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

Recent Articles

Harrisburg Area Community College Lancaster campus

Announcing the Python for ArcGIS Course

August 8, 2018


The Python for ArcGIS course is now available through Harrisburg Area Community College. I share the course outline, a sample video lesson, and a sample script.

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Are You Thinking About Your Map Users?

July 19, 2018


It is important for us to consider how people are using the printed maps and web map applications we develop. I share some thoughts on this topic, as well as examples of how I do this.

screen shot of a zoning map for a community

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.

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

screenshot of Interactive Data Map website

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

smokestacks at a factory

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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