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How are local governments using social media today? Should your city consider adopting a social media strategy? These are two questions that Susan Price from FireCat Studio and myself (Kristen from Cubit) spoke with urban planners about last Friday as part of the Texas Chapter of the American Planning Association's Planning Services Track, Technology and Planning Session.
A synopsis of the session is as follows.
Community planning has traditionally been a written report with few images. Is your local government organization effectively using internet to communicate with its citizenry? How do you find suitable services for providing the information and effectively move your plans to the internet? Citizens and public leaders are asking for more information and analysis. The traditional planning report cannot provide this data in a manageable format. There is a need to present this information in geospatial format, data base and provide web access. This session provides a discussion of web-based presentation of planning data and introduction to software that provides analysis of this data, with possible projections based on the data analysis.