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January 31st, 2022
2022 URISA Exemplary Systems in Government Awards Process Opens

URISA is pleased to announce the Exemplary Systems in Government (ESIG) Awards process for 2022. URISA’s ESIG Awards recognize extraordinary achievements in the use of geospatial information technology that have improved the delivery and quality of government services.

The award competition is open to all public agencies at the national/federal, tribal, state/provincial, regional, and local levels. Winners will be celebrated during GIS-Pro 2022 in Boise, Idaho. Submissions are invited in two categories:

  • Single Process Systems: Systems in this category are outstanding and working examples of applying information system technology to automate a specific SINGLE process or operation involving one department or sub-unit of an agency. The system application results in extended and/or improved government services that are more efficient and/or save money.
  • Enterprise Systems: Systems in this category are outstanding and working examples of using information systems technology in a multi-department environment as part of an integrated process. These systems exemplify effective use of technology yielding widespread improvements in the process(es) and/or service(s) involved and/or cost savings to the organization.

Submissions are due on or before Monday, June 6, 2022. A detailed application requiring details about the Jurisdiction/Organization, System Design,  Implementation,  Organizational Impact and System Resources is available online.

The list of 2021 ESIG Award recipients follows:

Single Process Systems

  • ​​Winner:  Arizona Department of Environmental Quality: “Mobile Compliance Inspections for Waste Programs”
    Submitted by: Julie Mikolajczyk, GIS Manager, Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, Phoenix, Arizona    ​
  • Distinguished System:  Commonwealth of Virginia 9-1-1 & Geospatial Services Bureau, Virginia Department of Emergency Management: “Virginia’s Next Generation 9-1-1 Dashboard”
    Submitted by:  Matthew Gerike, PhD, GISP, Geospatial Program Manager, Commonwealth of Virginia 9-1-1 & Geospatial Services Bureau, Virginia Department of Emergency Management, North Chesterfield, Virginia
  • Distinguished System: Stark County, Ohio: “Restart Stark”
    Submitted by: Skyler Dewey, GISP, GIS Team Lead, Stark County, Canton, Ohio

Enterprise Systems

  • Winner: United States Virgin Islands: “United States Virgin Islands GIS Division Territorial GIS Platform & Applications”
    Submitted by:  L. Christopher George, GIS Administrator, Office of Lt. Governor, United States Virgin Islands GIS Division, St. Thomas, USVI
  • Distinguished System: North Carolina Department of Transportation: “Project ATLAS – Advancing Transportation through Linkages, Automation and Screening”
    Submitted by:  Leilani Paugh,  Environmental Program Manager, Division of Highways, North Carolina Department of Transportation, Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Distinguished System: Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority: “RDU’s GeoPortal”
    Submitted by:  Kristin Johnston, GISP, GIS Administrator, Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority, Morrisville, North Carolina

Each of these systems will be celebrated during URISA’s upcoming “Excellence in GIS Webinar Series”. To view the winning submissions and accompanying videos, visit: http://www.urisa.org/awards/exemplary-systems-in-government/