Automated mapping using a Geographic Information System (GIS) improves the efficiency of local government by making information more readily available, providing for asset management and resource allocation, and linking different types of data by location. Most, if not all, data created and used in local government is spatially-distributed, i.e., tied to a location on the earth’s surface by some reference such as street address, tax parcel number, GPS coordinates, etc. The ability to query, map, and analyze spatially-distributed data effectively can make city and county agencies much more efficient and responsive.
Albany GIS actively maintains more than fifty GIS layers including aerial photos, parcels, street centerlines, zoning, and flood information. These geofiles are maintained on the City’s GIS server, and are accessible to Albany/Dougherty County Departments over the network.
City of Albany is currently using SPLOST V funds to migrate its GIS to an Enterprise GIS. The basic idea of an Enterprise GIS is to address the needs of City/County Departments collectively instead of individually. The motivation for Albany in developing an Enterprise GIS also includes the desire to save City- and county-wide costs by streamlining current business processes, reducing redundancy, and improving workflows. Additionally, the City’s enterprise vision is driven by the response to legal requirements for asset inventories put forth from GASB34/35 (Government Accounting Standards Board), NPDES (National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System), CMOM (EPA’s Capacity Maintenance and Operations Management), etc.
Kurt Lau, GIS Technician
240 Pine Avenue, Suite 200
Albany, Georgia 31702
Phone: (229) 883-6955 / Fax: (229) 431-2875
Office Hours: 8:00AM to 5:00PM Monday through Friday