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

Save the Date Region 1 2015

An Evening with Dr. Mindy Fullilove, author of “Urban Alchemy”

Urban Alchemy

What if divided neighborhoods were causing public health problems? What if a new approach to planning and design could tackle both the built environment and collective well-being at the same time? Learn from Dr. Mindy Fullilove about nine tools that can mend our broken cities and reconnect our communities to make them whole. Continue reading

Tonight: April 13: Streetfilms Mini-Festival to feature sustainable transportation and environmental groups

Local bicycling, transportation and environmental groups are gearing up for the April 13 Streetfilms Mini-Festival at Albany’s Madison Theater. Groups will be setting up information tables for the audience to peruse and learn about upcoming sustainability, bicycling and transportation initiatives prior to the film festival. Host organizations include the Livingston Avenue Bridge CoalitionAlbany Bicycle Coalition, Capital District Transportation Committee, Capital CarShare, the Albany Police Department’s Traffic Safety Stakeholders’ Committee, Bikeable UAlbany, PAUSE, Solarize Albany, South End Bikeway Link, Parks and Trails New York and Albany’s Protected Bike Lane Coalition.

little bikesTheater doors will open at 6:15, the free film festival will start at 7 pm and will run about 45 minutes.  Following the screening, there will be a Q and A with Streetfilms’ own Clarence Eckerson. The event is sponsored by Albany’s Protected Bike Lane Coalition and the Madison Theater — the Madison concession stand will be open before the films start and selling snacks.

Founded in 2006, Streetfilms has become the go-to organization for educational films about sustainable transportation, and inspires action and behavioral change worldwide. Individuals, public agencies, non-profit organizations, schools, and transportation advocacy groups use Streetfilms to educate decision makers and make change for livable streets in their communities.

New Water Infrastructure Improvement Act of  2015 to Provide $200 Million for Local Governments

Strategic waste water infrastructure investement is critical to the health and safety of our communities

Strategic waste water infrastructure investment is critical to the health and safety of our communities. Elberon Place in Albany’s Pine Hills, is a victim of frequent flooding from storm surges and thus it’s just one of many areas in which investment is desperately needed.

Included in the just enacted SFY 2015-16 State Budget is the New Water Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2015.  This Act will provide $200 million for water and sewer infrastructure improvements at the local level.

Under the terms of the program, the State will pay for up to 60% of the cost of any eligible project.  The program will be rolled out over three years, with $50 million available the first year and $75 million in the next two years.

The New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation (NYS EFC) will administer the program and will establish a process and timeframe under which municipalities can apply.  In awarding such state financial assistance, consideration and preference must be given to municipalities that meet the hardship criteria established by NYS EFC and projects that result in the greatest water quality improvement or greatest reduction in serious risk to public health.

Information on other NYS EFC programs which benefit local governments can be downloaded via the NYS Environmental Facilities Corporation Webpage.

Registration for the 2015 APA Northeast Planning Conference is OPEN!

Registration for the 2015 APA Northeast Planning Conference is now open! Please visit the website to view the conference program and sign up for sessions, receptions and mobile workshops that begin on Wednesday, June 24th and run until Saturday, June 27th. While you are registering, you can also:

  • Plan your trip! You’ll want to stay the whole week after you see these awesome visitor guides created to help you plan your stay in Saratoga Springs!
  • Book your room - we have two conference hotels available at amazing rates. Book now to reserve your space, or find another that compliments your taste and style.
  • Are you a company or institution? Well this conference is the best place to showcase your work! Check out our Sponsorship and Exhibit options. Act now, they are going quickly.

Click here to register.

Also, please stay up-to-date by following Upstate APA on on Facebook and Twitter or visiting the website. See you June 24-26th in Saratoga Springs!

What makes Wednesday so Wonderful? Water!

Shaker Creek culvert

Shaker Creek culvert

“Stormwater Wednesdays,” organized by The Center for Watershed Protection is a great education, outreach, and training initiative sponsored by the Storm water Coalition of Albany County. This webcast series is packed with cutting edge  research and practical guidance for stormwater program managers, engineers, landscape architects, contractors, municipal officials, policy makers, and others interested in compliant, effective stormwater management.

Check out the next Stormwater Wednesdays

Call or e-mail to reserve a seat:
447-5645 or swcoalition@albanycounty.com

PDH and CEUs may be possible. See CWP website for
details: www.cwp.org/ce-pdh-credit

Join CDPA for a tour of the Albany County Sewer District North Plant

Plant SchematicWhat happens to wastewater when it leaves our homes? What processes are used to treat wastewater? How is stormwater handled? How are these systems regulated? What are the threats to this infrastructure, and how can we plan better to keep these assets running safely and efficiently? The answers to these questions, and more when we tour the ACSD North Plant in April. Space is limited – reserve your spot today!

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Greenway Grants of up to $25,000 available

The Hudson Valley Greenway has announced the latest rounds of grants available fund activities such as:

  • Natural an cultural resource protection,
  • regional planning
  • economic development
  • public access
  • heritage and environmental education

Greenway Grants

Greenway Compact Communities are eligible to receive up to$25,000 for projects that develop, approve, and implement a regional compact strategy consistent with the Greenway criteria and Greenway Act.   Non Compact communities may still apply but are only eligible for grants up to $10,000. Read more about this program and grab an application here.

Join us for a bike tour: Past, present, and future multi-use trail connections along the Hudson River’s western shore

Small WatersMay is National Bike Month. To celebrate, CDPA will host a 10-mile bike ride on Saturday, May 9th. As we pedal, we’ll discuss many exciting bike and pedestrian connections all in various stages of development from concept to complete.  Four presenters will discuss topics such as the South End Bikeway Link, trail and access improvements to the Corning Preserve, the Livingston Ave. Bridge, the Rte. 378 Troy-Menands Bridge bike ramp, and more! grab your bike helmet and come cycle with us!

To register click here!

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Time is running out to register for the CDRPC Planning & Zoning Workshop

Whether you’re a planning or zoning board member, building inspector or even a planner that wants to brush up on your skills and find out what’s new in planning, the March 27 CDRPC Planning and Zoning Workshop is up your alley.

The event will be held at the Hudson Valley Community College’s Bulmer Center from 8:00am to 3:30pm. Check out a registration form but don’t wait. Register today to assure there’s a spot – this is a popular event.

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Reserve your spot today for our April 2 luncheon: Capital District Transit Planning & Capital Carshare

Join us and learn the about the future of transportation in the Capital Region! CDPA and the Young Professionals in Transportation organization have joined forces to co-organize a brown bag lunch event at UAlbany’s Geography and Planning Department for an interesting forum about CDTA and Capital Carshare and what the future holds for these dynamic organizations.

April 2, 11:30am to 1:00pm at the University at Albany Geography and Planning Dept. Register here.

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