The Art and Science of Planning: Data (the science part)

APA Michigan Chapter


Thursday, April 25, 2019
1:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. EDT

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Community planning is both an art and a science.  Do we spend too much time on the “art” part - visions and goals, commuity outreach, and design - and not enough on the facts and figures that are the foundation of data based decision making?  Increasingly, communities are using  data to better understand and serve their residents.  A commitment to analyzing and using data is foundational to setting priorities and allocating resources. 


Mark O'Dell

Mark is a senior research analyst in the Community Development and Policy Studies division of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. He has been with the Federal Reserve since 2015. His interests include understanding socioeconomic changes at the city and neighborhood level, collecting data in support of community-level economic inclusion ... Read More

Erica Raleigh

Erica Raleigh is the Executive Director of Data Driven Detroit, a social enterprise dedicated to democratizing data for better decision-making. After a decade of experience working in Detroit’s community development ecosystem, Erica still believes strongly in the power of data to ensure the efficacy of programs that improve quality ... Read More

Marisa Laderbach

Marisa Laderach is a Senior Planner / Senior GIS Specialist at Beckett & Raeder, Inc. and assists dozens of communities with spatial planning services throughout the state. Her expertise includes demographic analysis, interactive online mapping, spatial analysis, zoning and master plan mapping, Redevelopment Ready® mapping, and asset and geodatabase management. Read More

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