May 19, 2008 By News Report
Westchester county will be recognized for its innovative use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) when the county's "Green Map" receives a "Special Achievement in GIS" award at ESRI's 28th Annual International User Conference. The "Green Map" is one of about 170 user sites chosen from among more than 100,000 worldwide.
The awards will be presented at a special ceremony during ESRI's International User Conference on August 6 in San Diego. Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI) is an industry leader in the GIS community that designs and develops GIS technology.
The county's year-old "Green Map," charts environmental resources and efforts throughout the county. The interactive map highlights dozens of sustainable "green" programs and encourages residents to identify similar efforts in their neighborhoods and communities.
Users can find out where to dispose of household chemicals, old cell phones and tires, or locate a farmers market. It's easy to look for a nature preserve, garden or walking trail, as well as find out what builders and retailers are promoting energy efficiency. It's also a good way to check out public transportation options including rail, ferry and bus.
The map was put together by Westchester County GIS, as part of a partnership with the Green Map System, a global network of locally led Green Map projects.
The Green Map project augments County Executive Andy Spano's Westchester Global Warming Task Force which has created a countywide action plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote sustainable development
All over the country, community leaders are looking to boost economic development through various initiatives. One key element in many of those initiatives is the use of information technology. When local governments build IT infrastructure, create e-government applications, assist high-tech startups or otherwise focus on technology, they create conditions that draw businesses to their communities and help retain skilled workers. This paper discusses and provides examples of these various ways local government can use technology to ultimately make a community more attractive to businesses, visitors and residents.