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2021 URISA Exemplary Systems in Government Awards Process Opens

40th Anniversary of ESIG Awards

Published Monday, February 8, 2021 8:00 am

URISA is pleased to announce the Exemplary Systems in Government (ESIG) Awards process for 2021.  This year marks the milestone 40th Anniversary of URISA ESIG Awards, which 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, state/provincial, regional, and local levels. Winners will be recognized during the Awards Luncheon on October 5 during GIS-Pro 2021 in Baltimore, Maryland. 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 7, 2021. A detailed application requiring details about the Jurisdiction/Organization, System Design,  Implementation,  Organizational Impact and System Resources is available online. 

The list of 2020 ESIG Award Recipients follows.

​Single Process Systems

  • ​​Exemplary System:  City of Phoenix Street Transportation Department – Interactive Pavement Maintenance Dashboard
    Submitted by: Curtis Pulford, GIS Coordinator, City of Phoenix – Street Transportation Department, Phoenix, Arizona    ​
  • Distinguished System: Town of Flower Mound, Texas – Citizen Camera Program
    Submitted by: Nicole Dogan, GISP, Senior GIS Analyst, Town of Flower Mound, Texas   ​

Enterprise Systems

  • Exemplary System: Palm Beach County Water Utilities Department – Enterprise GIS Portal Implementation
    Submitted by: Danny Thorpe,  Systems Administrator III, Palm Beach County Water Utilities Department, West Palm Beach, Florida  ​
  • Distinguished System: Maryland National Capital Park & Planning Commission – PGAtlas
    Submitted by: Michael Shean, GISP, GIS Supervisor, Maryland National Capital Park & Planning Commission, Upper Marlboro, Maryland  ​

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


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