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2015-16 Programs

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PLEASE NOTE that online payment is preferred for online registrations for events that include a fee. Please also note the registration choices available for each event. If you need help or more information, please contact Andrea Weist!


Upcoming Classes / Events:


The Future of Economic Development and Taxes in Berks County

Regional Berks Municipal Partnership (BMP) Spring Dinner Meetings.

During the fall of 2016, CELG, the Greater Reading Economic Partnership and the Berks County Planning Commission, will host regional dinners throughout the five BMP regions to discuss the current state of the county population, jobs and taxes. Why has the county population and job growth stagnated? What are the issues? What can or should we do? During the winter you will receive an invitation to attend a dinner with school district and county officials, where there will be a presentation on where we are as a county, municipality and school district. You will also learn what some of the answers and tools are for new revenues that are available to address ever-increasing property taxes. We would like to have at least two officials from each municipality in attendance.

Come and hear about the latest trends in jobs and population trends. Learn about the tools and organizations at your fingertips to assist with Commercial and Industrial Development and Retention so critical to jobs and property tax growth without actually raising taxes. This is your chance to see the latest tools to assist you finding the ground which can attract light industry and commercial development without impacting your school district.

You may attend any regional dinners and we hope to have 3-4 registrants from each municipality or school district.

$15.00 per person, 6:30 p.m.

Reserve these dates on your 2016 calendar:


The Community Planning Course
Co-sponsored by the Berks County Planning Commission, the Berks County Bar Association,and the Pennsylvania Municipal Planning Education Institute

Thursday’s September 8, 15, 22 2016
6:30 - 9:30 PM (check-in at 6:00 PM on 9/8

Albright College
Roessner Hall, Room 100

John Kramer, CELG Director Emeritus and Shannon Rossman, Director, Berks County Planning Commission

Program Fees
Sponsors $110
Non-Sponsors $140
CLE Credits add $65 to the appropriate fee above
Please make check payable to “Albright College”.

Pre-registration is required. Space is limited.

Master Planner Certification & Continuing Education Units
Participants will receive 9 hours of credit toward Master Planner certification by the Berks County Planning Commission, attorneys are eligible for 9 Continuing Legal Education Units (CLE), and real estate appraisers, and Code Enforcement Officials are eligible for 9 continuing education credits

Course Description

This 3-session course includes in-depth instruction on the PA Municipalities Planning Code and the technical components of land use planning and regulation, as well as guidance for building effective working relationships among the commission members, the governing body, and the public. The course is designed to provide planning commissioners and other officials with the basic information they need to effectively fulfill their responsibilities and to assist other local officials in understanding the land use planning process. Hands-on experience and discussion are built into each session.

Course Content

  1. The PA Municipalities Planning Code (MPC)
  2. The Duties of Planning Commissions
  3. The Comprehensive Plan
  4. Plan Implementation, Including Zoning and Subdivision and Land Development
  5. Effective Planning Commissions

Who Should Attend:  This course is intended primarily for new planning commissioners, but is also helpful for experienced planning commissioners, elected officials, zoning board members, professional planners and other individuals interested in this topic.  This is the last chance to complete this component of the Master Planner Certification prior to the 2016 Awards Ceremony on October 18, 2016.

Berks Municipal Partnership Breakfast Meeting
September 9, 2016 - Hosted by the Ontelaunee Grange - 284 White Oak Lane, Leesport, PA and Sponsored by SEI Investments.
Please RSVP for the September 9th breakfast no later than August 31st

Doors will open at 7:40am with breakfast being served at 8:00am. Breakfast will be followed by brief Commissioners’ remarks and an opportunity for you to identify and discuss other issues of concern in your region. We will adjourn no later than 10:00am. 

Municipal Law Forum
September 28, 2016
5-9 p.m.
Fishpond West, 100 Swiftwater Ln,
Reading, PA 19601

5 p.m. Registration
6 p.m. Dinner
6:30 p.m. Presentations and discussions

Susan L. Bucknum, Esq., Senior Deputy Attorney General, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania will be our Special Guest Speaker. Ms. Bucknum currently manages the Agriculture, Communities and Rural Environment (ACRE) program, involving review of municipal ordinances regulating agricultural activities to determine if such ordinances conflict with state law.

Limited seating, early registration is encouraged. For more information contact Andrea Weist at the Center for Excellence in Local Government at 610-929-6503 or Joan London at Kozloff Stoudt at 610-670-2552.

Co-sponsored by the Center for Excellence in Local Government at Albright College and Kozloff Stoudt Attorneys


Center for Excellence in Local Government
C/O Albright College
P.O. Box 15234
Roessner Hall
Reading, PA 19612-5234
Office Hours
Mon-Fri 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Voice:  610.929.6503
Fax:    610.921.7278
E-mail: pjanssen@albright.edu

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