GeneXus USA Launches the Chicago Planning Tour app

  GeneXus USA Launches the Chicago Planning Tour app

 New Chicago Planning Tour app helps promote planning and development taking
                             place in the region

Business Wire

CHICAGO -- April 1, 2013

Parsons Brinckerhoff has approached GeneXus USA to help with the development
of an app that will be used at an upcoming conference hosted by the American
Planning Association (APA). “GeneXus USA was selected to create the app
because of their rapid development expertise and capability to deploy apps in
multiple platforms cost effectively,” said Tom Coleman, Parsons Brinckerhoff.

APA hosts a yearly, four-day event, and this year thousands of people will be
attending here in Chicago. The Chicago Planning Tour app will allow
participants to partake in exploring Chicago, and indulge in the different
planning projects.

The localization service in the Chicago Planning Tour app uses the device’s
GPS to help participants locate various planning sites. The features of the
app include:

  *Info option: providing the history of the site and its development plan
  *Social media interaction: Facebook check-in and post, tweet through app
  *Options to support the project
  *Contact information

Interestingly, the app’s usage won’t stop at the end of the five-day
conference. The Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) will oversee the app,
working closely with GeneXus USA, and use it to help promote sensible planning
and development in the Chicago region. MPC has worked with several nonprofits
and planning agencies across the region to collect strong examples of planning
and development that are transit accessible. The sites currently featured on
the app, as well as future additions, will interest not only planners,
students of planning, and planning buffs, but also anyone who lives in or
visits the region and wants to know more about the innovative ways it is
growing and changing, according to MPC Communications Director Mandy Burrell

“The app showcases how our region is constantly evolving, which is what
strong, healthy regions do,” says Burrell Booth. “The app also shows that good
planning is a collective effort by governments, nonprofits, businesses and
communities. We hope these great examples encourage people to get involved in
shaping their communities, whether by adding their input to a plan for a new
community park or weighing in on transit funding debates.”

Burrell Booth encourages organizations and communities to submit projects to
add to the map.

Visit the official Chicago Planning App website today at


GeneXus USA is a global provider of innovative and cost-effective software
solutions for building mission-critical applications faster and smarter.
Founded in 2004, GeneXus USA is headquartered in Chicago and is a minority and
woman-owned technology company. GeneXus USA is known to buildcustomized and
tailored applications fast and inexpensively using GeneXus’ development
technology. For more information, email them at, or call
(312) 836-9152. For the latest information about new and emerging
technologies, follow them on Twitter at @GeneXusUSA, or visit


Parsons Brinckerhoff is a leader in developing and operating infrastructure
around the world, with 14,000 employees dedicated to meeting the needs of
clients and communities in the Americas, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia
and Australia-Pacific regions. The firm offers skills and resources in
strategic consulting, planning, engineering, program/construction management,
and operations for transportation, power, mining, water/wastewater, and
community development projects. Parsons Brinckerhoff is part of Balfour
Beatty, an international infrastructure services business operating in
professional services,construction services, support services and
infrastructure investments, they now offer innovation in the mobile
applications can be easily tailored to meet projects needs, visit their site


In these tough economic times, Chicago-area leaders need practical strategies
that drive regional growth and support vibrant, livable neighborhoods with
quality homes and transportation options, strong local economies and
well-managed natural assets. The nonprofit, nonpartisan Metropolitan Planning
Council (MPC) is known for developing and implementing innovative, pragmatic
solutions to the region’s most vexing challenges. Through quality research,
strategic advocacy and frontline demonstration projects, MPC helps
governments, businesses and communities confront the region’s most pressing
needs, so that everyone who lives and works here can thrive. Learn more at


The American Planning Association is an independent, not-for-profit
educational organization that provides leadership in the development of vital
communities.APA and its professional institute, the American Institute of
Certified Planners, are dedicated to advancing the art, science and profession
of good planning -- physical, economic and social -- so as to create
communities that offer better choices for where and how people work and live.
Members of APA help create communities of lasting value and encourage civic
leaders, business interests and citizens to play a meaningful role in creating
communities that enrich people's lives. APA has offices in Washington, D.C.,
and Chicago, Ill. For more information,


GeneXus USA
Reena Prema, (312) 546-7208
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