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I am a cartographer and developer interested in telling the stories of communities through maps and technology.

Recent Articles

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Building the Find Zoning District By Parcel App

May 30, 2018


I'm building a concept web map app that will allow users to find the zoning district for their property. I share my process of building the app.

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The Most Important App Might Not Be The Most Fun

April 18, 2018


I'm learning that I need to focus more time on enhancing our most popular web map app instead of others. It's an important lesson to learn.

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GeoDev Summit Recap

March 14, 2018


The first ever GeoDev Summit was recently held in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. I share the backstory and some reflections on the event.

Featured Projects

Camp Swatara Hiking Trails Map

Camp Swatara hiking trails map

Camp Swatara is a family and summer camp located in southeastern Pennsylvania. The focus of this project was redesigning the hiking trails map with more accurate mapping of the trails.

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Interactive Data Map

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The Interactive Data Map was developed for the Cumberland County Economic Development Corporation to promote the County to prospective businesses. It features a custom deployment of the Esri Shortlist Storytelling web map application.

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SARA Report Tool

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The SARA Report Tool is a custom ArcGIS tool developed to assist Cumberland County Public Safety with the reporting for hazardous chemical facilties. It creates risk radii, and calculates the estimated population and extracts vulnerable facilities in each risk radius.

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