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2018-19 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!


Cancellation Policy
Registrations include facilities, and/or food, refreshments. Accordingly, registrations must be cancelled no later than 5 days prior to the event. CELG reserves the right to charge registration fees for cancellations after the 5-day window.

Upcoming Classes / Events:

August 16, 2018

7:30-10 a.m.,
Fritz Island Wastewater Treatment Plant,
899 Morgantown Rd., Reading, PA

7:30-7:45 a.m., Breakfast and Introductions

7:45-8 a.m., BCWSA Topic: Source Water Protection in Berks County, Kent Himelright, BCCD

8-9 a.m., Overview of the Fritz Island Plant Upgrade
Treatment plant design challenges • Design and building challenges
Integrating new and old treatment processes • Large project management

9-9:30 a.m., Breakout Sessions
MS4 and Source Water Protection/Wastewater, Ralph Johnson
Water Source Security/Drinking Water, Bill Murray

9:30-10 a.m. Plant Tour
Must wear closed-toe footwear to participate.

Co-sponsored by Berks County Community Foundation

Wednesday, August 29

Following up on the 2017 Pennsylvania Economy League report of the state of funding and unfunded required services of all municipalities in Pennsylvania.  Exploring the trends in municipal financing and responsibilities over the past 40 years, examining the issues that make municipalities financially strong and ideas for eliminating the reliance on property tax increases to fund increasing costs of municipality operations.  6:00 PM Lex McMillan Campus Center, Albright College.  Register online.  Fee $10.00

Co-sponsored by the Berks County Bar Association

Thursday, September 20

CELG will host a working dinner, exploring the trends in Firefighting in the Commonwealth.  Topics include decreased volunteerism, dramatic increases in the cost of fire trucks & equipment, insurance exposure, new demands for training and certification.  What are ISO, Relief Associations, Foreign Fire Tax, state training standards, the IRS 990.  Berks County is a leader in the intergovernmental cooperation needed to meet these changing times for effective firefighting.  We will review the success stories from standalone volunteer companies to regional blended IAFF and Volunteer operations.  What makes the success story’s happen.  6:00 PM Lex McMillan Campus Center, Albright College.  Register online. Fee $10.00

Tuesday, September 25

Natasha Manbeck of McMahon Associates and Allen Piper of the Berks County Planning Commission will present a workshop on the myriad of PennDOT grant programs and what is required for a successful application.  9:00 AM -11:00, Room 100 Roessner Hall, Albright College. Fee: $10.


Thursdays: September 27, October 4, 1, 2018 – 6:30 – 9:30 PM (check-in at 6:00 PM on 10/1)


Albright College
Roessner Hall, Room 100
13th & Rockland St.


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

Program Fees

Class Fee $95
Refreshments for all 3 classes $15  (Total $110)

CLE Credits add $65

Realtor® CE add $35

Please make check payable to  “Albright College”.

Registration: Pre-registration is required.

Pre-registration is required. Space is limited. Deadline – September 14

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 2014 Awards Ceremony on October 14, 2014.

Friday, September 28

Friendship Fire Company No. 1 of Geigertown, 3433, Hay Creek Road, Birdsboro.  This breakfast is held bi-annually in the different Berks regions. It is an opportunity for elected and appointed municipal officials to come together and discuss areas of concern with the commissioners and their staffs. Information is mailed to municipalities. Doors will open at 7:40 AM with breakfast served at 8 AM.

Tuesday, October 16

Master Planner/Advanced Master Planner Awards, Smart Growth Alliance Award, Private Sponsor Recognition. Guest speaker Jason Duckworth, Jason is President of Arcadia Land Company where he leads development efforts in Pennsylvania and oversees Arcadia Development Services.  Jason has received widespread recognition as a progressive developer and advocate of smart growth in the Philadelphia region.


Monday, October 29

Topics and Speakers:  Legislative Session & Developments for Local Governments, Iam Herr, Assistant Executive Director for Government Affairs will be the featured speaker.


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

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