THE MASTER PLANNER ZONING COURSE BEGINS MARCH 4TH…
THE 2015 MASTER PLANNER CYCLE BEGINS WITH THE COURSE IN ZONING AT THE WEST CHESTER UNIVERSITY GRADUATE CENTER, 1160 MCDERMOTT DRIVE. YOU CAN VIEW THE FULL COURSE DESCRIPTIONS AND DATES RIGHT HERE:
REGISTER ONLINE RIGHT HERE
YOU CAN ALSO SIGN UP FOR COURSES BY EMAILING email@example.com, OR CALLING 484-680-5570
OABEST is an outcome of a Chester County 2020 Community Conversation – the Octorara Area Business, Engineering, Science &Technology Expo will be held on May 30, 2015, at the Octorara schools where Highland Rd. meets PA Rte. 41, near Atglen.
THE BACK STORY: October, 2012 – the Octorara Area School District asked for CC2020’s help in revitalizing its threatened Agriculture Education programs. CC2020 facilitated a workshop attended by school district officials, families, students and local business leaders. The Number One Action Item the workshop produced was the need for a signature event. District volunteers picked up the idea and ran with it: CC2020 continued as a supporter and contributed to the planning. The first OABEST (Octorara Area Business, Engineering, Science & Technology) Expo was held in April 2013, with over 200 guests attending. The next OABEST in May 2014 drew over 1,000 visitors. The 2015 OABEST Expo is set for May 30. Come on out, join our fun, and learn about education and vocation in the ever-growing field of food production. From the farm to the dinner plate, there are career opportunities to suit every type of ambition. Visit the CC2020 ‘Reports’ page right here and select ‘Responding to the Crisis in Agriculture Education’ to learn more.
Excellence in Planning Education
When a municipality achieves 100% Master Planner training for its Planning Commission, we recognize that accomplishment with the Excellence in Planning Education Award. Most years, a municipality becomes eligible in late Fall and mid-Spring, so we present the awards at our annual Citizen Planner event in April, and at the Fall CCATO conference. Valley Township received the E.P.E. Award at the Fall CCATO Conference dinner on November 6th 2014 at the Mendenhall Inn. We were proud to have our co-sponsor, the Chester County Planning Commission, represented by Director Ronald Bailey, join us in presenting this award. Congratulations, Valley Township!
When you’re planning your Master Planner Course study, don’t forget! Each year a generous sponsor treats the previous year’s Master Planner Program grads to attendance at the annual Citizen Planner reception – a candid snap from the 2014 party is above.
The 2015 Citizen Planner party will be April 30, at the Chester Valley Golf Club. Get on board the Master Planner Program and join us at this fun event…and remember, municipalities with 100% Master Planner training on their Planning Commissions earn the Excellence in Planning Education award.
A tremendous thank you and great appreciation to State Senator Andy Dinniman as he recognizes George Fasic and Chester County 2020!
KEEP FARMING FIRST 2014
Chester County agriculture supporters gathered at the Octorara Middle School on June 19th, for a Keep Farming First evening. The event was hosted by the Octorara Area School District and presented by Chester County 2020. Lead event sponsors included the Chester-Delaware Counties Farm Bureau, PA AgConnect, the Chester County Food Bank and Atlantic Tractor.
Featured speakers included Steven Finn, Co-Founder and Managing Partner at ResponsEcology; Jan Bowers, Director of the Chester County Water Resources Authority; Ron Furlan of the PA Department of Environmental Protection. Mr. Finn’s remarks included a survey of worldwide food waste and its impact in terms of profit loss and human suffering. The statistics Mr. Finn cited were truly staggering; the solutions he outlined were encouraging. Mr. Finn’s presentation highlighted the connection between food waste and water scarcity. Ms. Bowers’ and Mr. Furlan’s presentation further informed event participants about the bases for current water quality regulation, and the potential future costs water quality regulation seeks to avoid.
Guests at A Keep Farming First Evening also participated in presentations from PA AgConnect, the Chester County Food Bank, and a workshop for Agriculture Education. Findings from the workshop will be published at the Chester County 2020 website, www.cc2020.org. The highest-priority finding from the Ag Ed workshop was articulated by the youngest workshop participant, a high school senior. In his words, “We need to prove that agriculture and related industries can provide good livelihoods.”
Those interested in viewing Steven Finn’s presentation or keeping current with these issues can do with the following links!
Keep Farming First is a year-round program of Chester County 2020, dedicated to preserving agricultural land and helping those in agriculture and related industries to continue to work profitably in our region.
The final report produced by the May 7th Community Conversation Around School Safety is now posted on the Reports Page. Chester County 2020 is pleased to help our school districts meet the varied challenges they face. Scroll down on this page to view photos from the Conversation.
Reports are produced by CC2020 program work as we pursue measurable outcomes. Most times, the report summarizes the work thus far and provides a road map for ongoing effort. The ‘Reports’ button at the top of this page is a permanent addition to www.cc2020.org. Do please check out our new Reports Page to learn about Chester County 2020 efforts in the community.
SCHOOL SAFETY – it’s a compelling issue for school districts and families everywhere. The Octorara Area School District’s families are working hard to get ahead of the issues. They chose a 2020-facilitated Community Conversation as one of the strategies to help their planning…
2020 Board Chairman Jock Hannum served as Lead Facilitator at the Octorara Area School District’s May 7 2014 Conversation.
Below, 2020 Board member Bill Reynolds keeps a sharp eye on the displayed issues, and listens for participant comments as he creates issue ranking posters…all part of a Community Conversation. Learn more by clicking on the Conversation program icon…
CELEBRATING THE CITIZEN PLANNERS
We all had a great time April 24th at the Third Citizen Planner party. Below, CC2020 President George Asimos presents Congressman Jim Gerlach with a souvenir of the occasion…
NEXT CITIZEN PLANNER PARTY: APRIL 30, 2015