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. This year Valley Township will receive the E.P.E. Award at the Fall CCATO Conference dinner, scheduled for 7pm November 6th at the Mendenhall Inn. We’re 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!
MASTER PLANNER PROGRAM
THE 2015 MASTER PLANNER CYCLE WILL BEGIN WITH THE COURSE IN ZONING AT THE WEST CHESTER UNIVERSITY GRADUATE CENTER, 1160 MCDERMOTT DRIVE. COURSE SCHEDULING WILL BE PUBLISHED AT THE TURN OF THE YEAR. YOU CAN VIEW THE FULL COURSE DESCRIPTIONS RIGHT HERE:
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.
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.
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.
Other Chester County 2020 programs include The Master Planner Program, providing accredited education for land use, and the Community Conversation workshops that help communities address challenges in a respectful, inclusive and productive manner.
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 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
REGISTER HERE FOR MASTER PLANNER COURSES.
Next course up is Community Planning in the early Fall. Stay tuned for the 2014-2105 course brochure and schedule. Course registration covers instruction, materials, and supper each class night. Master Planner Courses are approved for continuing education credit for appraisers, attorneys, engineers and licensed landscape architects, as well as other professions. For more details, please inquire via firstname.lastname@example.org.