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WEBINAR: Women in Planning-Leadership and Empowerment

Free Webinar
Women in Planning: Leadership & Empowerment
Friday, June 2, 2017
11:00 - 12:30 p.m.

Innovations in Building Resilient Communities

Sustainable Communities Leadership Academy
Innovations in Building Resilient Communities
June 26-28 2017
Denver Colorado

ULI's Mountain Ubranism 101

ULI's Mountain Urbanism 101
May 17
11:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

5th Annual Meet the Dark Side

5th Annual Meet the Dark Side
Thursday May 4, 2017
5:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Planning Matters: Technology Spring 2017

Planning Matters, Spring 2017
This issue highlights technology in planning.

Google Earth Hack: 6 Steps to Upscale your Presentation with a Movie

In a world of shortening attention spans, a 3-D fly through may be what your audience needs to get their attention and, even maybe create a WOW factor. This article outlines 7 steps to create a 3-D fly-though visualization movie using the free platform, Google Earth ®. Applications of this are multifaceted and include incorporating into presentations to: the public, boards and committees, clients and/or project teams.

Analyzing Drivers of Change in Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventories

Since the mid-1990’s local governments have engaged in periodic inventories of Green House Gas (GHG) emissions with the goal of achieving community-scale emission reductions. The field has matured with documented protocols for performing and reporting inventories, and many communities are now conducting inventory updates to establish trends.

Updated TAZs on a Cloud Platform: Provide NFRMPO Communities a Clearer Picture

The NFRMPO is updating its Traffic Analysis Zones (TAZs) for use in the UrbanSim Cloud Platform (UCP) for socioeconomic forecasting. As the primary land use model, UCP will allow NFRMPO to apply constraints and make adjustments at the Census Block-level that can be aggregated to individual communities in the MPO. The update improves local assistance efforts through travel demand model outputs which are reflective of individual community development trends.

Creative Technology Solutions in International Development

Working in both Sri Lanka and Cambodia, resources and funding were at times non-existent, demanding a need for creative solutions. Community building often required all community members to band together to implement infrastructure improvements utilizing the simplest of technologies to make immense advances to community sanitation and resiliency. Creativity can often be king, and the results can be life-changing for long-term community health.

Technology? What is that? How can we afford it?

Many governments are recognizing that the use of technology in government can reduce costs, increase government effectiveness, provide needed transparency, and increase outcomes. This assumes the community is part of the connected world. The City of Walsenburg located in the second poorest County in Colorado has major technological challenges.
As a planner or administrator, what do you do? How can you begin to utilize technology to address pressing community needs? Within less than one year, City Staff and a team of consultants have helped the City strategically utilize technology to inform decision-makers, residents, and those that may wish to invest in this community.



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