Firecat Sue at American Planning Association’s Texas Conference


Firecat Sue at American Planning Association’s Texas Conference

by Firecat
October 5, 2010

Susan Price of Firecat Studio will share social media insights at the American Planning Association’s (APA) Texas conference on Friday, October 7, 2010 at the El Tropicano Riverwalk hotel in San Antonio. Technology and Planning.

Planning professionals from all over the state will be treated to online communication and community building advice at the American Planning Association’s (APA) Texas conference on Friday, October 7, 2010.

In the 3:30 pm panel, Susan will join Tom Griffith and Kristen Carney to share ideas on how organizations can leverage free or inexpensive social media tools such as Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, YouTube and blogging to communicate with the public, increase understanding and support for projects, and solicit feedback.

Is your 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?

Community planning has traditionally been a written report with few images. Citizens and public leaders are asking for more information and analysis. See examples of organizations that present this information in geospatial format, with database-driven features over the web.

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.


Thomas A. Griffith has a strong technical background in addition to his experience in developing comprehensive plans. He has knowledge and skill in working with web development, GIS support software for urban planning, environmental and conservation, and web programming with extensive ORACLE database administration, engineering drafting and GIS file development. Tom has a masters degree from Texas State University at San Marcos, TX, and BS Civil/Architectural Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.

Kristen Carney is cofounder of Cubit Planning, a firm that provides online data to planners and their organizations. Passionate about the intuitive, visual display of data, Kristen researches what data Cubit should provide and then builds the databases. She has spent over 8 years in data research including time with the environmental team at Halff Associates and as a contract Project Manager for TxDOT Environmental Affairs Division.

Susan Price is an industry leading user-centered design and online marketing specialist. Her San Antonio-based agency, Firecat Studio, helps organizations leverage web, email and social media tools to meet their business and communication goals. Susan has created online strategy, websites and social media plans for the San Antonio River Foundation to communicate its Riverwalk Extension work, the Fiesta Commission of San Antonio, and the City of San Antonio’s project management portal.

If you’re in town for the conference, welcome to San Antonio! Don’t forget to stop by after the panel and introduce yourself.

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