GIS in Action

In the era of doing more with less, GIS technology has emerged as a way to reduce costs, improve decision-making, and increase communication between teammates, and the public. To showcase some of the great ways agencies are using GIS, Esri and GovLoop put together a series of videos that you can view below. In these short video interviews, representatives from various government agencies share how they are using GIS technology to turn complex information into appealing and easy to understand visuals.


Check out Deputy CIO of Oregon, Sean McSpaden, who oversees Oregon’s Geospatial Enterprise Office discuss the Western States Contract Alliance, which is a four state collaborative GIS cloud services contract.


In this video, Tim Trainor, U.S. Census Bureau discusses how he uses GIS technology to collect and tabulate data for the country’s “address list,” as well as maintain a network of roads so they can geocode accurate data.

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In this last video, Greg Babinski, King County, WA, GIS Center, shares how King County did a cost-benefit analysis to determine the benefits of using GIS technology.


I encourage you to check out the videos to gain insight into how GIS could benefit your agency.


GovLoop recently released its newest guide- Identifying the Promise of GIS in Government. The guide provides best practice strategies for implementing GIS initiatives and highlights case studies and innovative uses of GIS technology in government. You can download the guide here, and be sure to check out the landing page for the latest GIS resources.