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Friday, October 4, 2002

Planning Summit to Highlight Use of Technology for Emergency Preparedness and Public Health

The use of geographic information system (GIS) technology to enhance emergency preparedness and public health will be among the topics of discussion at the third annual Atlantic County Regional Planning Summit to be held on Wednesday, October 9 from 8:30 AM to 1:30 PM at the Atlantic County Vocational Technical School, 5080 Atlantic Avenue, Mays Landing.

"GIS played a pivotal role in the 9/11 rescue and recovery efforts. The use of such technology is invaluable, but we have only begun to explore its potential," stated County Executive Dennis Levinson. "The planning summit provides an important forum for the exchange of new ideas and technologies. I encourage the public to take advantage of this opportunity."

The summit will also include discussion of regional transportation projects, the county's highway improvement program, the Smart Growth grant findings and a meeting of the South Jersey GIS Users Group.

Several hundred people are expected to attend the annual summit including municipal officials, engineers, planners, developers, emergency management personnel and health officials. A complimentary lunch will be provided by the Vocational School's Academy of Culinary and Hotel Careers.

Reservations are being accepted at 645-7700, ext. 4433. For more information, please contact Barry Hackett, Director of the Atlantic County Office of GIS at 645-5898.

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