GIS in Transit Conference, September 1-3 , 2015, in Washington, D.C.

We are so pleased that the 2015 GIS in Transit Conference was recently approved for 41 AICP CM credits, including 1.5 hours of legal credit. The National Center for Transit Research, Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA) and the Transportation Research Board (TRB) are presenting the 9th National GIS in Transit Conference, September 1-3, 2015, in Washington, DC. The conference features an abundance of educational content, preconference workshops, and important keynotes by Waze and the Federal Transit Administration. Complete conference details are posted online:

Ed McMahon - September 3rd in Ithaca

Ed McMahon of the Urban Land Institute is coming to Upstate NY on September 3rd. Don't miss his two free talks in Ithaca!
Ed McMahon holds the Charles E. Fraser Chair on Sustainable Development at the Urban Land Institute in Washington, DC. He is nationally known as an inspiring and thought provoking speaker and leading authority on topics such as the links between health and the built environment, sustainable development, land conservation, smart growth, and historic preservation.
"Cities and Towns: The Economics of Uniqueness"
Thursday, September 3, 12:30 pm at Cinemapolis (120 E. Green Street, Ithaca). A special free lecture presented by the Downtown Ithaca Alliance and Form Ithaca.
Anyone interested in downtown projects, land use, and economic development is encouraged to attend. The lecture will be followed by a question and answer session. Refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP to (607) 277-8679
Sponsored by FormIthaca, Downtown Ithaca Alliance, Cornell Baker Program in Real Estate, and Cornell Department of City and Regional Planning.
Thursday, September 3, 4:30 pm at Millstein Hall on the Cornell University Campus.

Tourism is big business in the US and around the world. Tourism provides many benefits, but unless it is planned and managed,  it can also cause  enormous problems. It can even harm the very assets that tourists come to see. This talk will explore the basics of “responsible tourism”.  It will describe the principles that communities can use to maximize the benefits of tourism, while minimizing the problems. It will also explain the differences between mass market tourism and sustainable tourism and will provide examples of communities that are attracting tourists without losing their soul.

Sponsored by the Cornell Baker Program in Real Estate, and Cornell Department of City and Regional Planning.

Both events are free and open to all.


SAVE THE DATE! Fall Planners' Day, September 18th

save the date copySave the Date!  Fall Planners Day and Awards Celebration September 18th at SUNY ESF in Syracuse! Since our Chapter served as Host Chapter for the APA Northeast Regional Conference in Saratoga Springs June 24th – 26th we are not hosting a Chapter conference this fall.  We are however planning a one day event at SUNY ESF to celebrate our Chapter Award winners and provide an opportunity to attend CM approved sessions.  As we shift our focus from the APA Northeast Regional Conference to our Fall Planners Day event we are working to quickly solidify details.  The Chapter Board’s objective is to keep this cost to a minimum for attendees while providing a enjoyable luncheon to celebrate the excellent planning work around the state.  This will be a great one day networking opportunity with your peers.  Please save the date and stay tuned for more details coming soon!

If you haven’t already, please nominate the superb planning work you and/or your colleagues are doing.  Nominations for the 2015 Professional Awards Program are due July 17thDownload the nomination packet including eligibility, rules and selection criteria by clicking here.  You will have the option to save your progress on the Adobe Acrobat nomination form at any time.

EcoDistrict Coordinator, Greentopia

Rochester is poised to move beyond individual building and urban re-development strategies to pursue sustainability at the district and neighborhood scale with the launch of an EcoDistrict Program. POSITION SUMMARY

The EcoDistrict Coordinator will be Greentopia’s primary staff person dedicated to developing New York State’s first EcoDistrict in Rochester, New York. In collaboration with the organization’s President, the EcoDistrict Critical Team and Stakeholder Committee, the Coordinator will aide in the formation of Rochester's EcoDistrict program framework, content, resources, public participation, and governance models and determine formal measures for evaluating program progress and effectiveness.

Rochester’s EcoDistrict will provide a once-in-a-generation opportunity to improve the neighborhood’s environmental impacts, and thereby serve as a role model to inspire other communities to commit to sustainable development.

The position is currently grant-supported for two-years with possible extension. (Full job description available, upon request)

ABOUT ECODISTRICTS                

EcoDistricts commit to achieving ambitious sustainability performance goals, guiding district investments and community action, and tracking over time. EcoDistricts provide a framework for realizing advanced sustainability through behavior change, building design, and infrastructure investments. They seek to reduce pollution, restore ecosystems, and improve communities.


The EcoDistrict Coordinator will: 1) Create and coordinate a broad range of outreach efforts, utilizing a diversity of communication tools; 2) Collaborate with professional consultants in shaping the EcoDistrict plan; 3) Develop metrics, and assess performance against goals; 4) Educate stakeholders and encourage sustainable actions; 5) Manage and lead high level decision making committees; 6) Attend community meetings and represent Greentopia at outside presentations, and appropriate meetings; and 7) Assist with grant & fundraising efforts, including identification of funding partners and appropriate grant opportunities while collaborating with Grants Administrator on reporting to governmental funding agency.


This position requires a Bachelor's degree and at least 2-3 years of experience in the fields of project coordination, sustainable development, urban planning, architecture, landscape architecture or a related field. Prior experience is preferred in developing and executing complex plans in the areas of urban design, transportation, climate and resource efficiency, ecology, livability, or economic development.


Salary range in the low to mid $40s with full benefits; Position will begin on or about September 1, 2015.


A complete application includes:

  • Cover letter and resume.
  • Two professional or academic references with contact information.

Applications must be received by July 15, 2015 and sent to:

Lewis Stess Co-Founder of Greentopia City of Rochester 81 Browns Race Rochester, N.Y. 14614 Phone (585) 287-5560

Summer Course - Introduction to GIS, Cornell University

The Department of City and Regional Planning at Cornell University is offering Introduction to GIS (CRP 4080) this summer on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5:30-9:00p with David West. The course is designed to give students the basic technical skills required to acquire, create, edit, and map data, and perform basic spatial analysis as well as the theoretical background necessary for critical analysis of maps and GIS processes. This summer's course will use Q-GIS, the leading free and open source GIS program to enable students to provide GIS capabilities to non-profits, small municipalities, community advocates and other resource constrained constituents who may be unable to afford an ESRI ArcGIS license. The course is hands on and utilizes a "flipped classroom" methodology where students learn basic concepts before class through readings and videos, test their knowledge at the beginning of class with computerized quizzes and then work through discussion, hands on lab activities, and engage lecturing during class time.

Enroll before 06 May to save $100 – after 06 May there is a $100 registration fee. For more details, please visit the web site


Reshaping Rochester Series - "New Currents in a River City"

"New Currents in a River City"
 April 21st, 11:45am-1:30pm
Inn on Broadway (26 Broadway)
For more information and/or to purchase tickets, please visit:
Mayor Christopher Coleman took office as Saint Paul's Mayor in 2005 after several years as a city councilmember and community and neighborhood leader. He immediately set forth initiatives to make Saint Paul the most livable city in America. His priorities include working to close the achievement gap, creating sustainable and responsible budgets, and investing in the infrastructure of Saint Paul. He has achieved several of his goals, advocating for education and public safety, and being instrumental in championing the Green Line (Central Corridor Light Rail line)the largest infrastructure project ever undertaken in the state of Minnesota.

Tim Griffin, Director of Urban Design, St. Paul Riverfront Corporation, is an urban designer with over 30 years experience in architecture, planning, urban design and sustainable development. He has been with the Riverfront Corporation since 2001 where he serves as the Director of Urban Design. In this capacity, Tim directs the Saint Paul Design Center program and leads other Riverfront Corporation design initiatives. He has contributed to the Riverfront Corporations mission of reconnecting Saint Paul to its Mississippi Riverfront, first in the core downtown area, then with the Central Corridor Development Strategy and Design Center in 2007 and the addition of the Great River Passage initiative for the 26 miles of Mississippi Riverfront through Saint Paul. Tim also lectures and teaches urban design at the University of Minnesota where many of his former students and interns are now advancing through the urbanism profession.

Region 1 Reminder and Extension Planning Foundation Fundraising Photo Auction

The Planning Foundation Fundraising Photo Auction is to help raise money for the Planning foundation and demonstrate state/division pride. The attached flyer further describes this effort.

Photos Due April 6th by 5 pm Pacific Time send photos to:

Submittals Received: ( thank you!!!!)

  •         Connecticut
  •         Oklahoma
  •         Michigan
  •         Transportation Division
  •         Oregon
  •         Alaska

Photo Requirements:

  • Images may be color or black and white
  • Formatted for printing as an 11” X 17” photograph. All photos will be mounted on ¼ inch foam core for easy travel and display.  Optimum resolution:  Pixel Dimensions 150 dpi at a minimum, 300 dpi would be best.
  • For best quality, photos should be taken by a camera with a minimum resolution of 8 mega pixels or higher.

Photo Info:  With each picture please include the following information…

  • Title of the picture
  • Location where the picture was taken
  • Photographers name, e-mail, and phone number
  • Brief description of the picture ( 1-2 sentences)
  • Name of Chapter of Division submitting
  • Contact details of the submitting chapter or division

Photos received will be printed and displayed during the conference for all attendees to see, enjoy and bid on!!! The printed photos then will be ready for pick-up by the winners Tuesday morning and packaged for safe traveling.  

New Opportunity to Study Real Estate Development

New Opportunity to Study Real Estate Development: The University at Buffalo announces new specialty within Master of Science in Architecture Starting in fall 2015, the University at Buffalo (UB) is offering a new course of study in real estate development, leading to the Master of Science in Architecture. Offered by UB’s School of Architecture and Planning, it is first of its kind in the State University of New York. It prepares students for employment in the rapidly changing industry that invests in land and property to increase value. “The industry has become far more sophisticated in recent years,” says Professor Ernest Sternberg, the program director, “because market expectations, building types, financing mechanism, environmental rules, and legal concerns have all become far more complicated. Those who want to succeed will need advanced education.” There will be jobs, he says, in small entrepreneurial firms, large development firms, financial institutions, and the management of large buildings and facilities. Students will receive instruction in topics expected for real estate development professionals. These include financial analysis, the development process, market analysis, and real estate development law. They will also have access to a range of special elective courses meant to expand professional skill and awareness. These courses include building technology, inclusive design (giving access to people with varied levels of ability or disability), historic preservation, housing policy and neighborhood development, land use and environmental regulation, and building energy and sustainability. A roster of accomplished professional developers is joining with tenured university faculty to teach the courses. According to UB officials, this will be only the second full course of graduate study available in the subject in a public institution in the Northeast United States. “It will be one of the most cost-effective anywhere in the United States,” Sternberg says. The program will accept students from any undergraduate major. Sternberg promises that 90 percent of completed applications will be answered within two weeks. Joint degrees with Architecture and Urban and Regional Planning will be available, as will an advanced graduate certificate in historic preservation. Those who are interested should check or type “real estate development” into the search bar at After checking the web page for routine details, those involved with BOMA are welcome to call Prof. Ernie Sternberg directly at 716-829-5880 to chat about this new opportunity, or to write to him at