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

Save the Date Region 1 2015

Becoming China Ready, Tourism Workshop

“Becoming China Ready” is a workshop sponsored by I Love NY and designed to help you capture your share of the $102 billion Chinese outbound tourism market. Continue reading

USDA Farm Service Agency of Schoharie County seeks Full Time Temporary Employee:

The USDA Farm Service Agency of Schoharie County has an opening for a Full time temporary employee:40 hours per week, Salary: GS-3 starting wage $12.06/hour or $25,181.00.

Some qualifications required are: Computer skills, working with the public, ability to accept change, plan work, make decisions independently, and keep pace with rapidly evolving programs.  Knowledge of agriculture is helpful.  Resumes must be delivered or postmarked by July 28th, 2014, to the Farm Service Agency 108 Holiday Way, Schoharie, NY 12157.

Note that the initial position is guaranteed until 9/30/2014 then an extension is possible.

Stormwater Program Technician, Albany County

Albany County has a job opening in its Department of Public Works for a Stormwater Program Technician. The applicant must be a county resident within one year of hire. Continue reading

Tuesday, July 8: A Forum on the Design of Infill Architecture in a Historic City

This forum will focus on the many issues which need to be addressed for a new building to be a positive contribution to the urban fabric of a historic city with an already rich architectural heritage.

What makes for a successful infill building? Should a new building mimic its older neighbors or should it stand out? What are the issues that the architect should consider in designing an infill building?

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The Mohawk River Watershed Coalition going digital

The Mohawk River Watershed Coalition is trying to get the word out about the new social media links and the new website (   Public forums are currently being scheduled for September to review the draft management plan.  Please take a look at the following social media links to stay up to date on the progress of the Coalition. Continue reading

NYS affirms that local municipalities have authority over gas drilling

In a 5-2 decision, the Court of Appeals upheld lower courts which found that the local zoning laws of two New York towns which banned oil and gas production activities were an appropriate use of local home rule powers.  The court upheld the home rule powers of the two towns named in the decision and concluded that:

“the supersession clause in the statewide Oil, Gas and Solution Mining Law (OGSML) does not preempt the home rule authority vested in municipalities to regulate land use.”

A draft of the decision has been attached below.

Dryden and Middlefield Court of Appeals Decision

Albany County Land Bank seeking Executive Director

Albany County is seeking to hire an Executive Director for their new Land Bank program (for information regarding the Albany County Land Bank please go to the website Continue reading

SAVE THE DATE! The 24th Annual Transportation and Planning Symposium will be held October 21-22, 2014

This event will be held at the Century House in Latham, NY. The program will include an FHWA training session during the afternoon of Tues Oct 21, followed by a cocktail hour. The 6 technical sessions for the Symposium will be held on Wed Oct 22 with lunch and a guest speaker. Hotel rooms have been blocked for our group on Oct 21 for $120. Hotel reservations should be made before Oct 7 by calling (518) 785-0931.

Meet the author of People Habitat: 25 Ways to Think About Greener, Healthier Cities

The Albany Roundtable will host Kaid Benfield, author of People Habitat: 25 Ways to Think About Greener, Healthier Cities on Wednesday, June 11  Visiting Speaker.

Benfield explores topics like “green” housing developments that are no such thing, the tricky matter of gentrifying inner cities, why people don’t walk much anymore, and the relationship between cities and religion. Each real-world story in People Habitat will make you see our communities in a new light. The book has been called “A must-read for anyone who loves cities.” Register here.

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