Town of Evans Director of Planning/Community Development

Town of Evans Director of Planning/Community Development - Job Description  The Town is currently looking for a full-time Director of Planning and Community Development to advise and assist the Evans Town Board on the following:

  • Develop and/or implement programs to ensure the growth, overall health and vitality of the Town.
  • Work with local, state and regional partners to advance the Town of Evans for the purpose of residential, commercial and industrial development.
  • Identify and seek out opportunities for new business, and the growth, expansion and retention of current businesses in the community.
  • Oversee Town of Evans Business Revolving Loan fund by: promoting the program to local businesses, guide applicant through the loan process; convene the loan committee for the purpose of collecting data and making loan determinations; assist in the preparation of loan documents; perform post-loan follow-up with regard to repayment; and, fulfill USDA Rural Development reporting requirements.
  • Work with Town Board and community leaders to secure funding, negotiate work contracts and develop long term plans for economic development in the community.
  • Research, develop, submit and administer grant applications for a variety of community enhancement projects (infrastructure, capital improvements, economic development, etc.).
  • Chair of the Evans Economic Development Advisory Committee, which was formed by the Town Board to assist with development issues and implementation of the Master Plan and Economic Development Action Plan.
  • Oversee implementation of the Lake Erie Beach Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy.
  • Serve as Director of Planning, working with the Town’s planning consultant to:
  • Represent the Town on regional/local boards;
  • Implement Local Planning documents;
  • Evaluate planning-related legislation and applicability to department projects;
  • Evaluate proposals to the Town for organization's planning consulting services (site plan review, major/minor subdivisions, annexation, etc.);
  • SEQR review; and,
  • Attend planning board work sessions and meetings.

Preferred Knowledge

  • Knowledge of operations, services, and activities of town planning and development programs.
  • Knowledge of principles, practices, and theories of community planning and development, and land use laws.
  • Knowledge of organization, function, and authority of various Town departments.
  • Knowledge of applicable Federal, State, and local laws, ordinances, statutes, and regulations.
  • Ability to develop, implement, and administer goals, objectives, and procedures for providing effective and efficient services for the Town.
  • Ability to analyze problems, provide alternatives, identify solutions in support of established goals, and project consequences of proposed actions.
  • Ability to provide professional, courteous, and efficient service to the public.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively, both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to identify and respond to community and Town Board issues, concerns, and needs.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with Town staff and officials, other government officials, community groups and the general public.
  • Considerable knowledge of the theory, principles and techniques of the planning profession and development process
  • Knowledge of federal, state and local laws, ordinances and codes pertaining to a wide variety of planning topics
  • Considerable knowledge of the methods and techniques of research and analysis
  • Knowledge of computer applications including Microsoft Office, Internet applications, and GIS

Required Skills

  • Effective and persuasive leadership comfortable with all levels of staff, public and others
  • Proven management skills and ability to manage day-to-day operations
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, including the editing, oversight or preparation of reports, and the presentation of information to government entities and various committees
  • Strong interpersonal and public relations skills to work effectively with various officials, staff, citizens and other customers
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Strong problem-solving and negotiation skills
  • Ability to exercise sound and independent judgment within general policy guidelines

Minimum Qualifications

This position level requires a bachelor’s degree in urban planning, public administration or a related field and a minimum of 5 years of planning and/or community development experience. Four years of experience in a leading role capacity is preferred. AICP Certification is a plus. Preference may be given to applicants possessing qualifications above the minimum.

Please remit resume and cover letter to:

Hon. Mary K. Hosler


Town of Evans

8787 Erie Road  

Angola, NY 14006     

Laberge Group - Planner


This position offers the opportunity to assist with local and regional projects including the development of comprehensive plans, brownfield opportunity area plans, land use and zoning ordinances, economic development and main street revitalization plans, shared services and/or municipal consolidation studies, waterfront revitalization strategies and grants.

Planning responsibilities include research, writing and analyzing data, plan preparation, grant development, grant administration and public presentations. Candidate should have knowledge of the principles, terminology, procedure and practices involved in community planning; including zoning, subdivision practices, economic development and comprehensive land usage. The successful candidate will have strong communication skills, be detail oriented, and work well independently and cooperatively with others.

Master’s Degree in Planning or closely related field. Must be accomplished in the management of multiple projects with excellent presentation, verbal and written communication skills.  Demonstrated ability to apply techniques to complex assignments using ESRI ArcGIS software, Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and/or Publisher. Working knowledge of Microsoft Office, Word and Excel required.

Send resume to: Laberge Group, 4 Computer Dr. Albany, NY 12205 Fax (518) 458-1879 or e-mail

Laberge Group was founded in 1964 and is a multi-disciplined Engineering, Architecture, Surveying and Planning firm that provides a wide range of consulting services.  From our offices in Albany, and Utica, our staff serves private, municipal and government clients throughout New York State.

Laberge Group is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Latest Updates from APA's Planners' Advocacy Network

  • Join APA staff on a federal legislative update webinar on Tuesday, March 22 at 2:00 pm ET. Learn about the latest on the budget and appropriations, LWCF, and other federal issues critical to planners in this interactive session with APA’s government affairs staff. No registration needed, simply click this link at the time of the webinar to join. 
  • The APA Legislative and Policy Committee has appointed two task forces charged with drafting new policy guides on water and freight, chaired by Brian Campbell and George Homewood, respectively. Your comments are needed- review the policy guides and contribute your expertise. Send your input to by Tuesday, March 15

  • Interested in applying for a TIGER grant? Funding for FY 2016 grants was announced last week- visit the DOT web site for more information on how to apply. Applications are due by Friday, April 29.

Culture of Health Leaders Program

APA is excited to announce the call for applications to the new Culture of Health Leaders program. This leadership and funding opportunity will support leaders from sectors that influence health—including planning, economic development, transportation, government, technology, education, public health, faith/spiritual, business, social service, and others.

 Culture of Health Leaders will engage a diverse array of professionals to take their leadership and influence to the next level; collaborate in new ways to create a healthier, more equitable future for all people; and develop advanced leadership skills to build a Culture of Health that will enable everyone to live longer, healthier lives now and for generations to come.

APA's partners, the National Collaborative for Health Equity and CommonHealth ACTION, will host an introductory webinar on March 24 from 2-3 pm EST. Send an email to to register.  

 Applications are now open through April 19 for programs beginning this fall. Each year the program will select up to 50 participants from a wide range of health and non-health fields to drive change in every sector. Leaders will receive an annual stipend of $20,000 per person and financial support for their team to complete a bold project.

 For more information on the program, eligibility, and how to apply, please see the fact sheet, the full application or visit


USA Today Best City Parks Contest

Twenty city parks are currently vying for the title of “Best City Park” in USA Today’s annual readers’ choice contest. Check out if your city park is in the running. APA’s Managing Director of Research and Advisory Services David Rouse, AICP, was one of the panel experts asked by USA Today to suggest possible contenders. You can vote daily through March 28.

Transportation Planner opportunity for RTS (Regional Transit Service)

  Job Summary:

The Transportation Planner is responsible for evaluating bus stop characteristics to determine bus stop installation, relocation, and removal, analyzing ridership and service to coordinate bus stop actions, and managing all activities of the bus stop system as they apply to everyday issues, route analysis, and service planning and adjustments. 

Essential Functions:

  • Manage bus stop placement.
  • Manage bus stop and shelter inventory.
  • Coordinate bus stop actions of the bus stop team.
  • Perform field checks of bus stops, shelters, and project locations.
  • Respond to customer requests.
  • Track data for and report Department Performance Indicators.
  • Analyze ridership.
  • Geocoding.
  • GIS Mapping.

For more information, refer to the Attached Document.

To apply, contact Andrea Fornari, Manager of Recruitment at RTS:

Southern Tier Central Regional Planning and Development Board- Planner


8 Denison Parkway East, Suite 310

Corning, New York 14830





The work involves responsibility for the performance of limited office and field assignments in connection with municipal, regional, community, and environmental planning activities in the County Planning Department, Regional Planning and Development Board, or any other municipality under the jurisdiction of the Steuben County Department of Personnel and Civil Service.  The work is carried out in accordance with well-established and accepted modern professional planning techniques and procedures and involves assisting higher-level professionals by providing support in all of the planning activities/projects undertaken by the department/agency.  Since this is the entry-level position for college graduates who have specialized in their studies as described further in this specification, assignments are in keeping with the job level as well as the limited experience required of incumbents, with assignments increasing in complexity and responsibility as employees increase in professional competence.  Work is performed under the direct supervision of a higher-level planning professional, with detailed instructions being given for all new or unusual assignments and some leeway allowed for the exercise of independent judgment in the carrying out of the routine details of assignments.  Direct supervision at times may be exercised over the activities of non-professional staff assisting with particular projects.  Does related work as required.




  • Participates in studies involving research, investigation, and analysis of sociological, economic, and environmental factors related to municipal, regional, community, and/or environmental planning activities;
  • Assists in duties relating to mapping including the utilization of computerized equipment and GIS software, or independently prepares line drawings, charts, designs and layouts to scale, as well as maps and other illustrative materials;
  • Obtains, collates, and analyzes mapping and related data for a GIS computerized mapping program as well as for manual mapping systems if GIS is not utilized at the worksite;
  • Assists in studies relating to parking, traffic and other facilities in a municipality or for subdivisions of government within a given region
  • Obtains and collates statistical data relative to capital improvement programs covering such subjects as tax base, elements of municipal indebtedness and sources of revenue;
  • Assists in collection, tabulation and analysis of data on census statistics for use in population reports and other analyses;


  • On occasion, may represent the planning department/agency at meetings, seminars, conferences, or day-to-day meetings with local governmental units, agency representatives, and the private sector;
  • As requested, makes presentations to technical committees and Boards of Directors/Legislators;
  • Performs a wide variety of miscellaneous office work and maintains records of planning unit activities;
  • May be responsible for the preparation of program reports required in conjunction with grants received; and
  • Other related duties and responsibilities as may be assigned.



  1. Working knowledge of the purposes, principles, terminology and practices employed in municipal, community, regional, and environmental planning;
  2. Working knowledge of land use, environmental, zoning subdivision, and other commonly-accepted community planning practices;
  3. Working knowledge of the sociological, economic, environmental, engineering, design, and research factors involved in community, regional, and environmental planning;
  4. Working knowledge of the principles and practices of drafting, manual and GIS mapping, and graphic visual methods as applied to community and environmental planning;
  5. Working knowledge of currently-accepted methods for collection, analysis, and interpretation of statistical data;
  6. Working knowledge of basic research methods and techniques;
  7. Ability to understand and carry out oral and written directions;
  8. Ability to perform data entry where accuracy is more important than speed;
  9. Ability to maintain records and prepare reports;
  10. Ability to get along well with others;
  11. Ability to communicate and deal effectively with others;
  12. Dependability;
  13. Good organizational skills;
  14. Initiative and resourcefulness;
  15. Tact;
  16. Good judgment; and
  17. Physical condition commensurate with the demands of the position.







  • Graduation from a regionally-accredited or New York State registered college or university with a Master’s Degree in Planning, Environmental Studies, Architecture, Engineering, Landscape Architecture, or a closely-related field; or


  • Graduation from a regionally-accredited or New York State registered college or university with a master’s Degree in Geography, Government, Economics, Political Science, Sociology, Public Administration, Statistics, or a closely-related field and one year of experience in municipal community or regional planning or related work; or


  • Graduation from a regionally-accredited or New York State registered college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree in Planning, Environmental Studies, Architecture, Engineering, Landscape Architecture, or a closely-related field and one year of experience in municipal, community or regional planning or related work.


Chosen candidate must be successful in a Civil Service Examination, to be given at a later date.


Contact:  Send resume, cover letter and writing/project samples to:

Marcia D. Weber, Executive Director

Genesee Transportation Council Names James Stack Executive Director

Rochester, NY: The Genesee Transportation Council (GTC) announced that James Stack has been named Executive Director. Stack has spent 16 years at the GTC and during that time served as Program Manager – Transit Planning, Finance Program Manager, Assistant Director, and most recently Interim Executive Director.

“After a successful, comprehensive search for a new executive director, we are pleased to announce the hiring of Jim Stack,” said Jack Marren, Chairman of the GTC Board of Directors. “Jim is a great talent who has more than 20 years of experience in transportation planning and more than 15 with the GTC. Jim has the knowledge and experience that the GTC needs to develop the transportation system of the future in Rochester and the Genesee-Finger Lakes Region and we’re glad that he’ll be continuing his good work with us.”

“I thank Chairman Marren and the entire GTC Board for their confidence in me and for the opportunity to continue the good work that is currently underway,” said Jim Stack, GTC Executive Director. “There is a lot of positive development taking place throughout the Genesee-Finger Lakes Region and our transportation system will play a key role in that. I’m excited to be stepping into this role at such a critical time for our community.”

Prior to his more than two decades of diverse experience in Metropolitan Planning Organizations, Stack earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Connecticut. While at GTC he earned a Master of Public Administration from SUNY College at Brockport. Stack lives in Irondequoit with his wife and two children.

Robert G. Shibley Achieves FAICP Honor!

In the Fall of 2015 the New York Upstate American Planning Association, in cooperation with the University of Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning, nominated Robert G. Shibley as a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners. Bob is the Dean of UB’s School of Architecture and Planning, UB’s Architect, a Senior Fellow at the UB Regional Institute and holds numerous leadership roles in Western New York. On February 12, 2016 Bob was elected to the College of Fellows and will be honored at the National APA Conference in Phoenix! Bob has significant accomplishments in the planning and economic development fields over his 40 year career as outlined in the nomination including advancing, championing and quietly leading the revitalization of Buffalo and Western New York. As stated in NY Upstate’s nomination letter “ Bob’s greatest achievement is that he has instilled in each of us the belief that change is possible, planning matters and that as planners we should strive to help others achieve their goals.”

Congratulations to Bob on his well deserved recognition!! NY Upstate APA was honored to sponsor his nomination and thanks to Rachel Teaman from UB who authored and assembled the 12 pages of documentation to support the nomination.



Laberge Group based in Albany, New York has an exciting opportunity for a motivated and talented mid-level/senior planner.  This individual will work collaboratively with our team to prepare and assist in the preparation of:

  • Comprehensive & Master Plans
  • Zoning Regulations & Land Use Ordinances
  • Shared Services, Consolidation, and Dissolution Studies
  • Brownfield Opportunity Area Plans
  • Open Space/Recreation Plans
  • Environmental Assessments (SEQR/NEPA)
  • Community Development Strategic Plans
  • Main Street & Downtown Revitalization Plans
  • Waterfront Revitalization Plans
  • Economic Development Plans
  • Grant Writing, Administration and Management

The preferred individual will have significant experience in zoning, the local land use approval process, and shall possess the skills to take a lead role in managing tasks. We are looking for a planner who can communicate (written and verbally), has a strong technical aptitude, and enjoys working in a collaborative environment.


  • Bachelors in planning or related field required; Masters and AICP preferred.
  • Six (6) years’ experience.
  • Must be a skilled public presenter.
  • Proficient with zoning and land use codes; form based code experience preferred.
  • Excellent technical writing and computer skills are required.
  • Must be accomplished in the management of multiple projects with excellent presentation, verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong knowledge of Microsoft Office, Word and Excel required
  • Experience using state of the art techniques to complex assignments using ESRI ArcGIS software, Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, and/or Publisher preferred.

The position is based in Albany, NY.

Interested candidates must submit a cover letter, resume and salary requirements to: Laberge Group, 4 Computer Dr. Albany, NY or e-mail


Laberge Group, an Equal Opportunity Employer, has provided quality Engineering, Survey, Planning and Architectural services to government and private sector clients throughout New York for over 50 years. Visit our website at

Brownfield Opportunity Area Internship with Department of State

Background: The Brownfield Opportunity Areas (BOA) Program provides resources to New York communities to establish effective revitalization strategies that return dormant and blighted parcels into productive, catalytic properties. Our goal is to work in partnership with local communities and organizations to develop and realize a community vision for redevelopment and community revitalization. Job duties: The BOA intern will support BOA program staff and may be assigned to the following tasks, depending on program needs and candidate's interests and abilities: * Research and develop case studies for BOA-funded projects * Research and compile an e-newsletter to disseminate funding opportunities, news articles and policy updates related to redevelopment of brownfields to BOA stakeholders * Compile a database of strategic sites (key developable sites identified in BOA plans) * Provide assistance as needed to BOA program staff to review community plans and other BOA grantee submissions * Conduct basic office functions as needed, such as data entry, file management, and customer service

Schedule: Hours are flexible with a minimum of 10 hours a week Qualifications: The ideal candidate is a senior in college or graduate student in Urban Planning, Public Policy, or a related field, and a strong interest in economic and community development.


Strong research & analytical skills

Excellent writing skills

Interpersonal & communication skills

Ability to work independently

Internship Areas: Communications/Public Relations, Economic Development, Planning/Analysis/Research, Public Policy

More information here.

Hartford Connecticut is Hiring!

HARTFORD IS HIRING (multiple positions) Hartford, Connecticut’s capital city, is experiencing a renaissance of cultural, commercial, and residential development in its neighborhoods and Downtown alike.  Mayor Luke Bronin has assembled a dynamic leadership team for the Department of Development Services, which oversees Planning, Economic Development, Community & Small Business Development, and Housing for the City.  We are involved in projects as large as a new minor league baseball stadium that will anchor the redevelopment of our urban center and as local as a new grocery store in one of our vibrant and diverse neighborhoods.  We treat all projects and clients with personal attention and genuine care.  Hartford’s Director of Planning & Economic Development is currently  recruiting Two Principal Planners, One Senior Project Manager, And An Executive Assistant.  Together with the existing staff of trained specialists, this team will:


  • Administer a new form-based zoning code enacted in January 2016
  • Engage with citizens, commissioners, developers, and community stakeholders to interpret the code and review upcoming development projects
  • Apply for, win, and administer grants that can bring about the visions set forth in the city’s master plan, economic development strategy, and neighborhood development plans
  • Facilitate transit-oriented development, especially near CTfastrak Stations
  • Refresh streetscapes in critical corridors, with a commitment to complete streets
  • Engage in tenant recruitment and retention
  • Assess, deploy and manage economic development incentives
  • Foster outstanding public transparency and efficiency of resources
  • Empower strong regional coordination and collaboration
  • Provide prompt and personal customer service in a team-based approach


We are interested in building a diverse team of motivated professionals with a keen eye for detail and relationship-building.  We work extremely hard and we smile incredibly often.  Together we:

“commit ourselves to building a Hartford that is the undisputed economic and cultural heart of this region of a million and a half people, and a Hartford in which every resident feels that they have a share in Hartford’s rise.”  Mayor Luke M. Bronin – January 2016

For more information or to apply, visit

Sustainability Strategies for Economic Development Event at RPI

image001 Sustainability Strategies for Economic Development

March 10, 2016 1:30 – 4:30    |      RPI Campus in Troy, NY

NEDA, Audubon International and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) are colliding in the March Learning Lab to explore making and keeping sustainable communities.

We'll convene a forum where economic development practitioners, sustainability experts and advocates, community planners* and RPI students can engage in candid dialogue about creating vibrant, sustainable communities and the most promising practices for getting there.

The program will be a facilitated discussion including break-out sessions on specific topics, including roadblocks or misconceptions that might prevent cooperation and partnership between the groups who are critical to their communities' success. We'll come up with ways that a broad variety of stakeholders can actively work together to get the results we all want: a healthy local environment, quality of life for citizens, and economic vitality.

Come be part of the action! Leave with ideas you can use now.


Joanna Nadeau : AICP, Director of Community Programs Audubon International

Margaret Irwin River Street Planning

Tim Smith : NEDA Board President & Executive Director Franklin County Industrial Development Corp.  

Hilary Papineau NYS APAProgram Meeting Facilitator:

Abby StrausNEDA Board Member & Membership Committee Chair

What is a Learning Lab?

 It’s a NEDA-hosted event where people who care about being great practitioners and facilitating the success of their from and toteach each other. To make exciting collisions happen that produce inspired action. Each lab is designed to give you real take-aways: information and action steps that you can apply right now in your community.

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Atlantic States Legal Foundation looking for Executive Director

Atlantic States Legal Foundation, Inc. (ASLF) is a New York chartered not-for-profit organization founded in 1982 with its purpose being to provide technical, legal, and organizing services on a wide variety of environmental issues, produce research on these issues, and bridge the gap to real implementation. The Executive Director will be reporting to the Board of Directors, with guidance from the President, and will have strategic and operational responsibility and provide administrative leadership and direction for staff and programs. The ED will also be the ‘face’ of the organization to external stakeholders. S/he will develop deep knowledge of programs, operations, and the business plan. The ED will oversee program implementation; budget development, policies and proposals, and participate in the growth of the organization. The position is based in Syracuse, NY. The job posting will close on April 1, 2016 at midnight.

For more information, see the Attached Document


Upcoming Events

Here are some events to keep on your radar!

NYU Spring Planners Day – March 18, 2016, Syracuse

APA National Planning Conference – April 2-5, 2016, Phoenix

NY Planning Federation Conference – April 17-19, 2016, Saratoga Springs

NYU Chapter Conference – Sept. 28-30, 2016, Buffalo

Planners on the Hill – September (usually last weekend) Washington, D.C.

APA National Planning Conference – May 6-9, 2017, NYC

Chief Economic Development Officer, Monroe County Department of Planning and Development

JOB SUMMARY: This is a Monroe County government department head level position responsible for directing the Department of Planning and Development and serving as the County’s chief economic development officer. This position also serves as the Executive Director of the County of Monroe Industrial Development Agency (COMIDA), the Monroe County Industrial Development Corporation (MCIDC), and the Greater Rochester Outdoor Sports Facility Corporation (GROSFC). Duties involve planning and coordinating the development and re-development of the County, planning for the County's economic growth, and promoting community-wide coordination of economic development activities. General supervision is exercised over a professional staff. The employee reports directly to, and works under the general supervision of the County Executive. Does related work as required. For more information see the Attached Document

Ohio APA 2016 Planning Webcast Series: CM Credits Available

Upcoming Webcasts – all at 1 p.m. ET:

February 19 – Housing and Community Development Division – Fair Housing: Serious Responsibility, Serious Liability – Speaker: Heidi Aggeler.  1.5 CM LAW credits approved.

This session will review significant changes in Federal Fair Housing requirements that occurred in 2015. Topics include the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the Federal Fair Housing Act, HUD’s new rule on Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing, and the implementation of the rule through the Assessment of Fair Housing template. The session will help HUD entitlement communities plan for the new fair housing requirements and better understand what these developments mean for their programs, policies and land use regulations.


February 26 – Award-Winning Sustainability – Sustainable Communities Division – Speakers: Neil Angus, Ronda Fast, Justin Golbabai, John Zeanah.  1.5 CM credits approved.

Winning isn’t everything, but we can often learn a lot from plans, programs, and projects that have been deemed worthy of an award. In this session, speakers representing four winners of SCD’s 2015 Awards for Excellence in Sustainability will demonstrate how communities can function more sustainably. Our speakers will showcase four very different projects. Neil Angus will discuss the Devens Sustainable Housing Pilot Project, a completed project that won the Sustainable Development Project Award. Rhonda Fast will discuss the Crystal Springs Creek Habitat Restoration Projects, which won the Sustainable Parks, Recreation and Open Space Project award. Justin Golbabai will give an overview of the City of Austin Neighborhood Partnering Program, the Leadership in Sustainability winner. John Zeanah will discuss the Mid-South Regional Greenprint and Sustainability Plan, the winner of the Sustainable Law, Policy or Plan award. From completed projects to examples of community partnerships and plans, these case studies will give you some ideas of innovative thinking about sustainability at all scales and in very different locations.


March 4 – Wisconsin Chapter – The Central Social District – the Key to Tomorrow's Successful Downtown – Speakers: Andrew Dane, David Milder.  1.5 CM credits approved. 

For decades, the terms Central Business District, CBD and downtown were used almost interchangeably because, functionally, downtowns were dominated by retail stores, office based businesses, professionals and government agencies, along with some hotels and maybe entertainment venues. Today, in downtowns large and small, the CBD functions are being rivaled or even surpassed by their Central Social District (CSD) functions. That includes housing, restaurants and watering holes, and vibrant entertainment niches that include not only venues for formal entertainments such cinemas, theaters, museums and concert halls, but also lively parks, plazas, and other gathering areas. Your downtown's competitive advantage is therefore changing in important ways. Looking beyond the draw of speciality retail and entertainment, innovative downtown leaders and community planners are seizing on the opportunity to re-brand and fully embrace the downtown as the "heart of the community" where people come to gather, celebrate, meet friends, and make new ones.  Art venues, libraries, and a myriad of informal entertainment venues are seen as increasingly important components of downtown revitalization because they improve quality of life and create more vibrant experiences for downtown visitors. But how do they fit into the overall fabric of a downtown, both economically and physically? What other downtown assets can be leveraged and tied into these types of interventions? This webinar will explain how the concept of the central social distric (CSD)t can be used as a planning tool to integrate new approaches into downtown in a smart, strategic way. Presenters will discuss downtown business niches  and how they can be grown using the CSD concept. Case studies from two communities will illustrate how the CSD concept supports (and in fact drives) downtown economic development. Participants will also learn about innovative ways to help fund this next wave of downtown investment.


March 11 – Planning and the Black Community Division – New Data Tools for Supporting Analysis of Equitable Development and Environmental Justice – Speakers: Kevin Olp, Sarah Treuhaft, Carlton Ely. 1.5 CM credits pending.

Understanding the challenges and opportunities communities face—economic, social, and environmental—is a prerequisite for making investments that achieve their goals. To respond to this need, environmental justice stakeholders have begun developing analytical tools that can give communities rich and accessible information for supporting local goals for environmental protection and equitable development in cities and regions.  This webinar will cover two of these tools – EPA’s EJSCREEN, an environmental justice screening and mapping tool, and the National Equity Atlas a comprehensive data resource to track, measure, and make the case for inclusive growth developed by PolicyLink and the Program for Environmental and Regional Equity.  The presentations will explain what these tools are, how they have been used in real world scenarios to advance equity in local and regional development practices, followed by questions and answers. 


March 18 – Small Towns and Rural Planning Division – The New “Cottage” Industry: Housing, Lodging, and the Sharing Economy – Speakers: Jessica Garrow, Phillip Supino, Brian Duffany.  1.5 CM credits approved

The new Sharing Economy has enabled the availability of private short-term rental properties like never before. Web-based clearinghouses for short-term rentals, such as VRBO and AirBnB, have changed the economic and regulatory landscape of short-term rental markets. These changes are felt in municipalities of all sizes. While some communities experience strains on the availability of long-term rental housing, others value the short-terms rentals as a supplement to traditional lodging options. This session will explore the relationship of the short-term rental sector of the sharing economy to land use and tax regulation and social and economic factors in resort and destination communities. Sponsored by the Small Town and Rural Planning Division.

Click on the title links to register.  You can see the current listing of all webcasts at

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

Distance Education – these webcast recordings are approved for CM credit for viewing throughout 2016:

Housing for People with Disabilities: A Civil Rights Lens - 1.5 CM LAW Credits (#e.9008313)

To locate this event for CM credit, click here or search by the provider, APA Urban Design & Preservation Division

Ethics of Private Practice Consulting - 1.5 CM ETHICS Credits (#e.9016910)

To locate this event for CM credit, click here or search by the provider, APA Private Practice Division

Note that the DE CM credits have a different event number than the original live webcast, so the event number in the recording will not work for DE credit.  Use these event numbers above to log your DE CM credits.