President's 2018 Sponsorship Letter

Dear APA Members:

I am writing you to offer you the opportunity to sponsor the New York Upstate Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA) website, newsletter and Spring Planners Day in 2018. Today, our 600+ members across the region represent professional planners in a wide variety of organizations. The annual website, newsletter and Spring Planners Day sponsorship offers a cost effective way for your organization to reach our professional membership and promote your services and products throughout the year.

Chapter sponsorship enables your organization to be recognized by our members in the Chapter website, annual events, and The Upstate Planner, our electronic newsletter sent to members three times annually. Last year we overhauled the website to make it more user friendly and aesthetically pleasing and user friendly. I encourage you to check it out by visiting www.nyupstateplanning.org. On average, the website receives more than 2,000 visits per month. This year, as a sponsor, your organization will be recognized by sponsorship level during the Spring Planners Day and on promotional materials used that day.

Each year, we strive to offer valuable professional development opportunities. This Fall, the Central NY Section hosted a successful Chapter conference in Syracuse. It was a condensed conference because the National APA Conference was held in NYC in May. Despite having a national conference in our home state the same year. One hundred twenty attendees took advantage of new learning opportunities at the Syracuse conference. In March, we held a Spring Planners Day at SUNY ESF in Syracuse. The one-day event included three sessions providing CM credits at a minimal cost to our members. We are actively planning events to bring planners together including a Spring Planners Day in Syracuse which will take place in March 2018 and are hosting our annual Chapter conference in Ithaca, October 3-5th.

In order to communicate these Chapter initiatives through our website and newsletter sponsorships, we need your support. I hope that you will demonstrate your commitment to the New York Upstate Chapter of APA in 2018, and consider a sponsorship. Please take a moment to look over the attached form to see which level best suits your firm. We are always looking for new ways to promote our Sponsors. If you have suggestions, we would appreciate you forwarding them to us. Furthermore, to make this process easier for you this year we have added a fillable form and the option to send payment though the Chapter’s website. We hope this will be a more efficient way for you to show your support.

If you have any further questions, please contact me or our Chapter Administrator, Jen Topa at 585-354-3214 or jen@highland-planning.com.

Sincerely,

Katie Evans
Chapter President

Cornell University Online Climate Change Course

Cornell University Online Climate Change Course begins JAN 23.  Increase your understanding of the basics of climate change science and communication and action strategies. Open to students in any country. Registration deadline Jan 22. Rerun of popular course from last fall. 

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Director of Planning, Erie County

Erie County is seeking applicants for a Director of Planning.

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES: 

Directs the activities of the Planning Department, prepares budgets, selects personnel, plans work programs, assigns work and schedules completion dates of assignments. Confers with and advises the County Executive and Director of Administration on broad policy matters relating to county planning both short term and long term. Trains and develops staff and advises and assists them in the more difficult aspects of their work, also trains them for future certification within their field. Represents the County of Erie on planning and zoning matters in public meetings and meetings with other governmental agencies. Makes studies of social and economic patterns. Negotiates with Federal and State agencies for grant funding. Analyzes and evaluates residential land and commercial and industrial patterns and extends technical assistance to local municipalities in zoning and subdivision matters. 

The above statements reflect the general details considered necessary to describe the principal functions of the job and shall not be considered as a detailed description of all the work requirements that may be inherent in the job.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS/QUALIFICATIONS: 

Bachelor’s degree in Planning or related field (Master’s degree preferred), and at least 7 years of progressively responsible planning experience including at least 5 years experience as a planning administrator and supervisor. AICP certification preferred.

For more information, see the Attached Document

GIS Transportation Analyst, Elmira-Chemung Transportation Council

Elmira-Chemung Transportation Council, the Metropolitan Transportation Organization (MPO) for Elmira and Chemung County, is seeking a qualified GIS Transportation Analyst. This is a professional planning position involving the design, coordination, administration and execution of transportation planning, mapping and programming. The successful candidate will work both independently and in a team environment to accomplish long- and short-range planning goals, receiving supervision from the MPO Director and Deputy Director. This is an exciting time for the MPO as we commence a Long Range Transportation Plan process in 2018.

TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES

The following are examples of typical work activities:

§  Develop and maintain GIS data, create maps and databases in support of planning tasks contained in the Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP), Long Range Plan (LRP), Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), and other relevant documents;

§  Prepare reports documenting technical, administrative and informational activities, data and graphics, and presentations;

§  Perform general research on a range of topics including demographics and socioeconomic analysis, land use development, transportation regulations and energy planning;

§  Collect, tabulate and analyze data for transit, highway, bicycle, pedestrian, parking and traffic safety projects, among others;

§  Establish and maintain relationships with external agencies and organizations involved with transportation issues; 

§  Maintain Transportation model and software;

§  Active involvement in NYSAMPO GIS working Group;

§  Active in NYS GIS Association, and regional and local GIS groups;

§  Coordinate the County/ECTC road assessment program;

§  Work with NYSDOT Main Office and Regional Office on compiling data; and,

§  Assist with administrative tasks such as billing, purchasing, correspondence and communication with the public.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABLITIES AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS:

The position requires the following:

§  Strong working knowledge of Geographic Information Systems (ArcGIS), mapping and traffic modeling;

§  Knowledge of current methods for collecting, analyzing and interpreting data and quantitative and qualitative methods of analysis;

§  Familiarity with the principles and practices of transportation planning and the understanding of the relationship between transportation, land use, social, economic and environmental factors;

§  Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with co-workers and the public;

§  Ability to establish and maintain effective internal and external working relationships;

§  Ability to analyze and resolve complex problems with attention to detail; and,

§  Availability to attend various trainings and meetings such as NYSGIS Geocon and local conferences.

Familiarity with Adobe suite and the aptitude for producing coherent, creative graphics is a plus.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

A)      Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered college or university with a Master’s Degree in Transportation Planning, City or Regional Planning, Public Administration, Political Science, Engineering, Urban Studies or a related field and two (2) years of experience in the field of transportation planning and/or mapping, OR;

B)      Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered four-year college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree in Transportation Planning, City or Regional Planning, Public Administration, Political Science, Urban Planning, or a related field and three (3) years of experience in the field of transportation planning and/or mapping.

Certified GIS Professional (GISP) preferred, but not required.

Salary commensurate with experience.

Please send a resume in PDF format to Michael Perry, ECTC Deputy Director at mperry@co.chemung.ny.us or 400 East Church Street, Elmira NY 14901.

Nicolette Wagoner, AICP, LEED AP ND

Commissioner, Chemung County Planning Department

Director, Elmira-Chemung Transportation Council

607-737-5510

RFP: Hamilton Housing Strategy

The Partnership for Community Development is a non-profit organization serving the community and economic development needs of the Hamilton, NY area, a rural region in southern Madison County that is home to Colgate University. PCD is soliciting RFPs from individuals or firms to complete a housing study of the area.

Hamilton is experiencing a housing shortage that has created affordability issues, as well as attraction and retention issues for employers. An analysis of demand for new housing and a plan for the best use of existing housing is necessary. A steering committee has been created representing various stakeholders including the Village of Hamilton, the Town of Hamilton, the Partnership for Community Development, and Colgate University. The committee will oversee the RFP process and work with the selected consultant throughout the study.

For more information, see the Attached Document.

Upcoming Webcasts - 2018 Planning Webcast Series

Upcoming Webcasts – all are at 1 p.m. ET and are approved for 1.5 AICP CM credits:

·         January 5 – Northern New England Chapter

A Regional Approach for Age-Friendly Communities

Speakers: Sylvia von Aulock, AICP, Derek Shooster, Maddie DiIonno

What would an Age-Friendly Community look like, what sort of services would be available, and how would residents of all ages be able to enjoy that community to its fullest? These are the sorts of questions that staff at Southern NH Planning Commission (SNHPC) is asking their 14 communities within the greater Manchester area. In 2016, SNHPC received funding through the Tufts Health Plan Foundation, NH Department of Transportation, AARP, and others to conduct age-friendly assessments in each community. These assessments sought to raise awareness and examine assets, opportunities, and roadblocks in quality of life for both seniors and millennials. The next phase of SNHPC’s Becoming Age-Friendly Program is underway. Staff will assist three communities and ten local businesses to create age-friendly strategic plans that will address actions to improve transportation, accessibility, housing, engagement and other elements that would assist the community in becoming age-friendly. See what we’ve done, and how you can apply it to your own communities.

·         January 19 – Sustainable Communities Division

Enhancing Social Engagement to Achieve Sustainability In Transportation Planning

Speakers: Mehri Mohebbi, Jana Lynott, AICP, Nader Afzalan, Ph.D., Angela Van der Kloof

This webinar will focus on the importance of enhancing social engagement in achieve sustainability. Speakers will present examples from different social settings addressing a diverse group of urban and rural population. Age, race, ethnicity, and immigration status are among the most challenging factors impacting one’s level of participation in policy makings. The outcomes of this webinar will inform professional planners about fine lines between active and passive public engagement methods/techniques. The webinar is a collaboration between Planning Communities, APA Sustainable Communities Division, and APA Technology Division.

·         January 26 – County Planning Division

Getting Credit for Open Space: Community Rating System (CRS) Open Space Preservation (Activity 420) Tools, Guidance and Success Stories

Speakers: Melissa Rosa, John Rozum, Laura Flessner, Robyn Wiseman

Preserving floodplains as open space helps keep residents, businesses, and infrastructure out of harm’s way and allows communities to return quickly to normal after flooding occurs. Under National Flood Insurance Program's (NFIP) Community Rating System (CRS), it can also help a community earn discounts on flood insurance premiums. FEMA’s CRS is a federal incentive program that provides flood insurance policyholders with discounts on their premiums in exchange for their community taking actions to reduce flood risk. This free webinar will highlight how communities may achieve success in the green elements of the program. This is your opportunity to learn more about nature-based solutions for community resilience, hear success stories from around the country, ask questions, and share input. Three agencies, who are members along with APA in the Digital Coast Partnership, will share their experience and knowledge about tools, regulations and the process for building community resilience through the CRS.

Click on the title links to register.  You can see the current listing of all webcasts at www.ohioplanning.org/planningwebcast.  

CM credits can be claimed by looking up the sponsoring Chapter or Division as provider

Distance Education – We’ll be selecting a couple of 2017 webcasts that will be available for viewing throughout 2018 for CM Distance Education credits.  Watch this space in future communications!

Senior Planner, Genesee/Finger Lakes Regional Planning Council

The Genesee/Finger Lakes Regional Planning Council (G/FLRPC) is seeking applicants for a Senior Planner for planning and economic development.

The Senior Planner has both program and project responsibilities, assists in the success of the organization and has general responsibilities, organizational responsibilities, and performs other duties as assigned.

Our mission is that G/FLRPC will identify, define, and inform its member counties of issues and opportunities critical to the physical, economic, and social health of the region. G/FLRPC will provide forums for discussion, debate, and consensus building, and develop and implement a focused action plan with clearly defined outcomes which include programs, personnel, and funding.

General responsibilities include an understanding of the mission of G/FLRPC and how it relates to its customers, programs/projects, and the organization; customer service; program and project development; process and product including meeting budgets, timelines, and deadlines; assistance with setting and measuring individual goals, objectives, strategies and tasks; and continuous and effective internal and external communication.

Program responsibilities include development and coordination assistance and support.  Use job knowledge, experience, and expertise along with organizational involvement, and project/planning responsibilities to assist and support program and project innovation and development.

The Genesee-Finger Lakes Region is a federally designated Economic Development District (EDD).  The main components of the G/FLRPC Economic Development program is to act as the planning agency for the Economic Development District and as such develop and implement the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS), provide technical assistance in support to the regional economic development community, and development and involvement in other economic development related programs and projects.

Project responsibilities include technical support, initial project development, proposal identification and development, scoping and methodology, coordination, project management, stakeholder identification and involvement, data and information identification and acquisition, data and information research and analysis, product development including plans, reports, and related materials, planning process development and implementation, public, stakeholder and/or committee facilitation, participation, input, and integration, and development, delivery and/or attendance at presentations and meetings.

Organizational responsibilities may include assistance with development of organizational material, representing the organization at job related functions, seeking continuous improvement through training and professional development, identifying partnerships,  and coordinating collaboration opportunities.

The primary role of the Senior Planner for planning and economic development is to act as lead or assist in the development and completion of programs and projects, consideration and coordination of projects and policies related to economic development and planning activities throughout the Region, and provide planning and economic development technical assistance.  The Senior Planner is expected to both develop and manage economic development and some planning projects and work with other staff in their performance of planning, economic development, and data related projects.

A Masters degree in planning or related field preferred and two years acceptable experience or Bachelors degree in planning or related field and five years acceptable experience (economics, statistics, public administration) with an emphasis in urban or regional planning.

nterested applicants should submit a cover letter, salary requirements, and resume to David Zorn, G/FLRPC, 50 West Main Street, Suite 8107, Rochester, NY 14614, or by email to dave.zorn@gflrpc.org and be available for at least one in-person interview.  This posting may change and will remain open until the position is filled.

DEADLINE PASSED: Development Analyst, Hamister Group

Are you looking to have an impact on a growing company?

Hamister Group, LLC, one of Buffalo's Top Private Companies in its 40th year of operation, is looking for a Development Analyst. The Development Analyst will work with the business development team to support the company's growth in developing hotels and senior housing assets that meet or exceed our return thresholds.

Reporting to the Director of Development & Planning, the ideal candidate will (but not be limited to):

  • Complete investment analysis and prepare investment packages on hotel and senior housing development opportunities, including review of market data, demographic analysis and detailed cash flow projections.
  • Coordinate due diligence activities on prospective projects.
  • Participate and assist in the procurement of any necessary entitlements from various approval boards in which Hamister projects are located.
  • Conduct market research and monitor market information as necessary.

For more information, see the Full Job Posting

RFQ: Valley Falls Old Thompson Mill Brownfield Assessment

DUE January 22, 2018, 4 PM 

DEADLINE FOR QUESTIONS – January 12, 2018 

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded the Village of Valley Falls a $200,000 Brownfield Assessment Grant to support the reuse of the abandoned old Thompson Mill site into a park. This solicitation is being made under the USEPA’s Brownfields program for revitalization of sites where redevelopment is complicated by real or perceived contamination and is subject to the EPA Cooperative Agreement with the Village of Valley Falls. General site information, map and background can be found in the Work Plan in the Appendix. 

The Village is seeking one or more environmental consulting firms to complete assessment activities, provide project management services, and complete other activates as described in this RFQ. This is a Request for Qualifications only. Three or more of the most qualified firms will be asked to prepare full proposals for the scope of work 

The Village of Valley Falls reserves the right to use any and all ideas presented in the qualifications packet in response to the RFQ unless the proponent identifies such ideas a proprietary in the proposal. In no event will an objection be considered valid with respect to the use of such ideas that are not the proprietary information of the proponent and so designated in the proposal; which were known to the Village before the submission of such proposal, or properly become known to the Village thereafter through other sources or through acceptance of any proposal. 

Companies with demonstrated experience in the scope of work defined in the RFQ and with an interest in making their services available to the Village of Valley Falls are invited to responds to this RFQ. “Respondents” means the companies or individuals that submit proposals in response to this RFQ. The Respondent shall be financially solvent and each of its members if a joint venture, its employees, agents or sub-consultant of any tier shall be competent to perform the services required under this RFQ. 

For more information: see the Attached Document

Principal Planner, Tourism Program Director, Tompkins County Department of Planning and Sustainability

Tompkins County, NY is centrally located in the beautiful Finger Lakes Region of Upstate New York which has a culturally, economically and civically engaged population of over 100,000 residents. Home to Cornell University and Ithaca College, Ithaca sits at the southern tip of beautiful Cayuga Lake, in an area surrounded by dramatic gorges and waterfalls. It has a small-town atmosphere while showcasing the qualities of a larger city through an incredibly diverse and active arts and culture scene. The city is surrounded by a rolling landscape of forests and farms with remarkable views, several vibrant, picturesque villages, and an abundance of outdoor recreational activities.

The Principal Planner / Tourism Program Director is responsible for the Tompkins County Tourism Program which includes diverse marketing and product development programs, strategic planning activities, and room-tax funded grant programs which distribute more than $700,000 annually to local and regional partners. The next Director will have an opportunity to lead a well-respected, successful program with a $2.8 million annual budget and help create a model for sustainable, community-based tourism in a place that values innovation, collaboration, and forward-thinking planning.

Strategic investments in tourism have contributed to a 6% plus annual growth in room tax revenues for the past decade. The program benefits from an engaged tourism board, highly qualified and collaborative partners, and entrepreneurial grantees. Exciting new initiatives are underway, including exploration of a new downtown conference center, creation of a water trail for Cayuga Lake, community wayfinding signage, expansion of a new public art grant program, and implementation of strategic plans for agriculinary, heritage and outdoor recreation tourism. We are looking for a qualified planner with a background in community and economic development, and a passion for the power of sustainable tourism to promote economic development while enhancing local quality of life.

Applications accepted through January 8, 2018. A full description of the position and required minimum qualifications and application for employment may be found online. Please visit: www.tompkinscountyny.gov/personnel. To learn more about the Tourism Program, visit www.tompkinscountyny.gov/tourism.

Tompkins County is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE), as such, we strive to cultivate an inclusive and diverse workplace; individuals who can contribute to the diversity and inclusivity of our organization and the communities we serve, are particularly of interest and are encouraged to apply.

Deputy Commissioner of Planning, Tompkins County Department of Planning and Sustainability

Tompkins County, NY is centrally located in the beautiful Finger Lakes Region of Upstate New York which has a culturally, economically and civically engaged population of over 100,000 residents. Home to Cornell University and Ithaca College, Ithaca sits at the southern tip of beautiful Cayuga Lake, in an area surrounded by dramatic gorges and waterfalls. It has a small-town atmosphere while showcasing the qualities of a larger city through an incredibly diverse and active arts and culture scene. The city is surrounded by a rolling landscape of forests and farms with remarkable views, several vibrant, picturesque villages, and an abundance of outdoor recreational activities.

It is an exciting time for the Department of Planning and Sustainability. Recent retirements and promotions have created career opportunities and served as a catalyst for change and innovation within the Department. The next Deputy Commissioner of Planning and Sustainability will have an opportunity to help lead the Department through this period of growth and transformation while working with a remarkable team of motivated professional planners, elected and appointed officials who appreciate the importance of planning, and a civically engaged population. The successful candidate will have a passion for creating both rural and urban communities with opportunities for people to live meaningful and rewarding lives. We are looking for a qualified experienced planner with a broad knowledge of planning across a number of specialty areas that may include housing, energy, climate adaptation, land and water conservation, land use, and community development.

Applications accepted through January 8, 2018. A full description of the position and required minimum qualifications and application for employment may be found online. Please visit: www.tompkinscountyny.gov/personnel. To learn more about the Department, visit http://www.tompkinscountyny.gov/planning.

Tompkins County is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE), as such, we strive to cultivate an inclusive and diverse workplace; individuals who can contribute to the diversity and inclusivity of our organization and the communities we serve, are particularly of interest and are encouraged to apply.

Call For Newsletter Submissions

In preparation for the next Chapter Newsletter, we are looking for newsletter submissions. All submissions should be well written, concise (at most 500 words), and apply to current topics of interest in the planning field. If the piece is longer, an abstract should be submitted and the full text will be posted through a blog post. Each piece should be submitted with a related image. The due date for submission is December 8th at 8:00am.

Please send submissions to info@nyupstateplanning.com

DEADLINE PASSED: RFP: City of Dunkirk Marketing and Branding

The City of Dunkirk is now accepting proposals to hire a consultant to help develop a marketing/branding strategy. All interested firms can obtain an RFP from the Planning and Development Department either in person or via the City’s website at www.dunkirktoday.com. All proposals must be submitted by Monday, December 11th, 2017 by 4:30pm.

For more information, see the Attached Document

Junior Planner Washington County Planning Department

Washington County Planning Department is currently seeking a Junior Planner.  This is an
entry-level professional planning work involving responsibility for the performance of a variety
of municipal, regional or community planning assignments.  Junior Planners may also serve as staff for advisory boards as assigned, and the work involves considerable contact with
local public officials.  The work is performed under the general guidance of the
Economic Development Coordinator. 

DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS:

This is entry-level professional planning work involving responsibility for the performance of a variety of municipal, regional or community planning assignments.  These assignments may include working on individual planning projects and programs or for single aspects of larger projects.  Junior Planners may also serve as staff for advisory boards as assigned, and the work involves considerable contact with local public officials.  Work assignments may increase in level of complexity and responsibility as the incumbents’ professional competence increases.  The work is performed under the general guidance of the Economic Development Coordinator. 

TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES;

Participates in studies involving research, investigation and analysis of physical economic and environmental factors related to municipal, regional or community planning;

Coordinates Planning Committee activities, such as preparation of materials for meetings, planning and preparation of educational activities, and provides public relations;

May serve as staff for various advisory boards, provides administrative support, and performs a variety of research projects;

Assists in collection, tabulation and analysis of data, including census statistics, land use, economics, natural resources, population, housing and land use reports etc.;

Works with County GIS staff to prepare a variety of maps, charts, advertisements and other graphics required in support of planning projects being performed;

Conducts routine correspondence for the Director (Coordinator);

Travels to a variety of meetings, seminars and training sessions;

Assists in the preparation and administration of grant applications for a variety of State and Federal funds;

Performs miscellaneous office work and maintains records of planning unit activities;

Participates in meetings with municipal planning boards, zoning boards, legislative bodies, and other public officials to advise on planning matters, local land use, and zoning ordinance and makes recommendations;

Provides assistance to municipalities in preparing comprehensive plans and land use control regulations;

Participates in planning studies, economic development studies, and projects and programs as assigned;

Maintains County Planning and Economic Development Web Pages.

FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES & PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS:

Good knowledge of the purpose, principles, practices, methods and terminology uses in municipal, community, or regional planning;

Good knowledge State Laws and local statutes affecting community and regional planning included in planning;

Working knowledge of basic research methods and techniques;

Working knowledge of zoning and subdivision practices;

Working knowledge of current problems and issues in the field;

Ability to prepare complex written reports and graphic presentations;

Ability to express oneself clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing;

Ability to understand complex oral and written directions;

Ability to analyze factual data;

Ability to exercise discretion and sound judgment;

Physical condition commensurate with the demands of the position.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:   Either:

A.)       Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered college or university with a Bachelor’s degree in Planning, , Landscape Architecture, Engineering, Environmental Studies, Business Administration, Public Policy or Administration,  OR

B.)       Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered college with an Associate’s degree and two years of professional experience in Municipal, Community or Regional Planning, or Economic Development.

For more information, see the Washington County website.

Grant Assistant, Essex County Community Resources

Essex County Community Resources is currently seeking a Grant Assistant for our Planning Department.

Essex County Planning provides services required to implement community development goals for Essex County and their municipalities. Technical assistance is provided by researching, writing and administering grants for upgrades, implementation and, expansion of community facilities. This may include, water and wastewater infrastructure, parks and recreation areas, economic development, and habitat restoration. Assistance also includes issues of historic preservation, housing rehabilitation, Smart Growth implementation, energy efficiency, zoning and comprehensive planning.

We are currently seeking a Grant Assistant. This is a professional position involving the responsibility for researching and developing grant applications. The individual will also help municipalities in the administration of the grant-funded projects.

Responsibilities

Research and Develop Grant Applications for potential funding;

May act as liaison between municipalities and funding agencies involved in project implementation and assures that all contracted work is satisfactorily completed according to specifications;

Research and prepare environmental processes;

Assists in the coordination of all personnel: town supervisors, funding agency representatives, contractors, etc., necessary to complete the project;

Assists in preparing reimbursement claims and reporting to funding agencies;

Maintains files, project schedules and reporting on grant activities

Skills/Abilities

Team-Oriented with the ability to work with a diverse group of staff, including an Associate Planner, Community Development Coordinator, Project Management, County Engineers and Environmental Manager. As well as, municipalities and county officials.

The ability to work in a collaborative and dynamic environment

Knowledge to write and develop grant applications

Excellent, verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills

Thorough knowledge in computer applications, including spreadsheets, word processing, calendar and email software

Ability to understand and interpret complex oral and written information

 

Qualifications

A) Graduation from a registered college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration, Business Administration, Planning or Environmental Science

B) Graduation from a registered college or university with an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration or Social Sciences with two (2) years of experience in preparing acceptable grant documentation; or

C) An equivalent combination of training and experience as defined in A) and B) above.

Compensation:

$21.29/Hour – Full Time with Benefits including, paid sick, vacation, personal and holidays. Health Insurance, Dental Insurance, New York State and Local Retirement. New York State Disability, Optional Deferred Compensation, Life and Disability Insurance. This position is a union position, and is a member of CSEA Local 1000.

Please forward your letter of intent via mail or email to:

hjacques@co.essex.ny.us

Hannah Jacques

7533 Court Street PO Box 217

Elizabethtown, New York 12932

Essex County is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Qualified Candidates will be subjected to a civil service examination

Upcoming Webcasts

All are at 1 p.m. ET and are approved for 1.5 AICP CM credits:

·         December 1 – LGBTQ and Planning Division – Queer and the Conversation: The Ethics of Inclusion – Speakers: Vanessa E. Delgado, Bonnie J. Johnson, PhD, AICP, M.A., Cade Hobbick.  This session is qualified for 1.5 ETHICS credits. 

The AICP Code of Ethics states, “We shall seek social justice by working to expand choice and opportunity for all persons.”  We seek to plan for all members of our communities.  However, sometimes, with even the best of intentions, we might not be as welcoming or inclusive as we aspire.  Through exercises and discussion, we will learn how to create a safer, more civil community for all individuals, particularly those of diverse sexualities and/or gender identities (e.g., lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual, etc.). What does it mean to be inclusive? How do we understand other points of view?  How can we as planners be mindful of and aware of the needs of all of our communities? This ethics session is based on the “Safe Zone” training provided by the Center for Sexuality and Gender Diversity and the Office of Multicultural Affairs on the University of Kansas campus. The purpose of Safe Zone training is to reduce homophobia, transphobia, and heterosexism creating safer and freer environments for all members of our communities, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.

·         December 8 – North Carolina Chapter – Step by Step: Catalyzing Walkable Redevelopment – Speakers: Ben Hitchings, AICP, Adam Lovelady, John Richardson, Todd DeLong

A growing number of North Carolina communities are transforming suburbia.  What strategies are working well, and what aren’t?  Planners from Charlotte and Chapel Hill will present experiences using redevelopment to turn suburban districts into more walkable places. Participants will learn how form-based codes can create a compelling entitlements framework and how a municipality can serve as a master developer.

·         December 13 – Transportation Planning Division – Land Use, Mobility and Technology in Urban America – Speaker: Gabe Klein

NOTE: This is a Wednesday webcast.  It was originally scheduled for 10/20/17.  

Cities at different stages of development all grapple with managing the traditional challenges of housing, transportation, infrastructure financing, and environmental sustainability. These complexities are further compounded by rapidly changing modes of operation, new and disruptive technologies and changing expectations and demands from citizens and business. What innovations are taking place in cities these days, and how can government, business and non-profit leaders utilize this wave of change to shape a quality of life that is improved and not compromised? How can they work together vs. at cross purposes? Gabe will discuss the larger macro trends in society, address process innovation and governance, and talk about how city leaders are re-organizing their urban systems to be synergistic vs. at odds with one another and the cities goals. High return public-private partnerships, active transportation, and enhanced public space projects all play a role in the ideal city of the future.

·         December 15 – Women and Planning Division – Women in Planning: Guiding Emerging Professionals – Speakers: Corrin Hoegen Wendell, AICP, Breanne Rothstein, AICP, Olivia Dorow-Hovland, Jahnee Prince, AICP

As the percentage of women entering the planning profession increases and gain a firm foothold in the doorway of success, they are reaching back to the next generation and welcoming them through that open door.  Join the APA Women and Planning Division for an exciting and inspiring discussion focused on your most pressing career questions and what seasoned planners wished they would have known in school and what they would have done differently. Find out the benefits of working in the public or private sector, skills employers are really looking for, and walk away with strategies for getting hired and succeeding in the first year on the job. A panel of top female professionals from early, mid, and seasoned careers will discuss a wide range of important topics including career growth and development, how to gain a valuable planning network, and share their own experiences and stories. This moderated panel will allow the audience to participate in this important dialogue through the use of live polling technology and interactive questions.

Click on the title links to register.  You can see the current listing of all webcasts at www.ohioplanning.org/planningwebcast.  

CM credits can be claimed by looking up the sponsoring Chapter or Division as provider

Distance Education – These 2016 webcasts are available for viewing throughout 2017 for CM Distance Education credits:

·         Fair Housing: Serious Responsibility, Serious Liability – LAW.  Event #9120416

·         Planning Ethics – Dealing with Problem Boards and Board Members – ETHICS.  Event #9119060

REGIONAL PLANNER, Southeastern Connecticut Council of Governments, Norwich, CT

Regional Planner position(s) with the Southeastern Connecticut Council of Governments serving twenty-two municipalities with a population of 286,786.  Planner will work on land use, zoning, housing, and transportation planning programs.  May attend night meetings.

Background Desired:  Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in city/regional planning or related field. Planner level of  I, II, or III will be offered based on candidate’s education and applicable experience. Potentially hiring more than one planner contingent upon available funding.  

Salary Range:              To be determined dependent upon experience.

Send resume to:         

James S. Butler, AICP
Executive Director
Southeastern Connecticut Council of Governments
5 Connecticut Avenue
Norwich, CT  06360
office@seccog.org

 

Closing Date:               Position open until filled.

An Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer

RFP: Tioga County Hazard Mitigation Plan Update 2018

Tioga County was awarded a FEMA Pre-Disaster Mitigation Program Grant to update it 2013 Multi-Jurisdictional Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan.  A consulting firm will be selected via a Request for Proposals.  It expected that a consultant will be selected in January 2018 and contracted in February 2018.  Work should begin at the end of February 2018 and be completed by the end of August 2018. 

For more information, see the Attached Document

Executive Director, Berkshire Regional Planning Commission

BRPC is seeking a highly qualified professional as its third Executive Director in 51 years. The Executive Director is responsible for a wide range of professional, managerial and supervisory leadership at BRPC.  As the organizational head, the Executive Director is critical to maintaining and building organizational effectiveness and implementing BRPC’s mission.  The Executive Director will continue enhancing BRPC’s reputation within Berkshire County as a trusted resource of unbiased, professional information and assistance and a key regional and state player.  The Executive Director supports the Commission members in discharging their duties in determining, establishing and implementing BRPC policy and other related work, as required. Qualified applicants must be a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident. Starting date is negotiable but anticipated in Spring of 2018.  Application reviews begin December 15, 2017 and will continue until position is filled. 

Application Process and Additional Information

This search is being conducted by the Executive Director Search Committee, appointed by the Chair of BRPC.  Please submit an electronic version of a cover letter, your resume, and a one-page statement of your management philosophy for leading a dynamic regional planning agency to the Executive Director Search Committee, Berkshire Regional Planning Commission, via email at EDSearch@BerkshirePlanning.org.  Please combine all your documents in a single file, preferably PDF, and include BRPC and your NAME in the subject line.  At this stage in the process, all submissions are confidential.

In accordance with the Massachusetts Open Meeting Law, initial work of considering and interviewing applicants will occur in executive session.  Applications are protected from public disclosure under the Massachusetts Public Records Law.  However, once finalists have been chosen – meaning at least two individuals to proceed onto the next level of consideration – those finalists must be considered in open session.  Therefore, finalists should not expect that their applications will remain confidential.

Salary is commensurate with experience, within the framework of the Commission’s annual budget.  The retiring Executive Director’s current annual salary is $121,627.

Starting date is negotiable but anticipated in Spring of 2018.  Application reviews begin December 15, 2017 and will continue until position is filled. 

BRPC seeks to build a diverse and experienced team and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity.

For more information on this position and the application process see http://berkshireplanning.org/about/employment-and-internship-opportunities/.

DEADLINE PASSED: City of Amsterdam Industrial Development Agency, Executive Director

City of Amsterdam Industrial Development Agency is seeking an Executive Director.

The Executive Director plans, directs and manages the activities and assets of the City Of Amsterdam Industrial Development Agency (“AIDA”), A state-regulated public authority whose mission is to enable economic development in The City of Amsterdam, by helping businesses grow, remain or newly locate within the City.

For more information, see the Attached Document