Professional Development Scholarships are now available. Do you demonstrate commitment in the field of community planning, involvement in public sector planning, and a desire to enhance your expertise and/or develop new skills? Take advantage of this opportunity and apply for the Jerry Walls Planning Professional Development Award and Irving Hand Excellence in Planning Professional Development Award. Deadline for applications is Friday, August 28.
The Irving Hand Excellence in Planning Professional Development Award
The PA Chapter of APA encourages the pursuit of professional development through the administration of the Jerry S. Walls, FAICP Planning Professional Development Award. A scholarship of $2000.00 will be awarded to the Pennsylvania applicant who demonstrates commitment in the field of community planning, involvement in public sector planning, and a desire to enhance their expertise and/or develop new skills.
Jerry S. Walls, FAICP, started his planning career in Maryland working for the State, then for the City of Ypsilanti, Michigan after U.S. Army service in Vietnam, and then as Executive Director/CEO of the Lycoming County Planning Commission, Williamsport, PA for 38 years, for a total career employment of 44 years. Although officially retired, he continues today as a part-time Expert Witness on zoning issues, Policy and Training Consultant to the County Planning Directors Association of PA, and Mediator of Land Use and Environmental Issues.
Jerry also serves as a volunteer citizen and Board Chairman of the 8 county SEDA COG Joint Rail Authority, which owns and operates 5 shortline freight railroads. He also was a founding organizer and is currently Chairman of the Board of the 22 county Susquehanna Greenway Partnership. As one of the founding organizers Jerry was elected the first President of the County Planning Directors Association of PA. Jerry served 11 years on the State Solid Waste Advisory Committee. He has conducted workshops and training for the PA Local Government Training Partnership (DCED, PSATS, PSAB, CCAP), PMPEI, and for Penn State University. He has been an active member the American Planning Association PA Chapter and its predecessor American Institute of Planners, serving on the Legislative Committee. Other volunteer citizen service includes the PA Wilds Planning Team Partner At Large, Pine Creek Watershed Council Partner At Large, and Public Art Academy Board Chairman for two terms.
Jerry’s planning career has been devoted to understanding and pursuit of the public interest through enlightened planning and implementation of plans for community betterment. Education is the key to understanding the public interest, and to inspire the pursuit of excellence.
The award is intended for a planner with professional experience, perhaps in mid-career, who has identified an opportunity for professional growth and development, and whose employer lacks the means to support this plan for professional development. Opportunities could include anything from graduate-level courses to study trips to specialized training or certification. Past winners have used the award for graduate courses and specialized charrette training.
The Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Planning Association encourages the pursuit of professional development through the administration of the Irving Hand, FAICP Excellence in Planning Professional Development Award. One scholarship in the amount of $2,500.00 is awarded annually to an outstanding Pennsylvania applicant who demonstrates excellence in the field of community planning, and a desire to enhance their expertise and/or develop new skills.
Delta Development Group is pleased to have an opportunity to provide the financial support for this award. Delta and the PA Chapter of APA are fortunate and privileged to have Irving Hand, FAICP, as a member of their respective teams. Professor Hand has earned a national reputation for his thoughtful contributions to the planning profession.
Hand currently serves as an emeritus member on the Board of Directors of the South Central Assembly for Effective Governance and is dedicated to promoting regional cooperation among local governments. He has served as the President of both the American Planning Association and the American Institute of Planners. Other notable affiliations include the Urban Land Institute, Pennsylvania Economic Development Association, American Society of Public Administration, and the Transportation Research Board.
Among Hand’s passions within the planning profession is the pursuit of additional training and education to enhance bringing about better decisions in the practice of planning. Education is the key to the pursuit of excellence. Recognizing Hand’s dedication and support to thoughtful plans for professional growth, it is the intention of this award to enable professional planners who have distinguished themselves within the planning community the opportunity to pursue professional development for their personal pursuit of excellence. As a result, the PA Chapter of APA intends to provide the recipients of the Irving Hand, FAICP Excellence in Planning Professional Development Award with an educational stipend that can be spent to further their continuing education. Personal professional development plans will be requested with all applications for this award and will be reviewed by a panel of judges.
The educational stipend may or may not cover all expenses associated within the professional development plan, but may be used to cover any portion of the recipient’s costs. Professional development may or may not include a degree-seeking program. Applicants are encouraged to consider educational pursuits that lead to a certification in professional planning or AICP designation.
Applicants are not required to be AICP-certified at the time of application. Judging will include the review of the individual’s professional development plan, as well as consideration of past projects and current workload. Applicants with a sound plan for professional development who can demonstrate that the plan will be pursued with or without this award will be considered favorably. Individuals currently enrolled in professional development classes or programs will be considered favorably.