H7: Using Innovative GIS and Census Data Applications to Improve Community and Recreational Planning

APA Delaware Chapter


Wednesday, October 29, 2014
1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m. EDT

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Assembling, analyzing and communicating geographic information have always been essential tasks for recreation planners and public health professionals. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) have become important tools for analyzing and modeling health and recreation data to improve the planning and decision- making process. In this session, planners will learn how GIS software, such as ESRI’s Location Analytics and ArcGIS, can be used to collect, analyze and share information with the public and between government agencies. Attendees will also learn how to access and analyze US Census data using data access and online mapping tools including: American FactFinder, Data Ferret, TIGER FILES and Census Explorer. Participants will see real world examples of how geographic data and census information can be incorporated into GIS models capable of estimating service areas for outdoor recreation facilities and how planners can use this information to determine the optimal location for future outdoor recreation investments. Innovative applications in other planning processes will be explored including: recreational investment planning, comprehensive and emergency management planning, accessible community development, state/local epidemiology and population health planning. Speakers will include Jason Sealy, an Account Executive in ESRI’s Philadelphia Regional Office, Noemi Mendez Eliasen, an Information Services Specialist in the US Census Bureau’s Philadelphia Regional Office and Michael Krumrine, the GIS Coordinator for Delaware State Parks.