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

Save the Date Region 1 2015

Waste tech

Recycling is cool.

At this week’s Hudson River Watershed Alliance conference one of the many showstoppers was the The Eco Machine – an all-natural, zero energy living “machine” that has the capability or processing 52,000 gallons of wastewater per day.  This living machine might be a way to process flow off large institutions where a waste water system can be developed off-line (hospitals, schools, governmental institutions and some commercial developments).

Then, today, this story on  Vancouver’s ‘District Energy Utility‘ and how it’s being used to provide heat large developments by essentially by recycling heat from waste water.

Imagine, if you will, the potential for energy savings and the wonderful environmental impacts of using these technologies and utilizing solar energy for the remaining energy needs. Quite the one-two punch, eh?

Capital District Regional Planning Commission (CDRPC) seeking Economic Development Planner/Project Manager

The Capital District Regional Planning Commission (CDRPC) has an opening for  Economic Development Planner / Project Manager. This position involves the advanced application of planning and management skills in a collaborative team office environment. Continue reading

New Leaders Council – Seeking Applicants for Professional Development Institute for Young Professionals

The New Leaders Council (NLC) recruits, trains and promotes the next generation of progressive political, nonprofit, and private sector leaders.  The NLC Institute is a highly selective training program which holds sessions one weekend per month from January through June.  

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Four October Conferences about Managing Stormwater and Green Infrastucture

IMG_3274October is National Stormwater Awareness Month!

No, not really. But there’s a boatload of stormwater and Green Infrastructure events lined up for the next couple of weeks here in NY. Perhaps you need to learn about this new tech, you need a professional credit, perhaps you’re looking to learn about the next big thing to manage run-off. Continue reading

American Planning Association: Arbor Hill, one of America’s Great Neighborhoods

Ten Broeck View

Ten Broeck View

Albany’s Arbor Hill neighborhood was just designated one of the American Planning Association’s “Great Places in America” because of it’s great historic assets, community engagement and civic pride, and it’ context sensitive development. Continue reading

Hudson River Watershed Alliance  Annual Watershed Conference

This one day conference will provide attendees with a board understanding of the current state of storm and waste water facilities, the efforts underway to address aging infrastructure, and the environmental impacts in the balance.

“Building Local Capacity for Watershed Restoration: Wastewater and Stormwater for Sustainability and Resilience” will take place October 7, 2014 at the Henry A. Wallace Center at the FDR Presidential Library & Home in  Hyde Park, NYRegister Here.

Early bird registration EXTENDED through September 24th – $60 but After September 24th the price increases to $70. No same-day registrations will be accepted.

View the CONFERENCE PROGRAM for more information about the event.


24th Annual Transportation and Planning Symposium

The 24th Annual Transportation and Planning Symposium will take place October 21 and 22, 2014 at the Century House, 997 New Loudon Rd. (Route 9) Latham, NY.

This year’s event will take place over two days and offer seven technical sessions on topics to include rapid bridge placement, comprehensive urban mobility planning, the Erie Blvd. roundabout project, the I-87 Exit 4 project, and more! There will also be an FHWA technical session covering ADA Federal requirements and regional ITS architecture planning. Register online here. Check out the program and paper form here

Pace University offering a free, online 12-week Desktop GIS course

This course starts September 1 and ends November 23. The syllabus and self-enrollment are now available at

This year, the course is divided into three four-week sections.  A badge can be earned after successfully completing each section.  A certificate can be sent to each person who completes the course.  A book is recommended, but not required, so the course can be completed at no cost. The medium of most instruction will be narrated screencasts of GIS operations, each step explained.

For more information contact Pace University’s Professor Mary Margaret Minnis at

Time is running out to Register for CDPA’s Saratoga Morning!

We now have details about the post-breakfast downtown tour, but time is running out to register for our event this Friday!

Our downtown tour will kick off at 10:15 following the breakfast and backstretch tour. We’ll check out Pavilion Grand, an infill development project and then walk around the block to an historic building that will have an amazing retrofit in which it will be taken apart, new foundation and first floor created, then the original structure reassembled piece by piece above! If time permits and for those interested, we can follow our tour with stop at Market Center – Saratoga’s downtown Grocery Store with apartments above.

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Fresno Council of Governments hiring a Demographer/Transportation Planner

The Fresno Council of Governments (FCOG) is the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for Fresno County, California. Fresno COG has an immediate opening for a full-time professional level Regional Transportation Planner position specializing in demographics. The demographer is a key member of the Travel Demand Modeling, Demographic Forecasting, and GIS Team and performs critical functions supporting the Fresno COG model and operations. Continue reading