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Waterfront Behind the Scenes

Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore is hosting a new networking series, Waterfront Behind the Scenes. The first installation in this series this year will focus on Harbor East and Harbor Point Developments.

The event is on June 14th 5:30-7:30pm at the Kohler store in Little Italy and will feature a discussion with Tim O’Donald, President of Harbor East Management, and Michael Beatty, President of Beatty Development Group. Tickets include entrance to the event, light appetizers from Harbor East Restaurants, and a complimentary drink.

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AIABaltimore + Maryland APA | Open Works and Transform Presentation

Last night was the collaborative event hosted by AIABaltimore’s Urban Design Committee and the Maryland APA Chapter and the Emerging Planners Group. The night featured a tour of the new Open Works facility followed by a presentation of Baltimore’s new Transform Zoning Code by Laurie Feinberg.

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Will from Open Works Kicks Off the Tour

Even if you missed the event, you can still get the same experience. Open Works offers a virtual tour online, and we highly recommend checking their classes calendar for opportunities to actually use the space! And lucky you: Laurie has offered the presentation for you to view and save! Some corrections she noticed last night:

  1. Referenced throughout: The Design and Landscape Guidelines should really be “Design and Landscape Standards” as they are actual rules to be followed.
  2. P. 19: “Applications submitted & certified complete by June 4, 2017 will be reviewed under the existing code.” Since the 4th is a Sunday, any application would need to be submitted by the 2nd.

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Maryland EPG Bylaws Approved!

On today’s Executive Committee call for the Maryland Chapter of the APA, the board approved EPG’s Bylaws document. The Bylaws provide a structure for EPG to achieve greatness while at the same time working seamlessly with the MD Chapter.

Our Bylaws outline how our group will operate. Have a look at our completed Bylaws document. 

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Call for Speakers

The EPG is looking for energetic individuals to participate in our MD APA Annual Meeting session on “Innovations in Planning Technology.” If you or someone you know might be a good fit, contact us at!

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From APA: National Community Development Week (4/17-4/22)

Take Action during National Community Development Week

Congress is in recess till April 21, and while the current budget process for FY 2018 is well under way, Congress has yet to take any steps to finalize spending for 2017.

That is where you come in.

Starting at the beginning of next week, tell your legislators how these programs have made a positive impact on our communities, with these, Actions to take during National Community Development Week.

  • Monday: Call your representative’s D.C. office.
  • Tuesday: Tweet your legislator.
  • Wednesday: Share your HOME and CDBG impact stories in a letter to the editor of your local newspaper.
  • Thursday: Post photos on Facebook of projects made possible with HOME and CDBG.
  • Friday: Watch @APAadvocates on Twitter for our recap of the best advocacy moments of the week.

New Resources for National Community Development Week

We have compiled a list of new and updated resources in the Advocate’s Toolbox to deliver everything you need to prepare, as you get ready to mobilize April 17-21:

Read our Blog Post for detailed instructions, tools, and tips on making an impact during National Community Development Week.

Webinar Recording Available: Analyzing the President’s Budget

APA held an exclusive Planners’ Advocacy Network webinar two weeks ago that covered the details surrounding the Trump Administration’s irresponsible budget proposal for FY 2018, and what the budget process could look like moving forward.

We thank everyone who tuned in to hear the latest news surrounding the troubling budget proposal. In case you missed it, there was lots to discuss, including but not limited to:

  • What’s proposed in the budget
  • How this budget proposal could affect planners
  • What planning advocates can do to make representatives aware that planners oppose proposed funding levels.

A recording of the webinar is available to all Planners’ Advocacy Network members. You must enter your name and email, and then register for the webinar in order to view the recording.

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MD APA Annual Meeting + Conference

The Maryland APA Annual Meeting and 1-Day Conference has been planned for Friday, June 2nd, from 8am to 4:15 pm, followed by a happy hour in Annapolis!

You must register if you’re planning to attend. Attendance is free for the annual meeting, from 9 to 10am. The $25 registration for the full conference includes food!

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8:00 am to 8:45 am
Registration/ Continental Breakfast

8:45 am to 9:00 am
Greetings and Introductions – Mike Pantelides, Mayor of Annapolis

9:00 am  to 10:00 am
Annual meeting of the membership – vote on changes to by-laws and dues

10:00 am  to 11:00  am
Planning & Engineering Consultants – Friends or Foe?

11:15 am  to 12:15 pm
Frederick Rising

12:15 pm – 2:00 pm
Lunch and Tackling Ethical Challenges

2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
PALS In Action

3:15 pm to 4:15 pm
Innovations in Planning Technology

4:30 pm   to ?
Happy Hour with the Emerging Planners – location to be determined

The day will begin with the MD APA Chapter Annual Meeting.  During the meeting, amending the bylaws, changing the dues, and the election cycles for some of the officers will be voted on.  Additional information on the specific changes will be sent to chapter members.


Planning & Engineering Consultants – Friends or Foe?
Debbie Pfeil & Lauren Good: KCI Technologies
Learn a consultant’s role on projects and ensure they are working efficiently for YOU – the Client!  Hear how a consultant can help you and learn whether they can hurt you.  We will also discuss lessons learned from both the consultant and client perspectives.

PALS in Action
Uri Avin, NCSG & Pete Gutwald and Sally Nash City of Annapolis
The Partnership for Action Learning in Sustainability (PALS) is a University of Maryland program to help Maryland communities become more environmentally, economically, and socially sustainable by teaming up students, teachers and planners. PALS is designed to provide innovative, low-cost assistance to local governments while creating real-world problem-solving experiences for graduate and undergraduate

Tackling Ethical Challenges
Our “thespians” will use skits to make ethics fun! The skits will explore the ethical challenges faced by professional planners. The scenarios will address the challenges of transitioning from public to private sector employment and the conflicting obligations planners face when balancing fair housing goals and public opinion. Through facilitated discussion, the AICP Code of Ethics will be explored as it relates to actions taken by the planners. Audience participation is required!

Frederick Rising: Trailblazing Towards Balanced, Sustainable and Economically Resilient Communities in and Around the Clustered Spires of Frederick
A panel of planning pioneers, strategic planning experts and community innovators will explore two separate and groundbreaking 21st century planning initiatives currently underway in Frederick, MD: East Frederick Rising and Livable Frederick. These two planning initiatives are bringing into practice a variety of innovative planning practices and techniques that broaden the capability and range of possible outcomes in municipal and county plans. The panel will explore both processes along with the tools & techniques that are or will be used to sound a different note in development of these two projects.

Innovations in Planning Technology
Megan Griffith, Mahan Rykiel & Aviva Brown, SHA
The technology and tools used for enhancing the planning process and interpreting our communities are evolving at a rapid pace. In this session, we will explore how planners can navigate these new innovations with both intention and caution

Career Opportunity | Mayor’s Office of Innovation

The following positions have been posted for Baltimore’s new Mayor’s Office of Innovation.

Director, Mayor’s Office of Innovation

Civic Designer, Mayor’s Office of Innovation

Innovation Team Program Manager, Mayor’s Office of Innovation

Data Scientist, Mayor’s Office of Innovation

Migration: AIABaltimore Spring Lecture Series

March 16 – April 27
All Lectures: 6:00 PM | Falvey Hall, MICA Brown Center | FREE

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Read more here.

From the AIABaltimore Website:

1.5 AIA/CES LUs Available

This year’s Spring Lecture Series theme is Migration.

Migration is essential to human survival. Whether driven by the spirit of discovery or hope for a better life, whether forced by conflict or required for access to resources – massive change alters us in small ways and large. How do we adapt to these uncertainties in a mindful way? What are the predominant patterns we can learn from and look towards? Our four lectures explore conflict-driven migration, climate change migration, regional migration that crosses state lines and interplanetary migration to Mars. We hope that this assembled group of experts can help us appreciate how migration can be a uniting force.

FREE to attend, registration required. All lectures will be held at Falvey Hall in the MICA Brown Center at 6:00 pm with a reception to follow.


March 16 – Regional Migration
Garrett Dash Nelson, Dartmouth College
Amanda Kolson Hurley, Freelance Journalist

Reception sponsored by Manekin Construction

March 30 – Climate Change Migration
Gena Wirth, SCAPE

Sponsored by the MD ASLA

April 12 (on a Wednesday) – Conflict-Driven Migration
Eliza Montgomery & Don Weinreich, Ennead Lab

Sponsored by MICA + The Department of Architectural Design
Reception sponsored by Gutierrez Studios

April 27 – Migration to Mars
Jerry Van Eyke, !melk Landscape Architecture
Dr. Olga Bannova, Sasakawa International Center for Space Architecture, University of Houston

Sponsored by Merritt Construction Services

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Thank you to our generous sponsors

Major Sponsors

Maryland ASLA
Merritt Construction Services**
MICA + The Department of Architecture

Reception Sponsors

Gutierrez Studios**
Manekin Construction**


American Cedar & Millwork*
Ayers Saint Gross
Building Envelope Consultants and Scientists
Centria Architectural Systems
Design Collective, Inc**
Forbes Design Center, LLC*
Forest City – New East Baltimore Partnership
Geraldine Pontius, AIA
Hord Coplan Macht, Inc*
Murphy & Dittenhafer, Architects
North Point Builders, Inc*
Open Works
Penza Bailey Architects, Inc.
Plano-Coudon, LLC*
Price Modern, LLC*
Site Resources, Inc*
Swirnow Building Systems
TW Perry*
Vision Technologies*
The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company**
War Horse
Wohlsen Construction*


Daft-McCune-Walker, Inc.
Faisant Associates
GWWO, Inc/Architects*
James Posey Associates*
Mahan Rykiel Associates, Inc
Potomac Valley Brick & Supply*
Rubeling & Associates, a JMT Division*
Skarda and Associates, Inc*
Structura, Inc
York Building Products


Ames & Gough*
Anne Gummerson Photography
APCO Graphics
Armada Hoffler Construction*
The Blue Book Network*
Brick + Board
BCT Architects
Centric Business Systems*
Cho Benn Holback + Associates, Inc*
Core Studio Design
DANA Insurance and Risk Management*
Doubledge Design, LLC*
Floura Teeter Landscape Architecture*
Hope Furrer Associates, LLC*
KCI Technologies*
MAG – Lighting Design, LLC
McLain Wiesand
Morabito Consultants, Inc*
National Facilities Management and Technology*
Phillips Way*
Preservation Maryland
Rummel, Klepper & Kahl, LLC (RK&K)*
Southway Builders*
Stantec Architecture*
Ziger/Snead Architects*

* = Annual Sponsor
** = Annual Sponsor and Lecture Series Sponsor