Mississippi Enhances Services with GIS

Recently GovLoop spoke with Craig Orgeron, Mississippi’s Chief Information Officer, to find how the state is using GIS to improve services. Mississippi is a predominately rural state where access to bandwidth is incredibly important. The state relied on GIS to map the areas where bandwidth was a problem and ferment the policy conversation about where and how the state should invest in order to provide internet access to schools and other municipalities.

“We are using GIS across all sectors here in Mississippi. We have a GIS council that is eleven years old. On that Council are representatives from transportation, agriculture and commerce. GIS is really pervasive across many industries in our state. However, our emergency management teams use GIS the most. Recently, we had multiple tornados come through the state and we have used GIS technology to take on-site field collections,” Craig Orgeron, Mississippi CIO.



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