Leveraging Census Data in Rhode Island

February 21, 2013

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NEURISA sponsored a webinar entitled “Leveraging Census Data in Rhode Island”, presented by Jim Lucht and focused on Providence Plan.

The Providence Plan (ProvPlan) is a new US Census data visualization and analysis tool for RI data. This site is designed to provide Rhode Islanders with easy access to data about their communities and assist them in making sense of this information. The goal was to empower the government, businesses, nonprofits, institutes of higher education, and residents to use this information to identify local needs, prioritize investments, and advocate for community change.

As the Director of The Providence Plan’s Information Group, Jim oversees over ten projects and a full-time staff of eight plus three interns. In his former iteration as an environmental planner he specialized in GIS analysis and modeling around risk assessment for water quality threats. His work at ProvPlan has ranged from GIS and data analysis to website development and database design. Jim has managed contracts with HUD and the National Institute of Justice, state agencies such as HEALTH, the Department of Education, the Economic Development Corporation, and national non-profit organizations such as The Urban Institute, the Brookings Institution, and The Annie E. Casey Foundation.  He has a Bachelor’s degree in Urban Studies from the Worcester State College and a Master’s degree in Community Planning from the University of Rhode Island. In his free time he hangs out with his son and restores antique Volvos. 

The New England Chapter of the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (NEURISA) is the professional association of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) practitioners in New England. NEURISA is a nonprofit 501(c)6 organization whose mission is to advance the effective and appropriate use of GIS and related information technologies to solve challenges throughout the region.
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