Stone Environmental receives international award for Best Use of Story Maps

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. 

David Healy (right) with Esri’s Best Use of Story Maps Award March 2017. Photo courtesy of Stone Environmental

“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.”

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…

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