Bellingham receives geography technology award

The Bellingham Business Journal

Selected from more than 300,000 organizations worldwide, the city of Bellingham received a Special Achievement in GIS (SAG) Award on July 14 at the 30th Annual Esri International User Conference in San Diego. The distinction honors vision, leadership, hard work, and innovative use of Esri’s GIS technology.

The city uses geographic information system (GIS) mapping information daily for decision support, infrastructure management, customer service and public safety within most city departments. Regionally, Bellingham is recognized for integrating GIS into business systems and work processes throughout city government. The city was nominated because of its development of a CityIQ web mapping application, which provides a simple-to-use interface for the public and staff.

Chris Behee, senior GIS analyst for the city, received second place honors in the “Best Analytical Presentation” category for his poster “City of Bellingham Daily Population Cycle.” The poster illustrates a dynamic 24-hour population distribution for a typical weekday during the school year.

GIS combines computer hardware, software, data, and people to collect, manage, and analyze geographic information. Virtually any information links to a geographic location, helping people see that information as part of a complete picture. More than one million people worldwide rely on GIS to learn and plan geographically.

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