Scenario Planning Applications Network Background
Since 2010, the Scenario Planning Applications Network (SPAN) has brought together academics, tool developers and high capacity users to improve planning tools and technology. Scenario planning, civic engagement, opportunity mapping, and data standards are just a few of the tool areas in which this group has collaborated.
With support from the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, PlaceMatters, EPA, and ongoing support from its members, SPAN hosts an annual symposium that draws innovators from around the country, as well as monthly calls, a web site, and reports such as the Advancing Scenario Planning Tools Policy Focus Report from Lincoln Institute. Through this group, tools are becoming more open, accessible, and effective, leading to more informed decisions for the communities that use them. It is in this spirit that we are pleased to announce the winners of our second annual Innovation Awards.