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Training Classes & Events


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:


Thursdays: September 27, October 4, 11, 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

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 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.

Tuesday, October 16

5:30-8:30 p.m., Roessner Hall, Albright College
Program starts at 6:30 p.m., drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Master Planner/Advanced Master Planner Awards • 2nd Annual Wall of Fame Induction
Smart Growth Alliance Award • Private Sponsor Recognition

Building our “Smart” Communities of the future: creation of walkable neighborhoods that are more oriented to multi-modal
transportation options, in harmony with the environment and inspired by our past great old towns.

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.

Jason Duckworth
President of Arcadia Land Company and DVSGA President

Jason Duckworth 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. Under Jason’s leadership, Arcadia has pursued a strategy of infill redevelopment in walkable places such as Media, Narberth, Hatboro, and Haverford. For years, Jason has advised Seaside developer, Robert S. Davis, and has consulted to property owners and municipalities throughout the United States on smart growth.

Jason and Arcadia’s work on the New Daleville traditional neighborhood was featured in author Witold Rybczynski’s 2007 book, Last Harvest. More recently, Jason was featured in Leigh Gallagher’s 2013 book, The End of the Suburbs: Where the American Dream is Moving.

Outside of Arcadia, Jason is a board director of the Delaware Valley Smart Growth Alliance, PenTrans, and The Enterprise Center Community Development Corporation and serves as cochair of the property committee of Overbrook Presbyterian Church. Formerly, Jason served as a member of the advisory board for the Ed Bacon Foundation, was vice-chair of the ULI Residential Neighborhood Development Council, and was a past board director of the Caring for Carcinoid Foundation. In 2007, Jason co-chaired CNU XV, the national gathering of the Congress for the New Urbanism held in Philadelphia. A frequent speaker on smart growth and housing markets, Jason volunteers his time to progressive land use organizations throughout the Philadelphia region.

Prior to Arcadia, Jason had a career in private equity with Crosslink Capital in San Francisco. Earlier, he was an associate for management consultants McKinsey & Company in New York. He has an AB in Urban Studies from Princeton University, where he was elected student body president and named to Phi Beta Kappa, and an M.Litt. in geography from Oxford University, England, which he attended on a Daniel M. Sachs Scholarship. During his studies at Oxford, Jason was a university instructor of economic geography to undergraduates. Jason resides in Center City Philadelphia with his wife, Angela, and daughters, Amanda and Lucy.

Monday, October 29

Fishpond West, 100 Swiftwater Ln., Reading
5-6 p.m. Registration and Cocktail Hour, 6-6:30 p.m. Dinner
6:30-8:30 p.m. Program and Presentations, 8:30-9 p.m. Networking

Topics and Speakers

Legislative Session & Developments for Local Governments Elam Herr
First Amendment/Social Media Brian F. Boland
Group Homes and Behavioral Health Facilities Joan E. London
Fire Companies John E. Muir
Ethics for Municipal Officials Andrew S. George
Residential and Commercial Fair Share Challenges Alex Elliker
Case Law Update Kourtney Bernecker

Municipal law practice requires mastery of a complex and growing body of statutory and administrative requirements and processes. Municipal governments and other local agencies have many responsibilities, and the legal skills required to serve municipal clients must be wide ranging.

Although some of our attorneys principally practice municipal law, we draw heavily on the knowledge of our entire firm when handling municipal matters. We recognize the responsibility local agencies owe to residents and taxpayers, and we are committed to ensuring that our clients can effectively carry out those responsibilities. Our attorneys have extensive experience as solicitors and special counsel. We have handled a variety of  matters, including financing, legal investigations, real estate, employment and labor negotiations. In addition, we have experience in municipal  litigation matters ranging from land use and zoning litigation to defense of civil rights claims brought against municipalities and school districts. Whether we are needed as general counsel on all legal matters or as special counsel for a specific case, we are happy to be of service. We are experienced, knowledgeable, and creative municipal law attorneys who pride ourselves on providing effective and efficient resolutions to any legal matter.

Sponsored by KozloffStoudt Attorneys

Center for Excellence in Local Government
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P.O. Box 15234
Roessner Hall
Reading, PA 19612-5234
Office Hours
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Voice:  610.929.6503
Fax:    610.921.7278

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