GIS Roundtable with Gov. Jim Gehringer
KY Commissioner of Technology Mike Inman (left)
and former Wyoming governor Jim Gehringer talk
during the GIS roundtable meeting.
On Dec. 13, a roundtable meeting with Gov. Jim Gehringer, immediate-past Governor of Wyoming, was hosted in Frankfort, Kentucky. The roundtable sessions focused on how Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are being utilized to support decision making at all levels of government.
Gehringer is making similar stops in other Midwest states where he is meeting with high-level CIOs and other technology-related decision makers. On his tour throughout the Midwest, the GIS success achieved in Kentucky over the past few years is showcased during each session. Kentucky’s award-winning Geography Network (Spatial Data Clearinghouse) and it’s collaborative GIS community are prime examples of how GIS can play a role in state government.
Gehringer gave many examples of how GIS was applied during his administration in Wyoming and how GIS should be applied across all units of government. His presentation was powerful and was keyed toward IT professionals that may not have been exposed to the capabilities of GIS. He said he likes to think that GIS really stands for “Governor’s Information System”!
Gehringer's tour was sponsored by Environmental Systems Research Institute and IBM. Both companies offer GIS solutions that allow states and other units of government to create their own enterprise GIS and geography-specific spatial data clearinghouse.
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