Young Professionals Help the City of New Orleans During the GEOINT Symposium

November 2, 2010

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On Nov. 1, 2010 the USGIF Young Professionals Group (YPG) met for a special YPG Orientation and Service Project during the GEOINT 2010 Symposium.

A behind-the-scenes tour of the exhibit hall and other important areas was provided by USGIF President Keith Masback. He shared his insight on what to expect and how to take advantage of all the great career and networking opportunities during the Symposium.

The Young Professionals worked with Beacon of Hope Resource Center for the GEOINT 2010 Service Project. Beacon of Hope will provide a model for recovery in neighborhoods devastated by Hurricane Katrina, as well as other areas affected by disaster.

The USGIF Young Professionals Group worked in the Filmore Gardens Neighborhood located in the 7th Ward of New Orleans, LA. Locals from the neighborhood assisted with the project and informed the group about the Filmore Gardens Neighborhood. Young Professionals covered the area in small teams of 2 or more people using a provided spreadsheet, a section map and a complete neighborhood map. They marked the conditions of the property and then turn their data over to the data manager from the neighborhood to be complied.

Once the maps are finished they are given to the neighborhood where they are made public and used by neighborhood outreach teams. These mapping results provide a simple way for residents to identify blight, Louisiana Land Trust properties, and occupancy rates. Residents can also encourage developers and business owners to open new locations in heavily populated areas and make an investment back into their community, as well as assist in forecasting economic viability. City and state agencies have also used these results to establish priority areas of infrastructure repair and blight mitigation. The results are also used to identify needs in neighborhoods.

The group also coordinated with Hewlett- Packard to donate a new HP Designjet T7700HDV plotter, and TerraGo Technologies, who provided a publisher for an ArcGIS license to Beacon of Hope.

Beacon of Hope will provide a model for recovery in neighborhoods devastated by Hurricane Katrina, as well as other areas affected by disaster.

To learn more about the YPG, contact ypg@usgif.org.