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12 March 2024

10:00am MT

Using GIS for State and Local Government Asset Management WEBINAR SERIES

March session:

Social Equity and Utilities 

Essential services such as electricity, water, gas, and telecommunications should be accessible, affordable, and reliable for all members of society. Join this session to learn how GIS can assist in achieving these social equity goals.


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Social equity for utilities refers to ensuring that essential services such as electricity, water, gas, and telecommunications are accessible, affordable, and reliable for all members of society. This includes addressing the needs of marginalized or disadvantaged communities, as well as ensuring that the benefits and burdens of utility services are fairly distributed.  This webinar events brings together industry leaders, policymakers, advocates, and community members to address the imperative for equitable access to essential utilities. We will explore key issues such as access and affordability, public participation, environmental justice, workforce diversity, and the role of renewable energy. Presentations and panel discussions will share innovative strategies and promote policy and regulatory frameworks that ensure utility services are accessible, affordable, reliable, and sustainable for all communities.  Join us as we work towards a more equitable future in the utilities sector.  

GISP Points

This event may qualify for GIS Certification Institute continuing education credits.

To submit for GISP Points, visit to self-submit the event curriculum for approval




  • Organizations:​

    • Cities/Towns/Municipalities

    • Campuses/Zoos/Parks

    • Enterprises

    • DOTs

  • Roles:

    • Managers, Analysts, and Directors

    • Elected Officials

    • Department Heads and Division Directors

  • Sectors:

    • Land Administration

    • Transportation Planning & Management

    • Utilities Planning & Management

    • Law Enforcement/Fire/Public Safety

    • Public Administration

    • Economic Development

    • Urban Planning

    • Parks and Recreation

    • Public Information Services

    • Public Works

    • Purchasing

    • Sustainability

    • Welfare and Human Services

    • Environmental Planning, Management, and Services

    • Treasury and Budget

    • Risk Management

    • and more ...

Series Supporters

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Tuesday, 12 March 2024
10:00am - 11:30am
All times in US Denver Mountain time



Moderator's Welcome Remarks

Moderator: TBA

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A brief overview of GIS for Social Equity and Utilities, and introduction of the presenters.



Esri Overview of GIS Solutions for Social Equity

Michael Brown, ArcGIS Solutions Product Engineer, Esri

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An overview of Esri tools for Social Equity and Utilities 



Leveraging GIS for Global Land Rights and Equitable Access to Public Services

Amy Coughenour Betancourt. President and CEO,

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Since 2015, Cadasta Foundation has deployed GIS technology to advance land and resource rights for 7 million tenure-insecure people in 49 countries, covering 26 million hectares of land in urban, rural, and forest lands. President and CEO, Amy Coughenour Betancourt, will share Cadasta's experiences, including one example from Odisha India, where "the world's largest slum land rights project" issued newly legislated land titles to nearly 1 million informal settlement dwellers and leveraged these rights to provide equitable access to water, sanitation, power, and public spaces. 



Bad Elf Solutions for Social Equity and Utilities 

Dr. Nikolas Smilovsky, Geospatial Solutions Director, Bad Elf

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An overview of Bad Elf solutions for Social Equity and Utilities 



Flourish & Thrive Labs perspective

Juliana McMillan-Wilhoit, COO, Flourish & Thrive Labs

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Flourish & Thrive Labs perspective



Industry Perspective


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Panel Discussion / Audience Q&A

Amy Coughenour Betancourt. President and CEO,
Dr. Nikolas Smilovsky, Geospatial Solutions Dir, Bad Elf

Juliana McMillan-Wilhoit, COO, Flourish & Thrive Labs
Michael Brown, ArcGIS Solutions Product Engineer, Esri

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A panel discussion of the issues and available GIS strategies for Social Equity and Utilities, with live audience question-and-answers.



Closing Remarks


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Session wrap-up and audience take-aways.

Conference Format

Hosted on an exciting and interactive virtual event platform, this event series features a virtual auditorium, plus audience interaction via Q&A and Polls.



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Dr. Nikolas Smilovsky, PhD GISP

Geospatial Solutions Director, Bad Elf

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Nikolas Smilovsky, PhD, GISP is a Geospatial Evangelist, Solutions Provider, and Educator, as well as Geospatial Solutions Director with Bad Elf. For nearly two decades Nik has focused his efforts on the professional and academic expansion of the geospatial professions. Whether working for a plethora of different types of private consulting firms collecting, analyzing, and displaying geographic data or working as an academic, researching and contributing to the corpus of educational knowledge, his passion in life is geography. As an energetic and enthusiastic public speaker, teacher, and thought leader he has enjoyed sharing successes with others and seeing them flourish. Specifically, his interests in the geospatial fields include the geography of behavior, sustainable and resilient geodesign, geographic science pedagogy (especially online education), and geospatial technologies as a whole. Nik loves innovative GIS tech and is a Geoholic! He is also a certified arborist, UAS Remote Pilot and Esri ArcGIS professional.

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Amy Coughenour Betancourt

President and CEO,

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Amy Coughenour Betancourt has served as a social sector leader for 30 years and as Cadasta Foundation’s President and CEO since June 2018. Cadasta is an award-winning nonprofit organization that advances land and resource rights globally, working with over 100 organizations that have collectively documented the rights of over 6.8 million people across 48 countries, covering 22 million hectares of land. Amy is a frequent global speaker and writer on the use of geospatial technology to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, advance community land tenure and combat climate change, and contribute to community data empowerment to address development challenges. Cadasta was awarded Esri's prestigious Sustainable Development Award in 2022 and a Special Achievement in GIS Award in 2021. Prior to Cadasta, Amy was the COO of International Programs at the National Cooperative Business Association (NCBA CLUSA); the Deputy Executive Director of the Pan American Development Foundation; the Deputy Director and Adjunct Fellow of the Americas Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. She holds an M.A. in International Policy Studies from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies and a B.A. in German from Central College. Amy serves on the Executive Board of How Women Lead’s Washington Capital Area; and Manna Food Center; and previously served on the Board of Interaction, the largest U.S. coalition of humanitarian and development NGOs.



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Bad Elf GNSS receivers deliver affordable accuracy through easy-to-use hardware supported by continuously evolving firmware, apps, and cloud services. Founded in 2010, Bad Elf created the first Made for iOS external GPS accessory and now enables high performance location services for all mobile platforms.

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Geographic Technologies Group (GTG) is committed to advancing the science of location intelligence and geospatial technology.  We want to inspire, push the envelope, break through boundaries, solve problems, and introduce a new kind of decision support. We go beyond location intelligence to plan, design, build, implement, transform, and maintain. We use spatial information to empower understanding, influence the decision-making process, offer new insights, reveal new data relationships, predict events, engage and educate the community, and solve problems of the future. The ultimate outcome is a smarter, more resilient, and sustainable government. We create location intelligent organizations!

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Carahsoft Technology Corp. is The Trusted Government IT Solutions Provider®, supporting Public Sector organizations across Federal, State and Local Government agencies and Education and Healthcare markets. As the Master Government Aggregator® for our vendor partners, we deliver solutions for Geospatial Intelligence, Open Source, Cybersecurity, MultiCloud, DevSecOps, Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, and more. Working with resellers, systems integrators and consultants, our sales and marketing teams provide industry leading IT products, services and training through hundreds of contracts. Founded in 2004, Carahsoft is headquartered in Reston, Virginia and employs more than 1,900 professionals dedicated to serving the Public Sector.

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The World Geospatial Industry Council is an association of companies representing the entire ecosystem of geospatial industry. WGIC endeavors to enhance the role of the geospatial industry and strengthen its contribution in global economy and society. We facilitate exchange of knowledge within the geospatial industry and co-creation of larger business opportunities for the geospatial industry. We represent business interest, share perspectives of the geospatial industry and undertake policy advocacy and dialogue with public authorities, multilateral agencies and other relevant bodies.

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