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APA Rhode Island Chapter

APA RI is the Rhode Island Chapter of the American Planning Association, a non-profit public interest and research organization dedicated to urban, suburban, regional and rural planning. APA RI members include planners at all government levels, private consultants, local planning board members, landscape architects, environmental scientists, lawyers, professors, students and other professionals dedicated to sound planning principles.


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RhodeMap RI: Are we on the right track?

Jeff C. Davis, AICP

I was fairly pleased with this session. I think we were able to present our information concisely, before having an open house style conversation for the remainder. I feel this format worked well for the last session of the day, when people are growing tired of presentations.
Climate Change Leadership & Innovation: Transportation Strategies for a Resilient RI

Michael J. DeLuca, AICP

Well organized and well done. The variety of perspectives and specifically those of the State senator and State Representative were appreciated.
Climate Change Leadership & Innovation: Transportation Strategies for a Resilient RI

Jason M. Pezzullo, AICP

RhodeMap RI: Are we on the right track?

Lee R. Whitaker, AICP

This is a very interesting planning process that RI state planning is conducting. We received a good summary of the process, followed by a lively Q/A session.
Planning For a Strong Local Food System in Rhode Island

Jeff C. Davis, AICP

I thought we pulled together a pretty interesting panel, but as ever, it would have been great to have more time to discuss with the attendees.
Navigating Rhode Island's Reinvigorated Historic Preservation Tax Credit Program

Michael J. DeLuca, AICP

Innovative Ideas Driving Main Street Revitalization in 3 RI Communities

Lillian Shuey Picchione, AICP

Throw out the Rulebook: Exploring Radical Approaches for Redevelopment in RI

Albert V. Ranaldi Jr., AICP

Great session discussing the findings of a university project.
Throw out the Rulebook: Exploring Radical Approaches for Redevelopment in RI

Jason M. Pezzullo, AICP

Throw out the Rulebook: Exploring Radical Approaches for Redevelopment in RI

Roberta Groch, AICP

Throw out the Rulebook: Exploring Radical Approaches for Redevelopment in RI

Lee R. Whitaker, AICP

The topic focused on the potential redevelopment of a very large campus of mill buildings, now largely vacant, but holding promise for reuse/redevelopment. The work is headed up by Roger Williams University with close participation by Pawtucket and Central Falls. Excellent presentation and good audience participation.
What's Attracting Young Talent & Companies to Rhode island?

Robert M. Ericson, AICP

Nothing on demographic trends, just anecdotal discussion.
Transportation Funding in 2014: Every State for Themselves?

Michael J. DeLuca, AICP

A sobering presentation of the looming bottleneck of federal funding for transportation projects. Well-organized and presented.
Transportation Funding in 2014: Every State for Themselves?

Lillian Shuey Picchione, AICP

What's Attracting Young Talent & Companies to Rhode island?

Albert V. Ranaldi Jr., AICP

Great variety of young business owners that discussed why they chose RI as their company's home base.
How the proposed $75M Environmental Bond can Boost Rhode Island's Ecomony

Jason M. Pezzullo, AICP

Bringing New Voices to the Table: Moving the Equity Agenda to Advance RI's Economy

Roberta Groch, AICP

What's Attracting Young Talent & Companies to Rhode island?

Lee R. Whitaker, AICP

This was the most interesting session of the three I attended, and they all were very interesting. The panelists, all business owners, and mostly all young professionals or entrepreneurs, provided insight into what attracted them to Providence. Surprisingly, they all played down the tax climate issue that we continuously are hammered with in the local media.
Current Issues in Planning Law

Roberta Groch, AICP

B3 - The Archaeology of Burr's Hill

David R. Westcott, AICP

Very moving presentation.