November 19, 2014 – Lisa Miller, Data/GIS Director, and several GIS Coordinators from the region provided an overview of activities related to GIS in their jurisdictions. Bi-State staff has built relationships with the GIS staff in the various cities and counties in the region. The GIS data they produce and maintain is integral to the work Bi-State staff does for the region — from planning documents, to direct technical assistance to member governments, to regional maps and projects. Some examples include the following:
- County-assessed value from GIS databases is used to determine approximate property loss due to potential flooding in Hazard Mitigation Plans produced for Muscatine and Rock Island Counties
- Current parcel-level base maps and jurisdictional boundaries are used to keep zoning and other maps up-to-date for many member governments
- Detailed point of interest, parks, schools, and other features are collected from local GIS partnerships to insure regional maps, like the QC Marathon Map and XStream Clean Up Maps are accurate
Bruce Lang is the GIS Coordinator in Henry County, Illinois. Bruce and his staff use GIS on an ongoing basis to maintain cadastral property maps for property taxation, voters registration precinct boundaries, and zoning information; provide property changes for E911 emergency services; and perform various inquiries including "location compliance" of convicted offenders and FOIA requests.
This year, staff used GIS tools to develop natural disaster maps (tornados, floods, etc.) for creation and FEMA adoption of the "Henry County Multi-Jurisdictional Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan.“ GIS staff partnered with Bi-State to digitize zoning areas in unincorporated areas from paper maps dating from prior to 1959. Staff is working with Henry County Economic Development Partnership (HCEDP) to expand Enterprise Zones in eight Cities/Villages in the County.
Muscatine Area Geographic Information Consortium (MAGIC)
Mark Warren, GIS Manager for MAGIC, explained that the consortium was formed in 1999 as a partnership with the City of Muscatine, Muscatine County, and Muscatine Power and Water — a shared investment in the development and management of geographic information system (GIS) data and technology. This partnership promotes more efficient & effective government by avoiding redundant GIS data creation via a central data repository; providing cost-shared investments in GIS technology, data, and staff; and supporting better decision-making related to community development and management. Besides maintaining many layers of geographic data, a major project for 2014 has been acquiring updated basemap aerial imagery. MAGIC participated in the Bi-State-coordinated, multi-jurisdictional Aerial Photo Flyover and realized an approximate 35% savings over acquiring comparable product alone. MAGIC uses industry-leading EsriTM software, and a multi-jurisdictional, enterprise license agreement provides almost unlimited deployment and access to most advanced features of the software to all MAGIC partners.
City of Moline and Rock Island County, Illinois
Scott County, Iowa