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    Transitioning from preservation to planning [Was: Directions, directions]

    Hi folks,

    I dont post here often - but I read lots of entries. I tried to find some specific answers already and I am looking for some confirmation of what I did find...

    Quick background:
    BS - Historic Preservation Planning
    MA - History/Historic Preservation

    4 yrs - Assistant Admin for local HDC
    3 yrs - Exec Director for local housing non-profit

    Several years on local planning boards

    I want to jump into planning in a more meaningful way and I am looking for ways to do it. Of course, that is compounded by a need to stay in the New England Region - and preferably within Vermont or Western Mass. I know - its not looking good...but bear with me.

    Currently, I am working on getting my LEED-Homes certification and will plan on taking the LEED-ND certification. I have a real interest in trying to tie my historic preservation planning, my housing planning, my green building/communities into a planning career. But I am at a loss at how to present myself to a planning agency correctly...

    I looked at AICP - probably dont have enough direct experience to qualify.
    I looked at CNU-A - costs way too much (especially in light of LEED costs that I will have to bear)
    Looked at online certificates in planning...would that do it?

    I just need a touch of advice on if I have a hope in hades to get a planning job. I'm willing to wait for the right moment in New England; but if I will never get a planning agency job, then I will shift gears into a more preservation or development focused type of job search.

    Thanks folks - I do appreciate your opinions on 1) anything that would help me look better for the job search, 2) whether my job search would bear fruit, and 3) if I'm loony as a jaybird and should stick to straight up HP.

    Aaron

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    Combining housing, preservation, and sustainable building skills should be very hot now. (Except few are hiring for anything.) Take a look at cities that have created sustainability programs for hints on how to package your skills.

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    Thanks to whomever changed my title - I realized it wasn't very descriptive after I posted it...

    Well, I will keep on looking and thinking. I guess my biggest limitation is just trying too hard to stick to New England...and to stick to places that are more rural...

    Thanks!
    Aaron

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