Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Environmental Interpretation Internship/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Patuxent Research Refuge

Environmental Interpretation Internship/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Patuxent Research Refuge
Dates of employment:
September 15, 2012 - June 15th, 2013, 2012 (dates are negotiable)

Must have well-developed communication skills and leadership ability; be able to work independently and as part of a team; experience working with children and adults preferred. A Bachelor's degree (or pursuing) in education, natural resources, or related field is desired. A valid driver's license necessary.

Individual will primarily work off-refuge at a large public school system, and will provide quality environmental educational experiences for students, technical expertise to teachers and faculty, and promote the National Wildlife Refuge System's role in creating environmental awareness among urban populations. Employee will work with public school system and its partners to deliver value added environmental education programs; assist senior FWS and public school staff with development of internal and external partnerships; and assist with development/promotion of opportunities for service learning projects, such as recycling, schoolyard habitats, citizen science, etc. Individual will work primarily in Fairfax County, but may have to report periodically to Patuxent Research Refuge for specific assignments, training opportunities, etc. Day to day supervision will be by Fairfax County Public School System staff

Monday, July 30, 2012

Job Oppty: Planning Associate at Casey Trees

Please see the job posted at

Internship Available at Redevelopment Authority of Prince George’s County

Sent via the YIPPS listserve:
"Redevelopment Authority of Prince George’s County
Unpaid College Internship 

Work Topic: The Redevelopment Authority is the principal development agency for a metropolitan county of 800,000 residents. It operates with a specific focus on mixed income, public/ private partnership real estate projects in targeted communities. The Intern will experience firsthand real estate development practices while gaining exposure to both private and non-profit developers and key government officials.
Deliverables: Best practices research, research papers and reports for internal and external publication, memos, presentations, request for proposals and outreach including the collection and management of key development data.

Area of Specialization: Mixed use real estate development, community revitalization, urban planning, public policy and public administration.

Minimum hours/week: 10 -12 hours/per week

Dates of Internship: TBD

Supervisor: Howard Ways, AICP, Executive Director

Work Description: The Redevelopment Authority Intern will assist on a variety of neighborhood revitalization projects. The intern will assist in the following areas:
  • Data collection and reporting
  • Existing conditions assessments
  • Preparation of reports and memos
  • Land use and zoning analysis
  • Project management support
  • Researching best practices
  • Benchmarking/comparative studies and analysis
  • Public policy analysis
  • Developing and implementing social media strategies for community engagement
Required Skills:
Qualified candidates should possess analytical skills, be a good writer and excellent communicator, be self motivated, be highly familiar with managing spreadsheets, databases, social media programs and be interested in learning about development issues in metropolitan regions.  
For more information or to submit a resume for consideration, contact:
Tanya Diggs
Redevelopment Authority of Prince George’s County
9201 Basil Court, Suite 155
Largo, MD 20774

Friday, July 27, 2012

New Book on Governing for Social Equity Co-Authored by @UAPVirginiaTech Professor Tom Sanchez

UAP Professor Tom Sanchez has co-authored a new book (with Marc Brenman) entitled "Planning as if People Matter: Governing for Social Equity" (2012: Island Press).

About the book:
American communities are changing fast: ethnic minority populations are growing, home ownership is falling, the number of people per household is going up, and salaries are going down. According to Marc Brenman and Thomas W. Sanchez, the planning field is largely unprepared for these fundamental shifts. If planners are going to adequately serve residents of diverse ages, races, and income levels, they need to address basic issues of equity. Planning as if People Matter offers practical solutions to make our communities more livable and more equitable for all residents.

Learn more at

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Va Developer Ed Walker, Speaker at @VTSPIA's Distressed Cities Conference, Highlighted in NYT Article on Roanoke's Rebirth

Virginia Developer Is on a Mission to Revive His Town

by Melena Ryzik
New York Times 7/24/2012

"ROANOKE, Va. — The Kirk Avenue Music Hall, a four-year-old club named for its downtown block here, offers an unexpected perk to its performers: an apartment. For a night or so, before or after gracing the stage, artists stay at no charge in a loft a block away, signing the guest book with notes of gratitude."  Read more at http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/25/us/in-virginia-developer-is-on-a-mission-to-revive-his-town.html?_r=2&smid=tw-share

Washington Alexandria Architecture Center has hand in designing and building mini-golf course for National @BuildingMuseum’s interactive exhibit

by Barbara Micale

"When the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., decided to explore design of the built world with an unprecedented interactive exhibition -- an indoor miniature one-of-a-kind golf course -- it invited firms and individuals to sponsor, design, and construct a hole for the course with a building-related theme inspired by an actual building, bridge, landscape, or monument. Or they could opt for a completely fanciful one. Some of the leading architects, landscape architects, and contractors in the Washington, D.C., area responded and the 12-hole course located in one of the museum's air-conditioned galleries is now open to players, ages four and up, through Labor Day, September 3, 2012.

Two of the holes feature work emanating from Virginia Tech's Washington Alexandria Architecture Center. Rebecca May of Alexandria, Va., and Luke Van Bellegham of Washington, D.C., recent graduates of the Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) Program, and Seth Estep of Alexandria, a current student in the MLA program, designed and built the seventh hole in the museum's mini-golf course, "Take Back the Streets," sponsored by the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA). When the project was announced by the National Building Museum, Terry Poltrack, director of public relations and communications at ASLA, sought landscape architecture students who would be interested in participating and May, Van Bellegham and Estep responded affirmatively."  Read more at http://ncr.vt.edu/highlights/Highlight-072612.html

Monday, July 23, 2012

Atlantic Cities Story on Hidden Factors in Bike Commuting Highlights Work of @UAPVirginiaTech's Ralph Buehler

Ralph Buehler, Ph.D.
UAP Professor Ralph Buehler's recent work on bike commuting and the hidden factors that affect it are featured in a recent story on Atlantic Cities.

"It's no secret that American cities are trying all kinds of things to encourage bike commuting. Some are building bike lanes even if it means taking space away from cars. Some have authorized bike-share programs. Some are requiring workplaces to designate bicycle parking or, failing that, compelling them to allow bikes inside the building...."

Read more at http://www.theatlanticcities.com/commute/2012/07/hidden-factor-bike-commuting-showers/2650/.

PS The Scientific American and Arlington Mobility Lab blogs also have covered this article.  See the stories at:



Friday, July 20, 2012

Job Oppty: Planning Manager/Zoning Administrator

From the APA Virginia Listserve:

"Exciting opportunity for planning professional looking for that next level of opportunity.  One of Virginia's most desirable communities, Botetourt County seeks and promotes growth consistent with and complimentary of its unique character and identity.  Located within the Roanoke, VA MSA, Botetourt has transitioned from an agricultural/bedroom community to a regional manufacturing and outdoor activity center and is experiencing significant commercial growth.  Interstate 81 interchange development and redevelopment, coordinated transportation-land use planning and access management, and innovative mixed-use planning and development will be immediate and near-term issues of focus and opportunity.   The successful applicant will be a proven team leader with strong land use planning experience (min. 5 years preferred) in a diverse development environment.  Starting salary to mid 50s DOQ plus comprehensive benefits package.  For application and details go to www.botetourt.org<http://www.botetourt.org>.  Priority consideration given to applications received by July 27, 2012.  Open until filled.  EOE.

Botetourt County Human Resources
5 West Main St, Suite 200
Fincastle VA 24090

@UAPVirginiaTech's Joseph Schilling coauthors American Planning Association guide for cities in transition

by Barbara Micale

bohland"Joseph Schilling, research assistant professor and associate director of the Metropolitan Institute at Virginia Tech and Brookings Institution Senior Fellow Alan Mallach have coauthored Cities in Transition: A Guide for Practicing Planners, published by the American Planning Association (APA). The two authors are presenting the report at the 2012 Virginia APA Conference this week in Wintergreen, Va.
Cities in Transition, available through the APA bookstore, offers practicing planners a comprehensive menu of place-based strategies for addressing different dimensions of urban distress -- from the reclamation of vacant properties to rebuilding local government and civic capacity. Schilling and Mallach view cities in transition through a typology that includes older industrial, shrinking cities, fast growing boom-n-bust cities, declining first tier suburbs, and small, but growing gateway cities. All these cities, large and small, east and west, share similar challenges of trying to confront the convergence of many socioeconomic transitions."  Read more at http://ncr.vt.edu/highlights/Highlight-071912.html.

APA Policy Breakfast Invitation - Join us August 2!

From APA:

"Strong Cities, Strong Communities
August 2, 2012
8:00am – 9:00am (networking breakfast beginning at 7:30am)

American Planning Association
1030 15th St., NW, Suite 750 West
Washington, DC 20005

Featured Speaker
Mark Linton, Executive Director of the White House Council on Strong Cities, Strong Communities

Please join the American Planning Association for a policy breakfast discussion on the Obama’s Administration’s creative interagency partnership, the Strong Cities, Strong Communities (SC2) Initiative. Created last summer, the program aims to help economically struggling cities leverage resources to create lasting economic development and prosperity. This initiative brings together key federal agencies, including HUD and the Economic Development Administration, and is touted by the Obama Administration as a significant policy innovation to address challenges facing the nation’s urban communities.

The original pilot program focused on six cities that have experienced significant economic challenges, providing the cities with federal officials and other experts to offer their insight and help build capacity to focus on creative solutions. Recently, the Administration announced the availability of $11 million to expand the program beyond the original six cities and to create a new competitive grant program that allows cities to offer cash prizes for innovative economic development ideas. Mark Linton, the Executive Director of the White House Council on SC2, will discuss how this innovative program is helping cities leverage resources and find unique solutions in difficult economic climates and what resources SC2 plans to provide to cities in the future.

Join APA for an examination of this new federal initiative and a discussion of how federal policy can support economic development in urban communities. APA hosts quarterly policy breakfasts featuring leading experts, policymakers and thought leaders talking about the key issues affecting planning and community development. Light breakfast and coffee will be provided.

Space is limited. Please RSVP to govtaffairs@planning.org if you plan to attend."

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Center for Housing Policy seeking Fall Intern

From the YIPPS listserve:

The Center for Housing Policy (Center) is seeking a fall research intern.  See the job announcement at this link: http://www.nhc.org/media/files/2012_Center_Fall_Research_Intern.pdf

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

@UAPVirginiaTech's Joe Schilling to Speak on Cities in Transition

Dr. Joe Schilling
Professor Joseph Schilling will be speaking at this year’s Virginia APA Conference today, July 18, 2012  about his latest publication, Cities in Transition (PAS 568): A Guide for Practicing Planners. 

Co-authored with Brookings Institution Senior Fellow Alan Mallach, this PAS report is published by the American Planning Association (APA) as a guidebook on how planners and policymakers can design, develop and implement a menu of placed based strategies for revitalizing distressed cities and neighborhoods. 

The book is now available for purchase online. In addition, information regarding Virginia APA Conference registration may be found their website or see our blog review: http://www.mi.vt.edu/archives/693.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Internship Opportunity at American Planning Association (APA)

From APA:

"The American Planning Association (APA) has an opening for an intern position at its national headquarters in Washington, DC.

The APA is an independent, not-for-profit, educational organization that provides leadership in the development of vital communities by advocating excellence in community planning, promoting education and citizen empowerment, and providing the tools and support necessary to meet the challenges of growth and change. The American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) is APA’s professional institute.

The intern will primarily support AICP’s certification and advanced specialty certifications (ASC) programs (http://www.planning.org/certification/index.htm). The AICP Exam is a critical step in the certification of individuals who satisfy APA’s educational and employment criteria for professional planners.

The ASCs enable AICP–credentialed planners to be recognized for their knowledge, experience, and leadership skills in specialized areas of planning. APA is initiating the development of an advanced certification in Urban Design.

For the AICP exam, responsibilities include:
  • Preparation of AICP Exam Results Reports for accredited planning programs including preparing descriptive statistics of data sets (e.g. mean, median, mode) and histograms and other charts for presentation
  • Brainstorming meaningful ways to present complex data to individuals. 
For the ASC exams, responsibilities include:
  • Conducting research on subject matter experts
  • Manage the scheduling of and coordinating travel and logistics for meetings.
Other duties may include assisting staff on other APA programs and initiatives as needed.

APA seeks graduate-level candidates who have an interest in community planning and urban design. Applicants must possess excellent writing, analytical and verbal skills, solid research and organization skills, a good eye for detail, the ability to work independently and collaboratively, and an eagerness to learn. Applicants must be able to make recommendations regarding issues they research as well as their areas of responsibility. Proficiency in MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook are a must.   Since the intern will be responsible for compiling various reports, he or she must be very adept at lay out and formatting in the listed computer programs.  The candidate should be extremely detailed oriented.  

This is an unpaid internship. Hours are flexible, between 14 and 21 hours per week. Start date immediately. 

How to Apply:
Please send a resume, cover letter, and short (1-3 pages) writing sample via email to fbraunstein@planning.org with “Internship” in the subject line. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis."

Save the Date: 2013 7th International Visualization in Transportation Symposium

From the Transportation Research Board’s Committee on Visualization in Transportation:

2013 7th International Visualization in Transportation Symposium

"The goal of the 2013 Symposium is to advance innovation in visualization for transportation applications through the exchange of information, to create a collaborative environment that promotes ideas for action that evolves our ability to address those needs, and to foster the integration of visualization into mainstream practice.

We will continue to provide you with periodic updates as planning for this Symposium progresses.

General Information:
Symposium Chairman:  Mehmet Ertan Ornek (ertan.ornek@diodostransportation.com)
Dates:  October 23-25, 2013
Venue:  The Symposium will be held at the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center of the National Academies of Sciences and Engineering.  This facility is located in Irvine, California, just minutes from the John Wayne – Orange County Airport.   For more information on the Beckman Center, see http://nas.nasonline.org/site/PageServer?pagename=BC_home
Accommodations:   There are a number of hotels in the Beckman Center area.  No arrangements for hotel conference rates have been made at this time - stay tuned for further updates.

New trbvis website
TRBVis has a new website platform (www.trbvis.org), and the Committee is in the process of constructing the site and transferring information from the previous platform.  Once completed the site will include up-to-date information about the Symposium, registration links, and a Call for Papers link.

Call for Papers:
The Visualization Committee will soon issue a Call for Papers on the trbvis website.   Interested individuals are encouraged to submit session topics, presentation ideas, and paper abstracts to be considered for presentation at the 2013 symposium.    If you know of anyone with interesting topics to share, please encourage them to make a submission."

Call for Proposals: National Brownfields Conference

From ICMA:

"Date: May 15 – 17, 2013
Location: Atlanta, GA 

In today’s economy, one of the common issues facing local governments is the redevelopment of abandoned, underutilized or potentially contaminated properties, also known as brownfields. The EPA’s Brownfields Program provides direct funding for brownfields assessment, cleanup, revolving loans, and environmental job training, but many local governments fail to take advantage of these resources.

The National Brownfields Conference, cosponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and ICMA, is the largest, most comprehensive conference in the nation focused on environmental revitalization and economic redevelopment. In its 15th year, the conference attracts over 6,000 attendees and 200 exhibitors to converge for two and a half days of educational sessions, plenaries, training workshops, walking tours, volunteer activities, mobile workshops, film screenings, and much much more!

Come hear from leading experts and city officials on how your community can benefit from EPA’s resources!

How Do I Submit a Session Idea?
The Call for Ideas is open on the official Brownfields 2013 website. Use the online submission tool to propose a full session idea for Brownfields 2013. The Call for Ideas closes on August, 3, 2012.

What Topics Are Included in the Program?
The Brownfields 2013 Planning Committee is particularly interested in topics related to:
  • Community engagement
  • Environmental cleanup
  • Sustainable solutions
  • Environmental justice
  • Green technology
  • Community revitalization.
For more information, contact Grant Sparks at gsparks@icma.org or 202-962-3657.

Monday, July 16, 2012

CAUS gears up for 50th anniversary celebration with icon competition; registration deadline is September 1

by Barbara Micale

"The year 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the College of Architecture and Urban Studies (CAUS) at Virginia Tech. To promote and commemorate this milestone, the college is sponsoring a competition for an icon and poster design. Entrants must incorporate the icon in a poster measuring 20 inches by 20 inches that reflects the educational heritage and history of the college. The poster should have greater artistic merit and a wider audience than a mere event announcement."  Read more at http://ncr.vt.edu/highlights/Highlight-071212.html

Thursday, July 12, 2012

@UAPVirginiaTech's Jesse Richardson Keynotes Living Towns Planning Workshop

UAP Associate Professor Jesse Richardson will be the keynote speaker for the annual Living Towns Planning Workshop of the Rappahannock-Rapidan Regional Planning Commission on August 9.  Richardson will speak on the topic of "A Hike Across England: English Countryside & Village Planning System."

This year's theme is "Maintaining Small Town Character".  According to RRRPC, the purpose of the annual workshop "is to bring together representatives of the region’s towns with those of public and private sector entities to network and exchange information on planning, revitalization and preservation of towns as vital economic living centers."

Other topics to be covered this year include
  • Rural Historic Districts
  • Capitalizing on Rural/Small Town Assets through Sustainable Agriculture
  • Bikeways, Greenways and Active Recreation
  • Town Revitalization Strategies
  • Community Engagement Approaches  
Read more and register at http://www.rrregion.org/pdf/LT/theplains/RRRC%20LT%20The%20Plains%20Registration%20Brochure%2008.09.12.pdf.

Job Opptys: Historic Preservation, Sustainability

From the YIPPS listserv:

Job 1:
"The District of Columbia Office of Planning, Historic Preservation Office seeks a Historic Preservation Specialist.

Job Responsibilities

  • Reviews building permit and concept design applications for alterations, additions and new construction in accordance with local and nationally accepted preservation standards and practices; consults and negotiates with applicants to encourage appropriate work in accordance with above standards; prepares and presents narrative reports on applications and presents to HPRB.
  • Explains and responds to inquiries regarding the preservation review process, guidelines, regulations and acceptable practices from professionals (architects, builders), community representatives and property owners.
  • Works with HPO Inspections staff to monitor ongoing work to ensure compliance with approved plans.
  • Maintains databases designed for tracking of project reviews, management of data relating to structures and sites listed on the DC Inventory of Historic Sites, GIS, and other purposes.
  • Prepares and participates in Section 106 consultations with Federal agencies as assigned.
  • Evaluates applications for certification under the Federal Tax Incentives programs under the supervision of certified review staff.


PREFERRED EDUCATION Bachelors degree in architecture, architectural history or a related field and/or experience in permit review, building renovation or building contracting.
PREFERRED EXPERIENCE Past experience in preparing or reviewing architectural plans, working with the public, negotiating successfully to achieve mutually agreeable solutions, applying Federal and State regulations to preservation projects, and demonstrated writing ability.

About the Company/Organization

The Historic Preservation Office promotes stewardship of the District of Columbia’s historic and cultural resources through planning, protection, and public education. HPO is part of the Office of Planning and serves as the staff for the Historic Preservation Review Board and Mayor’s Agent for historic preservation. HPO also implements federal historic preservation programs as the State Historic Preservation Office for the District of Columbia.

Salary or Pay Rate

$54,633 – $70,437

How To Apply

The online application and full job description is found at: http://dchr.dc.gov. Select “Employment Opportunities” then Job ID 20133 – Historic Preservation Specialist. Position open until filled."

Job 2:

"Sustainability Coordinator - Part Time Fairfax, VA
This part time position is available in the Department of Community Development & Planning.
Duties: The position oversees the coordination of the City’s sustainability program and policy development, including serving as chair for inter-departmental committees and task forces, and developing measurements to track progress in achieving sustainability goals and objectives. The position is responsible for the preparation of sustainability-related plans and documents for internal and external agency review, including grant applications. The position performs a variety of research related to sustainability planning, including the collection and analysis of various data, and evaluation of best practices and policy implications. The position supports and provides technical assistance to City Council and other City boards and commissions as well as coordinates with various regional agencies and partners on programs and projects related to the City’s and region’s sustainability efforts.The position conducts public outreach,education, and other community awareness activities, including the development of educational and marketing materials.
Requirements: The selected candidate shall possess a thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of sustainability and environmental stewardship related to public policy development, including an understanding of current issues, trends, laws and regulations related to sustainable community development and planning, green building, low impact development, climate, waste reduction, recycling, air pollution, greenhouse gas emissions, energy planning, and stormwater management/watershed protection. The selected candidate shall have an understanding of measurements, tools of analysis, and industry standards related to sustainability and the environment. Familiarity or previous experience with municipal government operations and the applicability of sustainable and environmentally-sound practices and policies, including life cycle costing and cost/benefit analysis is preferred. Bachelor’s degree in Urban Planning, Environmental Science/Studies, Engineering, Geography, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, or Public Administration is preferred. An equivalent level of training and work experience will be
considered. Must possess and maintain a valid driver’s license.
Hours: 20 hours per week during normal business hours(Monday - Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.)
Salary: $32.06 - $49.74/hour, pro-rated fringe benefits
Closing Date: Open Until Filled"

Monday, July 9, 2012

Job Opptys: Two New DC Planning Jobs

Via the YIPPs listserve:

"The Office of Planning is currently recruiting for a Community Planner  in the Neighborhood Planning division.  This is a regular full-time non-union position - open to the public.: https://erecruit.dc.gov/psp/erecruit/EMPLOYEE/HRMS/c/HRS_HRAM.HRS_CE.GBL?Page=HRS_CE_JOB_DTL&Action=A&JobOpeningId=20205&SiteId=1&PostingSeq=1

The Office of Planning is currently recruiting for a Community Planner  in the Citywide Planning division.  This is a regular full-time non-union position - open to the public.: https://erecruit.dc.gov/psp/erecruit/EMPLOYEE/HRMS/c/HRS_HRAM.HRS_CE.GBL?Page=HRS_CE_JOB_DTL&Action=A&JobOpeningId=20222&SiteId=1&PostingSeq=1"

Sunday, July 8, 2012

July 10th Tuesdays at APA: Arcosanti, Arcology and the Ecological Cities of Paolo Soleri

From APA:
"You’re Invited!

Tuesdays at APA-DC

July 10 @ 5:30pm

Arcosanti, Arcology and the Ecological Cities of Paolo Soleri
Speaker: George Kosmides
Staff Electrical Engineer at Arcosanti

Arcology is architect and philosopher Paolo Soleri's concept of cities which embody the fusion of architecture with ecology, and proposes a highly integrated and compact three-dimensional urban form that is the antithesis of urban sprawl. By foregoing the automobile and minimizing destruction of the surrounding ecology, and by incorporating extensive terraced solar greenhouses and energy production, arcologies provide for highly pedestrian cities which maximize urban functioning while dramatically minimizing energy and resource consumption and waste. Arcosanti is the prototype arcology being built in Arizona.

This presentation covers the range of Soleri's work, starting with his apprenticeship with Frank Lloyd Wright at Taliesin, through the full range of his arcology designs. We will cover his evolutionary design philosophy, with its roots in the work of Teilhard de Chardin. We will explore Arcosanti, the prototype arcology being built in the desert north of Phoenix, and include details on the design and development work at Arcosanti. Finally, we will delve into Soleri's newest arcology designs and publications. We will probe issues related to long-term sustainability, from a resource, a planetary ecology and an evolutionary perspective. The presentation includes numerous images of arcology designs, including new, yet-to-be-published works.

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RSVP for July 10th 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
Several Capital Bikeshare stations are also nearby

We hope to see you there!"

Friday, July 6, 2012

2012 VAPDC Summer Conference Virginia's PDCs: Working Strategically for the Commonwealth's Future

From the Virginia Association of  Planning District Commissions:

VAPDC Summer Conference
Virginia's PDCs: Working Strategically for the Commonwealth's Future
July 26-28, 2012
The Cavalier Hotel
Virginia Beach, VA

July 6 (today) is the last day for the Early Registration Rate
"As always the Summer Conference provides an opportunity for Commissioners, PDC Staff, and Private Sector Partners to come together to network, learn, and share best practices. 

The program will begin with lunch on Thursday, July 26th and go through the final session on the morning of July 28th. New to the program for 2012 will be a PDC Lightening Round of 'Show and Tell'---bring your ideas to share and brag on the great things your PDC/RC is doing to promote regionalism! The program will also include updates from JLARC and DHCD; sessions with selected Virginia Cabinet Secretaries; and much more."

2012 World Town Planning Day Online Conference - Save the Date and Call for Proposals

World Town Planning Day Online Conference 2012
Smart Communities Connect
6-7 November 2012

The World Town Planning Day Online Conference Committee topic for the 2012 conference is Smart Communities Connect.   This theme is all about learning how technological advancements impact on our communities, how we can better plan ahead to prepare for this ‘knowledge revolution’ and improve our awareness of the challenges and opportunities that are presented to our communities by advances in technology. 

We are putting together an exciting line-up of speakers to spread new ideas and encourage discussion across the world’s community of planning professionals.  What better way to celebrate the profession than be engaging in a worldwide conversation on-line. 

To learn more about this exciting experience and learn more about the Call for Proposals (due by July 30), visit www.planningtheworld.net or email to planningtheworld@gmail.com.

This event is proudly brought to you by planning organisations from around the world.