Name: Kevin Kisow
Municipality where you are interning: Potter Township, Beaver County
Please tell us about yourself.
Iam a rising senior at Indiana University of Pennsylvania majoring in criminology with a double minor in geography & regional planning. At college I’m on the IUP Pedestrian & Bicycle Safety committee, the Student Cooperative Association Finance committee, and the public relations officer on the IUP Western Equestrian Team. I am deeply interested and looking forward to a career in law enforcement.
What attracted you to the Municipal Intern Program?
I have an interest in the everyday operations of local governments. The Local Government Academy allowed me to expand my knowledge of criminology and utilize GIS skills on interesting projects in a real world environment.
What is the project you will be working on this summer and what is your interest in this project?
I'm working on GIS and design projects involving the proposed multi-billion dollar Shell Appalachian Petrochemical Project, the Pennsylvania Route 18 realignment, and the design of an outdoor recreation area in the Raccoon Creek Valley. Using GIS & GPS I’m planning for four miles of multi-use greenway trail and then implementing the first mile. This trail system will connect the residential and the industrial district of Potter Township allowing safe recreation access to the Tank Farm Recreation Area. This first mile of trail will be the first established section of the Raccoon Creek Greenway trail which will eventually connect to Raccoon Creek State Park. Additionally, I’m working with local law enforcement agencies and Beaver County 911 to prevent crime and improve public safety along the greenway trail and the recreation area. My GIS generated maps will assist officers in patrolling the trails and waterway in the remote section of Potter Township. Throughout my planning process of the recreation area I will be applying a crime prevention through environmental design (CPTED) approach
What do you hope to lean by the end of the internship?
I hope to improve my GIS skills, learn more about rural crime prevention techniques, and learn how small local governments function around massive economic development projects.
My first day on the job ...
I instantly started evaluating potential recreation opportunities in proposed recreation area. Using video and GPS I documented the area to begin the planning and mapping process. The video created was presented the following day at the Route 18 Corporate Alliance Meeting.