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The Future Has Other Plans: Overcoming Management Plan Implementation Barriers, A talk by Jon Kohl, Director of the PUP Global Heritage Consortium

Two Opportunities to Attend!

The Future Has Other Plans: Overcoming Management Plan Implementation Barriers A talk by Jon Kohl, Director of the PUP Global Heritage Consortium, February 21, 2017 – 3:00 pm at the Consensus Building Institute, 100 CambridgePark Drive, Ste 302, Cambridge February 22, 2017 – 11:00 am at the National Park Service office, 15 State Street, Boston Kohl explores new ideas and emerging paradigms across many disciplines to transcend barriers that often impede the implementation of management plans for parks and heritage areas. This is based on his and Stephen McCool’s new book – The Future Has Other Plans: Planning Holistically to Conserve Natural and Cultural Heritage. For more information go to: www.pupconsortium.net RSVP – jon@pupconsortium.net … Read entire article »

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Transformative Development Fund: TDI Fellows Program – Call for TDI Fellow, MassTech

Transformative Development Fund: TDI Fellows Program – Call for TDI Fellow, MassTech Innovation District Manager, Holyoke MassDevelopment is accepting applications for a candidate to join the second cohort of Transformative Development Initiative [TDI] Fellows. The Agency is looking for an enthusiastic, entrepreneurial, and accomplished mid-career professional with diverse experiences in public and private sector urban revitalization, and who is passionate about the economic, redevelopment, and community development opportunities in the Gateway Cities of Massachusetts. MassDevelopment will select one new fellow to serve as an Agency employee in Holyoke for a two-year period to advance TDI and the ongoing work of the Holyoke Innovation District (HID), on behalf of the HID Task Force and the key partners of MassTech Collaborative (MTC), the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission (PVPC) and the City of Holyoke. … Read entire article »

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Broad Street Regeneration Initiative 2.0, Patucket, RI

Part-time Position

Broad Street Regeneration Initiative 2.0 Coordinator: Job Posting Posted 2/7/17 Project Background: United by common opportunities as well as challenges, the Broad Street Regeneration Initiative began in 2007 when the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council was awarded a Preserve America grant from the National Park Service to undertake a regional planning project; as a result, the “Broad Street Regeneration Initiative Action Plan” was completed in 2008. This Plan was implemented for several years in the municipalities of Cumberland, Pawtucket, and Central Falls with Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding to provide assistance to Broad Street Micro-Enterprises (businesses of five or fewer employees) across the three municipalities. The primary focus of the plan’s initial phase was financial support of local businesses. In January of 2016, The Blackstone Valley Tourism Council, the Cities of Pawtucket and Central Falls … Read entire article »

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MAPD “Lunch N Learn” Series Continues

MAPD “Lunch N Learn” Series Continues Friday, February 17, 2017, 12pm-2pm Regina Pizza, Medford DESCRIPTION The MAPD “Lunch N Learn” series continues with a very exciting session exploring one City’s series of initiatives that may very well provide a transferable blueprint for success in building economically and socially viable communities! Chelsea is on the cutting edge of innovation with both multi-faceted infrastructure development and provision of social services to residents: all to successfully build a stronger community. By concurrently leveraging economic development with local and regional collaboration, Chelsea has creatively implemented public health, neighborhood enhancement and community development initiatives. Proactive community outreach is crucial to these efforts and Chelsea has discovered that providing residents with a network of public health options has provided a key component. In conjunction with Massachusetts General Hospital, one of the … Read entire article »

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Planning Services RFP, Manchester, VT

  The Town of Manchester, Vermont and the Vermont Planner’s Association are seeking the services of a planning consultant to conduct a design charrette in conjunction with the 2017 Annual Conference of the Northern New England Chapter of the American Planning Association and create a physical master plan for downtown Manchester. For the complete RFP Please select the following link: ManchesterVTFinalRFP … Read entire article »

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Request for Qualifications for Plan of Conservation & Development Update, Norwalk,CT

Bid Number: P&ZRFQ012017 Bid Title: Request for Qualifications for Plan of Conservation & Development Update Category: Services Description: The City of Norwalk is seeking the services of a consulting firm or firms qualified to undertake an update of our 2008 Plan of Conservation and Development (Plan).  The City seeks a firm(s) with a demonstrated track record of planning expertise in peer communities that are not only similar in size to Norwalk but are also similar demographically and geographically. The firm should not only have a working knowledge of the major plan themes but has proposed innovative approaches that have been enacted in other communities. Click here for more information regarding this request Addendum #1 issued on 01/17/2017 Addendum #2 issued on 01/19/2017 Publication Date/Time: 1/6/2017 12:00 AM Closing Date/Time: 2/1/2017 4:00 PM … Read entire article »

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MassAudubon Workshop Series: Community Resilience in the Taunton Watershed

APA-MA: 3.5 AICP CM credits for each half-day workshop

Workshop Series: Community Resilience in the Taunton Watershed APA-MA is supporting MassAudubon’s workshop series on Community Resilience in the Taunton Watershed by providing 3.5 AICP CM credits for each half-day workshop. Two half-day interactive workshops will be offered in five separate communities – Norton, Taunton, Middleboro, Dighton, and Halifax – between January 27 and June 2017. The workshops are free. Has your town been impacted by drought, floods, or poor water quality? What are local vulnerabilities to weather extremes, how do they interact with development, and how can we be more resilient to climate change? Join us in one of five communities in the Taunton watershed, each hosting two free interactive, half-day workshops to identify what keeps our communities healthy. Explore how green infrastructure provides free services that reduces costs and vulnerabilities to … Read entire article »

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Invitation for Quotes to Prepare and Manage RFP Process for Senior Housing Project

Town of Westminster

INVITATION FOR QUOTES Prepare and Manage RFP Process for Senior Housing Project. The Town of Westminster is accepting quotes from qualified individuals or firms to manage the Request for Proposal (RFP) process that will lead to finding a private entity that will construct and manage up to 72 affordable senior apartments behind the new Senior Center at 69 West Main Street. If interested, please complete the request-for-quotes-senior-housing-rfp-final form and submit it to: TOWN OF WESTMINSTER TOWN ADMINISTRATOR Karen Murphy 11 SOUTH STREET WESTMINSTER, MASSACHUSETTS 01473 Phone (978) 874-7400 Fax (978) 874-7411 email: kmurphy@westminster-ma.gov by (Noon on Friday February 3, 2017). (Quotes may be submitted by mail, fax, e-mail or in hand.  Please call if any questions.) … Read entire article »

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2016 Annual APA-MA Award Winners!

2016 Annual APA-MA Award Winners!

On December 9th, 2015, the American Planning Association, Massachusetts Chapter (APA-MA) and the Massachusetts Association of Planning Directors (MAPD) celebrated the holiday season and honored innovative planning projects and professionals across Massachusetts during the Annual Awards and Holiday Luncheon at the Hotel Marlowe in Cambridge. The following are the 2016 APA-MA Annual Planning Awards recipients (in no particular order). Citizen Planner Award Recipient: Alan Pease, Town of Ashby Planning Board and Citizen Planner Training Collaborative   Student Project Award Bringing … Read entire article »

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Two Part-time Internships Available: CMRPC

Community Development, Planning, and Regional Services Intern

Community Development, Planning, and Regional Services Intern Part‐time positions available The Central Massachusetts Regional Planning Commission (CMRPC) is seeking two part-time interns to work with the agency’s Community Development and Planning (CDAP) and Regional Services Departments. Desired skills include municipal experience, research skills, excellent organizational techniques, and experience with a range of data collection methods, familiarity with master plans and comprehensive plans, strong writing and speaking skills, and comfort with public participation. The intern’s primary responsibility will be to assist CMRPC with development of a town Master Plan. Primary tasks include: Data collection, including but not limited to, in person review and copying of municipal records, in the field photograph inventory, review of census and demographic data, and analysis of existing plans, reports, and documents Assistance with creating online and paper survey forms Assistance with compiling and … Read entire article »

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