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1 Minnesota Governors Council on Geographic Information GIS at Work

2 Who Are We? Council by executive order since 1991 18 voting members appointed by director of Minnesota Planning Represent various Minnesota stakeholders LMIC provides funding and administrative support

3 The Councils Mission Promotes the efficient and effective use of geographic information in Minnesota and makes recommendations that include Policies encouraging: - Data Access - Data Development Institutional Arrangements Standards Education Stewardship

4 Councils Focus Promote and Provide Resources Resources include: –Standards/Guidelines Facilitates Data Sharing –Data Access Creation Distribution methods –Forum for discussion of key issues

5 Councils Activities Advise executive and legislative branches of state government Represent state interests to the federal government Develop and promote statewide policies and standards Research critical issues and make policy recommendations Publish critical material

6 GIS At Work In Minnesota Dakota County Property St. Peter Disaster Recovery Clay County GIS Metro Mosquito Control

7 Dakota County Property

8 Introduction Dakota County has undergone a whirlwind of change from frontier land to farmland to suburban growth since 1849. Being the third most populated county in the state, the county government is faced with challenges of maintaining high quality service to an increasing population base. GIS has been the solution to managing their parcel data and serving the public. Dakota County Property

9 Without GIS Maps and updates were hand drawn Paper copies only 6 to 12 months out of date Multiple agencies doing updates Dakota County Property

10 With GIS Provide public with 24/7 access to property data Saved millions of dollars in land acquisition for new roadways (using info on comparable sales) Improved siting of new libraries (1/2 time, better decision)

11 Dakota County Property With GIS Improved Paratransit for Disabled Map health hazards such as mosquito and lead exposure More equitable financing of infrastructure (Burnsville calculations supported a new fee structure for new development)

12 What We Like About This Case Study Their work encourages the council to promote land records modernization efforts in other counties Shows us the value of GIS Encourages the use of standards Promotes data sharing The benefits justify the investment

13 St. Peter Tornado

14 Introduction On March 29, 1998, Fourteen tornadoes tore a path across southern Minnesota. One tornado was ranked F4. This tornado cut a swath of 67 miles across Cottonwood, Brown, Nicollet County, far northern Watonwan and far northwestern Blue Earth Counties including the town of Comfrey. Minutes later it touched down again and cut a path through St. Peter and LeSueur County doing F3 damage. Spotters were confused as this 1 mile plus wide swirling wall entered the west side of town looking more like a dust storm than a tornado. 2 Fatalities, 38 Injured Over 800 homes destroyed or damaged St. Peter alone – over 500 homes destroyed & 1,700 homes damaged F1 F2 F3 F4 F5

15 Without GIS Manual data collection from the ground or air takes hours to days to complete Data distribution to local, state and federal agencies is slow * These images were actual maps developed and used by local agencies. St. Peter Tornado

16 With GIS Aerial GPS data collection is very efficient GIS data (damage assessment) was emailed to local, state or federal agencies involved in disaster response Maps were produced and distributed to volunteer coordinators to help with clean-up effort * A Minnesota DNR helicopter was used to conduct an aerial damage assessment in Brown County. GPS locations were recorded, downloaded and emailed to the MN DNR Region IV GIS Center for map production and data distribution to local, state and federal agencies. St. Peter Tornado Minnesota River Red markers are tornado damaged farms or homes

17 What We Like About This Case Study Illustrates the use of geo-technology for emergency response Their work encourages the council to promote data access and sharing

18 Clay County GIS

19 Introduction Located in northwestern Minnesota, Clay County borders the Red River of the North and has Moorhead as its county seat. Shrinking farm populations have reduced the demand for the support services provided in small towns and relocated these services to larger cities. GIS applications for law enforcement and social services help meet the needs of the public. Clay County GIS

20 Without GIS Information was often out of date and duplicated Searching for specific information was either difficult or time consuming Data could only be viewed at the Courthouse Clay County GIS

21 With GIS Police can be dispatched easily and know exactly where to go The online parcel application helps the public quickly get the answers they need without making a trip into the county seat Information is now available to all agencies and departments. Clay County GIS

22 What We Like About This Case Study Their work is a great example for other rural counties and encouraged the council to promote land records modernization efforts in greater Minnesota They made a sound public investment with GIS to maximize on their available resources Promotes the benefits of access and data sharing

23 Metropolitan Mosquito Control kills 2 billion mosquitoes with one stone using GIS

24 Introduction The Metropolitan Mosquito Control District (MMCD) provides a variety of services to 2.5 million people in the seven county metropolitan area. Their mission is to promote health and well being by protecting the public from disease and annoyance caused by mosquitoes, black flies and ticks, in an environmentally safe manner. Metro Mosquito Control

25 Without GIS Field worker maps manually took 4 to 8 hours per map There are 2500 maps in the 7-county Metro area Only one-fifth of the area was mapped each year, but this consumed about 356 person days

26 With GIS Maps can be produced in 1/50 of the time Maps are now more current and accurate MetroGIS parcel maps aid in contacting residents about special issues,like encephalitis. Metro Mosquito Control

27 With GIS MetroGIS air photos, wetlands and roads provide background Worker time freed to focus on mosquitoes, instead of mechanics of mapping Metro Mosquito Control

28 What We Like About This Case Study Their work encourages the Council to continue supporting data sharing and access The Mosquito district benefited directly from the Councils involvement with Hydrography standards, Soils mapping, and data sharing Promotes data sharing through MetroGIS

29 The Governors Council On Geographic Information

30 Councils Current Agenda Recognize and Promote successful applications Guidelines for data sharing Promote state support for local land records Hydrography standards High-resolution elevation data development

31 THANKS Dakota County GIS Randy Knippel Minnesota DNR, New Ulm Office Pete Knutson Metropolitan Mosquito Control District Nancy Read Clay County GIS Department Mark Sloan

32 The End

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