Where are the numbers? Demystifying the Modeling Process for Planners

APA Florida Chapter


Thursday, September 7, 2017
1:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. EDT

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Economic and transportation models are important long range planning tools used by both regional and local planning agencies to make important policy decisions. However, planners usually have a poor understanding of how these models work and how to explain their results to elected officials and the public. The purpose of this session is to acquaint attendees with different types of modeling techniques including input-output analysis, cost benefit analysis, and transportation modeling. Panelists will explain the assumptions and methodologies behind these models, their practical uses, and what planners should look for when evaluating their results.


Luis Nieves-Ruiz, AICP

Confirmed Speaker

Originally from Puerto Rico, Luis holds a Master’s Degree in Regional Planning from Cornell University, and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners. Luis is in charge of coordinating economic development projects and activities for the Council’s seven-county East Central Florida region including the implementation ... Read More

Valerie Seidel

Confirmed Speaker

Valerie Seidel, Balmoral Group, President/Principal Economist. Her economics experience has focused on infrastructure and natural resource valuation, GIS/statistical models of resource allocation and optimization, and cost-benefit analysis. She has completed projects researching economic impacts of development, policy changes, and application of econometric methods. Valerie holds a Master of ... Read More

Nick Lepp

Confirmed Speaker

Nick Lepp, AICP CTP, MetroPlan Orlando, Manager of Long Range Planning. Nick has worked in the transportation industry for 16 years. Before his role at MetroPlan Orlando, Nick worked for Renaissance Planning Group leading several transportation studies in the region. His primary planning responsibilities with Metro Plan Orlando include developing ... Read More

Contact Info

Henry Bittaker, hbittaker@aol.com