Planning Career Day

Event Date and Time: 
Friday, March 21, 2014, 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Wishcamper Center, Portland Campus (34 Bedford Street, Portland, Maine)
Contact Name: 
Charles Colgan
Contact Phone: 
Contact Email:

Sponsored by

The Community Planning & Development Program

Muskie School of Public Service

University of Southern Maine

The Maine Association of Planners

The Northern New England Chapter of the

American Planning Association

March 21, 2014

Planning is the career for those who want to affect the natural, built, and human environments of communities large and small. Planners work in environmental management, housing, transportation, and economic development. They combine technical skills with the skills to help diverse groups come together to shape the future. It is a great career for those interested in the environment, sustainability, community vitality and social justice.

This session will give students in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont interested in a career in planning to hear from people who have made it their career in Maine and Northern New England and to learn about the opportunities to prepare for a career in planning at the University of Southern Maine’s Muskie School of Public Service.

To stream the event, use any browser on any computer, tablet, or smartphone to visit the following link:


1:00 Welcome

Charles Colgan, Chair, Graduate Program in Community Planning & Development, Muskie School of Public Service

1:10 Keynote

Evan Richert, AICP Over more than thirty years, Evan has worked in all aspects of planning from small towns (Orono) to larger cities (South Portland). He was Director of the Maine State Planning Office and was largely responsible for Maine’s growth management law. He has also run his own private planning consulting firm and served as a private consultant on numerous projects. He has worked in land use, environmental, transportation, and housing planning.

1:45-2:30 Panel

A panel of practicing planners with broad experience in different issues and settings will talk about their own experience and the process of starting a career in planning:

Charles "Tex" Haueser, Director of Planning & Development, City of South Portland, Maine

Carl Eppich, Transportation Planner, Portland Area Comprehensive Transportation System

Misty Parker, Town Planner, Town of Wiscasset

2:45-3:30 Concurrent Sessions: Graduate and Continuing Education Options at the Muskie School

1. Master’s degree in Community Planning and Development at the Muskie School and Continuing Education Options. This session will also be streamed at the following link:

2. For USM majors in Environmental Science and Geography / Anthropology learn about accelerated admissions into the masters degree programs.  This session will also be streamed at the following link: 

This event is free and open to the public. 

The event will be held on Thursday March 21, 2014 in the Wishcamper Center at 34 Bedford Street, just off I-295 in Portland. The event will also be streamed online for those who cannot come to Portland.

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