Local Planning Agency Management and Skills
You'll learn about:
The nuts and bots of local planning agency management
Emerging trends and their impact on local planning agencies’ organizational structure and planners’ professional development
Management skills needed for emerging professionals and planning managers looking to build and develop their teams
How planners’ increasing focus on sustainability and resiliency is changing the planning skillset
Learn the nuts and bolts of local planning agency management—basic management skills, office organization, permit-counter customer service, professional and political environments, information technology, and, most importantly, leadership. Explore and contemplate new trends and approaches in local planning agency management. Gain a better understanding of the knowledge, perspective, and skills that emerging and seasoned planners need to succeed. Examine the skills and knowledge planners need to be effective in emerging sustainability and resiliency work.
Evadne Friedman Hull
, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Confirmed SpeakerEva Hull is a graduate student in Regional Planning at the University of Massachusetts working on a thesis on the skill sets and backgrounds of sustainability and resiliency professionals. She works in the Civic Engagement & Service Learning at the University of Massachusetts.
, City of Northampton
Confirmed SpeakerWayne Feiden, FAICP is Director of Planning and Sustainability for Northampton, MA and a part-time Lecturer of Practice at the University of Massachusetts. He helped lead Northampton to the nation’s first 5-STAR Community sustainability rating, the highest score in Massachusetts’ former Commonwealth Capital smart growth program, and “Bicycle-Friendly,” “Pedestrian-Friendly,” “APA Great Streets,” and “National Historic Trust Distinctive Communities” designations. Wayne’s Bellagio Residency (Italy), State Department Professional Fellowship Exchange (Malaysia), German Marshall Fund fellowship (United Kingdom and Denmark), Fulbright Specialist fellowships (South Africa and New Zealand), Eisenhower Fellowship (Hungary) all focused on urban revitalization and sustainability . He has authored four American Planning Association PAS Reports, on planning management, assessing sustainability, decentralized wastewater, and performance guarantees. Wayne is a fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planner, an honorary member of Western Mass AIA, and has won professional planner and advocacy planner awards from APA-MA and the American Trails Advocacy Award. Wayne has served on 30 pro-bono community assistance teams, including APA’s CPAT, AIA’s DAT, and the New England Municipal Sustainability Network’s Design and Resiliency Team program which he created.
Confirmed SpeakerJoel Mills is Senior Director of the American Institute of Architects’ Center for Communities by Design. The Center is a leading provider of pro bono technical assistance and democratic design for community success. Its programs have catalyzed billions of dollars in sustainable development across the country, helping to create some of the most vibrant places in America today. The Center’s design assistance process has been recognized with numerous awards and has been replicated and adapted across the world. Joel’s 24-year career has been focused on strengthening civic capacity and civic institutions around the world. This work has helped millions of people participate in democratic processes, visioning efforts, and community planning initiatives across four continents. In the United States, Joel has worked with over 100 communities, leading participatory processes that facilitated community-generated strategies for success. His past work has been featured in over 1,000 media stories, including ABC World News Tonight, Nightline, CNN, The Next American City, The National Civic Review, The Washington Post, and dozens of other sources. He has served on numerous expert working groups, boards, juries, and panels focused on civic discourse and participation, sustainability, and design. He has also spoken at dozens of national and international conferences and events, including the Remaking Cities Congress, the World Eco-City Summit, the Global Democracy Conference, the National Conference on Citizenship, and many others.