GIS Project Specialist
Jessica specializes in GIS (Geographic Information Systems) at Region VII Planning and Development Council. GIS is a computer based mapping system that creates digital and paper maps that visualize, analyze and interpret data and can be used in community and economic planning, understanding spatial relationships, and developing strategies for project administration. Jessica received her Bachelor of Science degree in Architectural Engineering Technology in 1999 from Fairmont State University. In 2007, she completed her Master’s Degree in History, as well as a graduate certificate in Cultural Resource Management, from West Virginia University. Jessica is currently a PhD candidate in GIS and Historical Geography at West Virginia University.
While Jessica’s responsibilities center on managing and maintaining GIS data and mapping services for relevant projects at Region VII, she also has a background in engineering, design, construction management, historic preservation, grant writing and heritage tourism. Jessica has not only enabled Region VII to start providing GIS and mapping services, but her background allows for an approach to project development that is wide-ranging and diverse.