Save the Date! APA Region 1 Conference, June 25-26, 2015

Save the Date Region 1 2015

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Join us for our annual CDPA Holiday Social at Spindles on Remsen.

We’ll be joined by Cohoes Mayor George E. Primeau Sr and Director of Community Development Ed Tremblay who will present the city’s work in revitalizing this historic mill city.  The Community and Economic Development Office is charged with maintaining and creating a positive business climate in the City. It seeks smart development projects that will attract a larger business base to Cohoes.

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January 21: Meeting in Albany to Discuss Multi-use Trail Links

In October of this year, when the 128-year-old former Delaware & Hudson rail line re-opens as a county-owned multi-use path for cyclists, runners and walkers, it will stretch more than 9 scenic miles from Albany’s Port rail yards at Rt 32/South Pearl St. through Delmar to the Village of Voorheesville.

From the west, New York’s iconic 386-mile Erie Canalway Trail utilizes the Mohawk Hudson Bike Hike Trail until it reaches Schenectady  County. This state-wide trail ends abruptly at Albany’s waterfront Corning Preserve in an unceremonious fashion at the foot of the Dunn Memorial Bridge.

Between the trails lay a 1.5-mile gap — one that forces cyclists onto rushing car commuter Route 32 and/or ride the maze of narrow streets in Albany’s South End neighborhoods!

The proposed South End Bike Way Link will span that mile and a half with a protected lane between the rail yards and I-787 and along Broadway to the USS Slater park.

Advocates for the South End Bikeway Link, the Livingston Avenue Bridge Coalition, Parks & Trails New York, and municipal representatives from both sides of the Hudson will present a round table to discuss the recreational and economic benefits “the link” offers to connect local residents and neighboring communities.  Check out the SEBL Public Mtg Flyer for more information.

Wed, January 21, 2015 @ 6 pm

Albany Public Library Main Branch Auditorium

161 Washington Avenue, Albany

Town of Niskayuna Planner Position Available

The position of Town Planner is a competitive Schenectady County Civil Service position that will ultimately require the successful applicant to pass a Civil Service examination.  The job description below lists the distinguishing features, typical work activities and minimum qualifications of the position.

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ARC Seeks Planners, Facilitators and Writers to Assist in Development of New Strategic Plan

The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) seeks contractual support for a qualified team of planners, facilitators, and writers to assist the agency in development of a new strategic plan.  Selected contractor(s) will work closely with ARC and its local and state partners to shape this new effort over the course of a nine-month period beginning in January 2015 and concluding by September 2015. Continue reading

Hudson River Comprehensive Restoration Plan Information Session

Join Partners Restoring the Hudson, a public/private partnership of 20+ federal, state, local, academic and nonprofit organizations, for an informational meeting to find out about the Hudson River Comprehensive Restoration Plan (the Plan). Learn how your community can:

  • Participate in a regional planning process that will improve habitat conditions and community resilience along the Hudson River Estuary and in its shoreline communities;
  • Gain technical support and access to cutting-edge tools that evaluate community vulnerabilities related to sea level rise, storm surge, flooding;
  • Have your local/regional projects be identified and prioritized in the Plan; and
  • Be eligible for local/regional funding through an array of federal and state agencies once the Plan is in place.

An informational session has been added to the slate of meetings being held throughout the valley:

January 22, 2015 @ 6:00 pm7:30 pm

To register, click here

For more information about the Plan, visit

2015 American Planning Association Northeast Planning Conference call for proposals

Session proposals are currently being accepted for the 2015 American Planning Association Northeast Planning Conference in Saratoga Springs, New York! The Getting Ahead of the Future Conference represents a great opportunity to explore breaking trends and acquire the necessary skills required for the “future planner”.

Getting Ahead of the Future involves anticipating new planning trends, emerging issues, and preparing for what is next. We’re looking for sessions that explore:

  • How we prepare for an uncertain economy and adapt to climate change
  • How to address new demographic realities
  • The role of the professional planner of the future and the skills they need
  • How planners engage and inspire our constituencies for what’s next

The conference will explore these issues and the necessary skills for the future planner including: specialized competencies, political savvy, leadership, collaboration, and written, oral and graphic communication. So get ready, get creative, and be part of the future…propose a session now!

Session Proposal Details:

2015 APA Northeast Region Call for Sessions Application
Session Proposal Deadline: 5PM (EST) on Friday, January 30, 2015 
Notification of session acceptance or decline: mid-March 2015
Submit proposals to:

Proposal questions: Nancy Letendre at:
CM questions: Arthur Buckley at

Transportation Planner Position with the Capital District Transportation Authority (CDTA)

In this role the selected applicant will have the opportunity to apply knowledge of transportation and transit planning to a variety of planning projects throughout CDTA’s four county service area. The  ideal candidate will have a demonstrated history of successful planning project work.

Essential duties and responsibilities include:

  • Serving on Regional Committees
  • Advocating for and Providing Analysis Support for Local Development Projects
  • Coordination of Transportation Infrastructure
  • Management of CDTA’s Park & Ride Program
  • Contributing to Land-Use / Transportation Planning Studies
  • Coordinating Travel Demand Management (TDM) Programs
  • Conducting Public Outreach
  • Ensuring Title VI Compliance
  • Performing Data Analysis

Read more about the job opening here.

Internship Opportunity with USDA

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) of New York has an internship available in Troy for the Pathways program.

The Pathways Internship Program is for current diploma/certificate/degree-seeking students and is designed to attract students enrolled in a wide variety of educational institutions with paid opportunities to work in USDA/NRCS and explore Federal careers while still in school. This program exposes students to jobs in the Federal civil service by providing meaningful developmental work while completing their academic requirements.

Read more about the internship opportunity at   The announcement closes on Dec 15.

If you’re ready…If you’re set…Go for certification!

Go after your next career step — AICP certification.

The application window for the May 2015 Comprehensive Planning Exam opened yesterday, December 2. Apply by December 9 for an early application decision and the opportunity to revise your submission and reapply for the same exam if your application is not approved. The last day to apply for the May 2015 exam is December 30.

APA wants to help you succeed! Review How to Apply to Take the Exam for helpful application resources and tips.

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