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Christopher Badurek (Geography), Ben Wilson (Economics) and Scott Moranda (History)

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This poster presents the learning outcomes of a summer field course experience for economics and GIS undergraduates at SUNY Cortland. Students from two summer courses, Political Economy of the Adirondacks and Environmental Geography of the Adirondacks, worked together to develop a grant proposal for economic development of the Raquette Lake region of Adirondack Park. The courses were part of the NSF-funded Common Problems Pedagogy Project in which undergraduate students work together to articulate a problem to be addressed from an interdisciplinary perspective. In this field experience, students visited communities, prominent hiking locations, and historic Camp Huntington to develop a strategy for balancing economic development while balancing environmental impacts. Students used ESRI’s ArcGIS Online and Business Analyst Online to provide analysis on environmental conservation and economic opportunities in the area. Students will report on their final grant proposal and use of web GIS tools used in the supporting data analysis.


GIS, Adirondacks, Economics, Development, Sustainability