FRANKFORT, Ky.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 14, 2003--PlanGraphics,
PGRA) has begun a geographic information system (GIS)
strategic planning project for the City of Gary, Ind.
Working with the Gary Sanitary District, PlanGraphics will be
conducting a needs assessment, developing a conceptual design and
preparing an implementation plan, as well as developing a "Quick-Win"
application to ensure immediate return on the City's investment.
Gary, with a population of 102,000, is located in northwest
Indiana in Lake County, 30 miles southeast of Chicago. Though the City
has had GIS data and software for the past three years, there has been
no formal direction on how the GIS should interact at an
enterprise-wide level. The intent of this project is to harness all
levels of GIS development within the City, as well as to garner the
opportunities of outside organizations to successfully address City
needs and develop an enterprise GIS plan.
Gary is also a part of the Northwest Indiana GIS Forum, a working
group of communities within northwest Indiana. The forum has been
looking to Gary over the past three years to be the leader in GIS
within the area due to its size and the extent of critical
infrastructure within the community. The State's Terrorism Task Force
recently designated northwest Indiana as one of the critical areas
within the State. With the amount of infrastructure incorporated in
the City (interstates, railroads, highways and ports) and its
proximity to one of the largest municipalities in the United States,
the implementation of an enterprise GIS in the City is critical and
Martin J. Brown, Gary's recently hired GIS director, is excited
about moving forward with GIS development in the City. "PlanGraphics'
experience in working on these types of projects is well suited to
responding to our needs," said Brown "PlanGraphics has the background,
experience and reputation of implementing successful GIS programs, and
we look to them for the same results within Gary."
Results have already started to occur early on in the project.
"During our interviews with departmental staff, we were already able
to recognize duplication of effort within the City in support of the
GASB 34 initiatives," stated Andrew Faley, account executive with
PlanGraphics. "From our discussions on GASB 34, we were able to
recognize an area of potential duplication and quickly propose changes
to the City's current scope, as well as propose coordination
activities with the GIS director. The City could save a considerable
amount of money on this initial discovery."
PlanGraphics, founded in 1979, is a full life-cycle systems
integration and implementation firm providing a broad range of
services in the design and implementation of information technology in
the public and commercial sectors. PlanGraphics' experience with
spatial information systems and e-services capabilities provides a
critical discriminator among other IT consulting and integration
firms. PlanGraphics is headquartered in Frankfort, Ky., and has
regional offices in Maryland, Colorado, California, Rhode Island and
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CONTACT: PlanGraphics, Inc. Fred Beisser, 720/851-0716 720/851-0717 (fax) Email Contact