GIS: The Essential Tool for Smart Communities

A smart community approach creates a more transparent, collaborative, and accessible government for its constituents. GIS is the foundation for a smart community because it allows governments to share data openly, gives the data a geographic context that everyone can understand and helps communities make more informed decisions. In turn, this approach creates more sustainable, livable and vibrant communities.

Time and again, we have seen how GIS empowers leaders to visualize, question, analyze, and interpret organizational data to better understand relationships and trends in their community. “People have now begun to connect that GIS is a smart community tool,” said Chris Thomas, Director of Government Markets at Esri. Specifically this Industry Perspective will discuss:

  • Three case studies of smart communities from Minneapolis, Minnesota; Rancho Cucamonga, California; and the Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) in South Carolina.
  • Esri’s Executive White Board Exercises, which engage public sector managers and builds apps based on their needs.
  • How the Esri ArcGIS Platform helps build smart communities.