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

Save the Date Region 1 2015

Four October Conferences about Managing Stormwater and Green Infrastucture

October 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.

OIMG_3274ctober 7: “Building Local Capacity for Watershed Restoration: Wastewater and Stormwater for Sustainability and Resilience” will take place at the Henry A. Wallace Center at the FDR Presidential Library & Home in  Hyde Park, NY. Register Here and check out the CONFERENCE PROGRAM for more information about the event.

October 14: New York State Green Infrastructure Summit, being held on October 14, 2014. This one-day event will bring community leaders from across the region to discuss the opportunities and challenges in implementing green infrastructure programs. At this summit, representatives from New York City, Buffalo and Onondaga County will share the lessons they have learned from implementing these programs over the past few years. This event is free of charge.  If you plan to participate, please respond to Suzanna Randall at 518-402-7461 or suzanna.randall@efc.ny.gov please RSVP by October 3.

October 15: Southeast New York Stormwater Conference & Trade Show at the Dutchess Manor, Beacon, NY. The LHCCD’s annual conference provides an education opportunity for local decision makers, stormwater design specialists, environmental planners, engineers, landscape architects, consultants, contractors and interested citizens. Each year the conference features a diverse range of speakers, all professionals working in the stormwater management field. The associated trade show attracts vendors and service providers who bring the newest technology to the show. 

October 16: North County Stormwater Tradeshow and Conference will be held at the Queensbury Hotel, Glens Falls, NY. Sessions will focus on the successes and challenges of addressing stormwater, The US Military Academy at West Point’s 20-year Stormwater Management Plan, Staff from the NYS DEC Central Office will discuss updates to the Municipal Separate Stormwater
Sewer System (MS4) permit, the Construction General Permit, and the DEC Blue Book, and  utilizing green infrastructure techniques within municipal right-of-ways to decrease stormwater runoff and reduce street flooding during wet weather events.

So there, no excuse not to celebrate National Stormater Month, fictional or not.

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

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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.

“Albany’s Arbor Hill is a community of notable strengths and exciting opportunities, including rich historic districts and important community institutions. The neighborhood has experienced difficult times and a variety of changes over the past decades. Its hilltop location offers fantastic views of the surrounding city, the downtown, and treasured natural spaces,” write the good folks at the Association.

Among the Planning and Community Engagement highlights noted by APA:

  • The Arbor Hill Neighborhood Plan (2003) provided a framework for residents and investors to approach development in Arbor Hill, focusing on home ownership and rental housing, arts culture and heritage, business and job development, and quality of life
  • The city recently completed the Albany 2030 Plan, the city’s first comprehensive plan, and included the action items identified in the Arbor Hill Neighborhood Plan
  • The City of Albany received several Planning Excellence Awards for the Albany 2030 plan and for the implantation of the Arbor Hill Neighborhood Plan by the New York Upstate Chapter of the American Planning Association

This is one of those rare opportunities for planners when we can get some spotlight on the controversial, and sometimes tedious work of setting goals, building consensus, obtaining funding support, navigating the spiderweb of red-tape, implementing a plan, and starting all over again!

Want to learn more about the progress in Arbor Hill? Join CDPA for Habitat Day!

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 http://www.coursesites.com/mooccatalog

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 mminnis@pace.edu.

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.

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cdpa-breakfast-in-saratoga-tickets-12384352933

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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

Registration now open for the Southeast New York Stormwater Conference & Trade Show

The Lower Hudson Coalition of Conservation Districts annual conference provides an education opportunity for local decision makers, stormwater design specialists, environmental planners, engineers, landscape architects, consultants, contractors and interested citizens. Each year the conference features a diverse range of speakers, all professionals working in the stormwater management field. The associated trade show attracts vendors and service providers who bring the newest technology to the show. Click here to view the conference program.

To register, visit http://www.lhccd.net/stormwater-conference.html

 

Carshare start-up seeking Operations / Fleet Manager

CarShareLogoCapital Carshare is an Albany-based non profit Car Share company. Car sharing is a community network of vehicles that allow you to get where you need to go without the cost, burden, or impact of owning a car. With CarShare, members have easy access to vehicles for use by the hour or by the day. Continue reading