Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is a computer-based tool that integrates hardware, software and data for capturing, storing, managing, analyzing and displaying geographically referenced information.
Uses of GIS
User need assessment studies have indicated that approximately 90% of the decisions made by city and county governments are related to geography, and thus geographic information systems (GIS) are very suitable tools for use in such agencies. Choosing sites, targeting market segments, responding to emergencies, or changing boundaries are some uses of GIS.
Benefits of GIS
In one way or another, GIS helps answer questions and solve problems by looking at data geographically and in a way that is understood and easily shared. GIS analysis can result in better decision making by looking at what kinds of patterns or relationships may exist and visualizing these through maps, charts and reports. Nearly every city department uses GIS to support its day-to-day operations.
The City began using GIS in the late 1990’s. The City GIS department creates, collects, maintains and updates around 295 geospatial data layers (feature classes) for an area roughly 38 square miles. The GIS department also administers and operates GIS software technology (ESRI suite of products including ArcGIS for Desktop ArcMap, ArcGIS Pro, ArcCatalog & ArcGIS Enterprise). The GIS department, in addition, produces digital & hard copy maps for staff, other governmental agencies and the general public.
Map Gallery (PDF’s)
The map gallery is a collection of various city maps arranged by category: (annexation, boundary, census, city services/community, development, land use, street, and zoning). These static PDF maps are read-only, print as is or save to your hard drive.