Data to Knowledge: GIS Usage in NC for Planners, Developers and Housing Professionals

APA North Carolina Chapter


Friday, February 9, 2018
9 a.m. - 3 p.m. EST

Jacksonville, NC, United States

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The workshop training will provide a background of the importance and usage of GIS Mapping systems and the connection of future planning, housing developments and resources to show clearly where priorities are located in North Carolina. Topics include using GIS to apply for grants to fund projects such as the Choice Neighborhood Planning Grant. There will also be a presentation regarding projects used for Transportation to identify needs and resources in communities to strategically plan and implement transportation needs. Dr. Stephen J. Sills will also present how to map affordable housing and the correlation of social, economic, environmental and geospatial aspects of home and neighborhood and how they affects resident’s health, well-being, and life course opportunities. The session will conclude with a presentation from UNC School of Government to show how GIS can influence where development, resources and priorities are in a visible manner and how GIS is a valuable tool in planning projects from start to implementation. The workshop presenters are Dr. Stephen Sills, Associate Professor of Sociology & Director of Center for Housing and Community Studies. Anthony Prinz, Associate Professor at UNC-Wilmington and Transportation Director with City of Jacksonville, Rebekah Mixon, GIS Specialist, DFI Development Finance Initiative UNC School of Government.


The training will also be open for a question and answer period.


By the end of the workshop, attendees will have learned about how high level GIS analysis can be used to inform and improve planning, transportation, housing, and other development and community improvement plans.


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Anthony Prinz

Invited Speaker

Anthony Prinz currently holds the position of Transportation Services Director for the City of Jacksonville, North Carolina. In that capacity, Anthony is responsible for managing operations of the Jacksonville Urban Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), Jacksonville Transit and the City’s regional computerized traffic signal management system. Anthony earned a ... Read More

Rebekah Mixon

Invited Speaker

Rebekah is the UNC Development Finance Initiative’s (DFI) GIS Specialist who first joined the School of Government in 2016 as a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Fellow. Rebekah utilizes GIS and database skills to provide analytical, spatial, and cartographical support on DFI projects. Her areas of professional interest focus on ... Read More

Stephen Sills

Invited Speaker

Stephen’s academic research has focused largely on housing, health, and labor especially pertaining to minorities, immigrants, and low-income communities. He has over 40 publications in domestic and international journals, books, and in applied research reports. His current research and teaching centers on housing issues, neighborhood-level determinants of health outcomes ... Read More

Landa Gaskins

Invited Speaker

Landa Gaskins is a leader and advocate within her community. She currently serves as the Community Development Coordinator with the City of New Bern and has previously worked in the areas of affordable housing and non-profit management. Landa is very active within her community through volunteerism. She has served as ... Read More

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