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Thursday, May 23 • 2:15pm - 3:00pm
Public Agency Collaboration through Community Asset Mapping

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Public Agency Collaboration through Community Asset Mapping
Public agencies across the Puget Sound region are examining how they can work together and use their existing resources to equitably and holistically meet the needs of a rapidly changing region. Public entities and tribes in the Tacoma area have long worked together through the Joint Municipal Action Committee (JMAC), which brings representatives from these entities together to discuss common interests.

Forterra, City of Tacoma Information Technology, and Metro Parks Tacoma Information Services were tasked by JMAC with developing a community asset map and recommendations that improve coordination and cooperation across the public sector in deploying and activating their real estate assets for community, economic, affordable housing, recreation, and environmental benefits.

The GIS model started with the identification of redevelopable publicly owned land followed by gap analysis designating serviced and not serviced areas by agency.

Public agency staff was surveyed and asked to rank the criteria most important to them when evaluating land to meet their strategic priorities to serve the public. High priorities shared across each agency included displacement risk, planned growth, access to transit, proximity to parks, and neighborhood amenities.

Agencies also had individual priorities that were specific to their strategic plans and projects. These criteria were then turned into indicators that eventually became a composite index that meet the highest-ranked criteria shared by all agencies, and individual indices that meet the highest-ranked criteria specific to each agency.

These were then visualized through a story map in ESRI ArcGIS Online that showed geospatial data and recommendations for collaborating and coordinating real estate asset needs. This story map and recommendations will provide a data-driven understanding of how publicly-owned parcels can be deployed to serve agency-specific strategic needs, as well as how these agencies could collaborate to achieve multiple benefits.



Senior, IT Analyst (GIS), City of Tacoma
Adriana Abramovich, Senior GIS Analyst, City of Tacoma IT-GIS Adriana has 15 years of experience supporting Municipal Governments currently working as Senior GIS Analyst for the City of Tacoma. She provides technical support in projects throughout the organization, contributes to... Read More →

Thursday May 23, 2019 2:15pm - 3:00pm AKDT
GTCC RM 317 Tacoma Convention Center, 1500 Commerce St, Tacoma, WA 98402