We need your ideas!  Member feedback requested for Fall Chapter Conference.

The Chapter Board is working in conjunction with the Central NY Section on the fall conference scheduled October 12th & 13th, 2017 in Syracuse.  We are looking to our membership to submit session proposal ideas or desired session topics to Katie Evans at kevans@town-victor-ny.us as soon as possible or by Wednesday, August 9th. 
This is a different format than a typical fall conference and the annual Planners Day events at SUNY ESF.  Thursday is intended to start late afternoon/early evening.  Plans are close to being confirmed but we are looking at a possible movie screening, panel discussion (CM credit), and social activities to follow.  The idea is to offer a fun event Thursday evening, spend the night in Syracuse, network with your peers, and start sessions early Friday morning.  Friday’s events will be held at the beautiful historic Marriott Syracuse Downtown (formerly known as Hotel Syracuse).  Friday’s schedule will include breakfast the Chapter’s annual business meeting and awards ceremony during lunch.  Tentatively you could secure up to six CM credits on Friday not counting Thursday’s activities.  We would really like to provide sessions of interest to you so your feedback is greatly appreciated.  If we can secure enough speakers there will be two tracks running concurrently in the morning, totaling eight sessions.
The Chapter Board and CNY Section is working to keep registration at a very reasonable price.  Final details will be announced soon along with a link for registration.  Hotel reservations for the conference may be made by calling the Marriott Syracuse Downtown at 315-474-2424.  A block of rooms will be available until September 13th at $152.00 for a single king bed.  Check out photos of the Marriott Syracuse Downtown by clicking on the following link:  http://www.marriott.com/hotels/hotel-photos/syrmc-marriott-syracuse-downtown/
WHAT     2017 Fall Chapter Conference
WHEN  Thursday October 12th & Friday October 13th, 2017
WHERE   Syracuse!

We look forward to hearing from you!

Seeking Nominations for the 2017 Professional Awards Program

The New York Upstate Chapter of the American Planning Association is seeking nominations for its 2017 Professional Awards Program.  This Program recognizes outstanding planning achievements within our Chapter and by its Professional Planners. Attached is a nomination packet containing all the information on the Awards Program.

Nomination Packet


DEADLINE PASSED: RFP: City of Dunkirk’s Comprehensive Plan

The City of Dunkirk (“City”) is requesting proposals from qualified consultants with expertise in land use planning, transportation, environmental assessment, and economic feasibility to assist in the evaluation, update, and completion of the City of Dunkirk’s Comprehensive Plan (Plan). The City has not updated their “Master Plan” since 1976. The City of Dunkirk has gone through immense changes since the 1970s and is in dire need of an updated plan that will reflect the future vision of the entire City. The City will engage the community in a participatory process to build consensus around a vision for the development and redevelopment of the City. By assessing the City’s needs and the community’s goals, the City will be able to prioritize how it invests in its physical infrastructure and create a sense of place where people will want to live, work, and play. The selected consultant will undertake completion of the Comprehensive Plan Update by: 

 Encouraging and Creating Community Participation and Input 

 Inventory and Analysis of Existing Conditions 

 Reviewing Existing Plans 

 Meeting with Community Leaders and Stakeholders 

 Visioning for the Future 

 Looking at Potential Growth and Redevelopment Opportunities 

 Conceptualizing Site Plans 

 Portraying Recommendations in a Clear and Easy to Understand Format 

The Plan will be adopted by the City Council in order to provide direction to City officials, staff, residents and the development community to implement the City’s vision. 

For more information, see the Attached Document.

Upcoming Webinars

Special webinar on community sustainability!  This is not part of our regular series, but we’re happy to help promote this joint venture by the Sustainable Communities Division and the Massachusetts Chapter - 

· Wednesday, August 23 at 1:00 – 2:15 p.m. ET – Measuring the Benefits of Trees: The Green Streets Lawrence Health Impact Assessment

In 2016, Massachusetts planners and members of the American Planning Association’s Sustainable Communities Division partnered with Groundwork Lawrence on a volunteer service project to measure the health benefits of a tree planting initiative that was part of a Green Streets Program. To promote the program and achieve the goal of planting 2,400 trees, APA-SCD worked collaboratively with Groundwork Lawrence and residents in Lawrence to conduct a Health Impact Assessment (HIA) to analyze the potential health benefits of street tree planting in the City. Speakers will provide an overview of the Green Streets Program HIA process, and a summary of findings, recommendations, and the resources that were developed by the APA-SCD team to achieve the Green Streets Program goals.

Presenters:  Angela Vincent, AICP; Neil Angus, AICP CEP, LEED AP BD+C & ND; Brad Buschur, Groundwork Lawrence

And now back to our regularly-scheduled programs…

2017 Planning Webcast Series

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

· August 4 – South Carolina Chapter – Trees: The Original Green Infrastructure- and How Urban Tree Canopy can be incorporated into Stormwater Management Programs, Goals and Ordinances – Speakers: Frances Waite, Karen Firehock, and Katie McKain

Communities everywhere are recognizing a greater value in how trees serve their areas well beyond beautification.  This webinar will focus on trees as green infrastructure and will briefly take the viewer through the many benefits of urban tree canopy and how small investments in planning for, planting and maintaining trees can lead to impactful rewards.  A majority of the webinar will then explore a few different green infrastructure planning case studies in South Carolina and Virginia.  The case studies will range from projects already complete and well into successful implementation plans and adopting new codes, all the way to a project currently in process that is also grappling with sea level rise.  

· August 11 – Transportation Planning Division – A New Tool for Tracking Home and Rental Values in TODs across the United States: Renne-Greschner TOD Index – Speaker: John Renne 

Theory, research and practice suggest that rental rates and home values in TOD locations have historically experienced greater capital appreciation during periods of economic growth and less downside depreciation during recessionary periods of the market cycle. Until now, homebuyers, real estate investors, asset managers, developers, planners and economic development professionals have experienced difficulty accessing a comprehensive database in a simple, standardized methodology to benchmark month-to-month changes in home values and rental rates in TOD locations. The Renne-Greschner TOD Index solves this problem by offering the ability to view trends in TODs at the national, regional and station-area levels.

·  August 18 – Massachusetts Chapter – Zoning Reform in Massachusetts - Where Have We Been, Where Are We Going? – Speakers: Steve Sadwick, Arthur Bernard, Kristina Johnson, Michael Vivaldi

Over the past 20 years, planners have been actively working to reform Massachusetts' zoning laws. Last year, we came very close through a Senate bill. This year there are two versions of zoning reform bills in the Senate and House. The APA-MA Chapter and Massachusetts Association of Planning Directors have teamed up to deliver a webinar that explores the following questions: what is in these the House and Senate bills and which one do we support? How does bills impact communities? How can planners take an active role in fighting for zoning reform? Our speakers include seasoned planners working in the field and experienced with the past several years of zoning reform bills, and an attorney with Travaglini, Eisenberg & Kiley. We will wrap up with questions and answers.

· August 25 – County Planning Division – Finding Common Ground When Regulating Electronic Message Centers – Speakers: James Carpentier and Mike Freeborg

On-premise digital signs have demonstrated a proven ability to increase results for those that utilize them for commercial and community-oriented purposes. However, many communities are relatively unfamiliar with this rapidly evolving technology, and have concerns that these kinds of signs will create aesthetic, safety and enforcement problems for their communities. Nearly all stakeholders struggling with digital signs and their regulation often have the same questions, such as: • What really are these digital signs and how do they work? • How is electronic technology evolving? • Is there any way for the community-at-large to actually benefit from them? • How can we strike a balance between allowing businesses to use digital signs without creating aesthetic concerns? • How do we allow them without looking like Las Vegas, or negatively impacting community safety? • How do we regulate them in ways that are understandable and enforceable, without having to hire additional staff? Moderated by James Carpentier, AICP, and presented by Mike Freeborg, principal at Freeborg LLC, the presentation provides practical, solution-focused guidance that can set the foundation for regulations that allow for the opportunity to leverage this technology while protecting community aesthetic values and safety concerns. 

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

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

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

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

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



The Town of Geddes and Village of Solvay are soliciting proposals from qualified consulting firms to prepare a Joint Comprehensive Plan for the Town and Village. The Town Board and Village Trustees believe it best to utilize an independent planning organization or firm to ensure that the planning process remains objective, fair and credible in the eyes of the public. There are three established communities within the Town: the Westvale area south of the Village of Solvay, the Village of Solvay itself and the Lakeland area north of the village. The community is home to a number of large facilities and major infrastructure that are owned and operated by other jurisdictions. These include the NYS State Fairgrounds and Onondaga County Lakeview Amphitheater complex, Interstate 690, West Genesee Street/State Route 5, John Glenn Boulevard, and other primary transportation corridors. The purpose of this joint comprehensive plan is to guide municipal decision-making processes in both the Town and Village for the next 10-15 years. It will assess opportunities and constraints for future growth and development that is orderly, context-sensitive, and tax-productive. It should help to protect the positive elements of our community that are unique, while also helping to improve programmatic and infrastructural connections between the town's three distinct communities.

For more information, see the Attached Document

DEADLINE PASSED:Commissioner of Planning and Sustainability, Department of Planning and Sustainability, Tompkins County, NY

Commissioner of Planning and Sustainability

Department of Planning and Sustainability, Tompkins County, NY

The Tompkins County is actively recruiting for the Commissioner of Planning and Sustainability. This is a leadership role in the management class and is charged with the responsibility to maintain good and effective public relations to promote comprehensive land use planning, public infrastructure development and maintenance, housing planning, tourism development, energy planning, land and water conservation, open space planning, smart growth and community sustainability in Tompkins County.

Position Overview:  The Commissioner of Planning and Sustainability is a key administrative position involving the responsibility for the Department of Planning and Sustainability. The Commissioner is empowered to prepare and update the County’s Comprehensive Plan, which guides the Department's work and informs many County policies. This position also provides professional planning and management oversight on all matters relating to Development, Housing, Conservation, Tourism, Climate Change, Energy and Community Sustainability. This position also advises on the preparation of the Twenty Year Capital Improvement Plan for the development and maintenance of County facilities and infrastructure.

The Commissioner oversees a budget of $1.13 million and manages a staff of 8.8 full-time equivalent positions that report directly to the Commissioner, including the Tourism Program Director. The Commissioner is a member of the organization’s most senior executive group, i.e., Department Heads, who along with the County Administrator and the County Legislature collectively ensures the well-being of County operations. Therefore, the Commissioner role will support a number of County priorities, such as the County Compliance Committee and Workforce Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

Commissioner of Planning and Sustainability

Pay Range:  $106,475 to $115,669

We offer a competitive benefit package which includes health and wellness plans, leave and fringe benefits, enrollment in the New York State and Local Retirement System pension plan, and more. 

Position Qualifications and Requirements: 

(a) Graduation from an accredited or New York State registered college or university with a Master's degree in Planning, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Engineering, Environmental Studies, Natural Resources, or related field AND nine years of professional experience in municipal, community or regional planning, five years of which must have been in a supervisory or administrative capacity; AND demonstrated experience with planning, administration and/or management of public infrastructure projects or programs; OR

(b) Graduation from an accredited or New York State registered college or university with a Bachelor's degree in Planning, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Engineering, Environmental Studies, Natural Resources, or related field AND eleven years of professional experience in municipal community or regional planning five years of which must have been in a supervisory or administrative capacity AND demonstrated experience with planning, administration and/or management of public infrastructure projects or programs; OR

(c) Any combination of education and experience equal to or greater than that defined by the limits of (a) and (b) above.

Residency Requirement: The Commissioner of Planning and Sustainability is currently a competitive class Department Head who is considered to be a public officer. The candidate must be either a natural born or naturalized citizen of the United States and must establish residency within Tompkins County within a reasonable period of time.

The position announcement, including a full description of the position and required minimum qualifications, and application for employment may be found online at Tompkins County Human Resources. Please visit: www.tompkinscountyny.gov/personnel to complete the application and upload a cover letter, CV or résumé, and list of professional references, additional information may be requested throughout the process. Applications must be submitted no later than August 4th, 2017.  If you need assistance with this process, please contact the Office of Human Resources (607) 274-5526 or personnel@tompkins-co.org

Tompkins County is centrally located in the beautiful Finger Lakes Region of Upstate New York which has a culturally, economically and civically engaged population of over 100,000 residents.  Ithaca is a unique community which sits at the southern tip of majestic Cayuga Lake, in an area surrounded by dramatic gorges and waterfalls.  It has a small-town atmosphere while showcasing the qualities of a larger city through an abundance of restaurants, theatre, arts, shopping, cultural, and recreational activities. The city possesses compact, connected, and walkable neighborhoods and is surrounded by a suburban core, which is then further surrounded by a rolling landscape with many remarkable viewsheds and several vibrant, picturesque villages.

Our county features three institutions of higher learning – Cornell University, Ithaca College, and Tompkins Cortland Community College, as well as a strong human services sector, local medical center, transportation network, regional airport, and four state parks.

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

Inquiry from the Town of Malta

The Town of Malta is considering hiring a half-time planner to fill a recent vacancy.  Recognizing that finding planning candidates who may be interested in a half-time position can be difficult, and also that there could be other municipalities that may have an interest to hire a part-time or half-time planner, there could be an opportunity for Malta to partner with another municipality to hire a full-time planner who may be able to serve both communities.  

If you represent a municipality that may be interested in such a partnership or have interaction with one that you feel may have such an interest, or if you know of a planner interested in half-time employment, please contact Anthony Tozzi, Building and Planning Director, Town of Malta, at 518.899.2685 or planningdir@malta-town.org.

DEADLINE PASSED: Planner, Wayne County Economic Development and Planning Department



2017 HOURLY RATE: $25.02



This is an entry level of professional planning position in the Wayne County Economic Development and Planning Department. The work is performed under the supervision of the department Director and will consist of basic professional assignments; which will increase in complexity and level of responsibility as the employee increases in professional competence. Does related work as required. 

TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES: (All need not be performed in a given position. Other related activities may be performed although not listed.) 

 Participates in studies involving research, investigation and analysis of demographic, economic, and environmental factors related to local , County, and regional planning; 

 Assists in collection, tabulation, and analysis of data for use in economic, housing, and land use reports; 

 Assists in completion of plans, analysis, and implementation with municipalities and other Departments and agencies within the County; 

 Prepares graphic materials for inclusion in planning documents and other planning related materials; 

 Participates in meetings with civic and business leaders, village and town boards, and planning committees to determine County and Local Government planning needs; 

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

 Assists in review of requests for County Planning Board review including zoning variances, land use changes and subdivision plans, to conform to the municipality's zoning and subdivision requirements. 


Working knowledge of the purposes, principles, terminology and practices employed in planning; working knowledge of the sociological, economic, environmental, engineering, designs and research factors in problems involved in community planning; working knowledge of the principles and practices of drafting, mapping and graphic visual methods as applied to planning; working knowledge of current accepted methods for data collection analysis and interpretation of statistical data; working knowledge of basic research methods and techniques; Ability to conduct field studies and research projects in development of planning projects; Ability to use a personal computer to analyze data and statistics; Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing; Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with others. 


A. Graduation from a NYS registered or regionally accredited university with a Master’s Degree in City, Regional or Urban Planning, Architecture, Engineering, Geography, Economics, Urban Policy, Public Administration, Business, Marketing, Real Estate or a closely related field with similar course curriculum; or

B. Graduation from a NYS registered or regionally accredited university with a Bachelor’s Degree in City, Regional or Urban Planning, Architecture, Engineering, Geography, Economics, Urban Policy, Public Administration, Business, Marketing, Real Estate or a closely related field with similar course curriculum and one (1) year of full-time paid planning experience; or

C. An equivalent combination of training and experience as defined by the limits of (A) and (B) above. 

Planner, Data, Technology & Resource Center, Genesee/Finger Lakes Regional Planning Council

The Genesee/Finger Lakes Regional Planning Council (G/FLRPC) serves a nine county region (Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Wayne, Wyoming and Yates Counties) in central-western New York State. 
Genesee/Finger Lakes Regional Planning Council is seeking a Planner to support our Data, Technology & Resource Center.  Areas of responsibilities will include geographic information systems and remote sensing, IT support, socio-economic and demographic data research, analysis, and dissemination, Census related projects, as well as supporting work in the Economic Development and Regional Planning program components. Experience with geographic information systems and working with socio-economic and demographic data, databases, and data analysis is required and planning experience is preferred.  Master’s degree in a related field is preferred.  Interpersonal, organizational, computer, and team skills required. 

Send resume, cover letter, references, and salary requirements to David Zorn, Genesee/Finger Lakes Regional Planning Council, City Place, 50 West Main Street, Suite 8107, Rochester, NY 14614, 585-454-0190 x14, (email is preferred) dave.zorn@gflrpc.org, or fax at 585-454-0191.  This posting may change and will remain open until filled.
Brief Description of Agency: (Mission Statement) G/FLRPC will identify, define, and inform its member counties of issues and opportunities critical to the physical, economic, and social health of the region. G/FLRPC will provide forums for discussion, debate, and consensus building, and develop and implement a focused action plan with clearly defined outcomes, which include programs, personnel, and funding.
The Genesee/Finger Lakes Regional Planning Council three main program areas including Economic DevelopmentRegional, Local & Water Resources Planning, and the Data, Technology & Resource Center.  Programs and projects associated with the Economic Development area include the regional federal Economic Development District along with regional economic development coordination, a revolving loan fund, strategic planning, development planning, and impact analysis.  Programs and projects associated with the Regional, Local & Water Resources Planning area include water resources planning (such as watershed, groundwater, source water, floodplain, green infrastructure, stormwater), land use planning, municipal and strategic planning, hazard mitigation planning, and training/workshops/conference development and coordination.  Program and projects associated with the Data, Technology & Resource Center area include demographic and socio-economic data development and analysis; dissemination of data through the New York State Data Center and US Census Bureau Affiliate Programs; working on the Local Update of Census Addresses program to update the Census Master Address File; remote sensing; and a full service geographic information system.

FEMA is Seeking Planning Specialist

FEMA is seeking talented, experienced men and women for the role of Planning Specialist within Planning cadre of the Reservist program. FEMA Reservists are disaster workforce employees who work on an on-call basis to support survivors of all-hazard incidents. 

As a Planning Specialist you will:

· Gather, prepare and maintain designated inputs for the Documentation Unit, Situation Unit Resource Unit, or Support Unit or any combination of. Assembling Incident Action Plans (IAP) inputs in appropriate IAP sequence and format; reviewing the IAP prior to Planning Meeting; modifying and distributing the IAP as directed.

· Prepare draft plans as directed (strategic plan, COOP, contingency plan, advanced operations plan, crisis action plans, transition plans, demobilization plans.)

· Gather Strategic Staffing Projection input from incident organization elements and staffing pattern data from Automated Deployment Database.

· Assist other incident organization elements to develop contingency, transition, and other plans as directed by the Planning Support Unit Leader.

· Participate in the development of the Information Collection Plan; collecting information as directed using the disaster specific information plan.

In the role of the Planning Specialist, in the Reservist program, you will receive training, have the opportunity to travel and receive health benefits, (when activated to support disaster operations), and build your professional network.

If you are interested in a rewarding, intermittent work opportunity to assist disaster survivors, then apply today! Join our team and use your talent to support Americans in their time of greatest need.

TO APPLY submit your resume to Fema-Careers@fema.dhs.gov and include “Planning Specialist” in the subject line.

Have you Heard?  Students join free, first-timers save big!

APA membership is now free to all full- and part-time students actively enrolled or matriculated in any university or college degree program (not just planning) for the duration of their studies. And, when students complete their studies, they are entitled to two years of reduced dues to bridge the gap between learning and earning. 

First-time members also qualify for discounted introductory dues. Please pass the news about our special offer for new members to friends and colleagues who have never joined APA but would benefit from membership. 

APA designed this new membership structure to encourage students and other new members from both planning and non-planning backgrounds to join and stay with APA, making us a stronger and more diverse association.

Resources & Updates provided by the American Planning Association

Parks resources from APA 

APA understands the importance of providing opportunities within communities that encourage active lifestyles.  Want to know more about the connection between planning and parks? Check out Plan4Health North Carolina coalition's walk audit of parks and park access.  Looking for parks and open space resources? APA has curated a collection of e-booksthat members may borrow for free.

APA Research KnowledgeBase

APA's Research KnowledgeBase connects APA members to curated collections of topically related resources — including plans, regulations, model codes, guidelines, articles, reports, and multimedia files. Each collection provides commentary and thematic groupings of resource records with bibliographic information, short descriptions, and links to the resources themselves.

The first 25 collections were recently released, including active transportation and food systems collections.

Save on the best professional education

Catch up now on important planning projects and methods introduced at recent National Planning Conferences in Phoenix and Seattle. For a limited time, recordings of NPC15 and NPC16 sessions are member-priced at only at $4.99 each. Most qualify for CM and some offer law and ethics credits. The sale price includes group viewing for up to 10 sites.

Did you say "CincySprouts?" 

Learn about CincySprouts and more in a blog tour of thriving regional food systems in southern Ohio and Kentucky.

Webinars & Videos

New episode: People Behind the Plans Podcast Featuring David Fields, AICP 

In the second episode of the People Behind the Plans series, Courtney Kashima, AICP, chats with David Fields, AICP, at the 2017 National Planning Conference in New York City. David is Principal at Nelson Nygaard in San Francisco and the former chair of APA's Transportation Division. Watch it here.

Creative Placemaking: Integrating Arts into Community Development

The role an impact of the arts within communities has been a longtime focus for APA. Now, with support from an NEA grant, APA and its project partners will introduce a pilot program to integrate the arts into planning processes through creative placemaking. This is the second NEA grant APA has received to assimilate the arts into community development. Learn more here.

Watch Planning and Public Art: An Interview with Jack Becker here.

A Career Reality Webinar: Careers in Planning, Beyond Planning

Thursday, Jul 20, 2017 3:00 PM - 4:15 PM EST

As the field of planning evolves, more and more people trained as planners are choosing jobs and careers outside traditional planning departments and firms. But where and how do they belong? How are they using their skills and what can we learn from them about the changing nature of the field? And finally - do they see themselves as planners? Hear from a panel of your peers about working in non-traditional sectors.

Register from here https://www.planning.org/onthejob/careerrealitywebinars/


Access podcast recordings off Tuesdays at APA Programs.  Many topics are covered including redevelopment, community sustainability, urban design, social equity and many more.  Many are available for CM credit free of charge!

AICP exam scholarships 

A limited number of reduced-fee scholarships are available to members planning to take the AICP Certification Exam in November. The AICP Exam Fee Scholarship program assists individuals who may defer or abstain from taking the AICP exam because of financial difficulty. The scholarship reduces the registration fee from $425 to $75 for one exam cycle. Contact PDO Officer Rich Guarino, AICP for details.

Tell APA what you want in your magazine! 

Planning is developing its editorial calendar for 2018. We welcome your thoughts on both general topics and specific stories. We’ll also share this intel with the team developing the organization-wide 2018 Content Calendar.

Please send ideas to editor in chief Meghan Stromberg by Tuesday, July 18, 2017, and include “2018 calendar” in the subject line.  Additionally, your ideas are welcome year-round!

Senior Transportation Planner, The Binghamton Metropolitan Transportation Study

The Binghamton Metropolitan Transportation Study (BMTS) is seeking a SENIOR TRANSPORTATION PLANNER. An employee in this position is responsible for independently performing transportation studies. The incumbent is responsible for defining the scope of the study, performing the research and data gathering, performing analysis and evaluation and drafting recommendations. This is a Civil Service tested position. 

Typical work activities: 

  • Analyzes transportation projects in regards to their size, relationship to existing and proposed transportation facilities, feasibility, impact, cost, possible alternatives, compliance with local, regional, statewide planning goals, legal and funding constraints, environmental, social and economic impact; 
  • Prepares recommendations about projects and project elements; 
  • Consults with agency staff and representatives of State, Federal and local governments and regulatory authorities about projects; 
  • Attends hearings, conferences and meetings and makes presentations about transportation studies and issues; 
  • Develops, implements and maintains data inventory, collection and analysis systems, including supporting documentation based on agency needs; 
  • Prepares reports, brochures and other descriptive material related to transportation planning activities; 

Required skills and abilities: 

  • Good knowledge of the principles, procedures and techniques used in transportation planning, project development and evaluation; 
  • Good knowledge of statistical and information collection, manipulation, analysis techniques, procedures and methods; 
  • Good knowledge of GIS 
  • Good knowledge of agency program operations, goals and objectives; 
  • Good knowledge of techniques used to evaluate transportation safety, financing and regulations as well as social, environmental and economic impact; 
  • Good knowledge of the laws, rules, regulations, policies and procedures governing the transportation planning program; 
  • Ability to plan, organize and schedule work; 
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; 
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others; 
  • Ability to draw conclusions, identify important findings, forecast trends and select approaches consistent with findings; 

Minimum Qualifications: 

A) Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered college or university with a Master’s Degree in urban planning, transportation planning, geography, civil engineering, transportation engineering; OR

B) Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree in urban planning, economics, statistics, transportation planning, geography, civil engineering, transportation engineering, or closely related field and two years of experience in transportation planning; OR 

C) An equivalent combination of training and experience as defined by the limits of A) and B) above. 

SPECIAL REQUIREMENT AT TIME OF APPOINTMENT: Possession of the appropriate level Motor Vehicle Operator’s License. 

Salary: $47,855 




Jennifer Yonkoski, Director
Binghamton Metropolitan Transportation Study
60 Hawley Street, PO Box 1766
Edwin L Crawford Bldg., 5th Floor

Binghamton, NY 13902

DEADLINE PASSED: Local Government Specialist 1, Grade 18: Department of State

The Department of State is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Local Government Specialist 1.  The individuals selected will be employed on a provisional pending examination basis in the Division of Local Government.  There are currently two positions available. Applications are due June 22, 2017.

 SALARY: Grade 18 ($55,494 - $70,566)

 LOCATION: 99 Washington Avenue
                     Albany, New York

DUTIES: The core responsibility of a Local Government Specialist 1 in the Department of State’s Division of Local Government is to function as a direct resource for local government officials, though training and technical assistance in land use planning and regulation, local finance and administration processes, and community development planning and implementation.  As a Local Government Specialist 1, you will be expected to perform the following functions:

  • draft and deliver training courses to local government officials on land use planning and regulations, community development, municipal operation and management, and opportunities for efficiencies in the delivery of local services;
  • provide technical assistance on planning and zoning matters, operational, efficiency and municipal management, and local government consolidation to local officials;
  • draft written materials to guide local officials on comprehensive planning, and land use regulation, consolidation of services, government efficiency, and other management topics;
  • assist local government officials on implementing long-range planning; facilitating inter-agency cooperation; and identifying, analyzing, and proposing solutions to community development needs;
  • prepare research and policy recommendations to offer resolutions to programmatic and public policy issues through the development of intergovernmental partnerships and municipal consolidation;
  • promote performance measurement to assess the effectiveness of local governments;
  • assist with the implementation of new policies and plans that affect New York's local governments; and,
  • manage community development and local government efficiency projects, including review of applications and administration of state contracts for the delivery of local government projects. 

This position often works independently in the field and requires regular statewide travel as well as frequent evening hours.

Six years of experience in developing and analyzing policy, developing strategies, and implementing programs dealing with local government issues related to land use and comprehensive planning, service delivery, economic development or finance at a state or local level.

 Substitution:  An associate’s degree may substitute for two years of experience.  A bachelor’s degree may substitute for four years of experience. A master’s degree or juris doctorate may substitute for five years of experience.

Please submit a cover letter along with a clear and concise resume detailing how you meet the minimum qualifications for this position by  July 7, 2017  to:

NYS Department of State
Bureau of Human Resources Management
One Commerce Plaza
99 Washington Avenue, Suite 1150
Albany, NY 12231-0001
Fax (518) 402-3656

In compliance with Public Law 99-603, candidates selected for appointment must provide original copy of documentation proving citizenship and/or legal right to work within 3 days of effective date of employment.

For more information, see this link.




Transportation planning experience, preferably some experience with infrastructure and operations planning, capital program management, and project management. Strong technical skills, writing skills, and presentation skills are important, as well as strong organizational skills. Demonstrated success in budgeting for and managing planning tasks are required. Proficiency in the use of GIS and other analytic tools is considered a plus. CDTC’s work environment requires every staff member to display sound judgment and initiative in working with limited supervision. The individual selected will be expected to independently develop task work programs, conduct technical work, engage with stakeholders and the public, manage consultant assistance and complete successful planning efforts in a timely fashion. Interested individuals should possess a Master’s Degree in transportation planning, urban and regional planning, or related field. 


  • Undertake limited transportation studies with minimum supervision. 
  • Undertake major data analysis and research tasks. 
  • Prepare documentation of transportation studies and make presentations. 
  • Serve as a liaison with one or more transportation planning agencies in the region to provide information and/or assistance on various transportation-related tasks. 
  • Represent CDTC at public or technical meetings directly related to work efforts. 
  • Responsible for preparation of portions of major CDTC planning elements including UPWP, RTP, TIP, etc. 
  • Supervise technical and support staff on individual task basis. 


The Capital District Transportation Committee (CDTC) is not an agency or instrumentality of the State of New York, and the employees of the Capital District Transportation Committee are not state employees. However, CDTC employees do participate in the New York State and Local Retirement System, and do receive fringe benefits that are similar to state employees, including medical and dental insurance; and vacation, personal, and sick leave. 

Salary range begins at $56,201. 


Send cover letter and resume to: 

Capital District Transportation Committee
One Park Place
Albany, New York 12205



DEADLINE PASSED: 16th Annual Meeting of the New York State Floodplain and Stormwater Managers Association

This is a reminder that the registration deadline for the 16th Annual Meeting of the New York State Floodplain and Stormwater Managers Association, June 12 - 14 in Binghamton, NY, is next Tuesday, June 5.  You may register online at nyfloods.org.  The full brochure may be viewed at 2017 Annual Meeting Brochure and Registration.  You can register online on the website or by mail.  If you plan to register by mail, please scan and email the registration page to billnechamen@gmail.com and include information about your method of payment such as check in mail, check at door, credit card online, or send a voucher.  We will not be able to accept credit cards at the door. 

Please note that the bus tour on Tuesday afternoon is completely full at this time.  However you may still register for the workshops and plenary session.

Each full day or half day workshop has been accredited for engineering continuing education credits.  NYS Code Official credits are available for "The NFIP, An Overview," "Elevation Certificates," and "Disaster Preparedness for Building Code/Floodplain Officials."  All sessions will receive continuing education credits for Certified Floodplain Managers.  Finally, we are anticipating receiving continuing education credits for all sessions for planners.
The Wednesday short presentations will not receive engineering or code credit.

If you have any questions, please contact Bill Nechamen by email or call him at 518-402-8146.  The NYS Floodplain and Stormwater Managers Association is an all volunteer organization with no paid staff, so please be patient if we are unable to respond immediately.

2017 Community Outreach Internship, Southern Tier East Regional Planning Development Board

Southern Tier East (STE) Regional Planning Development Board is seeking a temporary, part-time assistant to support public outreach campaign and host public events. The community outreach intern should be excited to work as an events coordinator, social media publisher, and brand speaker at public events for the Broome Tioga Stormwater Coalition (BTSC). We’re looking for a candidate who possesses attention to detail, an ability to translate vision into action, and has a personable approach to working with crowds to promote the waterfromrain public education and outreach campaign. This is an excellent opportunity to utilize social media platforms to further the mission and increase the visibility of the BTSC and STE.

Roles & Responsibilities:

  • Assist with event logistics and preparation including but not limited to: event coordination, presentation materials and volunteer assistance.
  • Professional writing, including maintaining a social media presence and preparing responses, campaigns, promotional materials and follow-up reporting.


  • Newly graduated or enrolled at a Community College or University, with a degree in Planning, Marketing, Public Relations, Event Coordination, Communications, or a related field.
  • Excellent organizational skills with exceptional attention to detail.
  • Excellent communication skills, including but not limited to written communication, social media, telephone calls and in-person interaction.
  • Must be available to work some Thursdays and Fridays & Saturdays.
  • Flexibility and desire to work in an office setting and at outdoor events.
  • Proficiency in MS Office and Google Docs. Experience with Adobe Creative Suite software and GIS a plus.
  • Position approximately 10 hours per week.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and/or ability to travel between Binghamton and Owego.
  • How to Apply:

Applications for our Community Outreach Intern should include a cover letter, telling us your story and interests, as well as your résumé, and a work sample if available. Submit your application as a single PDF file via email to jgregory@steny.org

DEADLINE PASSED RFP: City of Rome Turney Site Redevelopment

The City of Rome is proud to welcome potential development proposals at the former Rome Turney Radiator site on Canal Street. This is a unique opportunity for development along one of Rome’s entrance corridors leading to the resurgent center city area known as Downtown Rome. 

The site located in a Brownfield Opportunity Area, not only offers NYS Brownfield tax credits, but coupled with a NYS RESTORE grant and National Grid funds, provides a potential developer with the seed money necessary to assist a substantial redevelopment project. 

The City of Rome is host to the area’s largest Business and Technology Park at the former Griffiss Air Force Base, hosts of 1 of only 6 FAA certified drone test facilities in the United States which puts Rome at the forefront of new technology and initiatives related to the next generation drones, and is in close proximity to the SUNY POLY campus where site preparations are ongoing to advance a chip fabricator. 

For more information, see the Full RFP, and the Legal Notice

DEADLINE PASSED: Records Management and Archivist 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 organize and archive documents, photographs and maps related to the Historic Resources Commission, Board of Zoning Appeals and Planning Board. The Records Management and Archivist Interns will assist City Planners in the extraction of data from paper records, digitization and organization. 

For more information, see the Attached Document