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Friday, February 27 • 10:30am - 12:00pm
Identifying and Revitalizing Population Centers (AICP)

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There is a growing trend for revitalizing our urban cores and communities. GIS provides the creative and sustainable methods needed to collaborate in the identification, assessment, and revitalization of population centers. Learn how decision makers are making best use of such tools.

  • Community Asset Index
             Bill Shroyer
    Socio-economic and Demographic data can provide a context for system improvements that can be applied to various initiatives within local governments like Wake County. Based on the previous research of a “Hardship Index”, variables within census data sets were combined to develop an overall “Community Assessment” index as a measure of Community Health and Well-Being among Wake County residents. In combination with the US Census Block Groups, data specific to Wake County can also be applied to determine potential gaps in service. A Census Block Group level analysis will aide in supporting multiple agencies throughout Wake County.

  • Collaborative Approach to Locating Distressed Areas in a Community
             Jason Clodfelter
    Using local datasets and GIS, MapForsyth created a collaborative approach to identify areas of socio-economic distress within Forsyth County, NC. This presentation includes project history, methodology, results and lessons learned. Discussion will also include how this one-time project evolved into an on-going program supported by 14 local government agencies and used by numerous non-profit and non-governmental entities. Key take-a-ways include; value of GIS champions, getting into the community and the importance of collaboration.

  • Metrics for Revitalization in Center Cities
             Rachel Atkinson
    There is currently no standard set of metrics used to measure progress in center city revitalization efforts - and thus, no way to easily compare progress in these efforts across cities. I am developing a set of these metrics. Much of the data will come from existing surveys such as the Census and American Community Surveys, but will be geographically limited to each city's unique downtown or center city boundary. GIS software is integral to this process, and will be necessary for utilizing these metrics in the future.


Paul Black

French Broad River MPO Director, Land of Sky Regional Council

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Rachel Atkinson

Student, Research Assistant, UNC-Chapel Hill
Rachel Atkinson is a senior at UNC Chapel Hill, pursuing a self-designed major in Urban Planning & Sustainable Development. Her thesis research deals with the development of comprehensive downtown performance indicators.
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Jason Clodfelter, CMS, GISP

GIS Analyst, MapForsyth
Jason Clodfelter currently serves as GIS Analyst for MapForsyth City-County Geographic Information Office in Winston-Salem, NC. Prior to this position, he worked as Sr. GIS Technician for Forsyth County Tax Administration where his responsibilities included parcel mapping, street... Read More →

Bill Shroyer, GISP

GIS Analyst, Wake County Planning Department
Bill Shroyer has over 15 years of experience in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Analysis. With a Masters of Natural Resource Management from N.C. State and a concentration in Geospatial Sciences Bill has used GIS in multiple disciplines including Forestry, Geology, Health... Read More →

Friday February 27, 2015 10:30am - 12:00pm EST
Room 302 A

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