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 1 page), and apply to current topics of interest in the planning field. Each piece should be submitted with a related image. Submissions should be kept to around 500 words. If the piece is longer, an abstract should be submitted and the full text will be posted through a blog post. The due date for submission is November 28th

Please send submissions to our Newsletter Officer, Meagan Aaron

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/.

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

RFP: Rochester Public Library Long-range plan

The Rochester Public Library (RPL) seeks a planning and architectural firm to assist in the development of a long-range plan for its branch libraries serving the City of Rochester, New York.  The Request for Proposals and associated attachments can be accessed here.

The selected consultant’s primary work scope will be to  project anticipated population growth in branch service areas, identify a peer grouping of libraries for comparison, establish the number, size, and capacities of library facilities needed for the RPL, evaluate current branch facilities, gauge public priorities for use of library facilities, and assign an action matrix based on agreed categories.  Where approved by the RPL, additional recommendations and cost analysis may be expanded for priority actions. It is essential that the consultant demonstrates a solid understanding of public libraries and has the necessary skills and resources to address the diverse mix of services, programs and infrastructure challenges that this project will present. 

 

This project is funded through the Friends and Foundation of the Rochester Public Library, a separate charitable 501c3 supporting the Rochester Public Library. 

 

Proposals are to be submitted no later than 2:00pm, Friday, December 8, 2017 to: 

 

 

Brie Harrison, Finance Officer

Rochester Public Library 

115 South Avenue

Rochester, NY 14604

brie.harrison@libraryweb.org 

Downtown Feasibility Studies, St. Johnsville NY

Please take notice that Montgomery County is seeking proposals from qualified architectural firms to provide technical assistance to downtown property owners in conjunction with an anticipated New York Main Street Technical Assistance Program grant. The purpose of the project is to undertake downtown feasibility studies for specific buildings that will position the Village of St. Johnsville in Montgomery County for future New York Main Street funding.
 
Proposals should be secured in a sealed envelope with the notation “Downtown Feasibility Studies St. Johnsville”.

Proposals will be accepted at the Montgomery County Purchasing Department, c/o Scott Surento, Purchasing Agent, 20 Park Street, Room 104, P.O. Box 1500, Fonda, NY 12068 until November 17, 2017 at 4:00 pm.

All proposers must comply with the provisions of the General Municipal Law and all other applicable laws.  The County reserves the right to reject any or all proposals.

For more information, see the Attached Document

Transportation Analyst, Ithaca Tompkins County Transportation Council

Ithaca Tompkins County Transportation Council is seeking a Transportation Analyst. This is a part-time position with full benefits located in Ithaca, New York. The ITCTC is the designated Metropolitan Planning Organization for the Ithaca-Tompkins County metropolitan area - more athttp://www.tompkinscountyny.gov/itctc.

The Transportation Analyst will be responsible for problem definition, development of goals and objectives, policy research, data evaluation , and development of detailed program recommendations. This position is responsible for maintaining the ITCTC's 5-year Transportation Improvement Program. The duties of the Transportation Analyst position also include such administrative functions as providing support staff to the ITCTC committees, advisory subcommittees, and during public meetings. The position requires a high degree of autonomy and independent judgment in the performance of work assignments. The ability to meet extremely tight deadlines is required. Due to a high level of contacts with County officials, various appointed/elected officials and members of the public, considerable interpersonal skills are required. The work is performed under the general supervision of the Transportation Planning Director. 

Apply through the Tompkins County Department of Human Resources.

Full job description and application can be found at: https://www.tompkinscivilservice.org/civilservice/vacancies- scroll down to 'Transportation Analyst' position, click on 'Apply' for online application.
Department of Human Resources Office
125 E. Court Street
Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 274-5526

Tompkins County is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.

Final date to file applications is Friday, November 17, 2017.

For more information, see the Attached Document

RFQ: Tompkins County Housing Rent and Vacancy Survey

Summary. Tompkins County is seeking consulting services to develop a replicable methodology for a countywide annual rent and vacancy survey of rental housing units, and to conduct said survey in 2018. This will be an annual survey, intended to help monitor changing housing market conditions as well as progress towards meeting local housing needs as part of the Tompkins County Housing Strategy. 

Statements of Qualifications from interested firms are requested by 4 PM (EST) on Thursday, November 16, 2017 and should be submitted to the Tompkins County Purchasing Department (submission details identified below). 

Project Background. Tompkins County is an attractive place to live with its mix of remarkable natural features, a vibrant urban center, renowned academic institutions, and a productive working landscape. The City of Ithaca is located in the center of the county, and is a regional employment center and transportation hub, while much of the remainder of the county is suburban and rural in character. The City has two more densely urbanized areas, downtown Ithaca and the Collegetown neighborhood adjacent to Cornell University. 

The county has a large percentage of renters (44.5%) and nearly 30,000 students. Historically, a large proportion of students have lived off campus, primarily in smaller properties such as former single family homes divided into apartments and older boarding houses. Over 13,000 apartments in the county are in smaller properties with under 24 units, and nearly 6,000 apartments are in larger properties with 24 units or more. Vacancy rates vary both geographically within the county, as well as between units in these small vs. large properties. 

Given the persistent and growing housing challenges in the county, the Tompkins County Housing Needs Assessment was completed in 2016 (https://tinyurl.com/TompkinsHousingNeedsAssessment). This information helped inform the development of the Tompkins County Housing Strategy (https://tinyurl.com/TompkinsHousingStrategy), which was endorsed by the County Legislature in July 2017. The Housing Strategy calls for monitoring efforts to track changes in local housing conditions and progress towards meeting local housing needs, and specifically calls for instituting an annual rent and vacancy survey. 

Rent and vacancy data from the American Community Survey is considered insufficient for these monitoring efforts given the relatively low population in Tompkins County and margins of error when sampling so few households. Additionally, surveys conducted for the Housing Needs Assessment found that apartment vacancies vary depending on the size of rental properties and their locations within the county. The Landlords Association of Tompkins County (LATC) surveys of its members result in discrepancies with “official” vacancy rates, which leads to concerns about which rates municipalities use to establish housing development goals and strategies. 

With a number of apartment units recently constructed or proposed and efforts underway to address gaps in the local housing supply, Tompkins County seeks to track rent and vacancy rates for residential rental properties in a consistent manner. It is imperative that these annual surveys provide reliable data and track changes over the years regardless of who may undertake these surveys in subsequent years.

For more information, see the Attached Document

Community/ Economic Development Specialist, The Chazen Companies

The Chazen Companies is a multi-disciplinary, employee-owned firm named by The Business Review and The Albany Times Union as one of the Best Places to Work. The firm has deep technical experience in engineering, surveying, environmental services, planning and landscape architecture throughout our offices in Poughkeepsie, Troy, Queensbury and White Plains, NY and Nashville, TN. Celebrating our 70th anniversary, we continue our focus on creating effective, long-term partnerships and delivering world class levels of performance for all our clients.

We are actively seeking an individual to assist our municipal clients with securing and administering funding for important community and economic development projects, with a focus on infrastructure. We have a growing list of clients and projects and need a professional to lead this part of our business. The position may be located in Troy or Queensbury, NY office.

Responsibilities include developing funding/ financing applications for our existing municipal clients and managing and administering our current portfolios of grants. Knowledge of the CDBG, NYS EDC, NYS EFC, US EDA and USDA programs, a track record in securing funding/ financing, as well as the oversight and implementation of these programs is essential. This position will fill a Project Manager role in our municipal services practice area.

The preferred candidate will have significant experience working with municipalities and public agencies, a strong understanding of the municipal procurement/ capital project development process, as well as a sound understanding of SEQRA/NEPA. We are looking for an individual who can assist and/or lead strategic outreach efforts to identify opportunities to develop new clients by providing these services.

We are looking for a professional with excellent verbal and written communications, has a strong technical aptitude, and enjoys working in a collaborative environment. The candidate should understand demographic and technical analysis methods, possess strong public presentations skills and be self-directed. Attendance at evening meetings/ functions may be required.

Requirements - Bachelor's degree in engineering, planning, public administration/ finance or related field required; Master's degree is preferred.  Four to six (4-6) years of experience and excellent technical writing and computer skills are required. Chazen is a growing company with opportunities for like-minded individual.

The Chazen Companies offer competitive compensation, comprehensive benefits offerings including an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP), as well as training, professional development, membership in professional associations and much more. All our offices provide employees with a relaxed, collegial and professional working atmosphere. The Chazen Companies is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

For more information, contact:
Mary Jean Skelly-Miller
mmiller@chazencompanies.com
Human Resources
The Chazen Companies, 21 Fox Street, Poughkeepsie, New York 12601
Phone: (845) 486-1480  Mobile: (845) 235-4174

Planner, The Chazen Companies

The Chazen Companies is a multi-disciplinary, employee-owned firm named by The Business Review and The Albany Times Union as one of the Best Places to Work. The firm has deep technical experience in engineering, surveying, environmental services, planning and landscape architecture throughout our offices in Poughkeepsie, Troy, Queensbury and White Plains, NY and Nashville, TN. Celebrating our 70th anniversary, we continue our focus on creating effective, long-term partnerships and delivering world class levels of performance for all our clients.

The Chazen Companies is actively seeking an experienced planner to join our team. This position will support our growing planning practice. Our work is diverse and includes community or area-specific, environmental, cultural, economic, and transportation planning. As a multidisciplinary firm, our planning team works in partnership with our different service lines and our clients include local municipalities, planning and advocacy organizations and private enterprise.

The preferred individual will have a strong academic planning foundation and the intuition to identify how best to apply their knowledge when working on projects. The candidate will bring the passion to explore new planning practices and opportunity to employ these in our work. Experience in supporting and leading public engagement exercises, the ability to work independently and collaboratively, a keen understanding of the planning and design process, and strong graphic arts skills are required. The ability to conduct and interpret planning related research and data is essential.

We are looking for a planner with excellent written and verbal skills, has a strong technical aptitude, is intuitive and wants to crush it! A working knowledge of SEQRA/NEPA and the local land use approval process is a benefit.

Requirements: Masters in planning or landscape architecture or a related field is required. Applicants with a bachelor's degree and exceptional work experience will be considered. Three to five (3-5) years' experience, excellent technical writing and computer skills are required. Proficiency in GIS, Google Sketch-Up (or comparable 3D software), communications graphics, and website related platforms is preferred. Salary is negotiable and the position will likely be based in our Queensbury, NY office.

The Chazen Companies offer competitive compensation, comprehensive benefits offerings including an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP), as well as training, professional development, membership in professional associations and much more. All our offices provide employees with a relaxed, collegial and professional working atmosphere. The Chazen Companies is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

For more information, contact:
Mary Jean Skelly-Miller
mmiller@chazencompanies.com
Human Resources
The Chazen Companies, 21 Fox Street, Poughkeepsie, New York 12601
Phone: (845) 486-1480  Mobile: (845) 235-4174

Manager of Project Development, City of Rochester

TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES:

Establishes goals and objectives and develops a work program for the revitalization of City neighborhoods through the redevelopment and adaptive re-use and renovation of vacant and underutilized properties; Analyzes strategic development opportunities for feasibility and alignment with the Administration's priorities and other relevant plans; Analyzes funding requests for loans for mixed-use and market-rate developments and negotiates favorable terms for job creation, MWBE participation, and minority and women participation in the construction workforce; Assists private developers with the identification of potential state and federal funding sources; Oversees the identification, preparation and administration of state and federal grant proposals and private funding sources for development activities; Prepares, reviews and evaluates requests and proposals for planning and development studies as well for the sale and development of City-owned parcels of land; reviews and analyzes proposals with a goal of selecting a developer proposing the highest and best use of the land; Represents the City in communicating to the general public its vision for development activities; Supervises and gives assignments to project staff and resolves personnel problems.

For more information, see the Attached Document

Apply at: https://www.cityofrochester.gov/app.aspx?id=8589934617

Preservation Planner, City of Rochester

TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES:

Analyzes development, redevelopment, and renovation proposals for properties located in Preservation Districts or on historically significant structures to determine if they comply with the City's preservation codes and regulations, land use regulations, and plans for historical preservations; Drafts or evaluates maps, charts, reports, design concepts and recommendations related to Comprehensive Plan revisions, major City Code revisions, policy direction and similar matters associated with historical preservations; Serves as the Staff Planner to the Rochester Preservation Board, establishing agendas, taking minutes, preparing project-specific and comprehensive reports, drafting correspondence relating to Board activities and decisions, and assisting citizens applying to have a structure given landmark status; Consults and advises owners and design professionals on projects planned for properties within Preservation Districts or on other historical structures regarding preservation codes and regulations which may apply; Coordinates the City's Certified Local Government Program through the National Park Service by maintaining an active survey of historical resources and pursuing grants to fund local historic preservation projects; Prepares and updates informational materials for the public regarding the City's preservation program; Conducts and attends meetings with Preservation Board applicants, developers, neighborhood associations, and governmental officials regarding development projects and planning issues in preservation districts or involving historical properties; Serves as a liaison to other City Departments and governmental agencies on issues related to historical preservation; Prepares recommendations regarding preservation projects, studies, and policies; Trains and advises staff and the public on historical preservation codes, regulations, and issues.

For more information, see the Attached Document

Apply at: https://www.cityofrochester.gov/app.aspx?id=8589934617

Loans and Grants Project Manager, Empire State Development

BASIC FUNCTION: 

Manage the administration of economic development incentives (grants and loans) from point of offer acceptance through funding disbursement for projects undertaken by businesses and organizations such as municipalities, and not-for-profits, and local economic development organizations. 

WORK PERFORMED: 

 General management of an extensive portfolio of active grants and loans, including review of applications, management of approval and funding process, compiling and reviewing information, negotiating terms, preparing directors approval documents and contracts, presenting projects, and attending off-site meetings. 

 Communicate with applicants and applicant reps, including telephone, email and paper correspondence. 

 Monitor, prepare, and analyze Consolidated Funding Applications submitted to the Regional Office. 

 Maintain an understanding and participate in the Regional Economic Development Council’s work and project review. 

 Ensure that project information is accurate in the web-based Project Tracking System. 

 Coordinate with internal contacts (Origination, Finance, Design and Construction, Contractor and Supplier Diversity, Legal) in the preparation of board of directors’ approval materials, contracts, project status reports, and other documents appropriate for the review/management of projects. 

 Review requests for disbursement, perform desk audits, work with project attorneys for loan closings, and oversee grant disbursements. 

 Assume a variety of Department-wide responsibilities as assigned, such as writing briefing memos, preparing complex spreadsheets, reviewing and improving processes, ensuring compliance with regulatory requirements, and managing data and budget information. 

 Other projects as assigned by Regional Director and Deputy Regional Director. 

EDUCATION & REQUIREMENTS: 

Education Level required: Bachelors degree in business, liberal arts and sciences; Masters degree preferred in business, public administration, liberal arts, social sciences, urban planning, or similar fields. 

Relevant experience required: Minimum 3-5 years direct, extensive experience in one or more of the following fields: economic development, government, planning, public administration, or related business or not-for-profit area. 

Knowledge required: Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Strong organizational, problem-solving, and analytical skills. Demonstrated ability to efficiently manage multiple projects/tasks simultaneously, take initiative, and work independently. Familiarity with business, not-for-profit, and governmental agencies and general knowledge of New York State’s geography and economies. Strong attention to detail and independent follow through are highly important. Microsoft Office, particularly Excel and Word; Database management. 

APPROXIMATE STARTING SALARY: up to $60,000 

INQUIRE

Maria Gately – HR Manager, Human Resources Dept., ESD Corporation
Internal Candidates: COMPLETE A POSTING APPLICATION AND ATTACH A COPY OF RESUME
External Candidates: SEND RESUME TO: Resumes@esd.ny.gov

AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

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RFP: RainCheck 2.0, Buffalo Sewer Authority

The BUFFALO SEWER Authority (hereinafter referred to as “BUFFALO SEWER”) is public benefit corporation created, in part, to relieve the Niagara River, Buffalo River and Lake Erie from pollution by the sewage and waste of the City.   BUFFALO SEWER is responsible for the sanitary wastewater and stormwater collection and treatment system within the City of Buffalo. 

On March 18, 2014 BUFFALO SEWER’s combined Sewer Overflow Long Term control Plan (LTCP) was approved by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) and the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA). As part of the approved LTCP, BUFFALO SEWER committed to the installation of green infrastructure to manage the runoff from at least 1,315 acres of impervious surfaces in targeted areas of BUFFALO SEWER’s collection system.  

BUFFALO SEWER is seeking proposals from qualified professional environmental/urban planning/stormwater design and stakeholder engagement consulting teams to work with BUFFALO SEWER from January through December 2018 to develop Rain Check 2.0 - a practicable, strategic plan for how the BUFFALO SEWER will deliver green infrastructure projects to reduce the runoff from 500 acres of impervious surfaces located within six (6) priority sewer basins.    

In late 2018, BUFFALO SEWER expects to utilize the above process and the resultant report to develop a detailed implementation strategy and schedule.  

Sealed submissions must be received by BUFFALO SEWER no later than Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at 10:00 am EST.    

 

Listed below are anticipated target dates and relevant times by which actions related to this Request for Proposals will be completed.  

EVENT                                                                                         DATE                                             _     TIME                      

Issuing of Request for Proposals                     October 14, 2017

Preproposal Meeting/Webinar                        October 20, 2017                                              11:00AM ET

Final Questions due                                              October 27, 2017                                              3:00 PM ET

Submission Due Date                                           November 8, 2017                                           10:00 AM ET

Invitations for Interview                                     November 17, 2017

Interviews (as applicable)                                  November 27 and 28, 2017 

BUFFALO SEWER Board Mtg for Award        December 6, 2017

Target Notice to Proceed                                   January 2, 2018

Buffalo Sewer highly recommends participation in the pre-proposal meeting/webinar.  Participants must email Ms. Barrett O’Neill at joneill@sa.ci.buffalo.ny.us regarding their participation, indicating if they will attend in person or via webinar no later than October 19, 2017 at 5pm.

For more Information, see the Attached Document

Project Manager, Bergmann Associates

Bergmann Associates is now accepting resumes for a Project Manager to work in our Municipal Planning and Design practice. The position may be located in our Rochester or Buffalo, New York offices. The successful candidate will bring a passion for urban planning and design, as well as working in a collaborative, multi-disciplinary environment. We are only interested in applicants with an entrepreneurial spirit willing to put the time and effort into establishing a long-term career with Bergmann Associates. 
Our Municipal Planning team works on a range of projects, including:
• Brownfield reuse planning
• Downtown revitalization
• Regional plans
• Sustainability planning
• Park and trail planning and design
• Signature corridors and complete streets
• Comprehensive and land use plans
• Zoning, form based codes and design guidelines
• Waterfront planning and design

This position will include a range of plan production and management tasks for a wide array of project types. The successful candidate will be able to work on multiple projects at one time with a range of budgets and will be able to manage diverse teams of professionals. This position will require attendance at night meetings and travel across New York State. Work responsibilities will include the coordination and facilitation of extensive community outreach efforts, including the preparation of presentation materials such as powerpoints and presen-tation boards. Prospective candidates must possess the ability to work well in a collaborative environment with other design professions including landscape architects, architects, and engineers. 
Education, Experience, Certifications, Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
• 8+ years of experience in the field or urban planning / design;
• Professional accredidation – AICP, AIA or RLA;
• Proven track record of managing complex, multi-disciplinary project teams;
• Familiarity with NYS funding programs;
• Familiarity with NYS SEQR process;
• Excellent verbal presentation skills and ability to facilitate community meetings;
• Experience working directly with clients;
• Business development experience preferred;
• Ability to articulate thoughts and ideas in a written format; and
• Strong communication and organization skills.
Relationship to Others: 
• Reports directly to Municipal Practice Leader
• Works in close collaboration with planning and landscape architecture team members
• Regularly interacts and works with multi-disciplinary project teams

Apply:
Send resume, references and a writing sample to:  hr@bergmannpc.com 

New York Upstate Chapter Comment Period on Percentage-Based Dues is Open

A membership comment period has opened today (October 13, 2017) to gather input on a proposal to index the New York Upstate Chapter of the APA’’s dues at 15% of the dues members pay to the National Association.

All APA chapters are required to transition to percentage-based dues at the end of this year. The 15% index rate dues are summarized in the table below. Please note these are base APA memberships, exclusive of AICP dues.

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Under our bylaws, a dues increase is enacted by a majority vote of the Chapter Board. We are required to hold a formal comment period of a minimum of 30 days. The board will hold its vote on the change at its November 17 meeting.

An article about the change to percentage-based dues was published in our most recent newsletter. The newsletter can be accessed here: http://mailchi.mp/a8d2e871b1e9/ny-upstate-apa-chapter-newsletter

Please provide your feedback using this form: https://goo.gl/forms/bAX49mbvnfGOI7OR2

Thank you for your thoughtful consideration of this proposed change.

Upcoming Webcasts

October 13 – Private Practice Division – Marketing Anxiety: Bragging with Aplomb – Speakers: Dan Berler, Michael Altman, Gwen Wright, Anne McBride, moderated by Deana Rhodeside

If you work in the private sector, whether as a sole practitioner or in a larger firm, you know that marketing is a fact of life.  And, from a public sector perspective, you know that certain marketing approaches are impressive while others are sometimes, frankly, off-putting.  While excellent past performance is perhaps the strongest marketing tool, how do planners effectively reach out to new clients and convince them that they would be the perfect choice for a project?  How do you effectively communicate what do you do best?  One of the ways is through the establishment of a strong “brand” that speaks to what your firm does well and how this sets you apart from your competition.  Yet, determining a brand that is timely, attractive and accurately descriptive of your practice is a tall order --- one that may require the assistance of a branding specialist. Or, alternatively, are there ways to establish your brand on your own?   This session will explore several different views about marketing, both from the perspective of a marketing consultant, a branding consultant and several private and public sector practitioners who have been exposed to a variety of marketing techniques over the course of their careers.  Come and share your views of marketing techniques that work and don’t work for you in this interactive session focused on a very challenging part of private sector planning practice.  

October 20 – Transportation Planning Division – Land Use, Mobility and Technology in Urban America – Speaker: Gabe Klein

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.

October 27 – Economic Development Division – Nurturing your Entrepreneurial Ecosystem – Speakers: John Provo and Sarah Lyon-Hill

Through a grant from the Kauffman Foundation, Virginia Tech’s Office of Economic Development researched entrepreneurial ecosystems and the resource needs of different types of entrepreneurs, such as innovation-driven “gazelle” enterprises, lifestyle businesses, and second-stage companies. Measures and metrics that help describe the ecosystem but also reflect these different entrepreneurial types were examined within a rural context. The goal was twofold: to understand which metrics are feasible to collect for smaller regions, and to facilitate benchmarking across numerous regions. We will present findings from this study and then ask panel participants to share their own stories and reflect on the findings within the context of their own ecosystems. Questions to explore include: How have participants’ respective regions examined their own ecosystems and what measures/metrics have they found most useful to collect? How can we think more inclusively as we endeavor to strengthen our entrepreneurial ecosystems? What steps have/might we take? What role should planners and economic developers play in encouraging entrepreneurship and business growth?

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

RFP: New Paltz Green Infrastructure Capital Improvement Feasibility Plan

Request For Qualifications & Proposals by Village of New Paltz for Professional Services to Develop a New Paltz Green Infrastructure Capital Improvement Feasibility Plan (Urbanized Areas Focus) - The Village, in collaboration with the Town, seeks to enter into a professional services contract for preparation of this GI plan and project. Qualifications and Proposals must be submitted to Village Clerk by 1:00 P.M, October 26, 2017. The Qualifications/ Proposals opening time is 1:00 P.M. on October 26, 2017 in Village Hall, Main Conference Room, 2nd floor, 25 Plattekill Ave., New Paltz, NY. The Request for Qualifications & Proposals is available on the Village web site home page: Villageofnewpaltz.org and the same may be obtained by email request at clerk@villageofnewpaltz.org or by calling (845) 255-0130 during routine, non-holiday business hours. Written questions or comments on the RFQ&P must be received by 1:00 PM on October 19, 2017.

Planner/Civil Engineer, MRB Group Engineering

MRB Group Engineering, Architecture & Surveying, D.P.C. (www.mrbgroup.com) is a professional services firm that has proudly served clients for over 85 years. We provide a full spectrum of services covering major areas of Engineering, Architecture, Structural, Planning, GIS Services and Municipal Services.

We are currently seeking a Planner/Civil Engineer. Candidate will work with our planning and municipal services group providing support on subdivision and site plan reviews, planning board activities, general planning services, and SWPPP/site inspections.   Minimum qualifications include a planning or civil engineering related degree with a minimum of 3-5 years experience.  Some of the skills that would be desired for this position include a strong knowledge of site plan design, proficiency in stormwater and hydraulic calculations, familiarity with State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR), NYSDEC and MS4 stormwater regulations, comprehensive plans and zoning regulations.  Candidate should be proficient in Word and Excel and have excellent writing skills.   AutoCAD or GIS skills would be a plus.  Successful candidates will be self-starters with good communication skills and the ability to work well in a team environment.  Individual may also be expected to represent the firm in meetings and conferences with clients, regulatory agencies, and officials of other organizations.  

To apply, e-mail your resume to resume@mrbgroup.com or mail to Human Resources Manager, 145 Culver Road, Suite 160, Rochester, NY 14620. 

National Community Planning Month is Here

This month, we’re joining with our planning colleagues from across the country to celebrate the lasting value that thoughtful and innovative planning has on communities. This year’s theme is innovation in planning, underscoring the role of planning in addressing and adapting to the challenges facing communities in the 21st century.

Use the resources in APA’s Planning Month Resource HUB to share with your community, elected officials, and local media the positive impact planning has had on your community.

Have a planning success story you’d like APA to highlight during October? Send your stories and photos to us at ncpm@planning.org.

Learn more about National Community Planning Month at www.planning.org/ncpm.