AMPO’s Socioeconomic Forecasting Working Group is a community of practice for staff engaged in demographic, economic, and land use forecasting at regional planning agencies. The group fosters collaboration﹘sharing knowledge, resources, and innovations in our work. We seek to enhance communication and foster peer exchanges through working group events (webinars, coffee chats, and conferences) and online resources (web forum and contacts list). The working group aims to move conversations and practices forward, aiding the analytical capabilities and policy recommendations of regional agencies.
- Provide a forum for MPO staff to share practices, information, and resources;
- Build MPO technical capacity through peer-to-peer sharing, documentation, and dissemination of innovative tools, data, and practices;
- Identify challenges and emerging issues in socioeconomic and land use forecasting;
- Seek opportunities for resource sharing toward common advancement in tools and practices; and
- Communicate and share best practices, guidance, resources, and activities with other AMPO committees and at AMPO events, as appropriate.
Socioeconomic Discussion Forum
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Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG)
Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC)
Ben Gruswitz, AICP, Manager, Socioeconomic and Land Use Analytics at the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) in Philadelphia. Ben has a Masters in City and Regional Planning from Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland. A former travel demand modeler at the agency, he now forecasts population and employment, develops regional indicators, and performs various analyses in support of DVRPC’s long-range plan and other agency needs. Ben is also a member of the Oversight Board for the Census Transportation Planning Products (CTPP) Program.
Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG)
Bay Area Metro
Mike Reilly is a principal planner at Bay Area Metro, where he leads the team developing and applying urban and regional models for policy analysis. He has broad urban sustainability experience in government, the private sector, and independent consulting. He received an MCP and PhD from UC Berkeley, and did postdoctoral research at Columbia and Stanford.
San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG)
Caitlin Cook: firstname.lastname@example.org