Land-use webinar to focus on sources and trends of Pennsylvania demographics

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Finding and using demographic information — and its critically important relationship to land-use planning — will be the topic of a web-based seminar offered by Penn State Extension.

Presenting the 75-minute webinar from noon to 1:15 p.m. on Sept. 21 will be Neal Fogle, Penn State Extension educator, and Sue Coppela, director of the Pennsylvania State Data Center. They will discuss how local governments can tap into information on their respective community population trends, and how the information can help planners and officials consider the implications for their communities into the future.

"The Pennsylvania State Data Center is a well-known provider of demographic data and is, in fact, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's official source of population and economic statistics," Coppela said. "In addition, the availability of timely, accurate and useful information is a key factor in economic competitiveness and survival, and for day-to-day decision-making of businesses, nonprofits and local governments."

Having a better understanding of data is important in planning for both the public and private sectors in a community, according to Fogle. "This webinar will provide information on the range of data and services available," he said. "It also will provide information on Pennsylvania's population trends and changes and their implications for planners and the communities they work in."

This presentation is part of Penn State Extension's summer/fall 2016 Land-Use Webinar Series. All webinars will be offered from noon to 1:15 p.m. either Eastern Daylight Time or Eastern Standard Time. All of these programs will be recorded and available for future viewing. Other topics and dates in the series include the following:

-- Oct. 19: "Who Invited the Pennsylvania PUC to the Planning Party?"

-- Nov. 16: "Safe Streets for Everyone: Lancaster County's Complete Streets Program and Complete Streets in Southwest Pennsylvania"

Following are past recorded webinars in the Summer/Fall 2016 land use webinar series:

-- "Where It All Goes and Why You Need to Know: Act 537 Sewage Facilities Planning Requirements"

-- "Creating Cool Roof Zones: City Greening and Urban Agriculture for Heat Island Mitigations"

The cost of the webinar series is $40 for all five and $75 for all five for those who want to receive certification maintenance credits from the American Planning Association or for professional engineers needing PDH credits. In addition, registered landscape architects can receive continuing education credits for a fee of $45.

For more information, contact Peter Wulfhorst at 570-296-3400 or by email at To register for the webinars, visit the website.

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Last Updated September 09, 2016