Learning Opportunities Delivered on Wednesdays  from the Maryland Department of Planning

Planning Practice Wednesday
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Planning Assistance in Action
The Maryland Department of Planning Teams up with the Appalachian Regional Commission 

For most Maryland residents, access to a reliable broadband network is a given; a bill we pay every month, but a readily available service when we need to connect to our work email, search for a new restaurant, or find driving directions. For some parts of Western Maryland though, this is not always so certain, as the secluded location and rugged geography make the extension of network infrastructure expensive and difficult. The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), in partnership with ...
Resources and Tools
Map-Based Medusa Brings Maryland's Historic Resources to your Devices

Have you ever wondered what historical treasures your neighborhood or local village can boast? Would you like to know a little more about that site memorialized on the roadside plaque you drive by every day on your way to work? To help you answer those questions, the Maryland Historical Trust (MHT) has combined cutting edge mapping technology with some of Maryland's oldest cultural resources in its new mapping tool named Medusa. ...
Meet the Planning Staff
Lee Sobel

Lee Sobel has joined Planning as the Assistant Secretary of Planning Services. Lee brings a broad spectrum of both public and private sector experience to the department. He spent the last three years as the Director of Public Strategies at RCLCO, a national real estate and economics advisory firm based in Bethesda. Prior to that, Lee spent 10 years at the Office of Sustainable Communities for the US Environmental Protection Agency as a Real Estate Development and Finance Specialist. Lee has a law degree from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan and a BS in Political Science from the University of Florida in Gainesville.

Lee brings with him a wealth of experience and knowledge in fields related to our work ... 
Continuing Education & Training
In each newsletter, we highlight the most relevant and timely upcoming events. Our website does include many additional events, so please visit it regularly for updates. Listings are searchable by subject.
Upcoming Conferences and Seminars
Planning related conferences in Maryland and nearby states.

Weather It Together: Protecting Maryland's Historic Buildings from Floods
Thursday, May 25 - Crownsville, MD 

The Future of Planning: MD APA's Annual Meeting and Conference
Friday, June 2 - Annapolis, MD
AICP CM Approved
Listed webinars are typically free or low cost and cover a wide range of planning related issues. Many include CM credits.

Planning for Profitable Agriculture and Sustainable Food Systems
Thursday, May 25 @ 1 p.m.
AICP CM Approved 

TRB Webinar: Innovative Financing for Public Transportation: Value Capture and Small-and Medium-sized Public Private Partnerships
Wednesday, June 7 @ 1 p.m.
AICP CM Pending 
Training Around the State
Workshops and classes offered by state agencies or our partners. 

Developing Housing For Populations 30% and Below AMI & Resident Services Discussion Group | Financing Resident Services
Sponsored by The Housing Association of Non Profit Developers
Wednesday, May 31 - Arlington, VA
May Energy Efficient Design Discussion Meeting
Sponsored by the Maryland Affordable Housing Coalition
Wednesday, May 31 - Brooklyn, MD

Funding Opportunities
Federal, state and/or non-governmental funding.

Rural Cooperative Development Grant Program
US Department of Agriculture - Deadline: May 26

Maryland Agricultural Education and Rural Development Assistance Fund (MAERDAF) 
Rural Maryland Council - Deadline: June 9
Planning Practice Wednesday is a service of the Maryland Department of Planning. The Maryland Department of Planning is providing links to training and educational content relevant to planning and growth as a service to its mailing list subscribers. The content and views expressed are not necessarily those of Planning or the State of Maryland.