There’s an (GIS) App-lication for That

APA Ohio Miami Valley Section


Friday, December 7, 2018
11 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. EST

CM | 1.25

Add to My Log


We all know the saying: there’s an app for that. But what if your agency has to build the app itself? GIS professionals can get bogged down in jargon and overwhelm others, including planners and officials. Meanwhile, well-meaning clients may confuse GIS as a mysterious magical box that spits out everything they need instantly and correctly. While many appreciate the power of GIS, they do not speak the same language. How do decision makers, partners, and professionals communicate mindfully so that they can better utilize data during their decision making process and use GIS to create an application uniquely suited to their needs?GIS professionals at the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission (MVRPC) leave GIS jargon in the office to better serve and tailor our communication with our diverse stakeholders of elected officials, administrators, and the general public through the latest GIS technologies. This session will share 3 case studies and include a panel discussion to highlight the roles that GIS professionals need to play and what that application experience was like on the client side, involving different organizations including the Great Miami Riverway (Miami Conservancy District), Montgomery County Land Bank, and Five River’s Metroparks on behalf of the Dayton Riverfront Master Plan. 


Kathyrn Youra Polk

Invited Speaker

Kathryn Youra Polk is a Senior Planner with over 8 years of experience in strategic planning, land use planning, planning support system, and GIS. Kathryn received a Bachelor of Art in Communications from University of Michigan, and Master of Urban Planning and a Master of Geographic Information Systems from Eastern ... Read More

Tom Harner

Invited Speaker

Tom Harner is the GIS Coordinator at the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission (MVRPC) with over 25 years of experience in planning support systems, enterprise GIS, and GIS applications. Tom has worked with a variety of agency members, covering a wide range of different GIS applications. Tom received a Bachelor ... Read More

Eliizabeth Connor

Invited Speaker

Elizabeth Connor serves as the coordinator for the Great Miami Riverway, a 99-mile destination marketing campaign in southwest Ohio. Ms. Connor holds her Masters of Arts Management from Carnegie Mellon University. She has won statewide tourism and digital marketing awards and has been recognized for her digital marketing in national ... Read More

Mike Grauwelman

Invited Speaker

Mike Grauwelman serves as the first executive director of Montgomery County Land Reutilization Corporation, also known as the Land Bank. Mike was previously the president of Mound Development Corporation, where he led the community’s effort to redevelop a US Department of Energy nuclear weapons production superfund site as a ... Read More

Carrie Scarff

Invited Speaker

Carrie Scarff is Chief of Planning and Projects at Five Rivers MetroParks, overseeing all planning, capital development, and special projects for the agency. After receiving her degree in landscape architecture from Ohio State, she practiced privately in Columbus and San Diego for ten years. She started with MetroParks in 1997 ... Read More

Contact Info

Kathryn Youra Polk,