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Wednesday, 1 May 2024

10:00am MT

Using GIS for State and Local Government Asset Management WEBINAR SERIES

May session:

GIS for 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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We believe everyone deserves access to reliable essential services like electricity, water, and internet, regardless of income or background. This means dismantling past injustices in how these services are provided.

Why it Matters: Equitable utilities strengthen communities! They boost health by providing clean water and power, create economic opportunities, and reduce the environmental burdens that often fall heaviest on disadvantaged areas. Join us as we work towards a more equitable future in the utilities sector by exploring geographic information systems (GIS). This exciting webinar brings together experts, policymakers, and community voices. We'll discuss:

  • Affordability: Making sure everyone can pay their bills

  • Community Input: Giving residents a say in decisions that affect them

  • Clean Energy: Prioritizing renewables protects vulnerable populations

  • Modern Technology: How to use modern geospatial solutions for equitable outcomes


Let's shape policies and practices to ensure utilities serve all of us!



  • 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 ...

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


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Wednesday, 1 May 2024
10:00am - 11:30am
All times in US Denver Mountain time



Moderator's Welcome Remarks

Moderator: Juliana McMillan-Wilhoit, COO, Flourish & Thrive Labs

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



Social Equity in Utilities Requirements, and the Role of GIS

Randall René, Industry Solutions Director: Telecommunications & Cable, Esri

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An overview of the legal and ethical requirements for social equity in utilities, and the role that GIS plays in delivering equity.



Esri Tools for Social Equity

Michael Brown, ArcGIS Solutions Product Engineer, Esri

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A live demo and discussion of Esri's Social Equity Analysis solution.



Bad Elf Solutions for Social Equity and Utilities 

Noah Golinko, Geospatial Enablement Specialist, Bad Elf

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This presentation will highlight the role of GNSS and ArcGIS in promoting social equity by enabling precise mapping and analysis in utilities management. It also emphasizes the democratization of data collection through affordable GNSS technology, empowering decision-makers to address disparities and ensure equitable access to essential services.



High-Resolution Equity Assessment and Forecasting for Utility Investment

Vivek Sakhrani, Vice President, Data & Analytics, Atlas AI

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This talk will demonstrate how high resolution geospatial data can be used to assess social equity metrics such as reach and access of current networks. The presentation will also highlight the use of space and time forecasts to inform asset site selection for utility investment planning. 



Panel Discussion / Audience Q&A

Moderator: Juliana McMillan-Wilhoit, COO, Flourish & Thrive Labs

Randall René, Industry Solutions Director: Telecommunications & Cable, Esri
Michael Brown, ArcGIS Solutions Product Engineer, Esri

Noah Golinko, Geospatial Enablement Specialist, Bad Elf
Vivek Sakhrani, Vice President, Data & Analytics, Atlas AI

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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.

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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Juliana McMillan-Wilhoit

COO, Flourish & Thrive Labs

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Juliana McMillan-Wilhoit is the President and COO of Flourish and Thrive Labs, a business transformation organization that delivers innovative, data-driven solutions to empower clients and drive positive change. As an accomplished geospatial leader, she has made significant contributions to the industry, earning her the Geospatial Rising Star award in 2022. With a strong background in data analytics, geospatial data, and urban planning, Juliana is well-versed in a range of GIS software, including QGIS and Esri products. Her expertise in automation, product management, and training has positioned her as a leading authority in the geospatial community. As a passionate advocate for the field, Juliana uses her infectious personality to inspire and engage others, and she enjoys working closely with individuals through her proprietary coaching and career development program, "Map Your Future." Outside of her professional life, Juliana is a new mom and proud wife, embracing the joys and challenges of balancing her career and family life. 

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Randall René

Industry Solutions Director: Telecommunications & Cable, Esri

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Randall René is the Industry Solutions Director for Telecommunications at Esri, where he helps communication service providers leverage geographic information system (GIS) technology to transform workflows and improve communication, collaboration, and productivity across the entire telecom project life cycle. Randall is a proud US Army veteran with 25 years of experience in the telecommunications and cable industries working in the field, guiding GIS teams, and supporting infrastructure planning. Prior to joining Esri, he spent 18 years at Comcast. Randall earned a Master of Business Administration in Strategy and Organizational Development at George Fox University in Oregon and is currently pursuing a doctoral degree from Virginia’s Liberty University. He is a passionate advocate within the GIS community and committed to helping public and private sector organizations nationwide bridge the digital divide.

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Michael Brown

ArcGIS Solutions Product Engineer, Esri

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Michael Brown is a Product Engineer on Esri’s State and Local Government ArcGIS Solutions Team. He focuses on the Planning and Natural Resources community and is product owner of the Social Equity Analysis solution.

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Noah Golinko

Geospatial Enablement Specialist, Bad Elf

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Noah Golinko is a Geospatial Enablement Specialist with Bad Elf.  A recent graduate with a Master's degree in Geographic Information Science from Arizona State University, his academic journey was complemented by internships at the City of Tempe and Bad Elf, where he gained valuable insights into the world of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and the intricacies of State and Local Governments. Transitioning to a full-time role at Bad Elf, he has been at the forefront of developing GIS solutions that bridge technology and governance, helping local authorities improve their services and make informed decisions. Noah's dedication to GIS, practical experience, and problem-solving abilities position him as a promising professional in the field, poised to drive meaningful change.

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Vivek Sakhrani

VP of Data & Analytics

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Vivek shapes Atlas AI's portfolio of development analytics services. He brings more than a decade of experience in systems planning, design, and investment advisory for development projects in energy, transport, water, ICT, and urban built environment. Vivek was previously the Global Director for Infrastructure Analytics at CPCS, a management consulting firm specializing in infrastructure, overseeing the firm's modeling, analytics, and visualization services across its geographies, including Africa. Among his past clients are the World Bank, Millennium Challenge Corporation, African Union Commission, PIDA, GIZ, private firms, ministries and agencies. Vivek has a PhD in Systems Engineering and Master's in Technology and Policy both from MIT, where he also led research at the KACST-MIT Center for Complex Engineering Systems, the MIT Energy Initiative, and MIT Tata Center for Technology & Design. He is a member of the US National Academies' Transportation Research Board Urban Freight Committee, Assistant Editor for Engineering Project Organization Journal, and a board member for Ballroom Basix, a co-curricular dance and cultural program for K-12 students.



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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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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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Atlas AI is the The AI Platform for Geospatial. We bring together world class machine learning talent and deep domain expertise to develop software that allows customers to plan and monitor high stakes investments including infrastructure development initiatives and market expansion programs. It is our mission to monitor drivers of economic development across the emerging markets so that financial capital can advance societal well-being. Atlas AI’s solutions promote agility in the face of constant change. 

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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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