Obama Administration Supports Place Based Initiative
The importance of place has also been recognized by the Obama administration in a 2009 White House “Place-Based Initiative” memo (recently amplified in a June, 2010, memo) seeking to target the prosperity, equity, sustainability, and livability of places by leveraging spatially-targeted investments in rural and urban areas.
Source: Howard Veregin, WI State Cartographer
Dr. Lea Shanley is the founder and former co-Chair of the Federal Community of Practice on Crowdsourcing and Citizen Science, a vibrant community of 200 federal employees from more than 35 agencies. She is also a co-founding member of the Citizen Science Association. Dr. Shanley recently served as a Presidential Innovation Fellow at NASA, where she helped to foster a culture of open innovation. Prior to this, she founded and directed the Commons Lab at the Wilson Center, served in the US Senate as a Congressional Science Fellow, and worked with local and tribal communities to develop GIS-based decision support systems for city planning, natural resource management, coastal management, and disaster response through the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
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