SCAG’s Regional Data Platform: Building Regional Consensus For An Equity Agenda
Hon. Rex Richardson
Fmr. President of Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) + Long Beach Councilmember
The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG)’s Regional Data Platform (known as “RDP”) provides a modern system for holistic planning across the region, standardizing regionally significant datasets, providing opportunities for local partners to update their data in real-time, and drawing insights from local trends. The impact of the regional and local governments now ‘speaking the same language’ with transparent data is significant. RDP plays an integral role in more directly addressing racial inequalities in the SCAG region by helping get a better understanding of where the region is and where it is going in terms of future community development. Using aggregated data sets and interactive maps, RDP will help track trends and progress, in addition to visualizing detailed outcomes.
Rex Richardson, President of Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) and Long Beach Councilmember (9th District), discusses SCAG’s role in building consensus for an equity agenda in the Southern California region, in addition to some of the challenges and lessons learned along the way in getting this innovative new data platform launched for long-term impact. Read more about the vision of the Regional Data Platform here.
As part of the overall RDP project, SCAG launched the Housing Element Parcel (HELPR) tool. HELPR is a web-mapping tool which helps local jurisdictions and stakeholders understand local land use and site opportunities for aligning housing planning with the state’s 6th cycle housing element updates. HELPR is principally based on updated, curated versions of parcel-level land use data and other datasets available through SCAG’s open data portal.
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