Hazard Mitigation takes collaboration and teamwork with multiple stakeholders. How do you pull them all together to make a plan that gets results? Stacey Stark, MS, GISP, Associate Director of U-Spatial at the University of Minnesota Duluth campus, is joining us at the 2019 Fall Regional Meeting in Bayfield to explain how Minnesota has been striving to do just that.
Her organization, U-Spatial, is a “nationally recognized model that serves and drives a fast-growing need for expertise in GIS, remote sensing, and spatial computing across the University.” Stacey works with faculty, staff and students across the UMD system to support teaching and a large variety of research using geospatial data and tools. It is their specialty in state and local hazard mitigation planning and flood risk assessment that we’re going to hear more about on Day Two of our meeting.
U-Spatial has been facilitating Hazard Mitigation Plan Updates in Minnesota for 10 years. They have worked in 25 counties, 3 tribal jurisdictions, and with the State of Minnesota to update the State Hazard Mitigation Plan twice. By leveraging an engaged GIS Professional Community in Minnesota to build relationships with local governments, key stakeholders and state agencies, they’ve been able to access valuable geospatial data and expertise to assess natural hazards that pose risk and expose vulnerabilities. She’ll share a perspective on some of the data gaps and opportunities for coordination related to geospatial data in Hazard Mitigation and Climate Adaptation Planning.