Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Interactive Web Techniques for Public Engagement

Please feel free to share the following webinar announcement. To listen to a “Sneak Peek” of the upcoming webinar go to






Incorporating Interactive Web Techniques with Public Engagement & Community Decision Making


Dan Otto, Christopher Seeger & Diane Van Wyngarden

(Iowa State University)


Ted Gallion, Mary Simon Leuci & Sarah Massengale

(University of Missouri)


November 5, 2012 (Monday) - 11:00 AM – Eastern Time


About the webinar:

In this webinar, members of the NCRCRD Small Grant-funded Incorporating Interactive Web Techniques with Public Engagement and Community Decision Making, will present the results and tools from their piloting of two online tools using GIS and collaboration software to foster community engagement to promote local tourism and foods in Pella, IA, and to address access to healthy foods and enhance the local food system in Crawford County, South Central Missouri. The focus of the webinar will be on demonstrating the tools, sharing lessons learned, and discussing implications for expanding use of such tools of technology in community work.


About the Speakers:

Mary Simon Leuci is the assistant dean of the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources and community development program director for University of Missouri Extension. In this role, she provides leadership for community leadership development, community economic development, citizen engagement, community decision making, participatory planning, creating inclusive communities, and community emergency management. She is co-founder of the Community Development Academy and has also worked with communities and organizations to help develop extension's community emergency management program, healthy lifestyle initiative, and EXCEED program, and facilitate community-based leadership development community economic development, and community information networks, and pioneering the use of GIS with community engagement with the Community Issues Management (CIM) system in Missouri. Her research has focused on leadership and organizational learning. Mary has a B.S. in Agriculture, M.A. in Adult Education, and Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from the University of Missouri.

Sarah Hultine Massengale is a Community Development Specialist with the University of Missouri Extension in South Central Missouri. She works with nine rural Missouri counties on programs in youth leadership development, tourism, local food systems and healthy lifestyles, and assists local community organizations with meeting facilitation, strategic planning, program development, and grant-writing. Her research interests focus on rural food systems and food access, particularly in the Missouri Ozarks. Sarah has a BA in biology/environmental studies from Knox College, a Master of Urban and Regional Planning degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Rural Sociology at University of Missouri-Columbia.

Ted Gallion is the University of Missouri Extension statewide coordinator for Community Issues Management (CIM) providing leadership, training and user support for staff and faculty. Previously at the Office of Social and Economic Data Analysis (OSEDA) he administered the development and management of a sophisticated Oracle-based health and human services resource directory and web site with more than 20,000 resources in collaboration with the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Missouri Foundation for Health and J. Otto Lottes Health Sciences Library. He produced hundreds of thematic maps for print and web publications each year and constructed special project maps and reports such as drive-time analysis, hot-spot analysis, temporal analysis, geocoding, etc. He articulated, developed and administered a statewide corridor analysis web application for the Missouri Department of Transportation. Ted received a BA degree in microbiology and a MBA from University of Missouri-Columbia.

Christopher J. Seeger, ASLA, GISP is an Associate Professor and Extension Specialist in Landscape Architecture and Geospatial Technology at Iowa State University. Seeger is an Iowa Registered Landscape Architect and a Geographic Information Systems Professional. Seeger specializes in the integration of geospatial technologies (GIS, Global Positioning Systems, and remote sensing), Web 2.0 collaboration and data-sharing technologies, crowd-sourcing methods (Public Participation GIS and Volunteered Geographic Information) to develop local current datasets that can be used in the planning and design process. His current research includes creating healthy, sustainable communities that include safe routes to schools, connected trail systems, and environments/programs that promote healthy lifestyles and economic development.

Daniel Otto is a Professor of Economics, Extension Economist and Associate Director of Extension to communities at Iowa State University. He received his Bachelor's degree (1975) and Master's degree in Agricultural Economics (1977) from the University of Minnesota and his Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics (1981) from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia. He has been on the Iowa State University faculty since 1981 where he has worked extensively with community and state officials on regional policy analysis, economic and fiscal impact analysis, and researching a range of economic development and regional policy issues. He has taught a class in rural economic development and is currently teaching undergraduate Public Finance. He has an ongoing research in the areas of evaluating the role of natural resource-based amenities in economic development, value-added agriculture strategies for rural development, local labor market analysis, economic impact analysis, and local government performance.

Diane Van Wyngarden is a Community and Economic Development Specialist for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. She works directly with community leaders in areas including community economic development and tourism strategic planning. She is developer, lead instructor and administrator for Iowa State Road Scholar educational travel programs. She has a B.S. in Psychology and PhD. in Educational and Organizational Leadership.


Registration: There is no registration and no fee for attending this webinar.


To join the webinar go to, “enter as a guest” is by default already chosen. Type your name into the text box provided, and click on “Enter Room”. You are now in the meeting room for the webinar.


The webinar will be recorded and archived at


To receive these announcements directly, or to correct errors in our distribution list, please email


Rosa Soliz

Communications & Logistics Associate

North Central Regional Center for Rural Development

Agriculture Hall

446 W. Circle Drive, Room 66

East Lansing, MI 48824


NCRCRD Facebook Group:

Follow us on Twitter:

Webinar archives:



Office Hours: Monday/Thursday – 8 AM – 6 PM (ET) / Friday 8 AM – 12 Noon (ET)


No comments:

Post a Comment