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Apply today for the Fall Course! 
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CPI is back! We’re excited to announce that applications are OPEN for the fall 2023 course. You can find the application at

The deadline to apply is Sunday, September 10 at 11:59pm.  
Help us spread the word!
Share posts on social media or with your friends, print out flyers in your neighborhood, and tell your networks about this opportunity!  

Want a stack of flyers or have an event you want us to table at? Email us!
We're launching a new fee structure!
For the first time ever, CPI is offering course fees on a sliding scale. This is an intentional effort to be more equitable in our fundraising. Check out our new scale. As always, no one will be turned away for lack of funds!  
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Thank you to AORTA whose model we used to inform our own. 
A Guide to Community Planning Academies by our very own Donna J. Carney! 
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CPI Director Donna Carney wrote a a step-by-step guide for creating, managing, and growing a community planning academies like CPI.

Based on the Donna's 13 years of experience in creating and directing the Philadelphia Citizens Planning Institute, it offers practical, field-tested advice and lessons learned from a program that has graduated more than 700 "citizen planners". Program Manager Verónica Ayala is also a contributing author.

If you're having trouble accessing the report, email us!
Check out the Equitable Engagement Toolkit!
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The City of Philadelphia released a beta version for an Equitable Engagement Toolkit. This toolkit, which was created by community members and City of Philadelphia engagement practitioners, offers comprehensive guidance to help the City work with communities in more equitable ways. 

Citizen Planners on the Move!
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Drew Miller (Spring 2021) was working evenings at a restaurant when construction started next door to his home in Fishtown. He wasn’t given notice that a project was starting, or any timeline or expectations for how his home would be impacted by the work. When the construction became disruptive, Drew had to be his own advocate. Now, he advocates for homeowners and transparency from developers as part of his career. 

Upcoming Opportunities
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Right of Way Roundtables

StreetBoxPHL and The Collaborative are launching “ROW Roundtables,” a forum for stewards of public spaces in the ROW to learn from each other and provide advice for those looking to transform their streets. The Roundtables will feature guest speakers from across the city and the country to learn more about how to create parklets, pedestrian plazas, and otherwise give concrete back to communities in monthly zoom meetings. Members of CBO’s, registered community organizations (RCOs), block captains, community development corporation staff, Business improvement Districts, and other organizations are encouraged to sign up for more information!
Help transform the corner of Broad and Erie!

Treasure Philly!is a first-of-its-kind effort to identify, record, and preserve cultural resources in Philadelphia from the Philadelphia Historic Commission. The Commission wants to bring to light the many histories of Philadelphia that were previously overlooked, and Treasure Philly! is an opportunity to find new ways to document, designate, and protect our city's history. 

Broad, Germantown and Erie is one of the most dynamic parts of the city. The intersection is a public transportation hub and shopping district, with remarkable architecture, rich history, and a strong community. In the summer of 2023, Treasure Philly! will partner with community groups and residents to explore ways the City's Historical Commission can document and honor the neighborhood. 

Join the conversation on Tuesday, August 22 at Zion Baptist Church (3600 n. Broad St.) from 6:00-8:00 pm!
Also at this intersection, the Office of Arts, Culture, and the Creative Economy (OACCE) and the City of Philadelphia's Percent for Art program announce a competition to commission site-specific public artwork.

There will be an optional Artist Information Meeting on August 17, 2023 from 5:30 - 6:30 on Zoom.
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Apply for an Art Residency with Monument Lab

Monument Lab is hosting its first-ever artist residency program for Philadelphia public artists. Through the theme of “exchange,” the goal is to support emerging public artists to evolve their practice and prepare for future large-scale monument commission opportunities while building stronger relationships within and across the city’s neighborhoods.  
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Apply for the Public Space Enhancement Mini-Grant!

The grant provides $500 - $2,000 to communities that historically have had less investment (or active disinvestment) in the built environment and city services, based on the belief that residents are the best advocates to identify and carry out public space improvements. This program is run by Feet First Philly and is partially funded by the Philadelphia Department of Public Health.  

Job Opportunities
The Philadelphia Department of Planning and Development is hiring four interns for Fall 2023. 
The Bicycle Coalition is looking for a Youth Cycling Program Director to continue to grow and join the leadership team of the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia. 

The City of Philadelphia is hiring for an Operations Manager for the new Zero Fare Program, which is a 2-year pilot program to provide free transit to residents at or near poverty level.

BlackStar Projects is seeking a Chief Operations Officer to provide strategic & operational leadership to the organization as a whole, with a focus on fundraising efforts, financial management & internal operations.

Rebuilding Together Philadelphia is looking for a Program Manager. Starting salary is $60K. Phone interviews will likely begin in late August or early September.

Philadelphia Folklore Project is hiring for an Executive Director. This is an ideal position for a person who has a background in both the arts and nonprofit management. Starting salary is $80K. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Philly Thrive is looking for their next Leadership Development Coordinator. Compensation is $50,000 annually plus benefits.

Consider making a tax-deductible contribution! Click "support this project" on the CPI page on the Philadelphia City Fund website.
Donations will go towards scholarships, printing Citizens Toolkits, hosting more Neighborhood Exchanges, increasing support for CPI alumni, and expand CPI programming beyond the biannual course.