The Morgan Association of Planning Students (MAPS), a planning graduate student led organizations at Morgan State University, is hosting their fall 2015 Professional Development Institute (PDI) on November 19. The theme of this year’s Institute is The Urban Planning Landscape of Maryland: A Perspective for the New Generation of Planners. Planning, landscape architecture, architecture, construction management, and transportation engineer students, as well as students interested in these fields, are encouraged to attend. Guest speakers include Lyneisha Jackson, American Planning Association Diversity Ambassador; Helen M. Spinelli, Principal Planner with Queen Anne’s County Planning & Zoning; George Hill, RLA, Project Manager at the Maryland Transit Administration, and James Palma, AICP, Senior Manager in the Policy, Research, and Government Affairs division of the Maryland Department of Commerce. Among other things, these professionals will offer advice on how to be competitive in the field.
We are proud to announce that Maryland Secretary of Planning David R. Craig, an alumnus of Morgan State University, will be our keynote speaker. He will address challenges on the horizon for planning in Maryland and how students can prepare now to take on these critical issues in the future.
“We are so excited to have the new Secretary of Planning address our students,” says Dr. Tonya Nashay Sanders, Assistant Professor of City and Regional Planning at Morgan State. “This will be a great opportunity for students to hear from the top the direction of planning in Maryland, as well as core planning issues facing State, and the tools that students will need to cultivate in order to address these and other built and natural environment complexities in the future.“