To help draw business, a state looks back to its 1636 roots

Tax credits. Lower cost of living. Restaurants and beaches. And don’t forget Roger Williams and his experiment in protecting everyone’s liberty of conscience.

One of Colonial America’s most important freethinkers has a new role as a marketing tool for the place he settled 380 years ago.

Rhode Island started out as a refuge for dissidents experimenting with revolutionary ideas that formed the backbone of U.S. democracy. Now, the tiny state is invoking its roots to draw and retain educated young people searching for a community that matches their ideals.

“Young people want to live in a place that’s tolerant and diverse and inclusive,” Gov. Gina Raimondo said during an interview at the Roger Williams National Memorial , which commemorates the minister and his advocacy for individual freedom. “This is part of who we are. It’s not a fad or something temporary. It’s ingrained in who we are as Rhode Islanders.”

The Democratic governor views those principles through the lens of economic development. When PayPal announced it was halting plans to open a North Carolina branch because of that state’s law blocking transgender people from using the bathroom of their choice, she called up the San Jose, California-based company and asked it to move to Rhode Island instead. Her appeal included a reference to the founding ideas of Williams’ colony.

Source: bigstory.ap.org

Educational Resources – Roger Williams Initiative

Resources about Roger Williams and his teachings to establish a sense of place, awareness, and pride for all Rhode Islanders.

 

Explore our collection of resources organized by topic areas related to Roger Williams’s life and teachings. View essays, videos, galleries, educational activities, lesson plans, or discussion starters in each of the topic areas below.

Source: www.findingrogerwilliams.com

2016 ConnectED Workshops

There is still space in the Alliance’s Oct 22nd and 29th mapping workshops.  If you are new to digital mapping, this is for you.  If you are hoping to deepen you ArcGIS online mapping skills, this is for you.  Social studies, environmental science, STEM…all are welcome.  Sign up and invite another educator! Registration: http://eepurl.com/cawr7D

WHERE: 101 Alger (ALG) Hall, Rhode Island College
WHEN: 8:00am-3:00pm

Source: rigea.org

Historic Aerial Mapper

“This application was developed by The Providence Plan utilizing photos from the Rhode Island Geographic Information System.”

Source: mapper.provplan.org

This map is a great archive of historic satellite imagery of the Ocean State, with a special nod to Providence.  This is a great tool that can be used to show how and particular place in Rhode Island has changed over the years at the neighborhood scale.  At the metropolitan scale, it is easy to see the population grown, development expansion, and urban sprawl.  The years of data coverage are 1939, 1952, 1962, 1972, 1981, 1985, 2003, 2008, 2011, and 2014.  

 

Additionally, here is an historical StoryMap of Virginia’s legacy of Redlining neighborhoods. 

 

Tags: mapping, Rhode IslandESRIStoryMap, GIS, remote sensing.

Giant Map of RI

The Giant Map of Rhode Island is officially in the schools now! A huge thanks goes out to Artena Fairbairn of Robertson Elementary School (Warwick) for leading the alliance initiative to bring this 16×24 foot map to Rhode Island Schools. If you are interested in getting the map, please email sdixon [at] ric [dot] edu with the subject line “Giant RI map” to request the map to come to your school. Please include 3 weeks that would work best for your school schedule.

Source: rigea.org

PBS Election Central

Check out Election Central from PBS with tools, resources & solutions to engage students in the political process.

Source: www.pbseduelectioncentral.com

The first presidential election last night has intensified the already polarized political conversation in the United States. This is a great resource to explore historic political maps and cartograms.  It also has rich tools to project the possibilities for the 2016 election with ready-made lesson plans. 

 

Tags: electoral, politicalhistorical, mapping.

Massachusetts Has the Worst Drivers in the Country

“Coming in dead last on the 200 cities measured: Boston, for the second year in a row. Boston has company. Worcester came in at No. 199, second up from Boston’s position in the 200th slot. Boston and Worcester have basically been battling it out for last place in Allstate’s rankings since 2014. Springfield makes a poor showing, too, at No. 196.”

Source: patch.com

Don’t get too excited by the news Rhode Islanders…Providence was the 194th ranked city and the state is typically the 49th ranked state.  Given some on my experiences in the Ocean State, 49th might be a generous ranking.   

2016 ConnectED Workshops

Due to popular demand and support from ESRI, the RI Geography Education Alliance will have another series of workshops to help educators learn how to bring online mapping skills into the classroom.  In 2015, Lyn Malone and Seth Dixon ran this as a week-long summer institute.  Not everyone has a week in summer, so some have asked to have this presented on the weekends.  These sessions will be condensed into two full-day workshops this fall; they will be on October 22 and 29.    Participants that complete the 2-day workshop will receive a $100 stipend as well educational materials that will help bring GIS into the classroom.  Lunch and some light breakfast refreshments will be provided.  If you want to receive more information about these workshops or register, click the following link to fill out your application and reserve your spot: http://eepurl.com/cawr7D

WHERE: 101 Alger (ALG) Hall, Rhode Island College
WHEN: 8:00am-3:00pm

Source: rigea.org