Opportunities for CM Credits Your Hour With APA Virginia & Other Webinars
Monday, December 13, 12-1pm (one week early due to holidays)
Interpreting 2020 Census Data & Virginia's Demographic Trends
This presentation will examine key demographic trends for Virginia planners that are observable in 2020 Decennial Census and recent Census products. The impact of the pandemic as well as the Census Bureau’s new respondent privacy algorithm on the accuracy of Census data will also be examined.
Hamilton Lombard is the Estimates Program Manager for the Demographics Research Group at the University of Virginia Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service. His expertise is in demographic change, particularly the different components of population growth and decline, population estimates, school enrollment projections, and the effect of government policy on population patterns. Hamilton has worked in local and regional planning in Virginia and the United Kingdom. He earned his B.A. in History and and B.S. in Planning from the University of Virginia.
Monday, January 24, 12-1PM
Richmond Racial Equity Essays: Strategies for Dismantling Racism in Richmond, Virginia (and other US cities)
The Richmond Racial Equity Essays is a multimedia project focused on advancing racial equity in Richmond, Virginia. The project captures nearly 50 dynamic voices to explore what an equitable Richmond would look like and highlights strategies to help us get there. The hope is that this project would be a model of discussion and thought leadership for other cities.
During this webinar, project curators Ebony Walden and Dr. Meghan Gough will discuss the process of capturing a diversity of voices for this multi-dimensional project. They will be joined by essayists and urban planners from the City of Richmond, Maritza Pechin, and Ryan Rinn to share their visions and strategies for an equitable Richmond and offer ideas for the role planners can play in realizing racially equitable cities.
Ebony Walden is the Founder and Principal Consultant at Ebony Walden Consulting (EWC), an urban strategy firm based in Richmond, Virginia. At EWC, she works with a wide range of organizations to design and facilitate training, strategic plans and community engagement processes that explore race, equity and the creation of more just and inclusive communities. Before founding EWC, Ebony worked in local government and for non-profit organizations dedicated to citywide and neighborhood level revitalization.
She holds a Masters in Urban and Environmental Planning from the University of Virginia and a Bachelors in Business Administration from Georgetown University. Her work has been featured in Next City, The Hill, Richmond Magazine, Richmond Times-Dispatch and on Virginia Public Media. Ebony is also an adjunct professor at Virginia Commonwealth University, where she teaches Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the City.
Dr. Meghan Z. Gough is an Associate Professor of urban and regional studies and planning at Virginia Commonwealth University’s L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs. Her work emphasizes civic capacity building and planning for more livable and equitable communities. Meghan’s contributions to research help to elevate the importance of community-based decision-making and partnerships in the development of plans and policies to support sustainable community development.
Maritza E. Mercado Pechin, AICP is a Deputy Director with the City of Richmond, Virginia where she is leading the Office of Equitable Development, which is focused on working laterally across City Departments and with the Richmond community to create a more equitable, sustainable, and beautiful Richmond. Originally from Puerto Rico, Maritza grew up in Massachusetts and Puerto Rico. She earned an AB in Government from Harvard College and a Masters in City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania. Maritza and her family live in Battery Park in Richmond. She has lived in Richmond for 10 years, which is the longest she has ever lived anywhere.
Ryan Rinn is a 21 year resident of Richmond and works for the City. His career has spanned from community organizing to urban planning to his current role with Parks & Recreation. He is a graduate of the University of Richmond and Virginia Commonwealth University and lives with his husband Jason in the Byrd Park neighborhood.
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Additional CM Credit Opportunities
APA VA Member Spotlight
APA VA wants to hear from you! As in every community we plan, there are stories to its citizens. As a community of planners, we would like to highlight some of our amazing planners across the Commonwealth. If you or someone you know has a great planning story to tell, please reach out to Robert Narvaez, AICP, Director of Inclusion or anyone on the APA VA Board. We can’t wait to hear from you!
2022 Legislative Agenda APA Virginia Legislative Agenda
Members of the Virginia Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA) are committed to supporting economic prosperity for all residents and businesses in the Commonwealth. Planning provides opportunities for all Virginians to look into the future and work towards a long-term vision for their communities. Planners are reliable and trusted sources of information committed to the communities they serve. Annual updates to the legislative agenda do not negate previous years’ priorities. The Chapter supports good and legal planning efforts that enables localities to address need in their communities.
The Chapter supports legislative and administrative actions, which are outcome-based and incorporate a review of return on investment, in order to ensure efficient expenditures of resources.
The Chapter opposes legislation that focuses only on the short-term economic benefit of actions without considering potential impacts, long-term economic or otherwise, on residents and businesses in the Commonwealth.
Planning Resources COVID-19 Resources
Planners continue to play an essential role in community response to the pandemic. From holding online public meetings, to positioning your community for economic recovery, to using data analysis to ensure the recovery is equitable, you need information to help you serve your community. Visit our COVID-19 resources collection, organized by topics that are foremost in your mind.
Below is a link to the Department of Labor's COVID-19 resources and guides.