County Executive William R. Steinhaus is pleased to announce that Dutchess County will be receiving a special achievement award from the California based software company, Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI), for the County’s Geographic Information System (GIS) IMAGIS website. Dutchess is one of only 150 chosen to receive the Special Achievement in GIS Award among more than 100,000 ESRI sites worldwide.
GIS technology enables users to organize and analyze geographic information in a computer application environment.
“When we launched the County’s new website last fall and were able to demonstrate its abilities, I felt the advancements made by our Office of Computer Information Systems were monumental towards the evolution of e-government services in Dutchess County. The additional efforts of our GIS staff and the IMAGIS project gives county departments and municipalities the capability to achieve state-of- the-art forecasts for development and strategic planning while providing cost savings in time and accuracy,” said County Executive Steinhaus. “The significance of receiving this international award is a great plus for the team of county professionals, in our departments, who worked so hard to achieve this,” he added.
IMAGIS is a series of GIS computer applications developed by the Office of Computer Information Services (OCIS). The system leverages GIS data created by many County departments such as Emergency Response, OCIS, Planning & Development and Real Property Tax. Included are data “layers” such as streets, real property parcels, municipal and school boundaries, major bridges, transportation routes, water bodies and streams, soils and public safety data.
“I believe this award is a testament to the hard work and collaborative efforts of the GIS staff and support staff in all our departments,” concluded Steinhaus.
IMAGIS is used by many County Departments in their day-to-day-activities. In addition, the County provides more than 20 municipalities with access to IMAGIS to assist them in their research and planning activities. This access is a result of the July 2003 announcement from the County Executive that local municipalities would be offered access to our GIS without cost to municipalities that have the proper infrastructure in place. Most recently Dutchess County applied for a grant in cooperation with interested municipalities from the New York State Archives, a program of the New York State Education Department, that if awarded will mean 77% of the municipalities in Dutchess County will have access to the GIS system. The State expects to publicize grant allotments of the Local Government Records Management Information Fund on June 25, 2004.