CLEAR Spring 2012 Community and Natural Resources Planning Program Workshops

The Center for Land Use Education and Research (CLEAR) Community and Natural Resources Planning Program is pleased to announce two upcoming workshop series – in northwestern and southeastern CT. These workshops will present illustrations and examples of innovative tools and techniques to help towns plan for their future. Refreshments and take-home materials will be provided. Don’t miss them! 
Space is limited and registration is on a first come, first served basis.  See below for details and online registration. 
Questions?  Contact Susan Westa @ or 860-774-9600 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            860-774-9600      end_of_the_skype_highlighting, ext. 24

Northwestern CT Workshop Series
 Sponsored by Northwestern CT COG & Litchfield Hills CEO
Co-sponsored by Northwest Conservation District, Northwest CT Planning Collaborative & Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area
TIME: All Workshops @ 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Development Alternatives – Susan Westa
DATE: March 29th, 2012
LOCATION: Cornwall Town Hall
Growth & Community Character – Paula Stahl
DATE: April 23rd, 2012
LOCATION: UConn Torrington
Economic Development – Paula Stahl
DATE: May 8th, 2012
LOCATION: Cornwall Town Hall
Affordable Housing – Bruce Hyde
DATE: May 17th, 2012
LOCATION: UConn Torrington

Southeastern CT Workshop  Series
Sponsored by Southeastern CT COG
TIME: All Workshops @ 7:00 – 8:30 PM
LOCATION: All Workshops at SCCOG
Economic Development Strategies – Paula Stahl
DATE: March 13th, 2012
Growth & Community Character – Paula Stahl
DATE: April 18th, 2012
Planning For the Future of Your Town – Susan Westa
DATE: April 25th, 2012
Win-Win of Subdivision Design – Paula Stahl
DATE: May 16th, 2012
Using CLEAR Web Tools for Local Planning – C Arnold
DATE: May 30th, 2012

GIS and Public Health Workshop, University at Albany School of Public Health, April 24-25, 2012

GIS and Public Health Workshop, University at Albany School of Public Health, April 24-25, 2012
The 8th Annual GIS and Public Health Day will be held on Tuesday, April 24th at the University at Albany School of Public Health in Rensselaer, NY.  The theme of the workshop is public participatory GIS.  In addition to formal presentations on April 24th, there will be a training day on April 25th.  At this time, two classes are scheduled:  one day-long class in which participants will learn how to collect information and pictures for display on the internet as interactive maps (fee, limited enrollment); half-day class in which participants will learn how to create maps with SAS/Graph (no fee, no limit on attendees).
More details are available on the conference web site …
and that web site will always have the most recent workshop and training information.  The web site includes a “Contact Us” link for questions.   The fee for the conference is only $30 (includes continental breakfast and lunch) while the training day fee is only $15.  Registration is now open.
For details about past conferences, see …

CT GIS User to User Network Meeting – March 30

Mark your Calendars!

The Connecticut GIS User to User Network will hold their Spring Quarterly Meeting on Friday, March 30, 2012 at the University of Connecticut, Greater Hartford Campus at 85 Lawler Road West Hartford, Connecticut  in room 104 of the Hi-Tech Classroom Building (HITC) [View Campus Map].

The meeting will start with networking opportunities at 8:30 AM and the first presentation will begin promptly at 9:00 AM. Among the presenters and presentations will be Mr. Tyler Kleykamp from the State Office of Policy and Management. He will be speaking on the recent Governor’s Bill Number 5027 regarding the impacts on the Connecticut Geospatial Council and future plans regarding GIS in the State of Connecticut.

Virtual Attendance via Live Stream!
For those of you unable to physically attend the meeting, you can attend this meeting virtually! To attend this meeting virtually please register via the link below. Participants registering for the virtual stream will be sent an email one day prior to the event with connection details and users will also be able to ask questions virtually.

Register Here for Virtual Meeting


Parking is available in the parking lot on Trout Brook Road  [Map]

View the Live Stream at: or via the video window below. The live stream will begin at 9:00am on Friday March 30, 2012 and will end by 12:00pm.

Free live streaming by Ustream

CLEAR Land Use Academy Basic and Advanced Training Sessions

 The 2012 Center for Land Use Education and Research (CLEAR) Connecticut Land Use Academy is now available. Included below is the listing of upcoming sessions:

Advanced Training Academy

CLEAR’s Advanced Training Academy held on November 5 was a huge success. As a result, we have added another Advanced Training Academy for March 31, 2012. The Academy will be held on the University of Connecticut Stamford Campus.
The Advanced Land Use Academy training is a departure from the Basic Training that we usually offer. In response to feedback from both professional planners and land use commissioners, we are offering an all-day advanced course that will cover three topics in-depth. This training will include plenty of time for audience participation, questions, observations, etc.

4.75 AICP CM credits pending

Basic Training Academy

The next Basic Training Academy will be held on April 21, 2012 in Haddam at the University of Connecticut Middlesex Cooperative Extension Center.

See Basic Training Details

For a complete listing of the schedule and to register visit:

CLEAR Spring/Summer GIS/GPS Training Schedule

Are you interested in learning more about GIS, Model Building, Python Scripting and more? The Center for Land Use Education and Research (CLEAR) has just opened registration for their Geopatial Workshop series. Be sure to register quickly as these sessions to fill up fast!

Included below is a brief listing of the workshops available and visit for more details about these training opportunities.

Upcoming Courses


Registration Info

Geospatial Technologies at Work: An Introduction to GIS [more]

April 18-20
June 20-22

Creating and Using Geospatial Models: Introduction to ModelBuilder [more]

April 25

Developing Custom Geoprocessing Tools: An Introduction to Python Scripting [more]

May 1-2

Coming Soon!
Using to Create and Share Interactive Web Maps

Early Summer 2012
Coming soon!

Mashup Madness: Using Google Tools to Create Maps on the Web [more]


Pictures, Points & Places:
An Introduction to GPS [more]

June 14-15