AICP Training 2017


Mark your calendar for the 2017 AICP Exam Prep Workshop, hosted by the National Capital Area and Maryland APA chapters, on Saturday, September 30th, at Catholic University of America’s School of Architecture and Planning (620 Michigan Avenue, NE, Washington DC). This popular training course will provide a review of key planning topics that could appear on the AICP Certification Exam and explain the structure of the updated test released just this past May.

The training session will be led by the same presenters who routinely conduct the AICP Exam Prep session at the National APA Conference and will return to the DC area to walk local AICP candidates through the intricacies of the test.

Now that the November exam application window has closed, this is an excellent opportunity to fill in any missing gaps before sitting for the exam. If you’re thinking about applying for the May 2018 exam, this workshop may help make your decision before it’s December 28 application deadline.

All are welcome and encouraged to attend. Please also share this event with others who may be interested in taking the AICP exam in the future.

Registration will open in early September, so watch for future announcements.

Questions? Contact Clark Larson, AICP



Monday Night Movie | Getting There: Blind Wayfinding

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Tickets required!!! Your $5 ticket covers the cost of your $10 sandwich purchase from the venue, Luigi’s Italian Deli. Luigi’s is BYOB and right in front of The Wine Source.

Emerging Planners Group of the APA Maryland Chapter is hosting an outdoor movie night. Join us as we feature “Getting There” a documentary about blind wayfinding.

Getting There was highlighted during a session at the 2017 National Planning Conference in New York City. The film has been made available so that we all can enjoy its lessons!

Please arrive at 7pm. This will allow all our guests the time to order food and eat before the film begins promptly at 7:45. With a run time of 56:43, we can all head home before 9pm.

The film will be shown outside, under an awning. In the event of inclement weather, we will consider an alternative location nearby, and will still work with Luigi’s to provide sandwiches. There are no refunds for this event unless it is cancelled all together.

Please note: there are limited room for the event at Luigi’s. However, if you can’t get a seat at this event, stay tuned as EPG coordinates with APA Maryland Chapter regional representatives to host viewings of Getting There throughout the state. If you’re interested in facilitating an event in conjunction with the APA Maryland Chapter near you, please contact us at


This Friday, we’ll be partnering with Ridemore Mass Transit again to bring you….Drink-a-Link!! This will be one of your last chances to try out the new BaltimoreLink CityLink bus system for FREE. Why not make a thing out of it, you know?

Stay connected on Facebook for specific details!

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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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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.

Watch the webinar recording