the planning field, and recommendations for young planners. Presentations will be followed by plenty of opportunity for Q&A and networking! This should be a great opportunity for students to learn more about planning opportunities in the DC area and to foster connections between students and planners working in the field.

Light snacks and beverages will be served. Please RSVP to by October 27th.

Hope to see you there!


Fairfax County Audio Conferences

All audio-conferences will be viewed in Room 122 of Fairfax County Herrity Building 12055 Government Center Parkway Fairfax VA (go through front entrance of building, turn left into glass double doors of cafeteria dining area, turn immediate left. Room located off dining area), except for 2012 Planning Law Review, which will be held in Room 106 (from front building entrance turn right after passing elevator). There is no cost to attend these webinars.

To view the webinars online, you must purchase the webinars directly through APA.Link
RSVP to if you plan to attend.

Social Media and Ethics

November 9, 2011; 4:00 p.m.–5:30 p.m. ET; CM |1.5

In this brave new world of media, what is ethical? Social media applications have created new ways to communicate but are seldom addressed in administrative rules. What can you say to whom, and how? Explore further how social media affects planners and planning commissioners and whether the ethical considerations are the same for both groups.

Resilient Planning Agencies

January 18, 2012; 4:00 p.m.–5:30 p.m. ET; CM |1.5

Planning agencies are redefining economic development, assessing development tools, and projecting community trends. What are the local development trends and how can planning leverage these projects? Learn how creative agencies are meeting the challenge of the current economy, positioning the role of the agency and staff, and guiding cities to well-rounded sustainability.

Urban Agriculture and Food Systems Planning

March 14, 2012; 4:00 p.m.–5:30 p.m. ET; CM |1.5

Food systems planning has developed as an important new area; planning now addresses everything from transportation to green markets and urban agriculture to food access. Learn how this has become a planning issue and what communities are doing to ensure safe, healthy, and appropriate food systems. Examine how the conflicts between urban dwellers and urban agriculture are resolved.

Maintaining Neighborhood Character

May 16, 2012; 4:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m. ET; CM |1.0

Many historic neighborhoods have experienced teardowns and the rebuilding of monster homes or other buildings that undermine sound planning. For historic and conservation districts this is a pressing issue. Learn how communities have developed codes, guidelines, and community visioning programs that respond to these incompatible developments. As communities grow and change, explore how historic preservation can be successfully linked to new development.

Adapting Cities to Climate Change

June 6, 2012; 4:00 p.m.–5:30 p.m. ET; CM |1.5

Cities and smaller communities are facing more severe hazards and sea-level rise. In this program, planners explore the issues of infrastructure and land changes, as well as environmental and economic changes. How do we know what the effects of climate change will be and how do we adapt? Explore both research and planning preparation.

2012 Planning Law Review

June 27, 2012; 4:00 p.m.–5:30 p.m. ET; CM |1.5

Keep abreast of the latest developments in case law and legislation. Whether it is the Supreme Court considering First Amendment issues or states focusing on property rights, a panel of attorneys will highlight new trends, important precedents, unsettled issues, and pending decisions. Hear an update on federal legislation and what it will mean for your community, as well as where amicus briefs were filed and why.

APA Virginia Chapter CD Loan Program Has Law and Ethics CDs For CM Credits

Get the last few credits you need for 2010-11 AICP Certification Maintenance Program reporting period by borrowing free APA Virginia Chapter CDs. One ethics CD and three different law CDs are available, including a new 2010 Planning Law CD. More information and a downloadable registration form can be found at .

Green Building Workshop 6

Building Workshop 6
Green Operations for Retail, Restaurants, and Small Offices
Wednesday, October 26, 2011 7:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
The Lyceum, 201 South Washington St. Alexandria, Virginia 22314

This City of Alexandria in partnership with the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce, the Alexandria Convention and Visitors Association, and the Alexandria Economic Development Partnership invites business owners and other interested members of the public to attend the Green Operations for Retail, Restaurants, and Small Offices workshop. This workshop will provide local businesses with the basics on how to save operating costs, increase comfort for employees and customers, and gain an eco-friendly marketing advantage, while lowering energy and water bills, reducing waste, and creating healthier indoor environments. The featured presenter is Jerry Lawson, National Manager, ENERGY STAR Small Business & Congregations Network, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, as well as local businesses that have adopted green practices. Participants are encouraged to RSVP by email to

AIA is offering 2 AIA/CES HSW/SD learning units for architects attending this workshop

Visit the Green Building Resource Center to learn more about green building efforts in the City.

Temporary Employment Opportunity

A central Virginia locality is seeking to employ immediately on a temporary basis a planner for a short-term assignment. The position is ideal for planner who is recently retired, remaining at home to raise children or currently seeking employment.

The ideal candidate would have experience in dealing with development proposals – rezonings and subdivisions – to be presented to the planning commission and governing body. Assistance in working on the locality’s comprehensive plan may also be required of the candidate.

Telecommuting would be encouraged so the person employed will need the discipline to work from home and have reliable internet/telephone access. However, regular visits to the locality will be needed for face-to-face meetings. The locality is within one hour driving time from Richmond, Charlottesville, Fredericksburg and Harrisonburg.

The locality anticipates that the position would require 30-40 hours per week. Duration of employment is unknown, but will depend when incumbent returns to work.

The position has NO benefits and hourly wage DOQ.

Please send expressions of interest ASAP to me via email.

Ted McCormack

Virginia Association of Counties


Faculty Fellow Showcase: Ralph Buehler

"Professor Ralph Buehler, assistant professor in the Urban Affairs and Planning department in the School of Public and International Affairs and Faculty Fellow to the Metropolitan Institute, shared some of his background and research highlights recently."  Read more on the Metropolitan Institute website.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

CASPA and APA-Virginia Event November 2nd

Join Virginia Tech's CASPA and APA-Virginia's Northern Virginia
section for a panel discussion and networking event!

Wednesday, November 2nd at 7pm
3rd floor former studio space, 1021 Prince Street, Alexandria, VA

Our panel discussion will feature practicing planners from both the
public and private sectors specializing in housing, environmental
planning, and transportation. Panelists will provide brief remarks on
their current positions and duties, how and why they entered the
planning field, and advice for young planners. Presentations will be
followed by plenty of opportunity for Q&A and networking! This should
be a great opportunity for students to learn more about planning
opportunities in the DC area and to foster connections between
students and planners working in the field. Panelist names and bios
will be sent out next week.

Light snacks and beverages will be served. Please RSVP to by October 27th.

Full-Time Position Opening at Econsult (Phila)

Econsult is currently hiring for a full-time Research Analyst with GIS capabilities (familiarity with statistical software programs like STATA and SAS are a big plus as well). If you know someone who might be interested, there is more information at:

Senior Transportation Planner at Loudoun County, VA Office of Transportation Services

Loudoun County OTS is hiring for a Sr. Transportation Planner at office in Leesburg, VA. There are a lot of interesting and challenging transportation projects going on in the county.


Recruitment #12-A151T-063

Date Opened: 10/4/2011

Closing Date: 10/18/2011 11:59:00 PM

Hiring Range: $56,648-$80,326


Job Type: Open and Competitive

Full/Part-Time: Full-Time

Eligible For: Full Benefits

Reg/Temp: Regular


Loudoun is one of the fastest growing Counties in the nation,
resulting in many transportation challenges. We are looking for a
talented, highly-motivated individual to serve as a Senior
Transportation Planner in a can-do team environment. This position
requires knowledge and expertise in all aspects of transportation. Job
duties include: the completion of accurate, timely and concise
transportation referrals for use by staff, the Planning Commission and
the Board of Supervisors; participation in negotiations to seek to
obtain the highest level of transportation improvement proffers,
developer contributions and solutions; make presentations before the
Board of Supervisors and Planning Commission; and representation of
the County on regional planning bodies associated with transportation.
The qualified applicant must possess the ability to communicate
effectively both verbally and in writing.


Any combination of education and experience equivalent to a Master's
degree in Planning, Engineering, or related field and at least two (2)
years experience in transportation planning including at least six
months individual or team project, functional or operational
administrative experience in transportation planning. AICP, PE or PTP
certifications are desirable.


Occasional attendance at night meetings may be required.

Please click on this link to complete a job application.

Position Opening: Director of the Maryland Sierra Club Chapter

The Maryland Sierra Club, a group active in water quality and river habitat protection as well as other conservation issues, will be hiring a Chapter Director to manage its growing activities and staff. We are looking particularly for individuals with experience in staff management, media outreach, and fundraising, who can help the volunteers and staff focus on a set of measurable conservation goals, track and achieve them. If you or others you know are interested, please refer them to our website or have them contact us via

Initial interviews have been begun, so people who are interested should submit their resumes and cover letters soon.

Fifth Annual Teaching Case and Simulation Competition

Collaborative Public Management, Networks and Public Management,
Collaborative Governance, and Collaborative Problem Solving
Competition funding: $5,000 prize for best teaching case, $5,000 for best teaching simulation, 
plus NEW $5,000 prize for best case or simulation on nonprofit collaboration sponsored by the Snow Foundation (for the second year in a row)
 and up to ten additional $1,000 honorable mention prizes
Public managers who work in networks often find themselves not solely as unitary leaders of unitary organizations.  Instead, they often find themselves collaborating in multiorganizational networked arrangements and with the public to solve problems that cannot be solved, or solved easily, by single organizations. Collaborative public management, networks and public management, collaborative governance, and collaborative problem solving have become essential topics in most public management and public policy programs.  But collaboration is not simply a body of substantive knowledge; it is also a set of skills. We believe that one of the best ways to prepare students to operate in networks is through the use of case studies, simulations and negotiation exercises.
To further stimulate the creation of effective and innovative teaching cases and simulations in this area, the Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration (PARCC) at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University is sponsoring its fourth annual competition.   The competition seeks to encourage the development of new cases and new simulations to be used in teaching collaborative public management, collaborative governance and/or collaborative problem solving.  The competition has been funded to award one $5,000 prize for best teaching case, one $5,000 prize for best teaching simulation, a new $5,000 prize for best case or simulation on nonprofit collaboration sponsored by the Snow Foundation (for the second year in a row), and up to ten $1,000 honorable mention prizes. 
Case studies should be approximately 15-25 type-written pages (double-spaced).  Simulations should include a minimum of 6 players.  All entries must include a teaching note.  
Selection of the winners will be made by a committee of scholars and practitioners.   All cases and simulations must be original and not yet published elsewhere. 
Winning cases and simulations are published online and downloadable free of charge at E-PARC: .   Most cases and simulations are published in three languages:  English, Spanish, and Chinese.  Full credit is given to authors.
E-PARC is a project of the Maxwell School’s “Collaborative Governance Initiative” launched in 2007.  E-PARC provides free on-line resources for those who teach collaborative public management, networks and public management, collaborative governance, and collaborative problem solving around the world.  We receive an average of 10,000 “hits” per month from over 50 different countries.
To enter: Submit original teaching case studies and teaching simulations no later than February 15, 2012.  Finalists will be notified around March 28, 2012.
All entries should be submitted electronically to
Questions should be directed to:
Rosemary O’Leary, Distinguished Professor
Phanstiel Chair in Strategic Management and Leadership
Co-Director of the Collaborative Governance Initiative
The Maxwell School of Syracuse University
View current and past winners at:

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Safe Routes to School National Partnership is hiring 4 Regional Policy

The Safe Routes to School National Partnership is Hiring In Washington, DC, the San Francisco Bay Area and Southern California!

Help us find four high-quality Regional Policy Managers

The Safe Routes to School National Partnership is looking for four (4) energetic and dynamic professionals to work as Regional Policy Managers in Southern California (2 positions), the San Francisco Bay Area and the Washington, DC area.  Applications are due on Monday, October 31, at
5:00 pm PDT. The positions begin on January 3, 2012.

The primary goal of the Regional Policy Managers is build, strengthen and  maintain networks of diverse organizations and individuals to advocate for improved transportation funding allocations and policies for Safe Routes to  School, walking and bicycling in conjunction with their regional Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and its surrounding jurisdictions. Specific attention will be provided to improve policies for walking and bicycling for children and families, especially lower-income communities most vulnerable to childhood obesity. In addition to regional policy work, the Regional Policy Managers will provide technical assistance at the local level to select communities receiving Kaiser Permanente community investments.

Required qualifications for these positions include: a bachelor's degree; knowledge of Safe Routes to School, transportation and/or health issues; a minimum of two years proven success in an advocacy/communications position;  experience in public speaking; and a strong background in writing. A full description of job responsibilities and qualifications is available here.

Successful candidates will work from their home office in their geographic-specific region. The position of Regional Policy Manager is initially funded for two years. The salary for this position is in the range of $50,000 to $60,000, depending on experience, plus benefits.  Please refer to the job announcement for specific details on applying.  Telephone  inquiries are not accepted.

The Safe Routes to School National Partnership first launched the Regional Network Project with funding from Kaiser Permanente in 2010.  With ongoing  funding from Kaiser Permanente, the Regional Network Project is expanding into Northern California and adding staff capacity.

The Safe Routes to School National Partnership was founded in 2005 and is a network of more than 550 organizations. The National Partnership is hosted  by the non-profit Bikes Belong Foundation, and its mission is to advocate for safe walking and bicycling to and from schools, and in daily life, to  improve the health and well-being of America's children and to foster the creation of livable, sustainable communities. Bikes Belong Foundation is an  equal opportunity employer.