DEADLINE PASSED: City Planning Intern, City of Albany’s Department of Planning and Development

The City of Albany’s Department of Planning and Development is an interdisciplinary office of professionals that apply progressive urban planning practices to preserve and protect neighborhoods, manage and promote adaptive land use, and guide sustainable growth in our community. The Department is seeking 2 unpaid interns to assist Planners in project review, regulatory and public noticing compliance, and the administration of the Historic Resources Commission (HRC), Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) and Planning Board (PB). 

For more information, see the Attached Document


DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASSThis position will open in September of 2017 in the Chemung County Planning Department.  Responsibilities will include the direct supervision and coordination of all operations and programs of the County Planning Department and of the Elmira-Chemung Transportation Council (ECTC).  The position plans, organizes, and produces major planning and research projects delegated by the County Executive and/or the County Legislature and it administers all operations of the County Planning Board.  The position also directs all operations of the metropolitan transportation planning organization (the ECTC).  In this role the position is responsible to the State Department of Transportation and to Federal transportation agencies for reaching consensus among all local chief elected officials regarding the programming of all Federal funds for highway, bridge, and public transit projects within Chemung County.  This is high-level professional planning and administrative work requiring leadership skills and the exercise of independent judgment in conducting current and future planning studies for the County.  Close supervision is exercised over professional and clerical employees.  Performs related work as required.   


  • Prepares applications for Federal or State funding of economic development, public facilities improvements, and governmental service-sharing projects;
  • Conducts and/or coordinates environmental and fiscal impact analyses, land development project reviews, and comparable research tasks delegated by the County Executive;
  • Prepares and presents background information and action recommendations to the County Legislature, the County Planning Board, the ECTC's Planning and Policy Committees, and other project oversight bodies;
  • Represents the County Executive and/or County Planning Board in cooperative programs with other public bodies and organizations, and serves as the Planning Officer in the County's Incident Command Structure during area wide emergency events;
  • Responsible for achieving voting consensus among the ECTC's local elected leaders (County Executive, Elmira City Mayor, et al.) to determine which transportation projects and studies are to be Federally and State funded;
  • Prepares and administers the ECTC's annual Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP);
  • Coordinates and develops, with NYSDOT regional staff, the five-year Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for Chemung County, which authorizes and programs Federally-funded transportation capital projects and public transit operations within Chemung County;
  • Develops and implements the ECTC's 20-year long range transportation plan for Chemung County every five years;
  • Supervises the Planning Department's and the ECTC's professional and clerical employees and periodically oversees contractual consultants for special projects;
  • Develops and manages the Planning Department's and the ECTC's annual operating budget by authorizing all departmental purchases and expenditures;
  • Maintains all vital departmental records;
  • Provides in-service training for the Planning Department and ECTC employees and provides annual training opportunities for members of the County Planning Board and for local zoning, planning, and governing board members.


Thorough knowledge of the theory, principles, and techniques of urban and transportation planning and analysis; good knowledge of Federal, State, and local laws, ordinances, and codes governing land use, public facilities, and transportation systems; good knowledge of the principles of personnel management, budgeting, grants administration, and public finance; good knowledge of computer applications including Microsoft Office, GIS, and internet applications; good knowledge of methods and techniques of research and analysis; and good knowledge of basic cartography, orthoimagery, and spatial analysis concepts and applications.  Experience in preparing and delivering presentations before groups of people is highly desirable.  The position requires some travel and occasional evening or weekend work. AICP certification is desirable but not required.


(A) Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered college or university with a Master's degree in urban or regional planning, public administration, or a field closely related to urban or regional planning and six (6) years of progressively responsible professional experience in municipal, community, transportation, or regional planning work, of which four (4) years must have been in a supervisory capacity; OR

(B) Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered college or university with a Bachelor's degree in urban or regional planning, public administration, or a field closely related to urban or regional planning and seven (7) years of progressively responsible professional experience in municipal, community, transportation, or regional planning work, of which four (4) years must have been in a supervisory capacity.

Applications for this position must include a cover letter, professional resume, and three professional references.

Applications should be submitted to Randy J. Olthof, Commissioner of Planning, 400 East Church Street, Elmira, N.Y. 14901 or by email to

DEADLINE PASSED: 2017 MAPD Annual Conference

June 15-16, 2017
Crowne Plaza Pittsfield-Berkshires
One West Street, Pittsfield, MA

We're headed west for the 2017 Massachusetts Association of Planning Directors Annual Conference! We will host this year's conference in Pittsfield at the Crowne Plaza. The Conference Committee has shaken up the programming this year! In addition to a keynote address from the Mayor of Pittsfield, Linda Tyer, we have not two but THREE concurrent sessions in four time blocks, a tour and reception at the Colonial Theater, and three plenary sessions. Please check out the MAPD website for more details.

And if that wasn't enough excitement, we invited New York State planners in the Capital District to join us for this conference. We look forward to networking with our New York counterparts!

We had an incredible response to the call for session proposals this year and are excited to include the following topics:

  • Recovering Planners - Planning Directors moving into Town/City Management roles
  • Municipal Perspectives on Complete Streets
  • Broadband access and economic development
  • Community Engagement and Outreach
  • Assessing Impacts of Residential Development
  • Greening Your Community 
  • and MORE! 

Check out the DRAFT 2017 MAPD Conference Program for more information. Conference Registration is open until June 7th, so act now to reserve your spot at this not-to-be-missed conference!

And....Don't Forget to Book your Hotel by May 14th!

MAPD reserved a block of rooms on Wednesday, June 14th and Thursday, June 15th at the Conference site, Crowne Plaza Pittsfield. The rate is $109 a night. To reserve your room, please call 413-499-2000Rooms must be reserved by May 14, 2017 to receive this rate.

DEADLINE PASSED: City of Ithaca: Deputy Director of Economic Development

The City of Ithaca seeks a dynamic high energy individual with proven experience as an innovative strategist. Candidates should be able to navigate the many influences currently impacting our City’s economic health in retail, commercial, service, housing, arts and entertainment, hospitality, and educational cultures, inclusive of the impact of online shopping. Candidate must have a proven tract record of assisting with challenges of large and small businesses with a keen eye on opportunities for their growth and success.

For more information see the Attached Document.

DEADLINE PASSED: Hudson Valley Summit coming June 2-3 to Poughkeepsie, register now!

Please join us at our regional conference in Downtown Poughkeepsie.  Participate in sessions focusing on the Mid-Hudson Valley, Downtown Revitalization, Adaptation to Climate Change, Retrofitting Suburbs, Tactical Urbanism, Urban Agriculture, and more!
The event begins Friday with late afternoon site tours followed by a welcome event and reception at CANVAS at Artists Palate, Poughkeepsie.  The Saturday program will be held at Changepoint Church, Poughkeepsie.

The cost of this two day event is $75.  AICP Credits will be available.

Register Here


Here is the flyer advertising the 2017 NYSAMPO Conference that will be held June 20-21 in Syracuse at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown,  100 East Onondaga Street, Syracuse, NY 13202. The DRAFT schedule is linked for planning purposes. 

Follow this link for more information and to register:   

Please be sure to book your room(s) when you register for the conference to get the special conference rate on the reserved room block. In addition, SMTC (on behalf of NYSAMPO) has committed to booking a defined number of rooms with the Marriott Syracuse Downtown and that target must be met by May 30th.

If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities, please contact Dana R. Crisino, AICP, as they have many opportunities available.






Upcoming Webcasts

Upcoming Webcasts – all at 1 p.m. ET:

May 12 – Ohio Chapter – The Next Disruptive Technology: Autonomous Vehicles – Speakers: Jason Study, AICP; Justin Robbins, AICP; Rick Stein, AICP

What was once a futuristic concept, often associated with pop culture, is not only possible, but is coming very soon to a roadway near you. Autonomous cars are precisely what the term “disruptive technology” describes. It is technology that will fundamentally change much of what we know about personal transportation—changing our habits, our preferences, and our opportunities, and nothing will be more impacted by these changes than our cities. As city planners, we must be on the forefront of understanding this technology and how we can prepare for the potential impacts. This presentation will include modeled scenarios for potential impacts to roadway networks, neighborhood development, and site design. Specific planning tasks such as comprehensive planning and zoning code revisions will be discussed as well, as they will be instrumental in preparing for, and adapting to, this emerging technology.

May 19 – open date!

June 2 – Women and Planning Division – Women in Planning: Leadership & Empowerment – Speakers: Corrin Hoegen Wendell; Kimberly Albano; Monica Tibbits, AICP, LEED AP BD+C

Join the APA Women and Planning Division for an exciting and inspiring conversation focused on leadership and empowerment within the workplace. This webinar will provide an opportunity for female planning professionals to learn more about the fundamentals of becoming an effective leader, strategies for advancement within your career and how to create a culture of supporting and empowering other female leaders. A panel of experienced female professionals 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. Students, emerging and mid-career professionals, and seasoned planners alike will enjoy this collaborative and supportive webinar.

June 16 – Private Practice Division – A Road Map for Age-Friendly Communities – Speakers: Mildred Warner, Ph.D.; Jana Lynott, AICP; Alan Dela Torre, Ph.D.; Ramona Mullahey

America is aging:  The most dramatic change is in the 65-74 year old age category with the age wave of the Baby Boomer generation with far-reaching economic and socio-political consequences.  Population aging is viewed as a challenge and burden, especially, for communities unprepared for this demographic change.  Real progress will occur when challenge is transformed to opportunity.   APA’s Aging in Community Policy Guide can help frame planning solutions that foster new conversations, new coalitions, and new shared strategies that link the generations successfully to build livable communities for all.  In this session, planners will explore a community's capacity to foster aging-in-community in transportation, housing and community supports and connections:  three of the six Guiding Policies in the Policy Guide.

June 23 – Mississippi Chapter – Economic Development for Everyone: Creating Jobs, Growing Businesses, and Building Resilience in Low-Income Communities – Speaker: Mark Miller, Ph.D. 

How do we create employment, grow businesses, and build greater economic resilience in our low-income communities? How do we create economic development for everyone, everywhere – including rural towns, inner-city neighborhoods, aging suburbs, and regions such as Appalachia, American Indian reservations, the Mexican border, and the Mississippi Delta – and not just in elite communities? Miller's forthcoming book Economic Development for Everyone (Routledge, June 2017) collects, organizes, and reviews much of the current research available on creating economic development in low-income communities: both the challenges these communities face in the current environment, as well as diverse ideas and opportunities for sustainable economic development.

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 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

April 2017 Federal and State Legislative Update

When we met a few weeks back for Spring Planners Day in Syracuse, two feet of snow put Syracuse streets on a road diet, green beer was flowing from nearby bar room taps, President Trump’s first budget proposal had just been released, a repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act was in high gear, and an on-time state budget was likely. Here’s a quick update on the topics we discussed on St. Patrick’s Day:

Trump Administration Appointments – The President has appointed three White House roles – Justin Clark will serve as Director of Intergovernmental Affairs. Mr. Clark was a Presidential campaign aid and is a Connecticut attorney. Andrew Bromberg will serve as Chair of the President’s Domestic Policy Council. Mr. Bromberg is a former aide to Senator Mitch McConnell and a former Health and Human Services appointee. Ja’Ron Smith will serve as Urban Affairs Director of the Domestic Policy Council. Mr. Smith is a former Capitol Hill aid. Other than these three appointments and the key planning agency/department appointments we discussed at Spring Planners Day, no key planning-related appointments have been made.

President’s Preliminary 2018 Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) Budget – In a statement on the Trump Administration’s FFY 2018 federal budget proposal released following Spring Planner’s Day, APA President Cynthia Bowen, AICP, established that “the federal budget proposal…utterly fails to meet the needs of the nation’s communities.” The budget would eliminate the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, HOME, and Choice Neighborhoods programs managed by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. In addition, the budget would end support for New Starts transit funding, TIGER grants, and the Economic Development Administration. In the statement APA called “on Congress to reject these cuts and support essential investments in the future of our communities,” affirming that the cuts make our communities more vulnerable and less safe and place jobs, development projects, and public health at risk. Now is an excellent time to tell your Congressional representatives why these programs are so important to our communities, as the 2017 FFY budget runs out on April 28 and the 2018 FFY begins on October 1. New York’s U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Chuck Schumer are firmly opposed to these cuts, but we need to ensure our Upstate New York House members do not support these cuts.

Federal Issues: Infrastructure – Political reporter for TIME Magazine Zeke Miller reported on March 30, 2017 that Trump Administration officials have discussed meeting the President’s $1 trillion infrastructure commitment with $100 to $200 billion in federal dollars, while overhauling the regulatory process, cutting regulations, and offering tax credits to private companies with the goal of propelling total infrastructure spending well above the $1 trillion target. Various news reports have stated that a proposal could be sent to Congress as early as May 2017.

Federal Issues: Digital Coast Act – On March 30, 2017, the Digital Coast Act (Senate Bill 110) was placed on the Senate Legislative Calendar. The President’s preliminary FFY 2018 budget would cut funding for coastal mapping and resiliency efforts and eliminate pre-disaster mitigation planning grants.

2017-18 New York State Budget – On April 3, 2017, two “budget extender” bills were delivered to New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to sign to continue state operations through May 31, 2017 and fully fund a $16.4 billion construction and economic development plan for the 2017-18 State Fiscal Year (SFY). As of April 6, 2017 the New York Legislature has, according to news reports, passed a few budget bills. Legislative leaders are still negotiating the final budget deal, but their chambers have left for what appears to be a two week break. Here’s a quick breakdown of the status of 2017-18 SFY budget items we discussed on Spring Planner’s Day from news reports:

o   a two-year extension of the Millionaire’s tax, which was said to be critical to a number of the Governor’s proposal, is reported to be included in the final budget bills;

o   the Legislature and Governor have continued to debate language that would allow the Governor to amend the budget should the federal budget negatively impact New York State fiscal situation;

o   language to authorize Transportation Network Company (TNC) operations outside of New York City appears to be in the final budget agreement, but has not yet been passed, delaying any likely roll out till late 2017;

o   the budget extender bill includes $2.5 billion for clean water infrastructure projects, $725 million of which is available immediately according the Governor’s Office, including not less than the amounts for the following programs:

o   $1 million for the Water Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2017 (more details to come on that);

o   $150 million for inter-municipal water infrastructure projects;

o   $245 million for water quality improvement projects (i.e. nonpoint source abatement and control);

o   $25 million for proper management of road salt;

o   $50 million for green infrastructure projects;

o   $110 million for land acquisition for source water protection;

o   $50 million for Soil and Water Conservation District CAFO soil and water protection grants;

o   $130 million for hazardous waste site remediation;

o   $20 million for lead replacement of lead drinking water service line replacement;

o   $200 million for water quality projects in the NYC watershed;

o   $75 million for upgrading or replacement of septic systems and cesspools;

o   $10 million for water infrastructure emergency assistance;

o   $100 million for municipal water quality infrastructure programs;

o   $10 million for the development of information technology systems related to water quality.

o   According to Tom Precious of the Buffalo News, the budget deal includes $200 million for an Empire State Trail, to complete existing paths and trails between New York City and Quebec and Albany and Buffalo;

o   According to a press release by the Governor, the budget includes full funding for the 2017-18 fiscal year as called for in the 2015-16 through 2019-20 New York State Transportation Capital Program Memorandum of Understanding;

o   with $170 million secured from the federal government, the budget extender bill reappropriates approximately $500 million for an expansion of broadband to all New York State communities;

o   funding for renewable energy projects appears to be included in the budget agreement, but not the budget extender;

o   the budget extender includes $150 million in capital funding that will be combined with a wide range of existing agency programs for REDC Round VII.

o   the budget extender allocates $400 million in capital funding toward the $500 million Buffalo Billion Phase II. Buffalo Billion Phase II will extend investment in Western New York to the neighborhood level and strengthen existing connections between downtown, suburban, and surrounding areas. Phase II will focus on revitalization and smart growth efforts, improvements to workforce development and job training, growing advanced manufacturing, tourism and life sciences, and connecting communities to foster growth through rail expansion.

o   The budget extender bill includes$100 million for ten new communities, bringing the total Downtown Revitalization Initiative program funding to $200 million. The Downtown Revitalization Initiative was created last year to fund transformative housing, economic development, transportation, and community projects to attract and retain residents, visitors, and businesses to downtowns. The first round awarded a total of $100 million to ten communities that are currently in the planning process. More info here:;

o   the prospects for the graduate to homeownership program are unclear;

o   the tentative budget agreement is said to remove the limit on industrial hemp cultivators; and

o   according to various news reports a deal is near on Governor Cuomo’s shared services proposal, but questions remain about the details.

DEADLINE PASSED RFQ: Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training Program, City of Glens Falls

Proposals will be considered from qualified organizations /firms /individuals who are regularly engaged in the business of providing the services described within this RFQ, who have skilledexperience and working knowledge of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Brownfield Job Training Program and related EPA Brownfields programs; who have a record of performance with this noted experience for a period of at least fiveyears; and who have sufficient financial support, firm capacity, equipment and organization to ensure that they can satisfactorily deliver the services and or/productsin a timely manner if awarded the contract.

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DEADLINE PASSED: Planner, The Town of Essex, Vermont

The Town of Essex, Vermont is seeking an experienced, creative Planner to perform professional and technical work in administering, developing, and implementing planning and development review activities for the town. The Planner will provide technical assistance to the Planning Commission, Conservation Committee, and other local regulatory entities.

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DEADLINE PASSED: Senior Planner, Highland Planning

Highland Planning is western New York’s premier community development firm. Our focus areas are public outreach, commercial district revitalization, grant writing, and research management. Our office is located in Rochester, New York.

We are hiring a full-time Senior Planner to manage public outreach processes for transportation, planning, and community revitalization projects in Western New York. This is a professional position that requires effective facilitation and communication skills, strong writing skills, and the ability to develop, build and maintain effective working relationships with customers, business groups, neighborhood groups, municipal officials and the general public.

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DEADLINE PASSED Vacant Properties RFP: City of Dunkirk, NY

The City of Dunkirk is hiring a consultant for data collection and Vacant Properties Task Force training for a Blighted Properties Plan. All interested firms can obtain an RFP from the Planning and Development Department either in person or via the City of Dunkirk’s website, All proposals must be submitted by May 2nd, 2017 at 4:30pm. 

For more information, see the Attached Document

Any comments should be directed to Rebecca Yanus by email at or phone at 716.366.9879.