AMPO’s Socioeconomic Forecasting Interest 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 interest group events (webinars, coffee chats, and conferences) and online resources (web forum and contacts list). The interest 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
Andy Taylor, AICP is the Manager of Regional Planning and Analytics at the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG), where he provides leadership for the regional planning and implementation team, as well as the data science and analytics team – connecting local and regional decision-makers to the information and resources they need to make life better in the Denver region.
Todd Graham is a principal forecaster at Metropolitan Council of the Twin Cities, where he provides project leadership in demography, development monitoring, land use analysis, and economic analysis. Graham and colleagues are currently implementing new techniques for the Council’s 2050 socioeconomic and land use forecasts. From 1997 to 2004, Graham was a regional analyst and regional analysis manager for Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.
Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG)
Jeff Nutting is the forecast coordinator at SEMCOG, the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments, located in Detroit, Michigan. He has 25 years of experience in socioeconomic forecasting and leads SEMCOG’s regional land use modeling efforts. Jeff is also involved in developing the State of Michigan’s Household Travel Survey, the key source of information on travel behavior in Michigan. He received a BA and MUP from Wayne State University.
Metropolitan Transportation Commission
Elly Theocharides is a land use modeler at the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (Bay Area, CA). Elly has Masters degrees in Transportation Engineering and City and Regional Planning from UC Berkeley. She has worked on transportation and land use analytics at MPOs of various sizes and as a consultant, with a focus on microeconomic models and land use policy analysis. For the last five years she has conducted land use model development and application at MTC to support the region’s forecasting and long range planning.
Sulabh Aryal serves as the Transportation Planning Manager in PlanRVA, the regional planning agency and MPO for Richmond region in Virginia. He has over thirteen years of experience in transportation planning and serves as the team lead for the development of the Richmond region’s Long-Range Transportation Plan (LRTP). He is also responsible for the maintenance and enhancement of the Regional Travel Demand Model. His professional interests include development and use of innovative analytical tools for various planning application, like performance-based project prioritization, scenario planning and transportation economic impact analysis. Sulabh has master’s degrees in urban and regional planning and GIS from Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia
Paul Calvaresi is the Intergovernmental Manager at the Broward Metropolitan Planning Organization. Mr. Calvaresi has over 15 years of experience in public service. He holds an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from the University of Florida and a Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Florida Atlantic University. During his time at the Broward MPO, Paul has worked on a variety of projects ranging from financing, public engagement, local community transit, and rail.
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