PlanGraphics Begins Important GIS Project for Gary, Ind.
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PlanGraphics Begins Important GIS Project for Gary, Ind.



FRANKFORT, Ky.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 14, 2003--PlanGraphics, Inc. (OTCBB: 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 welcomed.

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 New York. On the Internet: www.plangraphics.com.

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