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The Big Sky State is Big on Arc-GIS

With 145,552 square miles of populated open land, Montana, aka the Big Sky State, has a lot to keep track of. Managing such a large spectrum of terrain is no simple task. This is why the fourth largest state in the US chose to pioneer a GIS-based statewide cadastral database.

According to OMB’s Federal Enterprise Architecture framework, 74 percent of government data is location based, and that number is even higher at the state and local levels. As a result, this effort to implement such a system began back in 1996. The ROI speaks for itself. According to ESRI, by 2009, the state of Montana determined that the annual return on investment (ROI) is $9,335,700.

An abundance of government agencies lend data to the Montana’s cadestral system. ESRI reports that DOR and eight counties collect the tax parcel data, while other agencies and interests collect ancillary data on conservation easements; municipal and school district boundaries; special districts like water, sewer, and mosquito abatement; and other data that conveys rights and interest on the land.]

Just another way Arc-GIS is making state and local government thrive. For more information on this topic, check out this post from ESRI.


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