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Meet Rachel Roberts, GIS Analyst

Where are you from and where do you live now? I grew up in Aiea, Hawaii, which is about 20 minutes outside of Honolulu. I decided to trade my flip-flops for rain gear and move to the “mainland” to attend college at the University of...

Jenny Axelrod Staff and Culture
Hold On to Your Maps: The Value of GIS Professionals in COVID-19 Crisis Recovery

The full impact of COVID-19 on the U.S. is yet to be fully known, but we do know many communities have months of recovery ahead of them and will likely be operating on tighter budgets than ever before. Though city and county leaders in every...

Kate Doiron Government
Meet Gavin Jaravata, GIS Technician

Where are you from and where do you live now? I grew up in a small unincorporated area called Silverdale in Washington State. I crossed the Puget Sound to go to college in Seattle and decided to stay after graduating. What do you do...

Ruth McColly, GISP Staff and Culture
What You Need to Know About Student Enrollment Forecasting

Student enrollment forecasts are critically important to all long-term planning efforts. They inform everything from staffing to school capacity planning. But how much do you really know about the forecasts you’re using? Here are the four...

Alex Brasch School Districts
Spatial Data Management Best Practices While Working Remote: What Local Governments Need to Know

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced an unprecedented number of local government employees to work from home. While very little is known about when they will be able to return to a physical workplace on a consistent basis, one thing is certain:...

Grant Herbert, GISP Government
FLO’s Statement Against Racism

We must work to resist and reverse systemic racism in the communities where we live, work, and serve. We acknowledge that our society is built on systems and institutions that oppress Black people and Black communities. We have had the...

Tyler Vick Staff and Culture
FLO Opens Rocky Mountain Office in Denver, Colorado

With the opening of FLO’s new office in Denver, Colorado, local governments, utilities, school districts, businesses, and nonprofits of the Rocky Mountain Region now have greater access to the GIS and data analytics services that can help...

Leora Werner Staff and Culture
FLO Welcomes Kate Doiron, New Senior GIS Analyst

FLO’s newest senior GIS analyst, Kate Doiron, has joined our growing East Coast team. We welcomed Kate in March, just a couple weeks prior to when the first stay-at-home orders were announced due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite beginning a...

Leora Werner Staff and Culture
Student Enrollment Forecasting, Explained

Student enrollment is the foundation of school planning, no matter a school district’s size. In this blog post, we draw back the curtain on our enrollment forecasting process, so you can learn what enrollment forecasting is and why...

Tyler Vick School Districts
Advocacy Dashboard Aids Cities Are Essential Campaign

In May of 2020, the National League of Cities asked their state league affiliates to support the Cities Are Essential advocacy campaign by calling for direct federal aid for all local governments. As Connecticut is one of the country’s most...

John McKenzie Government
DIY GIS Needs Assessment Guide

A GIS needs assessment is a tool that any city or town can use to take stock of how GIS and data are currently being utilized, and to put some thought into how they would like to better utilize them in the future—to improve operations,...

Eric Sack, GISP GIS Support and Development, Government
Mapping in an Emergency: Identifying Vulnerable Populations During COVID-19

At the end of February, we announced the launch of the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities GIS Consortium, a program that brings increased access to affordable GIS services for municipalities in Connecticut. Little did we know that less...

Kate Doiron Government, Mobile, desktop, and server applications
Meet Benjamin Maloney, Demographer/Data Analyst

Where are you from and where do you live now?  Originally, I’m from Louisiana, but I’ve lived in enough cities that I feel I can certifiably say that I’m from nowhere and/or everywhere. I’ve spent just enough time in northern...

McKay Larrabee Staff and Culture
COVID-19 in Connecticut

FLO and the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities created a web-mapping application to help Connecticut municipalities identify where in their communities the COVID-19 outbreak might present the greatest public health challenge. Explore...

John McKenzie Government, Mobile, desktop, and server applications, Spatial Analysis
COVID-19: FLO’s Commitment to Our Staff, Communities, and Clients

As the number of COVID-19 cases grows in our communities, we want to take a moment to reach out to our clients and friends and let you know how we’re working to be good neighbors and part of the solution to this outbreak, while continuing to...

Tyler Vick Staff and Culture
Meet Jed Roberts, Senior GIS Analyst

Where are you from and where do you live now? I spent my formative years on the western shores of Michigan’s lower peninsula. I made the move to Oregon for graduate school (go Beavers!) and have been in Portland ever since. What do you...

Jenny Axelrod Staff and Culture
New GIS Consortium & FLO Bring Increased Access to GIS Services for Connecticut Municipalities

We are excited to announce the launch of the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities GIS Consortium! This new program will bring increased access to affordable GIS services for municipalities in Connecticut. CCM created the GIS Consortium out...

John McKenzie GIS Support and Development, Government, Uncategorized
Meet Eric Sack, Senior GIS Analyst

Where are you from and where do you live now? I was born and raised in Dunwoody, Georgia, and have lived in Portland, Oregon, since 2001. What do you do at FLO? I am a senior GIS analyst in the local government/utilities sector....

Grant Herbert, GISP Staff and Culture
Enrollment Projections: What Methods Work Best?

Enrollment projections are the building blocks of effective school district planning. Only with detailed and accurate projections are districts able to site schools in the best possible location, future-proof school attendance area boundaries,...

Tyler Vick School Districts
Meet McKay Larrabee, Senior GIS Analyst

Where are you from and where do you live now? I am from Michigan (huge metropolis of Dimondale) by way of North Carolina (Asheville and Chapel Hill). I currently live in southeast Portland and love it! What do you do at FLO? I serve...

Jenny Axelrod Staff and Culture
Now Working at FLO! Six New Professionals Join the Team

Get to know the six new professionals who have joined the FLO team! Are you interested in working with us? For current job openings, please visit our online application...

Leora Werner Staff and Culture
FLO Analytics Opens East Coast Office & Announces New Senior Analyst John McKenzie

With the opening of FLO’s new office near Boston, Massachusetts, East Coast local governments, utilities, school districts, businesses, and nonprofits seeking bold and innovative solutions that will improve their communities now have greater...

Leora Werner Staff and Culture
AWC GIS Consortium Gains New Members From All Over the Map

The Association of Washington Cities (AWC) GIS Consortium continues to gain members from all corners of Washington State, representing the diverse GIS and data needs of Washington communities large and small. Read on to learn about how FLO,...

Ruth McColly, GISP GIS Support and Development, Government
Stop the brain drain! Asset Management Best Practices for Preserving Institutional Knowledge

I've got some important questions for you: Do you rely on employees with the most experience and expertise to provide context for projects and historical knowledge about key assets? Are these employees your go-to resource for records and...

Grant Herbert, GISP Asset Management
Meet Ruth McColly, Senior GIS Analyst

Where are you from and where do you live now? I was born and raised in the Tri-Cities (Richland, Washington). I had a few stints in New York and Texas in my younger years and traveled around and worked on the West Coast after graduate...

Grant Herbert, GISP Staff and Culture
Meet Jerry Oelerich, Senior Analyst

Where are you from and where do you live now? I grew up in Iowa along the Mississippi River. I remember that there were a lot of cornfields, but I don’t like corn! So perhaps that wasn’t the ideal setting for me. My family moved to the...

Tyler Vick Staff and Culture
School District Planning Takes Center Stage at FLO’s WASBO Conference Presentation

Join us for a presentation on the fundamentals of successful school district planning activities, focusing on enrollment forecasting, school siting, and boundary reviews. We will cover how to plan for these activities, how to do them, and why...

Jerry Oelerich School Districts
Now Working at FLO: New Professionals Join the Team!

Get to know the newest members of the FLO team! Alison Guse, GIS technician, has a diverse background in GIS, environmental science, and environmental engineering.  She has served as project manager for several air- and water-related...

Leora Werner Staff and Culture
GIS for Land Trusts: What You Need to Know

After working with land trusts across the Northwest and with nonprofit land trust advocates Coalition of Oregon Land Trusts and Land Trust Alliance, senior GIS analyst Jenny Axelrod has some thoughts on how conservation organizations can use...

Jenny Axelrod Conservation
FLO Welcomes New Senior GIS Analyst and GIS Technician

Two experienced GIS professionals have joined the FLO team—McKay Larrabee, senior GIS analyst, and Jenna Putnam, GIS technician. Both will lend their skills and experience primarily to our growing school district work. McKay is a North...

Leora Werner Staff and Culture
Grant Herbert Featured in WAURISA Newsletter

A version of this article was originally shared in the Washington State Chapter of the Urban and Regional information Systems Association (WAURISA) newsletter in fall 2018. Building the Data Pillager by Grant Herbert GIS are an...

Grant Herbert, GISP GIS Support and Development
FLO Welcomes Two New GIS Technicians

Two new experienced GIS professionals have joined the FLO team—Elliot Frank and Jenny Elstrott. Elliot comes to us from the Big Apple, where he worked as a GIS aide at the New York City of Transportation, honing his skills in spatial...

Leora Werner Staff and Culture
Meet Grant Herbert, Senior GIS Analyst/Developer

Where are you from and where do you live now? I’m originally from New Zealand, and now I live in Seattle, Washington. What do you do at FLO? I manage a number of Local Government and Utilities Sector projects, including those we...

Leora Werner Staff and Culture
Rachel Roberts Receives Promotion

Congratulations to Rachel Roberts, who was recently promoted to GIS Technician 2! Clients and FLO team members alike recognize Rachel’s commitment to excellence in her work, keen analytical perspective, and an ability to calmly juggle a host...

Jenny Axelrod Staff and Culture
OSBA Annual Conference Presentation Announcement: Boundary Update Best Practices

Attendance area boundary updates are just like a "giant sudoku puzzle" as one Bend-La Pine Schools boundary update committee member recently put it. I couldn't agree more. Boundary updates are also complex, lengthy, and can be quite...

Tyler Vick School Districts
GIS Basics for Infrastructure Managers: FLO Presentation at IACC Conference October 25

At the Infrastructure Assistance Coordinating Council (IACC) Conference, senior GIS analysts Grant Herbert and Ruth McColly will be presenting on the nuts and bolts of GIS technology, its ability to manage assets, and considerations for...

Leora Werner Asset Management, Government, Utilities
GIS Consortium Membership Proves Valuable for City of College Place

The Association of Washington Cities (AWC) and FLO partner to run the GIS Consortium, an AWC program that helps Washington cities and non-city entities (conservation districts, utility districts, and more) implement or improve the use of GIS....

Grant Herbert, GISP GIS Support and Development, Government
Land Trust Alliance Climate Rider Initiative

Extreme summer heat, mega forest fires, super storms and flooding—global climate change is already having a significant impact on communities and the environment across the United States, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists. How...

Jenny Axelrod Conservation
Pierce County Passes New Agricultural Resource Lands Designation Ordinance!

In 2016, FLO joined a multidisciplinary team tasked with evaluating Pierce County’s existing land use policy for designating agricultural resource lands (ARL)—lands that “have long-term significance for the commercial production of food...

Jenny Axelrod Conservation
Boundary Review Success for North Clackamas School District!

Congratulations to North Clackamas School District on the new boundaries! It’s another boundary review success! After many months of hard work on the part of District staff and community members, the North Clackamas School Board approved new...

Jenny Axelrod School Districts
AWC GIS Consortium Continues to Grow

The Association of Washington Cities (AWC) and FLO partner to run the GIS Consortium, an AWC program that helps Washington cities and non-city entities (conservation districts, utility districts, and more) implement or improve GIS for their...

Ruth McColly, GISP Government
Welcome Ruth McColly, GISP, to the FLO Team!

We are excited to welcome a new senior GIS analyst to our growing team! Ruth McColly comes to us with 12 years of professional GIS experience, both as a consultant and as an in-house GIS expert. Ruth’s extensive capabilities include...

Leora Werner Staff and Culture
GIS In Action 2018 April 23rd & 24th | Portland, Oregon

The 26th Annual GIS In Action Conference, hosted by the Columbia River Region of the American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) and the Oregon-Southwest Washington Chapter of the Urban and Regional Information Systems...

Leora Werner Conferences and Learning Opportunities, Unmanned Aerial Systems
GIS for Small Cities: 4 Things to Consider Before Getting a GIS

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) provide local government with tools to improve the lives of citizens through increasing internal efficiency, boosting citizen engagement, and improving the delivery of services. But when it comes to...

Grant Herbert, GISP GIS Support and Development, Government
3 Bond Tips Every School District Can Use Right Now

At some point during the year, most school districts will fall into one of these three areas: Thinking about planning a bond measure Attempting to pass a bond Trying make the most of the bond they just passed No matter which...

Tyler Vick School Districts
Extra! Extra! Our Most Popular News Stories From 2017

Before we step into a new year, we’re taking a look back at some of our most popular news stories from 2017. Click on the links below to explore how we're helping school districts, government, utilities, non-profits, businesses, and more...

Leora Werner Staff and Culture
FLO Featured in CityVision Magazine

Organizational sustainability. Important? We think so. Cities risk losing critical information when staff retire unless they focus on creating more sustainable data sharing systems within their organizations. One of the most common issues...

Leora Werner Government
3 Reasons to Join the AWC GIS Consortium

FLO and the Association of Washington Cities partner to run the GIS Consortium, an AWC program that helps Washington cities, counties, and special districts in Washington implement or improve GIS for their organization. Since the GIS...

Ruth McColly, GISP Government
Smarter School District Planning: 3 Essential Tools

Are you using the best possible data and analytics for school district planning? Here are three essential tools you can use to make more confident, data-driven planning decisions. 1. Accurate student enrollment forecasting, by...

Tyler Vick School Districts
School Boundary Reviews | Part 3: Integrating Technological Tools

Welcome to the third and final part of our series on updating school attendance boundaries. As we covered in posts one and two, a successful boundary update is both data-driven and consensus-based. In other words, it’s made up of accurate...

Alex Brasch School Districts