Applied Communications, LLC has been providing consulting services since 1994. The firm has focused on helping small and medium size towns respond to growth and changes in the 21st Century. AppCom services include land use planning, broadband planning, housing needs assessments, grant writing, and strategic planning for community organizations.
For each project, Applied Communications relies on a network of professionals to create a project team to meet the unique needs of each client. Team members may include planners, engineers, web programmers, trainers, technology experts, legal experts, managment consultants or local specialists.
CITY PLANNING SERVICES
Growth Policy Plans
Surveys, Data Collection
Land Development Regulations
Public Outreach - User Guides
Economic Development Planning
Growth Management Strategies
Park and Recreation Master Plans
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT & NON-PROFIT SERVICES
Training & Workshops
TELECOMMUNICATION - BROADBAND PLANNING SERVICES
Workshops, training, & presentations
Kathleen McMahon, AICP
Ms. McMahon founded Applied Communications in 1994. Ms. McMahon has experience as a land use planner for both city and county governments. She has 25 years of professional experience in city planning. Ms. McMahon has a Bachelor of Arts in Urban and Regional Planning from the Universityof Illinois.
In 1998, Ms. McMahon received a Masters Degree in Educational and Communication Technology from George Washington University. She has been a leader in helping rural communities complete telecommunication assessments and develop plans for acquiring broadband technologies. Strategies include actions to use this information infrastructure for economic and community development. She is Past President of the Rural Telecommunications Congress.
She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners and American Planning Association and has a Non-Profit Management Certificate from the University of Wisconsin.
Robert Horne JR., AICP
In 2007, Mr. Horne joined AppCom as a principal of the firm. He has over 34 years of experience as a land use planner including positions as Planning Director for Jackson, WY, Walla Walla, WA, Great Falls, MT and Whitefish, MT. In Walla Walla, WA he oversaw preparation of downtown plan and was responsible for codifying the downtown design standards. His various positions have required him to draft code language and to conduct development reviews for a wide variety of projects.
His most recent position was as planning director for Whitefish, MT. During his tenure, the city experienced rapid growth and Mr. Horne was responsible for managing a heavy caseload including major and minor subdivisions, PUDs, zone changes and conditional use permits. He is the principal author of the Whitefish Growth Policy. Throughout his career he has drafted development regulations, administered codes and presented projects to planning boards, city councils and county commissions. He has the ability to identify relevant planning issues and explain complex concepts to local officials.
Master of Science, Planning (MSP), the Florida State University
Bachelor of Arts, Geography, (BA), the University of South Florida
Affiliations: American Planning Association
American Institute of Certified Planners
Western Planner Association
Montana Association of Planners
Montana Economic Development Association
Smart Growth Network
Rural Telecommunications Congress