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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
School Boundary Reviews | Part 2: Building Community Consensus

Welcome to part two of our three-part series on school attendance area boundary reviews, where we’re taking a look at how school districts can successfully update boundaries with a consensus-based and data-driven approach. If you haven’t...

Tyler Vick School Districts
School Boundary Reviews | Part 1: Student Enrollment Forecasting (It’s More Than A Headcount!)

School may be out for the summer, but for district leaders, the work continues. Many superintendents, assistant superintendents, and business managers will spend the summer break planning for future enrollment growth, or developing strategies...

Jennifer Axelrod School Districts
Join Us! Learn How GIS Builds Smarter Communities at the AWC Conference

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is an integral tool for cities to operate more effectively and efficiently. GIS enables smarter planning and implementation across all city departments. It can be used to engage and empower citizens,...

Leora Werner Government
Taking a Closer Look at Student Enrollment Forecasting

The FLO team is attending the Washington Association of School Business Officials' Annual Conference this week, where we've been hearing from school districts across the state about their need for more in-depth and easy-to-access student...

Jennifer Axelrod School Districts
Managing School District Growth: The Tools You Need

The race is on to manage growth for many school districts, as the populations of cities and towns across the Northwest continue to rise. In just the past 30 days, more than 10 school districts in Oregon and Washington have been featured in...

Jennifer Axelrod School Districts
3 Conservation Success Stories for Earth Day

With so many different environmental issues in the news, Earth Day is an important reminder of the work we have yet to do. But it’s also a day to celebrate how far we’ve come. Since the very first Earth Day on April 22, 1970, we have...

Jennifer Axelrod Conservation
What GIS Can Do for Washington Cities & Sammamish’s New eGov Tool

GIS is an integral tool for cities. It enables efficient and effective planning and implementation across all city departments. GIS tools can engage and empower citizens, improving the relationship between local government and the...

Grant Herbert Government
Ready for action! FLO Presents at GIS in Action Conference

Are you a GIS professional? Join us at the 25th Annual GIS In Action Conference on April 17 and 18, where Grant Herbert, FLO’s Senior GIS Analyst/Developer, will present during the Python learning session. Grant's talk will introduce...

Leora Werner Conservation, Government, Mobile, desktop, and server applications, Utilities
New Boundaries Approved for Washougal School District

Congratulations to Washougal School District! The School Board unanimously voted to approve new elementary and middle school boundaries, after a six-week boundary review process lead by the FLO team. We worked closely with district...

Alex Brasch School Districts
We Can’t Wait for Northwest Land Camp

The FLO team is proud to be again sponsoring Northwest Land Camp, a conference for NW land trust leaders, for the third time. We can't wait to head to the Sponsor Reception on the first day of the conference to catch up with previous land...

Jennifer Axelrod Conservation
Fall School District Conferences

Last week the FLO team attended the Oregon School Boards Association Conference in Portland and this week we'll be heading to the Washington State School Directors' Association Conference in Spokane. We're using these opportunities to talk...

Tyler Vick School Districts
FLO Team Heading to Rally 2016

We are excited to once again be attending the National Land Conservation Rally - held in Minneapolis, MN October 28-30th. This year, we’ve been working on some great projects with land trusts throughout the pacific...

Jennifer Axelrod Conservation
Department of Veterans Affairs: Siting Analysis

We’re happy to announce that FLO has been chosen to work with the Washington Department of Veterans affairs in choosing a location for a new veteran’s cemetery. Our team will conduct informed demographic, feasibility, and siting analyses...

Tyler Vick Government, Spatial Analysis
Boundary Review Update: New Boundary Approval for Central Valley School District

We recently wrapped up the boundary review process for Central Valley School District and are happy to announce the approval of 13 new elementary school boundaries. This approval is the result of eight weeks of facilitated committee meetings,...

Jennifer Axelrod School Districts
Whatcom County Fee Roll Generation: 2016-2017

We're happy to announce our ongoing work with Whatcom County Public Works Department. After conducting a peer review of the current process used to generate the Whatcom County Stormwater Fee Roll, our team has been selected to optimize the...

Grant Herbert Asset Management, Utilities
Announcing: The AWC GIS Consortium

FLO has teamed up with the Association of Washington Cities (AWC) to provide cities in Washington with easy and affordable access to GIS services. The AWC GIS Consortium offers four tiers of annual service, ensuring that we can meet the needs...

Tyler Vick Asset Management, GIS Support and Development, Government, Mobile, desktop, and server applications, Spatial Analysis, Utilities
Association of Washington Cities Conference 2016

This week, we'll be exhibiting and presenting at the Association of Washington Cities (AWC) Conference at the Edward D. Hansen Conference Center in Everett, WA. Stop by booth 35 and chat with us about using GIS to build smarter...

Tyler Vick Asset Management, GIS Support and Development, Government, Mobile, desktop, and server applications, Spatial Analysis
WASBO Conference 2016

Today we're exhibiting at the Washington Association of School Business Officials (WASBO) Conference in Tacoma. Stop by booth 25 in the main exhibit hall and talk to us about our geographic approach to student enrollment forecasting and...

Ryan Callihan School Districts
Comprehensive Boundary Review: Central Valley School District

For the past two months, our team has been engaged with Central Valley School District administration, parents, and community members to conduct a comprehensive boundary review of elementary and a subset of middle school attendance areas. To...

Jennifer Axelrod School Districts
Answering Critical Questions Using Student Enrollment Forecasts

We've been assisting school districts by preparing student enrollment forecasts in an effort to help them successfully plan for the future. Our unique approach goes beyond traditional enrollment forecasting by providing insight into the...

Ryan Callihan School Districts
Agricultural Resource Lands Analysis: Pierce County

As part of a multi-disciplinary team, we are setting out to evaluate Pierce County’s existing land use policy for designating agricultural resource lands (ARL). This evaluation process will also include our recommendations for alternative...

Jennifer Axelrod Conservation, Spatial Analysis
Project Announcement: Washington County Certificate Boundaries Review

We are happy to announce that our team has been chosen to complete a boundary review of solid waste and recycling collection certificate areas in Washington County, OR. History: Solid waste and recycling collection are regulated by code...

Grant Herbert Government, Spatial Analysis, Utilities
Supporting the Boundary Review Process for Tacoma Public Schools

We are excited to be supporting Tacoma Public School's boundary review process by providing community engagement maps and a custom web mapping application to support on-the-fly scenario modeling during boundary review committee...

Ryan Callihan Mobile, desktop, and server applications, School Districts, Spatial Analysis
Washington School Directors’ Conference – WSSDA 2015

The Washington State School Directors’ Association (WSSDA) annual conference is right around the corner. The annual event is the largest gathering of education policymakers in the state of Washington and a place where school directors and...

Tyler Vick Mobile, desktop, and server applications, School Districts, Spatial Analysis
National Land Conservation Conference – Rally 2015!

The land conservation community gathered in Sacramento, CA on October 8th-10th to share their success stories, learn new skills, and strengthen relationships. FLO was there to share the interactive web maps we’ve developed to help our...

Jennifer Axelrod Conservation, GIS Support and Development, Mobile, desktop, and server applications, Spatial Analysis
New Faces!

FLO has undergone quite the expansion recently, and we’ve brought on some great new talent to match the increasing demand for FLO’s services. With these hires, we’re stepping up our capacity in GIS development, analysis, and...

Tyler Vick Asset Management, Conservation, Government, Mobile, desktop, and server applications, Spatial Analysis, Utilities
May 8th Workshop at Washington School Districts Conference

The demographics of a school district drive facility needs. Its student population, composition, and distribution are tied to the larger geography in which the District is located. As these factors shift, a District must respond to both...

Tyler Vick Asset Management, GIS Support and Development, Industries, School Districts, Services, Spatial Analysis
FLO Featured in the Daily Journal of Commerce

We’re excited to be featured in a recent article by the Oregon Daily Journal of Commerce. The article touches on some of our latest work with school districts, utilities, and area businesses. Check it out...

Ryan Callihan Asset Management, Government, School Districts, Spatial Analysis, Utilities
April 14th Workshop at Northwest Land Camp

It’s been said that a picture is worth a thousand words, so imagine the type of information that your organization can convey with interactive web maps that allow you to collaborate with partners and share your success stories! New tools...

Jennifer Axelrod Conservation, Mobile, desktop, and server applications
Mercy Corps – International Development Project

In January 2014, Mercy Corps, a nonprofit international development organization, contracted with us to conduct a GIS needs assessment and deploy preliminary GIS operations for a USD $60 million DFID-funded water, sanitation and hygiene (WaSH)...

Grant Herbert Asset Management, GIS Support and Development, Humanitarian, Utilities
Spatial Asset Management for Public Utilities

We just kicked off a two year GIS program optimization project for Seattle City Light’s (SCL) Boundary Hydroelectric Project. SCL’s Boundary project supplies more than one-third of Seattle City Light’s power and includes management...

Tyler Vick Asset Management, GIS Support and Development, Government, Utilities
Strategic Planning for Agricultural Lands

PCC Farmland Trust’s (PCCFT) mission is to secure, preserve, and steward threatened farmland in the Northwest, ensuring that generations of local farmers productively farm using sustainable, organic methods. Under a new strategic plan, PCCFT...

Jennifer Axelrod Conservation, Spatial Analysis
Land Use Studies for School Districts

We recently completed a land use analysis for Bellingham Public Schools in Washington in order to assess its 10-year student enrollment projections within the geographical context of the District’s future land use. The goal of the land use...

Tyler Vick School Districts, Spatial Analysis