Announcing: The AWC GIS Consortium

Author: Tyler Vick Published: July 7, 2016

FLO has teamed up with the Association of Washington Cities (AWC) to provide cities in Washington with easy and affordable access to GIS services. The AWC GIS Consortium offers four tiers of annual service, ensuring that we can meet the needs of both cities that have yet to explore the benefits of GIS and those that are looking to take their use of GIS to the next level.

How it Works

We’ll begin by conducting a needs assessment. By interviewing city staff and reviewing existing data with each city’s short and long-term goals and objectives in mind, we’ll evaluate:

  • personnel resources and responsibilities
  • day-to-day departmental workflows
  • spatial data repositories
  • use of relevant software technologies
  • hardware, server, and network resources

We’ll report on what we learned, and help each city identify their priorities and develop a to do list. We’ll also provide an outline of cost for implementation.

Building Smarter Communities

From the information gathered in the needs assessment, we’ll develop a road map for implementation. If you’re already beginning to leverage the power of GIS, we can show you how to improve sharing, collaboration, and management of assets while engaging your community, increasing efficiencies, and reducing costs.

Focal Areas for Local Government

Public Works
Capture institutional knowledge, maintain comprehensive water, sewer, and stormwater records, and compile asset inventories. We can help with data conversion, ensuring that city staff have access to the data they need when they need it.

Planning and Development
GIS can assist in analyzing land values and associated improvements, as well as in providing an accurate inventory of real properties. Additionally, GIS can be used to promote growth development plans and business diversity. We can develop applications that assist in property management including workflows that manage code violations.

Emergency Management
GIS can assist law enforcement and fire service by analyzing the dynamics of incidents, understanding trends, and developing pre-incident plans. It also provides cities with a platform to share preparedness plans and improve response activities.

Citizen Engagement
GIS is a powerful tool to share information with the citizens of your community. Online mapping platforms and open data portals engage communities which makes it easier to explore data, find answers, and increase overall transparency.

Learn more about the AWC GIS Consortium.