Free seminar to focus on visualization and geospatial tools for economic development

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – On Wednesday, Dec. 15, Marshall University’s Center for Environmental, Geotechnical and Applied Sciences will host a free, three-hour seminar, “Taking Advantage of Visualization and Geospatial Tools for Economic Development.”

The session is intended to help local policymakers learn to use geographical information systems (GIS) and visualization tools for better planned and more sustainable economic development.

Decision-makers are increasingly challenged by the absence of effective tools to both synthesize the large volume of available data and to frame policy options in a straightforward manner. The advent of integrated visualization tools has greatly expanded the capabilities of GIS for these purposes.

The seminar will include an explanation and demonstration of visualization and geospatial technology available at Marshall University. There also will be a discussion about how best to use the 2010 census data, how to compare it to previous census data, how to use it with other datasets and how to find economic datasets.

The program will begin at 9 a.m. in the visualization laboratory in the Arthur Weisberg Family Engineering Laboratories, 1628 3rd Ave., Huntington.

Registration is requested by Dec. 10. To register or for more information, e-mail Randy Rutledge at or call (304) 696-3506.

Contact:  Ginny Painter, Communications Director, Marshall University Research Corporation, 304.746.1964

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