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The Financial Health of Philadelphia-Area Nonprofits

October 1, 2017

As nonprofit organizations in the five Pennsylvania counties of Greater Philadelphia (Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia) emerge from the financial crisis of the last decade and head into a very different and hard-to-forecast political and economic environment in the future, financial discipline, smart growth and strong governance are more important than ever. Accordingly, many nonprofit executives and governing boards are asking new questions about the organizations they govern. What risks do we face?1 How risky are we in relation to our peers? Are we doing the right things to understand and mitigate our risks? How should we balance financial risk against programmatic reward? What should we do to reduce the potential hardships from financial distress?

City of Chester Green Stormwater Infrastructure Plan

June 1, 2017

The City of Chester Green Stormwater Infrastructure Plan was created for city officials, residents, non-profits, and community groups. This plan highlights available green stormwater infrastructure (GSI) technologies, opportunities, and approaches to improve water quality, reduce combined sewer overflows, meet federal clean water requirements, decrease localized flooding, beautify the community, and enhance community and economic opportunities. The plan provides a blueprint for implementing GSI in Chester City, recommendations on how to start pilot projects, guidance on partnering and public outreach, and suggestions for how to track program impact.

Networking Transportation

April 1, 2017

Networking Transportation looks at how the digital revolution is changing Greater Philadelphia's transportation system. It recognizes several key digital transportation technologies: Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, connected and automated vehicles, digital mapping, Intelligent Transportation Systems, the Internet of Things, smart cities, real-time information, transportation network companies (TNCs), unmanned aerial systems, and virtual communications. It focuses particularly on key issues surrounding TNCs. It identifies TNCs currently operating in Greater Philadelphia and reviews some of the more innovative services around the world. It presents four alternative future scenarios for their growth: Filling a Niche, A Tale of Two Regions, TNCs Take Off, and Moore Growth. It then creates a future vision for an integrated, multimodal transportation network and identifies infrastructure needs, institutional reforms, and regulatory recommendations intended to help bring about this vision.

Building on our Strengths: Evaluating Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Opportunities in Greater Philadelphia

March 1, 2017

This report summarizes DVRPC's most recent attempt to identify transit-oriented development (TOD) opportunities throughout the Greater Philadelphia region. Using a variety of demographic, physical, and market conditions, DVRPC has created a rating system that assesses the TOD readiness of over 150 station areas throughout the region. These assessments can help municipalities, transit providers, and developers prioritize transit-supportive investments in the coming years

Highlights of the DVRPC FY2017 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for Pennsylvania (FY2017-2020)

October 20, 2016

The highlights for the DVRPC FY2017 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for Pennsylvania briefly describes the region's TIP as a federally required, Multi-modal, four year contrained program of planned transportation infrastructure investment. It contains a summary listing of all transit, highway, bridge, bicycle, pedestrian, and freight related projects in DVRPC's Pennsylvania region which will seek federal funding in fiscal years (FY) 2017 to 2020. The Highloights document includes a finacial summary of costs by country an by operator, as well as a section on commenting on the Draft DVRPC FY2017 TIP for Pennsylvania. 

Analytical Data Report #022: County- and Municipal-Level Population Forecasts, 2015-2045

July 22, 2016

This report presents the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission's (DVRPC's) adopted 2045 county- and municipal-level population forecasts and describes the method used to develop them. Population and employment forecasts are a critical component of long-range land use and transportation planning. As a part of DVRPC's long-range planning activities, the Commission is required to maintain forecasts with at least a 20-year horizon, or to the horizon year of the long-range plan. DVRPC last adopted forecasts through the year 2040 in January 2012. Since that time, the Census Bureau has released 2015 population estimates, and both the nation and the region have continued to recover from the significant economic recession that officially began in December 2007 and ended in June 2009.In order to incorporate the 2015 Census estimates and maintain a 30-year planning horizon, DVRPC has prepared 2045 population forecasts for its member counties and municipalities. These forecasts were formally adopted by the DVRPC Board on July 28, 2016, and serve as the basis for DVRPC planning and modeling activities. Employment forecasts in five-year increments through 2045 are scheduled to be adopted in October 2016.

2014/15 Aircraft Operations Counting Program: Operations for Six Non-Towered Airports

June 1, 2016

This technical report presents aircraft operations estimates for six non-towered airports in the Delaware Valley aviation planning area. Eight acoustic counts were taken at each airport, starting in April 2014 and ending in March 2015; each sample covered seven continuous days. The samples were extrapolated over the entire year, and the results are presented in this report. Results are used by multiple sources to monitor aircraft activity levels in the Delaware Valley and as a base for planning and forecasting documents.

Residential Building Permits, 2010-2015 DVRPC's 28-County Extended Data Services Area

June 1, 2016

As the Greater Philadelphia region's metropolitan planning organization (MPO), DVRPC provides technical assistance and services to its member state, county, and local governments; the private sector; and the public. Delaware Valley Data is our periodic series of free data bulletins, data snapshots, and analytical reports. Regional Data Bulletin #098 presents residential building permit data for 2010 through 2015 in the extended 28-county data services area. Residential construction activity data is derived from current reports and publications compiled by the U.S. Census Bureau's Residential Construction Statistics Division. Municipalities provide the Census Bureau with tabulations of the number of housing units authorized, according to types of structures. In the few cases where municipalities reported building permit activity for some months but not for all 12 months, the Census Bureau estimates the total yearly number of building permits based on past building permit activity.

Population Estimates, 2010-2015, DVRPC's 28-County Extended Data Services Area

June 1, 2016

As the Greater Philadelphia region's metropolitan planning organization (MPO), the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) provides technical assistance and services to its member state, county, and local governments; the private sector; and the public. Delaware Valley Data is our periodic series of free data bulletins, data snapshots, and analytical reports. Data Bulletin #097 provides county- and subcounty-level population estimates as of July 1, 2015, for the 28 counties located within DVRPC's extended data services area, released by the U.S Census Bureau in May 2016. The Census Bureau's Population Estimates Program (PEP) produces July 1st estimates for the years following the last published decennial census and, in most cases, simultaneously revises annual estimates released in previous years. Existing data series such as births, deaths, federal tax returns, Medicare enrollment, and immigration are used to update the base counts from the decennial census. PEP estimates are used in federal funding allocations, in setting the levels of national surveys, and for monitoring recent demographic changes.

Municipal Energy Management: Best Practices from DVRPC's Direct Technical Assistance Program

April 1, 2016

This guide highlights best practices and lessons learned from municipal energy management projects in southeastern Pennsylvania. In 2013 and 2014, DVRPC worked with nine municipalities in southeastern Pennsylvania to provide direct technical assistance with measuring, analyzing, and developing implementation strategies for energy management in municipal buildings. The goal of energy management is to identify opportunities for improving how energy is being used at a facility and to develop analyses that support decision making on how best to prioritize and implement these improvements. These improvements can remedy various problems -- high energy and maintenance costs due to malfunctioning, poorly installed or aging equipment, poor occupant comfort due to a lack of weatherization, or poorly controlled equipment. This guide will illustrate several best practices for identifying and implementing energy management opportunities that save money and improve building comfort.

Greater Philadelphia Future Forces

April 1, 2016

This effort builds scenarios off a set of Future Forces of change in Greater Philadelphia. Future Forces may accelerate or reverse current trends, or create new ones that significantly impact demographics, development patterns, use of the regional transportation system, the economy, and/or the environment. These Future Forces were identified collaboratively by the Greater Philadelphia Futures Group consisting of regional stakeholder experts: This effort builds scenarios off a set of Future Forces of change in Greater Philadelphia. Future Forces may accelerate or reverse current trends, or create new ones that significantly impact demographics, development patterns, use of the regional transportation system, the economy, and/or the environment. These Future Forces were identified collaboratively by the Greater Philadelphia Futures Group consisting of regional stakeholder experts: * Enduring Urbanism -- People and jobs moving to walkable centers is the start of a long-term trend. * The Free Agent Economy -- Increased outsourcing and automation means individuals must create their own economic opportunities. * Severe Climate -- Continued rise in atmospheric carbon levels lead to significant disruptions from climate change. * Transportation on Demand -- Smartphones, apps, and real-time information help people get around using a variety of new and existing transportation modes. * The U.S. Energy Boom -- An abundance of domestically produced oil and natural gas keeps the cost of energy low. The Future Forces were analyzed and modeled as what-if scenarios out to the year 2045. This highlights how the region may change over the next 30 years, with potential shifts in transportation demand, and identifies specific opportunities that may arise and challenges the region is likely to face. Lastly, the report identifies actions needed to better position the region to respond to these Future Forces. Contingent actions and skills are specific to each force, and leading indicators can be used to determine if it is occurring in the region. Universal actions are beneficial regardless of which forces arise. A larger, more detailed report (Greater Philadelphia Future Forces Technical Report, DVRPC Publication Number 16007) was developed to accompany this report.

2016 Municipal Resource Guide

March 1, 2016

This guide is intended to assist local and county governments, community groups, and non-profit organizations in the Delaware Valley Region to identify federal, state, regional, county, and private sources of funding for locally initiated planning and development projects. The programs are listed in alphabetical order and cover topical areas of disaster and pollution mitigation, energy conservation, historic preservation, housing, infrastructure, infill and brownfields, open space and recreation, smart growth and community revitalization, transportation, and private resources.