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Stone Environmental receives international award for Best Use of Story Maps

Wednesday, March 29, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Jeff Couture

Source: Vermont Business Magazine

Esri, the global leader in spatial analytics, recognized Stone Environmental this month at the Annual Esri Partner Conference for its exceptional contribution to spatial analysis technology.

Stone said in a statement that it is "humbled and excited" to receive the Best Use of Story Maps award for taking data visualization to the next level by using ArcGIS story maps to engage a wide-variety of stakeholders in the revitalization of downtown areas with underserved, abandoned or contaminated brownfield properties. David Healy, Vice President and Senior GIS Applications Specialist of Stone, accepted the award on behalf of Stone's work on the Bennington Downtown Area-Wide Plan Story Map on March 6, 2017 in Palm Springs, California.

"The Bennington Story map is a great extension of Esri's GIS technology," said David. "What sets this story apart from others is how it integrates classic story telling with engaging interactive maps, photos and alternative redevelopment scenarios. It was an honor to receive this award in front of over 1,000 global GIS market leaders, and is a testament to our partnership with Esri, which goes back over 20 years. Esri's recent advancements have now made ArcGIS software useful anywhere, anytime, and on any device."          From Bennington Story map

The Bennington Downtown Area-Wide Plan Story Map promotes plans to revitalize downtown Bennington, a mixed-residential and commercial area that once served as an industrial hub and but today remains a former shell of its old self. In 2016, the Town of Bennington and Bennington County Regional Commission (BCRC) engaged in an area-wide planning process to address several vacant and underutilized properties, many with brownfield conditions, and to engage the community and potential partners in redevelopment ideas. Stone worked with team members Greenman Pedersen, Kennedy Advisors, and Centerline Architects to develop the Bennington Downtown Area-Wide Plan (link is external), offering a detailed market study, conceptual redevelopment scenarios, and feasibility analyses.

"For any Area Wide Plan to be successful, the community needs to be an active part of the process," said Daniel Voisin, Director of Environmental Assessment and Remediation at Stone. "In Bennington, we used the story map as a way to build interest in the project by providing an easily navigable platform for community members to find information about the area's history, setting, resources, and the concept redevelopment plans. It proved to be a key tool to push information to the public."

With the support of the community, a consortium of local business leaders, institutions, and civic-minded investors, the town of Bennington is ready to give downtown revitalization another try. In July 2016, the town announced plans to transform a block of historic buildings into a mixed-use, downtown space with residential housing, office, restaurants, and retail stores.

Stone Environmental is small, employee-owned company that provides the scientific tools, information, and analyses to help clients solve complex environmental challenges. capabilities include environmental assessment and remediation, water resources management and modeling, data quality assessments, support for agrochemical product stewardship and registration, and geospatial analysis, visualization, and application development. Stone employs over 40 scientists, engineers, modelers, application developers, and project managers. The company's headquarters is located in Montpelier, Vermont. Remote employees also work out of offices in Mankato, MN, Tallahassee, FL; and Boulder, CO.

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