Welcome to Your Hour with APA Virginia Chapter sponsored by The Berkley Group. This is a free webinar series happening thefourth Monday of each month from Noon - 1 p.m. and is currently open to everyone, members and non-members. Members can receive 1 CM credit for watching live. All webinars are recorded and posted to our YouTube channel within 24 hours. 

Members can now also take advantage of On-Demand Education and watch past webinars for CM credits thru December 31, 2021. View the comment sections of each individual webinar for CM info. 

Interested in presenting? Contact us at info@apavirginia.com

Upcoming Webinars

Monday, September 27, 12pm-1pm

Using Technology to Improve Small Urban and Rural Transit

This webinar will provide an overview of service delivery innovation and transit technology best practices for public transportation in small and rural communities. It will begin with an overview of national planning practices that will cover areas such as accessibility, passenger information and general transit feed specification (GTFS)/GTFS-Flex, fare payment, and microtransit. Following this overview, the presenters will share the findings from the Public Transportation in Appalachia report, which included a transit service inventory and assessment covering the 420 counties across 13 states (including Virginia) served by the Appalachian Regional Commission. Best practices and challenges in implementing new technologies across the Appalachian region will be explored.


Shana Johnson, AICP 

Shana Johnson, AICP is a Vice President of Service Delivery & Project Manager at Foursquare Integrated Transportation Planning. She also oversees Foursquare ITP’s New Mobility, Regional and Statewide Planning, and Strategic and Financial Planning service areas. She has significant experience in long-range, regional, and multi-modal planning, rural public transportation, microtransit/new mobility planning, strategic planning, transportation research, financial and capital planning, transportation equity, and active transportation. Shana is also Foursquare ITP’s Transportation Demand Management (TDM), and Parking Practice Lead, and she is one of the nation’s foremost experts on TDM strategic planning, policies, and program management. Shana has a Master's in Urban and Regional Planning from Virginia Tech and a Bachelor's degree in Geography from Clark University.

Reinaldo Germano

Reinaldo Germano is a senior planner at Foursquare Integrated Transportation Planning, with extensive experience in the field of public transportation planning. He works mainly with rural and demand response public transportation, regional and statewide planning projects, and transit operations. His key projects include conducting a public transportation inventory and assessment in the Appalachian Region, developing a guidebook on promising practices in transit technology at small transit agencies, and is currently developing another guidebook on micromobility and on-demand services. Before joining Foursquare ITP, Reinaldo conducted studies and on-the-ground support for cities throughout Brazil looking to improve Bus Rapid Transit operation and provide multimodal transportation options. Reinaldo has a Master's of Regional and Urban Planning and a Bachelor's degree in Architecture from universities in Brazil.

1 CM Available | #9221233

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Monday, October 25, 12pm-1pm

Using Food as Economic Development

From the Food Network to Lanesboro Local, interest in local foods is burgeoning. Nearly every publication - from small town papers, to the New York Times, to the American Journal of Agricultural Economics - is covering this re-localization of the food system. While much of the infrastructure related to local foods has been dismantled in favor of the efficiencies of consolidation, there is renewed interest in place-based foods and local products. With this slow but increasing favoring of the local (not only in foods, but other goods and services) the local movement can have a “rising tide” effect on towns and regions alike. Thus, community leaders are recognizing the potential for "local food" as a vibrant economic driver.

This webinar provides an in-depth look at how local food, and local food systems, can help drive economic development. Participants will learn about the market environment (e.g. demand for local foods as well as market influences and challenges), business considerations (e.g. production, distribution, and infrastructure), and recommendations as to how planners and policymakers can promote economic development by supporting local food initiatives.


Brittany Keegan

Brittany received her Ph.D. from VCU's Wilder School in December 2018, and now serves as the Director of Research Development and Engagement at the Wilder School's Center for Public Policy. She has a wide range of nonprofit experience and has served as a volunteer, employee, and board member for multiple organizations in Central Virginia - most recently serving as a board member for the 5th Wall Theatre. Brittany is also a former board member of the Virginia Chapter of the American Planning Association (APAVA).

Jonathan Jones

John C. Jones is an Assistant Professor in the Center for Environmental Studies and a funded faculty member of Institute of Inclusion, Inquiry, and Innovation (iCubed) at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. His main research interests surround the intersection of urban food system development, local governance, and the challenges facing America’s postindustrial cities in a globalizing world. He draws upon his practitioner experience in government and politics at the local and state levels in Ohio and New Jersey to inform his work. His scholarship is available to the public through his website www.cultivatingcities.com. He holds a Ph.D. in Urban Systems from Rutgers University and the New Jersey Institute of Technology as well as a MPA and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Dayton.

1 CM | #9221099

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