Maps are a great way to tell the story of a place, event, issue, trend, or pattern in a geographic setting. Interactive story maps are fun, compelling, and help us all better understand our world.
During the spring of 2011, New Hanover County initiated a comprehensive and inclusive planning process designed to develop a strategic plan to guide both policy makers and administrators over the next three to five years. The strategic planning process focused primarily on what New Hanover County needs to focus on to achieve its overall vision for the future rather than the day to day County operations and service delivery. During the process, Superior Public Health, Safety and Education were identified as strategic focus areas. Within this area of focus, the county set two working objectives:
Preventing Childhood Obesity
In an effort to nurture good health and improve educational performance, local leaders are beginning to explore the practical dilemma of childhood obesity within in our area. By using GIS to examine kindergarten obesity rates by elementary school, we can help our community identify the local areas where obesity rates are highest. Knowing where high rates of childhood obesity are present is the first step.
We already know childhood obesity can be linked to a number of immediate and long term health effects, such as a greater risk for:
Luckily, we also know childhood obesity can be prevented in several ways.
Once we recognize where we have a problem, we can begin to explore and attempt to understand the contributing factors and take positive action to mitigate those factors and prevent childhood obesity.
A new interactive story map will be coming soon to illustrate the process of “Visualizing the Future”.
New Hanover County is creating the first Comprehensive Plan for the County.
This will be a document, used as a guide, to address our county’s current development trends, determine a vision for how the community would like to see New Hanover County develop over the next twenty five years, and determine a plan for how to achieve this vision. For additional information, please the Plan NHC Website to see how you can get involved.
An interactive story map will be coming soon to highlight some of the historical maps of our area.
The New Hanover County Register of Deeds serves as the custodian and manager for real estate related documents as well as vital records and DD 214 Forms (Certificates of Release, or Discharges from Active U.S. Military Duty).
Thousands of local maps and documents detailing the history of land development and property ownership are in their custodial care.
Keep checking back, we hope to publish new story maps soon.