Planning Commissioner Training Course Goes Digital

MPCA Corner 

In a typical Maryland Summer, the Maryland Planning Commissioners Association (MPCA), in partnership with the Maryland Department of Planning (Planning) conducts in person Planning Commissioner Training Courses at the Maryland Municipal League (MML) and Maryland Association of Counties (MACo) Summer Conferences in Ocean City. This is anything but a typical summer. In response, the MPCA hosted a digital training session on July 21, with 108 people joining on Planning’s GoToWebinar Platform. 

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A Whole Lot of Healthy Fun, Just Around the Corner

The Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT), in partnership with the Maryland Department of Health (MDH), the Maryland Department of Planning (Planning), and AARP will host the first ever WALKTOBER this fall.  

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In Case You Missed It!

Women in Planning

In the spirit of our Women in Planning Series, we are pleased to share with you Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum’s recording of the 3rd virtual presentation in its 2020 speaker series, Gertrude Sawyer, A Woman Who Builds

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Meet the Planning Staff: Keeve Brine

Meet the Planning Staff 

Keeve Brine joined the Maryland Department of Planning in October 2019 as a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Planner in the Geospatial Data and Analysis Division. As a GIS Planner he primarily works with the Protected Lands GIS data, which he says is “exciting for me, as I love nature and am glad to be a part of its preservation in Maryland.” 

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Sharon Suarez: Champion of Affordable Housing – the Heart of Great Planning

Women in Planning Series: Part IV

by Kristen E. Humphrey, MLA, Local Assistance and Training Planner 

Courtesy of Sharon Suarez

Unfortunately for me, I have never met Sharon Suarez in person, and was unable to do so in preparing for this article…another modest example of the collateral damage that comes of living in times of a global pandemic. From a recent phone interview with her, however, I can say this with certainty: Sharon Suarez is – in the best possible sense of the phrase – a genuine force of nature! In discussing her nearly 30-year career as a certified planner, I came away in awe of her breadth of experience and, by all appearances, her inexhaustible fount of both inspiration and energy.

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