Community Development

What Community Development Professionals Can Expect at the Esri User Conference

For the first time since 2019, the Esri International User Conference will be in person…and thank goodness.  Attendance looks like it will be very close to pre-pandemic levels, which is even more inspiring.  As of today, there are nearly 1,000 attendees working in the planning, housing, or economic development industries.  Since I’m unabashedly partial to these attendees, I wanted to put together some events that those of you in the community development field will want to add to your agenda.

Finally, since some of us have been out of practice being at the UC and so many of you will be there for the first time, I wanted to offer a few nuggets of wisdom:

We can’t wait to see you out in San Diego in July.  If you have questions about putting together an agenda, please don’t hesitate to reach out directly to your Esri account team…or just shoot me an e-mail.  We all want to make sure this is a rewarding experience for you.  Safe travels and we’ll see you soon.

About the author

Keith Cooke is the Director of Planning & Community Development Markets at Esri. A graduate of Auburn University, he has been a GIS professional since 1994 and has worked for planning and community development agencies at the regional and municipal level. Prior to this role, he was an account executive at Esri for 15 years working with over 100 local governments. He is a frequent speaker at GIS, community planning, and economic development events and is an active member in the American Planning Association, where he has conducted nearly 100 hands-on GIS workshops for planners since 2004 at the National Planning Conference and state chapter conferences.


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