Learning Opportunities Delivered on Wednesdays  from the Maryland Department of Planning

Planning Practice Wednesday
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Planning Assistance in Action
Sustainable Communities: An Intergovernmental Collaboration  

As part of a larger effort to decrease the amount of vacant and underutilized space within its downtown, in 2014 one Maryland municipality implemented a Central Business District Fa├žade Program. This program, combined with enhanced marketing, a small business outreach program, and design funding from the Appalachian Regional Commission, led to improvements in the appeal, marketability, and aesthetics of a historic downtown and prompted new commercial lease signings. Another Maryland community leveraged over $800,000 in targeted state financing assistance to acquire and demolish eight blighted buildings and remediate hazardous material in a ninth. The dedicated collaboration of jurisdictions, the Maryland Department of Planning (Planning), and the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) realized these stories of community revitalization success through the application of Maryland's Sustainable Communities Program. ...
Resources and Tools
The Maryland Department of Planning's Geospatial and Data Analysis Unit Communicates Spatially

Sometimes a concept or trend just needs to be expressed visually. In response to this, the Maryland Department of Planning (Planning) is fluent in the language of spatial analysis and representation. The goal of planning is to nurture and inform, and to play a vital partnership role alongside the diverse and numerous interests, stakeholders, and dynamics that influence our ever-changing society and communities. To maintain the highest-level of quality in our responses to the planning needs of Maryland, Planning employs a talented group of spatial technology professionals who share a mission to provide the department, our various public and private partners, and our citizens with data, analysis, and resources that are accurate and precise. This team of geospatial experts, with an extensive background in geospatial analysis, cartography, data modeling and management, and application development comprises Planning's Geospatial and Data Analysis Unit (GDA). ...
Meet the Planning Staff
Michael Bayer

Michael Bayer joined the Maryland Department of Planning in November as the Manager of Infrastructure and Development.  In this position, he serves as the department's designee on the Interagency Committee on School Construction (IAC), helps to execute the annual work plan for the Maryland Department of Transportation, manages the Smart Growth Information Clearinghouse, and ...
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.
Listed webinars are typically free or low cost and cover a wide range of planning related issues. Many include CM credits.

Using Form-Based Codes to Create Vibrant, Walkable Communities
Wednesday, June 21 @ 1 p.m.
AICP CM Approved

Economic Development for Everyone: Creating Jobs, Growing Businesses, and Building Resilience in Low-Income Communities
Friday, June 23 @ 1 p.m.
AICP CM Approved 
Training Around the State
Workshops and classes offered by state agencies or our partners. 
For Grantseekers: A Guide to Grants Budgeting
Sponsored by The Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers
Friday, June  - Baltimore, MD

One Water: Coordination Efforts for Sustainable Communities
Sponsored by The American Planning Association
Tuesday, June 20 - Washington, DC
AICP CM Approved
Funding Opportunities
Federal, state and/or non-governmental funding.
Maryland's Working Waterfronts
MD Dept. of Natural Resourves - Deadline: June 30

African American Heritage Preservation Program Grants for Capital Projects 
Maryland Historical Trust - Deadline: July 15
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.