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Planning technologies workshop draws planners, policy makers to U

A workshop focused on how new technologies can be used to support planning and public involvement attracted a diverse audience to the University of Minnesota August 3, 2007. Attendees heard planning professionals discuss how they have used a variety of technological aids to develop large-scale plans for transportation and land use projects and to encourage stakeholder participation in the planning process.

Richard Klosterman addresses the audience of planners and researchers.

Richard Klosterman addresses the audience of planners and researchers.

“Planning Support Systems: Understanding Emerging Technologies and Opportunities for Stakeholder Involvement” was sponsored by the Center for Transportation Studies, the State and Local Policy Program at the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, and the Department of Civil Engineering.

The workshop featured presentations by Richard E. Klosterman, professor emeritus at the University of Akron and president of What If? Inc., and Lewis D. Hopkins, professor of urban and regional planning at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Following the presentations, audience members were invited to the newly created Minnesota Traffic Observatory to see planning support tools used by University of Minnesota researchers studying complex traffic and land-use interactions. MTO director John Hourdos demonstrated his lab’s GIS Table, a large horizontal display surface that combines the attributes of a drafting table and a geographic information systems workstation.