Maximize2045: A Performance-Based Transportation Plan

Maximize2045: A Performance-Based Transportation Plan

On behalf of the Baltimore Regional Transportation Board (BRTB), thank you for your interest in our activities and efforts to update the region's long-range transportation plan - Maximize2045:  A Performance-Based Transportation Plan. For many, the importance of the long-range transportation plan is the identification of major projects the region expects to implement over the next 20-25 years.

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MNCPPC Celebrates Black History Through Migration and Immigration

MNCPPC Celebrates Black History Through Migration and Immigration

The Maryland-National Capital Parks and Planning Commission celebrates and honors African-American heritage with this year's exhibit entitled, “Moving Out, Moving In, Moving Up: The Story of Black Migration and Immigration in Prince George’s County”.  The exhibit is curated by the Black History Program, which strives to provide black history 365 days a year.

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Welcome To Our APA Maryland Newsletter Editors!

Welcome To Our APA Maryland Newsletter Editors!

At the start of the 2019 New Year, we brought aboard two talented newsletter editors to join our team. APA Maryland members Olivia Ceccarelli-McGonigal and Ashlee Green will be providing their expertise and support for each newsletter that is published monthly. They will spearhead research on relevant topics happening in Maryland, locate articles of interest to planners, and assist with general editing and formatting on each issue. We are excited to have them aboard!

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Welcome To Our New APA Board Members!

Welcome To Our New APA Board Members!

On November 16, 2018, APA Maryland’s Executive Committee voted to appoint two new members to vacant Board positions. Angie Hernandez has been appointed to the position of Statewide Representative, and Alan Feinberg has returned to APA leadership to be appointed to the APA Maryland’s Western Maryland Representative. These new members will serve out the remainder of each position’s term, which both end on December 31, 2019. More information on our new Board members is below.

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Saying “No” Can Be Good Customer Service

Saying “No” Can Be Good Customer Service

We hear the phrase “good customer service” in the private sector, government, business ads, articles and many other places.  Especially after the recession, everyone had to put more effort into keeping a client or work harder to gain a new client. The approach and results had to change. If you are providing the same product or service as others, what can set you apart?

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Planning for Maryland’s Future: Adapting to Climate Change to Secure Health and Prosperity

Planning for Maryland’s Future: Adapting to Climate Change to Secure Health and Prosperity

If you’re paying attention to the news this week, you’ll read stories on the latest findings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).  I’ll simplify it for you.  World leaders are rightfully calling for a transformation of unprecedented scale because the window is narrowing.  Adapting to meet these challenges will require a climate smart workforce featuring updated job skills, informed decision-making and new decision-support tools.

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Farm Alcohol Producers

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The Maryland Chapter of the American Planning Association held an event at The Old Westminster Winery in Westminster, MD on Wednesday, September 26th from 6-8PM. Speaker Brenda Dinne, of Carroll County Dept. of Land & Resource Management, joined us to discuss Farm Alcohol Producers in Carroll County. The presentations have generously been offered for others to view.

The Overview can be found here.

The Presentation can be found here.

35th Annual MPCA Conference

35th Annual MPCA Conference

The Maryland Planning Commissioners Association Conference is Coming to Gaithersburg this Fall.

Where is a Planning Commissioner or a member of a Board of Zoning Appeals member to go when seeking training and guidance on this critical issue? A great place to start is the Planning Commissioner Training Course, created following the Smart and Sustainable Growth Act of 2009. The course, available both online and in person at the Maryland Municipal League (MML), Maryland Association of Counties (MACo), and Maryland Planning Commissioners Association (MPCA) conferences (as well as on demand for interested jurisdictions), contains modules on Planning 101, Comprehensive Planning, and Smart Growth in Maryland.  It is an excellent first step, but what about the citizen planner who wants to take the next step? This is where the MPCA offers help.

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APA Maryland Chapter Election Information

APA Maryland Chapter Election Information

On March 15, APA-Maryland began our call for nominations for our 2018 election cycle.  APA-Maryland’s elections are now held in concert with the National APA election cycle, and are administered by APA-National. Because of a recent change in the APA-Maryland bylaws, we now have staggered two-year terms for all of our officers. This year we will be holding elections for the positions of Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer. Officers elected to each of these positions will be in office for two years, from January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2020. 

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Recap & Videos from the APA Maryland Event - "Translating Science for Comprehensive & Environmental Plans"

On Friday, April 27, 2018 - MD APA hosted an educational workshop at the Aquaculture and Restoration Ecology Laboratory at Horn Point near Cambridge, MD. The event featured several informative speakers, a fascinating behind-the-scenes tour of the oyster hatchery, and graduate student presentations. Check out the day's itinerary here

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