2019 Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence Call for Entries

The Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence (RBA) is a national design award that celebrates transformative places that contribute to the economic, environmental, and social vitality of American cities. One Gold Medal ($50,000 cash award) and four Silver Medals ($10,000 cash award) are awarded each biennial. To be eligible, projects must be urban, built, and located within the contiguous United States. Applications may be submitted by anyone involved with the project. Submissions for the 2019 RBA are due December 12, 2018 at midnight EST.

RFP: Transportation Planning, Adirondack/Glens Falls Transportation Council

The Adirondack/Glens Falls Transportation Council (A/GFTC), as the MPO for Warren and Washington Counties and the Town of Moreau in Saratoga County, is seeking proposals from qualified firms to provide transportation planning and engineering services to the Council and its participating municipalities on an as-needed basis to enhance MPO activities and to assist with the implementation and execution of the biannual work program.

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Job Opening: Geographic Information Systems Technician II Oneida County Department of Planning

Oneida County Department of Planning currently has a GIS Tech II position open, which requires a motivated, engaging, and technically educated professional. This dynamic position supports diverse planning, economic, transportation, environmental, economic, and mapping activities of the Department of Planning.

All applicants must meet the minimum qualifications. The application is through the Oneida County Personnel Department. Full requirements of the title and directions for how to apply are available here: Geographic Information Systems Technician II - Notice of Vacancy

Closing date: December 21, 2018

Job Opening: Planner, Genesee/Finger Lakes Regional Planning Council

G/FLRPC is seeking a Planner to support the work of the Regional Planning Council including the Data, Technology & Resource Center and other general planning programs and projects.  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, Local & Water Resources Planning, and Clean Energy Communities program components.

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Job Opening: Neighborhood Planner, City of Syracuse Department of Neighborhood and Business Development

The Neighborhood Planner participates in advancing the housing and community development investments made in Syracuse neighborhoods by providing critical analysis, database management and technical support to the Department of Neighborhood and Business Development. The position reports to the Director of Housing and Neighborhood Planning and participates in supporting the Guiding Principles of the City of Syracuse.

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Job Opening: Executive Director, Adirondack Economic Development Corporation

The Adirondack Economic Development Corporation (AEDC), a not-for-profit economic development corporation whose mission is to “provide access to capital, training and technical assistance to North Country small businesses,” seeks a proven and innovative leader to serve as its next Executive Director.

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Tufts University Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study

Tufts University launched a new low-residency educational program for experienced planners already holding a Master’s degree.  We successfully recruited the first cohort, who started last summer and are scheduled to graduate this summer. The online/on-campus Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (C.A.G.S.) is housed in the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning

We’re recruiting now for the ’18-’19 cohort, so please help us get the word out and encourage your friends and colleagues to apply.

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Call for Entries: Western New York Land Conservancy International Design Ideas Competition

Announcing an international design ideas competition for reimagining the DL&W rail corridor in Buffalo as an innovative, iconic, and inspiring multi-use nature trail and greenway. Submit your designs and help make this project possible. Monetary awards are available for the top submissions. Submissions are due February 15, 2019. More details can be found here: https://wnylc.org/dlw-design/.

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Job Opening: Planning Project Manager, EDR

Planning Project Manager:
Environmental Design & Research, Landscape Architecture, Engineering, & Environmental Services, D.P.C. (EDR) is seeking a versatile, team-oriented Project Manager to join our Planning Group. The qualified Planning Project Manager will have at least a BS/BA degree in planning or related field and 7 years of experience in community, environmental, and land use planning and regulation. Candidates should be able to demonstrate strong writing, communication, and problem-solving skills. Preference will be given to candidates with a strong understanding of local, state, or federal funding programs and decision-making processes.

EDR is a multi-disciplinary planning and design firm that has been in business for nearly 40 years (since 1979), and this position represents a career opportunity with one of the leading planning consultants in New York State. The planning group’s portfolio of projects and clients is diverse; we provide services to all types and sizes of municipalities including small rural and large suburban towns, vibrant villages, complex cities, and dynamic counties. In addition to municipal governments, we have also provided planning services to Native American tribal governments, local development corporations, and international corporations. Our areas of expertise include waterfront planning, resiliency and hazard mitigation planning, zoning regulations, park and trails master plans, natural resource inventories, SEQR compliance, neighborhood planning, socioeconomic analysis, consensus building, and all levels of community engagement.
EDR’s staff includes a diverse group of planners as well as ecologists, botanists, wetland specialists, wildlife biologists, GIS specialists, archaeologists, historians, visualization specialists, planners, landscape architects, and civil engineers. Come join our team, work on interesting and challenging projects, and collaborate with our talented group of professionals!

To apply for this position, please submit your resume and letter of interest to syr@edrdpc.com or in writing to:
• Environmental Design & Research, Landscape Architecture, Engineering, & Environmental Services, D.P.C., Human Resources, 217 Montgomery Street, Suite 1000, Syracuse, New York 13202

RFP: American Battlefield Protection Program, Town of Plattsburgh

Notice is hereby given that the Town of Plattsburgh, New York, County of Clinton will receive qualifications and project proposals for professional consultant services regarding the preparation of a battlefield interpretive plan.

The interpretive plan will include best practices to preserve and convey the rich history of Plattsburgh Bay and Crab Island as interpreted from the Town of Plattsburgh’s lakeshore property in the neighborhood of Cliff Haven. The plan should include, but is not limited to physical interpretive installments, infographic interactive displays, and smartphone applications/web based links. The proposal must be filed at the Town of Plattsburgh, 151 Banker Road, Plattsburgh, NY 12901 no later than 3:00 PM on December 21, 2018. E-mail and facsimile copies will not be accepted. The Town reserves the right to reject any and all proposals. A copy of the RFP may also be obtained on the Town of Plattsburgh’s website at:  www.townofplattsburgh.com

RFP: Downtown Revitalization Manager RFP

Notice is hereby given that The City of Hudson is requesting the submittal of proposals from firms or qualified individuals who have demonstrated commensurate experience and expertise for providing project and grant management services as a DRI Manager for a 2-3 year contract. Proposals will be due November 30, 2018 at 12 PM. Please call (518) 828-7217 for questions.

The Full Request for Proposal Guidelines and Application Information is here: Downtown Revitalization Manager RFP

Job Opening: Senior Planner, Montgomery County

Job Title: SENIOR PLANNER (GIS) - PROVISIONAL

Salary: $61,079

Department: ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS: The work involves contact with public and private organizations involved in compiling data on community resources. The position maintains personal contact with government representatives to explain detailed information pertaining to decisions to be made on planning programs. The work calls for a level of discretion in dealing with highly sensitive and confidential information. The functions include participating in the identification and application of State and Federal grants for the County’s Planning and Development Board. An incumbent of this class prepares and develops geographic information system applications such as computer mapping, database development, programming, and support systems for use on the central GIS database. Incumbents are expected to exercise independent judgment as the position is responsible for acting in a lead capacity in the coordination and implementation of project initiatives; does related work as required.

RESIDENCY REQUIREMENT:  Montgomery County or a Contiguous County. Applications will also be accepted for candidates living outside the required location. However; applications for candidates living outside of the required location will be accepted on the condition that the candidate must relocate to the required location within six (6) months of appointment into the position or must vacate their position immediately. Candidate's living outside of the required location must sign a residency declaration at time of appointment and provide two (2) acceptable proofs of residency within six (6) months of appointment. 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Either:

  1. Possession of a Master’s Degree from a regionally accredited or New York State college or university in planning, architecture, landscape architecture, geography, engineering, or a field closely related to planning and two years experience in municipal, community or regional planning; one of which must have been in a GIS Capacity.

  2. Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered four year college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree in planning, architecture, landscape architecture, geography, engineering, or a field closely related to planning and four years experience in municipal, community, or regional planning; one of which must have been in a GIS Capacity.

*Provisional appointment pending successful completion of a Civil Service Examination and being reachable on the resulting list.

Applications are available online at: www.co.montgomery.ny.us. Completed applications may be mailed to: Montgomery County Personnel, Ms. Nicole Yaggle, Personnel Officer, PO Box 1500, Fonda, NY 12068.

RFP: Housing Conditions Survey, Town of Dryden

The Town of Dryden is accepting proposals from qualified firms to conduct a survey of housing conditions throughout the Town.

This CDBG-funded Planning activity will help inform the Town about the full extent of housing conditions. A 1998 housing conditions survey, the most recent, determined that over 53% of the 2,105 structures observed were substandard; 20 years have passed and the Town needs updated data.

The report to result from the Survey activities is intended to offer community leaders and stakeholders a basis for formulating community-specific housing priorities, policy alternatives and intervention strategies, including the most appropriate applications for housing financing resources such as HOME or CDBG grant funding from the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and resources available from the State.

The full RFP with instructions for responding is available from the Town website, https://dryden.ny.us, or by calling Ray Burger, Director of Planning, 607-844-8888 x213. Application deadline: November 15, 2018, 3:30 pm.

Job Opening: Economic Development Specialist, Franklin County, New York

The Franklin County Local Development Corporation (LDC) seeks an Economic Development Specialist to assist with fostering entrepreneurial activity, main street revitalization, small business retention & expansion, marketing, and other activities that improve the economic well-being of Franklin County and its residents. The successful candidate will work with the Chief Executive Officer to coordinate economic development activities with organizations, businesses, developers, and various government agencies. Project management, grant-writing, and marketing skills and experience are desirable. A full job description is available at www.franklinida.org.  

From the Canadian border and the rich agricultural lands of the St. Lawrence river valley in the north to the forests, lakes and High Peaks of the Adirondack Mountains in the south, the 52,000 residents of Franklin County, New York enjoy a rural quality of life within two hours of Ottawa, Montreal and Burlington, Vermont.

The position is full-time, and salary is commensurate with experience. An excellent benefits package is available. Send a cover letter, resume and references via email only to Maria Bourgeois at mbourgeois@franklinida.org no later than 3PM on Friday, November 30, 2018.