Secretary of State Links to City Boundary GIS Services
Kentucky’s Secretary of State, Trey Grayson, continues to make great strides in helping businesses and citizens take advantage of services offered via the Web. Recently, the Secretary of State's Kentucky Land Office linked its Kentucky Cities and Counties Web site with the Kentucky Incorporated Cities Mapping Portal created and maintained by the Division of Geographic Information.
In the past, the Land Office linked to static map images prepared by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. These maps were only updated every two to three years based on each city's growth and needs. As a result, maps seldom reflected annexations that had been recently filed with the Land Office. With the new process, the GIS mapping system is updated with annexation filings within two to four weeks of the date they are filed with the Land Office and, therefore, more accurately reflects a city's most current boundary.
City boundary information for the commonwealth is maintained using ArcMap software from Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI), and is based totally on annexation filings with the Kentucky Secretary of State's Kentucky Land Office. This integration of Web portals is a perfect example of cross-agency collaboration and demonstrates how agencies can take advantage of the commonwealth’s geospatial resources to provide improved services to Kentucky citizens.
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