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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