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From Problem to Prosperity: Using Data to Reverse the Scourge of Urban Blight

  • 26 Sep 2017
  • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • FREE Webinar

Date: September 26, 2017

Time:  2:00 pm - 3:00 pm ET

Price:  Free

Registration Deadline: September 26 at 11:00 am ET

Instructions will be emailed on September 25

Questions? Please contact

Please note: This webinar is not eligible for CEcD recertification points.


This webinar is sponosred by Esri.

The impact of blight on our communities is far-reaching, and most evident to local governments by a loss of tax revenue and declining property values. Blighted neighborhoods spawn illegal activities, which are costly to police and contribute to other serious social ills, such as homelessness, and unemployment. Left unaddressed, these issues can quickly push cities over the edge into decline. Economic developers know the stakes are high, and should be invested in being part of the solution to remediate blight in their communities.

Understanding the extent and location of the problem is the first step toward launching an effective strategy. The ability to easily collect data and share it among stakeholders provides a framework for collaboration to see problems through to final resolution. GIS offers solutions to help local governments return distressed properties to productivity, and address costly issues of social inequity.

Hear how economic developers can join in the collective fight to reverse the devastation of urban decay and boost community attractiveness for residents, businesses, and prospective investors.

This webinar will review:

• Improving community marketability for increased growth ​
• R​eclaiming lost revenue by returning distressed neighborhoods to productivity​ 
• P​redicting areas of potential blight before problems can begin



Keith Cooke 
Local Government Account Executive 
Birmingham, AL

Keith Cooke is the Local Government Account Executive at Esri.​ Keith has been in the GIS field since 1994 when he started at the Central Alabama Regional Planning Commission in Montgomery. ​ ​He’s held GIS​-related positions for the Town of Apex, North Carolina and at an Esri Business Partner, GIS, Inc. in Birmingham.​ Keith later moved his efforts into the state and local government arena, focusing on a suite of GIS applications geared towards community planning until leaving for Esri in 2004. ​ ​He has also been active in the American Planning Association over the last decade by conducting more than 50 hands-on GIS workshops for planners.


Instructions and Technology

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• Using Desktop VoIP: A computer equipped with the following: 
-- a supported sound card 
-- speakers or headphones 
-- a microphone (for speaking during the conference)


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• Broadband Internet connection

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