Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve to host C.H.A.R.M. Workshop

~Find out how future growth and development will impact 
Community Health and Resource Management in our community~

Apalachicola, FL– Ever wonder how future growth and development could impact our community? Community Health and Resources Management or C.H.A.R.M. is a tool that helps community members and decision makers to project future scenarios about long term growth and development.  By collaborating over a live table-top interface workshop participants use local mapping data to plan hypothetical growth scenarios for their community.  Real time feedback allows participants to see the consequences of their planning decisions. The planning support tool encourages collaborative problem solving. No GIS experience is needed to participate.

How many homes are vulnerable to flooding? How will development impact the water quality of Apalachicola Bay? What if development was placed in one location vs another? What will be the demand for city and county services in 10 or 20 years?

This workshop is for resource managers, local officials, community members, planners, developers, and others interested in collaborative planning and public participation for coastal resiliency. The workshop is free. Participants can bring their lunch or bring $10 and lunch will be provided. Register at For more information please contact Anita Grove at 850-670-7708 or or Margo Posten at 850-670-7719 or

The Coastal CHARM Program is a Texas A&M University program that seeks to bring the power of scenario planning and mapping to communities around the Gulf dealing with sustainability, coastal hazards and resiliency. This workshop is part of a series of Gulf-wide workshops offered by the Gulf of Mexico Coastal Training Program, a partnership between NOAA's National Estuarine Research Reserves located in the Gulf of Mexico, including Apalachicola Reserve in Eastpoint, FL; Grand Bay Reserve in Moss Point, MS; Mission-Aransas Reserve in Port Aransas, TX; Rookery Bay Reserve in Naples, FL; Weeks Bay Reserve in Fairhope, AL; and Weeks Bay Foundation in Fairhope, AL.

WHAT:  Community Health and Resources Management C.H.A.R.M. Workshop

WHEN:  Tuesday, June 2, 2015, 10:00am-2:00pm

WHERE:  Franklin County Emergency Management Office, 28 Airport Road, Apalachicola, Florida