Community Planning Academy Spring 2013 Course Schedule Now Available

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ARC’s Community Planning Academy (CPA) has just released its Spring 2013 course schedule, and course registration is now open.

CPA offers high-quality, cost-effective training and workshops to appointed citizen planners, local elected officials and local government employees. CPA provides planners and decision makers with tools to make informed decisions regarding their community’s future.

An overview of offerings is available below. Visit the CPA webpage for full details and registration.

Understanding and Using Demographic Information

Each census is a snapshot in time of our country – its people, culture and trends. The 2010 Census provided us with a wealth of information that can help communities plan for the future with regard to infrastructure, housing economic development and more.

Neighborhood Nexus is a regional information system, providing data, tools and expertise as a catalyst to create opportunity for all of the region’s citizens. The program’s goal is to support a regional network of information-led leaders and residents, government and businesses, advocates and service providers with information, tools and expertise that meet challenges, leverage assets and create opportunity.

This lunch program will provide participants with information on how data from the Census and other sources can be used in effective ways to help policy makers, elected officials and planners.

March 5, 2013 | 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
Cost is $5 and includes lunch
ARC Offices | 40 Courtland Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30303
Registration deadline: February 19

This event is being submitted for 1.0 Certification Maintenance (CM) credits through AICP.

Creative Redevelopment in Our Region

From large industrial sites to historic downtown business districts, communities large and small are tasked with finding creative ways to redevelop in the new economy. The tools and approaches are diverse – including new concepts in public space, public-private partnerships, and innovative financing mechanisms. This training will give participants a better understanding of how redevelopment is taking place across our region and what new tools are available to help implement their community’s vision.

April 23, 2013 | 8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Cost is $50 and includes breakfast, lunch and all class materials
Location is TBD
Registration deadline: April 9

This workshop is being submitted for Certification Maintenance (CM) credits through AICP.

2013 Planning Law Review – APA Webinar

In late June, the U.S. Supreme Court adjourns for the year. It is time to take stock of the Court’s rulings in this annual legal roundup. Hear about federal district court rulings and significant state court decisions. Whether it is First Amendment issues, housing challenges, environmental actions, or important amicus filings, the panel of legal experts will being you up to date on critical planning law.

June 26, 2013 | 3:00 – 5:30 p.m.
Event is free, but registration is required
ARC Offices | 40 Courtland Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30303
(Please note that there is no remote access for this event; participants must travel to the ARC offices to take part)

This event has been approved for 1.5 Certification Maintenance (CM) law credits through AICP and is being submitted for 1.0 additional general CM credits.

Certified ESRI ArcGIS Desktop Trainings

The ArcGIS Desktop training curriculum is designed to help you master critical GIS skills and be productive right away with the ArcGIS 10 tools for visualizing, analyzing and managing geographic data. Desktop I is designed for individuals who do not have prior GIS education or workplace experience, and for managers and GIS support staff who infrequently use ArcGIS and need to understand how GIS fits into their organization. Desktop II and III are designed for GIS analysts, GIS specialists and other experienced ArcGIS users who want to extend their basic ArcGIS skills in the areas of data creation and editing, geoprocessing models and GIS analysis. Each course is taught by an ESRI-authorized instructor. Note: There are only 12 spots in each class.


Trainings take place between February and June. See the CPA webpage for full details and registration.


Cancellation policy for all courses: No refunds will be given for cancellations after the registration deadline.

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