"It is my distinct pleasure to inform you that your site has been selected to
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around the world in recognition of their outstanding work in the geographic
information system (GIS) field. Your organization was selected to receive
this prize from more than 140,000 user sites worldwide. I congratulate you
and your coworkers on a job well done."
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County Assessor Receives Honors for Exceptional Work Using GIS
July 27, 2005, the Oklahoma County Assessor, Oklahoma, will receive
a 2005 Special Achievement in GIS award for its outstanding use of
geographic information system (GIS) technology. ESRI, the world
leader in GIS software, will present the award at the Twenty-fifth
Annual ESRI International User Conference in San Diego, California,
before thousands of GIS professionals. Out of more than 150,000
organizations worldwide, the winners of this award stood out for
their exceptionally dedicated work and commitment.
reflects the significant dedication and support these organizations
provide to the people who depend on them,” says Jack Dangermond,
ESRI president. “Each of the winners uses GIS technology to go
beyond what is expected into the realm of excellence.”
GIS is a
computer-based mapping tool that takes database information about a
location, including streets, buildings, water features, and terrain,
and turns it into visual layers. The ability to see and analyze
geographic features on a map gives users a better understanding of a
particular location, enabling planners, analysts, and others to make
informed decisions about their communities, the environment, and
businesses. This innovative technology brings countless benefits to
the world through geography.
The Oklahoma County
Assessor uses GIS technology in every aspect of its work, from
identifying property owners and property descriptions to viewing
aerial photographs, new structures, flood zones, school districts,
and other information. The agency is able to model sales data and
trends to create assessment neighborhood breakdowns with accurate
The agency also
uses GIS technology to provide more information online. This gives
citizens the ability to conduct property searches from a computer,
rather than having to travel to the assessor’s office. The
Assessor’s Office offers Web-unification classes that train
commercial and residential realtors how to use the site.
the Web site for a wide variety of purposes. Home buyers use the
accurate maps to determine which school district the home they plan
to purchase is located, and who their congressman, state senator,
and state representatives are. During political campaigns,
candidates use the Web site to find property owners to get
permission to locate political signs. Communities use the data to
organize neighborhood watch programs.
It is with great
pleasure that ESRI honors the Special Achievement in GIS award
winners for their part in making a difference in communities around
the world. They exhibit the innovation and commitment that lead to
countless possibilities with GIS technology.
being honored at the 2005 User Conference include Government of
Botswana; Indiana University, Research Institute; National 4-H
Headquarters, USDA; Dubai Electricity and Water Authority; Pacific
Disaster Center; Chicago Police Department;
Servicio Nacional de
Geología y Minería,
Chile; and Round River Conservation Studies.
Founded in 1969, ESRI is the leading
developer of GIS software with more than 300,000 clients worldwide.
ESRI software is used in all 200 of the largest cities in the United
States and in more than 60 percent of counties and municipalities
nationwide. Headquartered in California, ESRI has regional offices
throughout the United States, international distributors in more
and more than 1,700 business partners. ESRI’s
goal is to develop comprehensive tools that enable users to
efficiently manage, use, and serve geographic information to make a
difference in the world around them. ESRI also provides consulting,
implementation, and technical support services. ESRI can be found on
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