County, Va. was awarded the Special Achievement in Geographic Information Systems
(GIS) at the Environmental Systems Research
Institutes (ESRI) 25th Annual International Users Conference on July 27 in San Diego, Calif. The Wise County site was
selected out of more than 100,000 user sites worldwide.
Associates began working with Wise County in 1999 to develop what would become a model
example of a WebGIS site. In April 2001, the site was
available online. A&A developed a significant portion of the more than 50 layers of
data, including information on traffic data, delinquent taxes, and tax parcels.
Additionally, custom tools and searches utilizing quick search and mobile search were
created for the county. A&A Project Manager Jon
Greene said, "When we go out to meet clients and we demo our WebGIS services, we
always use the Wise County site. Its a shining example of what GIS can be."
Wise County was represented at the conference by
Jennifer Maggard, Megan Seals, and Brandon Corder. Jennifer has been working on the site
for two years and contributing data visualization layers, such as 911 address corrections.
Megan and Brandon worked together to map fire hydrant locations and sought funding for
local fire fighters to gain access to a prototype mobile
GIS application. The trio accepted the award from ESRI President Jack Dangermond on behalf
of the county.
"Jack gave a speech and really built this group
up when he presented the award, saying they are the best of the best," Jon said.
"To achieve this level of success, you often have to be the first one in every
morning, and last one out at night. Its true for this group and we all enjoyed a
The site was featured to 13,000 conference attendees and was linked
directly off of ESRI.com. For more information on WebGIS services and the Wise County site
please contact Jon Greene at Greene@andassoc.com.