Spatial Business Academic Forum

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Spatial Business Academic Forum

Friday, March 17 - Saturday, March 18, 2023

Location-based data are pervasive in modern economies given the benefits they represent for more sustainably expanding a business, appraising and mitigating risk and increasing resiliency, and shaping the environmental, social, and governance strategies of organizations. However, while most business data contain spatial or spatially-referenced data, there is a deficiency in the workforce of professionals with a blend of business and location analytics knowledge and skills to effectively analyze and make decisions with spatial data. 

The motivation for this invitational forum comes from the heightened need to integrate the concepts and techniques of GIS and location analytics into business education and affiliated disciplines and degree offerings to create the next generation of spatial business professionals. 

The objectives of this forum are twofold: (1) To share the latest concepts, trends and developments on the application of location analytics to business and related societal issues, and (2) To collaborate on the utilization of spatial business and related concepts into business and academic curriculum, programs and research.

Forum Agenda

Day 1 at Esri

Day 1 will feature plenary presentations by industry experts who are leading location intelligence initiatives in their organizations. This day will also feature in-depth discussions on the application of location analytics for the generation of business, environmental, and societal value. Day 1 will conclude with a networking reception hosted by the University of Redlands.

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University of Redlands admin building and Redlands hedge

Day 2 at University of Redlands

Day 2 will feature case study discussions and short presentations on GIS and location analytics research and curricular aspects, in light of market demand for the next generation of spatial business professionals. Teaching resources will be shared, including a new book along with opportunities to collaborate in developing a spatial business “hub” of educational materials that can be used by participating universities.

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Airport Distance from University of Redlands
Ontario International Airport 30 miles
Palm Springs International Airport 47 miles
Los Angeles International Airport 80 miles


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Disneyland 1313 Disneyland Drive. Anaheim, CA 92802 54 miles
Universal Studios 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608 76 miles
Six Flags Magic Mountain 26101 Magic Mountain Pkwy, Valencia, CA 91355 98 miles
Getty Museum 1200 Getty Center Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90049 80 miles
Huntington Library 1151 Oxford Rd, San Marino, CA 91108 61 miles
Irwindale Speedway 500 Speedway Dr, Irwindale, CA 91706 53 miles
Big Bear 39707 Big Bear Blvd. Big Bear Lake, CA 92315 38 miles
Joshua Tree National Park 6554 Park Blvd. Joshua Tree, CA 92252 68 miles


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