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    Hello from Northern Ireland!

    Greetings from Northern Ireland! I'm a Californa native, educated in Portland OR, and Chicago, working as a planner in Northern Ireland (both UK and Eire). I've called Derry home for 4 years.

    I work with Wind Farm environmental statements, development plans and planning appeals (oohhh 3rd party right to appeal). I think about urban space, economic development, and cities.

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    Welcome.

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    U of Chicago, Geography Masters.

    Not a profesional degree, yes, but hey I thought I wanted to be an anthropologist. That sorted that out.

    There are some amazing urbanists at U of C

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    Hello, from Irving, TX!

    Wind Farms - that's pretty cool. Texas now has the largest percentage of power from wind energy in the US. Or at least, something like that is what Fox News told me the other morning.
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    Greetings from the Hoosier State along the Ohio River.

    Thanks for registering and feel free to join the fray.

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    Greetings from another Hoosier along the Ohio River bur different time zone.
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    Welcome from Chicagoland!!!
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    Welcome from one of the towns named after your current home (Londonderry, NH)
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    Welcome from another Cali native that escaped the country! I just went north to Canada though.

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    Greetings from another California native transplanted to the Florida panhandle.
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    Welcome from the Sunflower State. We have some Wind ourselves. Just getting my regs passed. Went to see our newest field of Wind Turbins two weeks ago. I think they are just Awesome. There are still so many sceptics around.

    Glad you joined in.
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    Howdy from central Florida!

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    Hello from yet another California native - but I ended up in Washington state

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    Greetings.....

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    Greetings from NW Ohio. Nice to hear of people involved in wind farms. As mentioned, lots of folks not quite seeing wind energy as a positive. Charges of over-stated production numbers, bird flyway issues, etc.

    I like wind power. Welcome to Cyburbia. Feel the breeze.....

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    Welcome from Downeast Maine!

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    Wind power is just as controversial here as it is in the US. here people mostly just don't like looking at 'em... but not as many problems with birdies as over there,
    I believe because we build small Wind Farms (3-25 turbines). The US, like all things, likes 'em big. The birdies have a harder time avoiding 100 turbines... Then again, we've got EU environmental regs to uphold. And the Kyoto Protocols (maybe you've heard to them...)

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    welcome from new orleans!

    how did you come across your job in ireland? i'd love to work as a planner overseas but not sure when, where, or how to go about doing it!
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    Welcome from Minnesota.
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    working internationally

    Quote Originally posted by dandy_warhol
    welcome from new orleans!

    how did you come across your job in ireland? i'd love to work as a planner overseas but not sure when, where, or how to go about doing it!
    Actually I landed in ireland and got a job by sending out my CV (shock, horror, yes this actually worked). I think internationally people are more likely to hire you once you're settled and in the country as opposed to a random CV from far away.

    I was living in Portland, OR before this and couldn't get my foot in the planning door what with the insular PSU planning community. So this was a career break for me.

    That said the UK is having a lack-of planners crisis. Kind of makes me want to stay here... That and the exchange rate....

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    Hi from Sydney!
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