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Aspen/Pitkin GIS system recognized

The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN – The city of Aspen and Pitkin County recently received a special achievement in geographic information system technology, or GIS, at the 2009 ESRI International User Conference in San Diego.

The local government partnership received the honor for its vision, leadership and innovative use of ESRI’s geographic information system technology. The agencies were selected from more than 300,000 organizations worldwide.

The local governments developed a GIS program in 1991 to support city and county functions, as well as the region’s citizens, businesses and visitors. Internal departments such as the assessor’s office, emergency services, parks and recreation, and transportation are using Web and desktop GIS applications to make day-to-day decisions faster and more accurately. Procedures that once required hours or days of research – through paper files often located in different departments – can now be accessed by using the Aspen/Pitkin GIS database.

The GIS mapping online meets specific needs of the community, such as property information, land planning, current construction activities, and voter services. In addition, Aspen/Pitkin GIS offers custom mapping, analysis, and other products to the community as a fee-for-service program.

GIS combines computer hardware, software, and data to collect, manage, and analyze geographic information. Virtually any information can be linked to a geographic location, helping people to see that information as part of a complete picture. With GIS, users can view relationships, processes, patterns, and trends in the form of maps, globes, reports and charts.

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