Florida Selects INDEX to Support Growth Visioning

Florida Selects INDEX to Support Growth Visioning

Criterion Planners

As Florida continues to outpace much of the nation in growth, its legislature has enacted new incentives for community visioning and urban service boundaries. To help implement these initiatives, the Florida Department of Community Affairs has selected INDEX planning support software for collaborative scenario-building, digital charretting, and alternatives analysis.

Starting in January 2006, the effort includes a statewide visioning database for INDEX users; training of state transportation and environmental protection agencies; providing INDEX to all of Florida's regional planning councils; and support for six pilot communities in real-time use of the tool during local visioning. INDEX will also be modified to produce land-use and urban design scenarios for the state's transportation planning, fiscal impact, and watershed protection models.

"Florida is a leader in using information technology to strengthen community planning, and we're delighted to have INDEX selected for a key role," said Eliot Allen of Criterion Planners, the Portland Oregon firm that develops and applies the software nationally. Introduced in 1994, INDEX is the most widely-used planning support tool in the U.S., with over 100 organizations in 35 states equipped with the software.

Related Link: INDEX Planning Support Software

For more information contact:

Eliot Allen
Criterion Planners
725 NW Flanders St, Suite 303
OR 97209

Phone: 503 224 8606
Fax: 503 224 8702
Email: [email protected]
Web: http://www.crit.com

Posted January 22, 2006

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