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Lunch & Learn Events

As part of our efforts to implement the 2040 Regional Growth Management Plan, TCRPC is continuing to expand the Lunch & Learn program.

In 2018, we’ll host free webinars on the first and third Wednesday of most months beginning at 12 p.m. and running 75 to 90 minutes. Many of the webinars will cover topics and concepts identified in the RGMP. As always, we will also host webinars covering land use topics presented by Penn State Extension.

Our Lunch & Learn sessions are held in our 2nd-floor conference room at 112 Market Street, Harrisburg, PA 17101. Keep in mind that they also offer Certification Maintenance credits -- a convenient way to stay current with your continuing education requirements.

Below is the schedule for the first half of 2018. Please check back for updates and registration info. Descriptions for the Penn State Extension webinar series will be made available soon.


  • January 3 – "The Economic & Fiscal Benefits of Walkable, Bikeable City & Town Centers" (Smart Growth Online): This webinar features the experiences of six U.S. cities in creating or increasing the walkability and bicycle-friendliness of their downtown areas. The webinar focuses on strategies, the resulting increases in walkability and bikeability, and the economic and fiscal benefits of each project.
  • January 17 – "Planning to Protect Private Water Supplies" (Penn State Extension): Description and RSVP info coming soon.


  • February 7  How to do the Math on Proposed Development in Your Town (Strong Towns): Staff from Fate, TX will share their approach to planning commission and city council briefings on new proposed developments that include a basic yet effective fiscal sustainability analysis. They will share actual staff reports and ways to approach city councils, planning commissions, city managers and planning directors with solid numbers to promote fiscally sustainable development.
  • February 21  Land Use Planning with a Changing Climate (Penn State Extension)
  • March 7  Smart Strategies to Transform Commercial Districts (Smart Growth Online): Five economic development experts explain how to craft and implement a commercial revitalization plan that inspires potential investors to take a different view of disinvested markets in a way that is aspirational yet grounded in market realities. Listen to stories and lessons learned from Philadelphia’s Fishtown community where the speakers and their partners encountered gaps in the retail experience along East Girard Avenue, and from Mesa, AZ, where they worked with community leaders to reposition businesses to address market changes spurred by development around a new light rail station.
  • March 14 – Community Heart & Soul: Engaging Residents Through the Humanities to Find What Matters Most (Penn State Extension)
  • April 4  Redeveloping Brownfield Sites to Revitalize Communities (Strong Towns): Engineer Pete Kero offers a presentation and answers questions about brownfield sites -- former industrial or commercial sites that are known or suspected to have environmental contamination. While these sites present many challenges and can be costly to clean up, they present tremendous opportunities for communities and developers. Kero offers an overview of brownfield sites along with real-world case studies. 
  • April 11 – Addressing the Parking Challenge: Smart Parking Planning for Downtown Development (Penn State Extension)
  • May 2 – Creating Value: Assessing Return on Investment in Complete Streets (Smart Growth America): How can benefit-cost analyses emphasize the value of Complete Streets? And what can advocates do to make Complete Streets a higher priority in city and state budgets? This webinar will explain how to plan and design Complete Streets projects to make them more competitive for grants. It will also teach participants how to use basic return on investment analysis to measure the benefits of Complete Streets.
  • May 16 – Sign Regulations That Encourage Outstanding Design (Penn State Extension)
  • June 6  Making the Most of Main Street: Complete Streets and Walkable Communities (Smart Growth America): Presenters discuss how a Complete Streets approach can help communities revitalize their downtowns. The speakers discuss their experiences developing and implementing Complete Streets, the intersection of public health and rural economic development, how to get community members involved, and finding funding. They also offer lessons from implementing a Complete Streets project in a small town.


[NOTE: Lunch & Learn events are free.]

Cancellations must be made at least seven days before a seminar. If a cancellation is made at least seven days before a seminar, a credit will be issued toward a future seminar (good for one year). No refunds or credits are issued for registrants who fail to cancel less than one week prior to a seminar. If TCRPC cancels a seminar, registrants may request either a refund or a credit toward another seminar.

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Video by Taubman College, University of Michigan

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Video produced by Penn State Extension


Tri-County Regional Market Trends & Land-Use Implications:

This online presentation by Todd J. Poole, managing principal of 4ward Planning, covers the Tri-County Region's current and projected demographic and real estate market trends. It touches on trends in population, households, education, consumer spending, labor and industry, and real estate.