The Planning Associates (PA) Program is an advanced training opportunity in water resources planning offered by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
The goals of the PA Program are to broaden planners' competencies in solving complex water resources problems and challenges, and to strengthen their leadership talents. The Program curriculum is rich in team building, leadership training, experiential training in the Corps' Civil Works business programs, case studies, individual and group projects, instructional training and experiences, and many networking opportunities with leaders from the public and private sectors.
The PA Program is targeted to journeyman-level professionals in the field of water resources, which is generally at the GS-11 and GS-12 level of Federal service. The program consists of approximately 20 weeks of rigorous training scheduled in 1-3 week blocks.
Members of the 2015 PA Class:
Danny Allen, an Environmental Planner from the Ft. Worth District, Fort Worth, Texas.
Chris Bouquot, an Economist from the Huntington District, Huntington, West Virginia.
Kim Carsell, a Water Resources Planner from the Sacramento District, Sacramento, California.
Kelly Keefe, a Planner from the Jacksonville District, Jacksonville, Florida.
Greg Kohler, a Civil Engineer/Lead Planner, from the St. Paul District, sitting in St. Louis, Missouri.
Daniel Linkowski, an Economist from the Chicago District, Chicago, Illinois.
Jason Smith, a Civil Engineer/Lead Planner, from the St. Paul District, sitting in Rock Island, Illinois.
Addressing Climate Change in Inland Ecosystem Restoration
Explaining the Economic Black Box
Deliberate Utilization of Informal Learning for Planner Development
Improving Study Issue Management
Watershed Planning and Partnerships: Confusion and Resolution
*Papers are available upon request by contacting the Planning Associates.