APA CONTINUING EDUCATION WEBINARS FOR PLANNING AND ZONING OFFICIALS AND EMPLOYEES

Title 6, Chapter 29 of the South Carolina Local Government Comprehensive Planning Enabling Act Of 1994, Article 9 requires a minimum of 3 hours of continuing education annually for those who have completed the 6 hours of orientation training and are not exempt pursuant to Section 6-29-1350. Appointed officials (planning commissioners, board of zoning appeals members, or board of architectural review members) and professional employees (planning professionals, zoning administrators or officials, or a deputy or assistant to the above) are required to comply with the educational provisions. 

The following continuing education sessions will be held at the BCDCOG located at 1362 McMillan Ave, North Charleston, SC 29405. Registration is not required.

Participants are welcome to bring a bagged lunch.

Please contact Vonie Gilreath at vonieg@bcdcog.com if you have any questions.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT 101: IS YOUR COMMUNITY PROSPECT READY?

Friday, August 14, 2015

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM EDT

 In this webinar you will learn what your community can do to prepare for, and land your next economic development prospect. It will cover the following items: (1) Current trends in Economic Development & Site Selection; (2) Understanding your target audience – What Prospects, Site Selection Consultants and other key players are looking for; (3) Understanding your product & target markets; (4) Before the prospect shows up – what can make your community competitive; and (5) The site visit and afterwards – practical pointers for closing the deal.

BEST PRACTICES AND LESSONS LEARNED FOR SUSTAINABLE COMPREHENSIVE PLANNING WEBINAR

Friday, August 21, 2015

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM EDT

This webinar will discuss the central role of comprehensive plans in creating sustainable communities and share a set of best practices and experiences with planning at the local level. Drawing from APA’s recent PAS report, “Sustaining Places: Best Practices for Comprehensive Plans,” David Rouse, Managing Director of Research and Advisory Services with APA, will discuss the four years of research that led to this latest publication. He will also give an overview of the report, which defines the comprehensive plan standards for sustaining places, provides a collection of best practices, presents a process for applying the standards, and explores trends affecting the practice of comprehensive planning. Joining David are Patrice Carroll, Senior Planner for the City of Seattle, and Matthew Dugan, Development Services Process Coordinator for the City of Austin. As representatives from communities who helped to develop and test the Sustaining Places comprehensive plan standards and scoring system, they will share their experiences and lessons learned.

BIG DATA AND SMALL COMMUNITIES: OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES

Friday, October 2, 2015

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM EDT

 Nowadays a wide variety of data from the US Census Bureau is easily accessible for anybody to use and it is relatively easy to create impressive looking maps and flowcharts. But how reliable is this data and can we really use it to inform planning decisions? This program will highlight some of the issues with the data especially with regard to liability, comparability and data aggregation. In addition, the program will briefly discuss why these issues are even more relevant when you use third party software.

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