Four projects that use geographic information technology to benefit Minnesota received commendations from Governor Arne H. Carlson at the October 9 GIS/LIS Consortium Conference in St. Cloud. The award winners were: The Carlton County Soil and Water Conservation District, for its regional outreach program and assistance to Minnesota organizations that use geographic information systems. MetroGIS, for developing the Street Centerline Data project, which provides high-quality street and address data free to government and academic users. This project was made possible through a funding partnership between the Metropolitan Council and the Minnesota Department of Transportation. The Land Management Information Center at Minnesota Planning, the Legislative Commission on Minnesota Resources and the U.S. Geological Survey, for the Base Maps for the 1990s project, which produced high-resolution digital images and other valuable data for the entire state. The Washington County Surveyor's Office, for the Quick Access project, which gives smaller government units and other county offices opportunities to use to the county's geographic information resources.
"Minnesota has long been a national leader in the use of geographic information technology. These projects are an excellent example of how geographic information can be used to benefit all Minnesotans," said Governor Arne H. Carlson.
The Governor's Council on Geographic Information recommended these projects for recognition. Gov. Carlson created the council in 1991 to provide leadership in the development, management and use of geographic information in Minnesota. The council identifies critical issues and makes recommendations for policies, institutional arrangements, education, stewardship and standards for geographic information and technology.
The annual GIS/LIS Consortium Conference brings together geographic information professionals to exchange ideas and information about geographic information system developments. The nonprofit consortium reaches more than 2,000 GIS professionals in Minnesota.