Learning Lab: Making Data Work for You and Your Communities

Posted on: November 10th, 2015 by Brett Schwartz

This session at NADO’s 2015 Annual Training Conference explored what free, open source data is available to you and your communities to make informed economic development, land use, and infrastructure decisions.  Participants learned how the East Arkansas Development District and Civic Analytics are building a sophisticated online data warehouse that allows users to easily identify local trends and visualize future scenarios.  The warehouse comprises primary and secondary data related to northeast Arkansas demographics, land use, infrastructure, education, and other economic indicators. Its interactive mapping technology enables users to view data in a geospatial context, explore layers, and download data sets.  


  • Brian Kelsey, Principal and Founder, Civic Analytics, Austin, TX
  • Melissa Rivers, Executive Director, East Arkansas Planning and Development District, Jonesboro, AR
  • Mark Goodman, President, Goodman and Associates, Conway, AR
  • Andrew Hait, Program Planning and Data User Outreach Liaison, U.S. Census Bureau

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