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January 12, 2016
Lauderdale Lakes: GIS for Small Municipalities

GOLDSBORO, N.C. — Geographic Technologies Group (GTG) Lauderdale Lakes, Florida has a small footprint geographically (3.64 square miles) but large plans for technology and public service.  Historically, small organizations have not been able to implement GIS effectively because of cost, complexity, and ease-of-use.

Like many municipalities, Lauderdale Lakes attempted to use GIS over the past decade but were not able to do so effectively.

The software was purchased, data was acquired, but the tools languished. Curtis Hinton, President of GTG, points out: "Lauderdale Lakes staff knew they needed GIS, but a full-time GIS person was not a reality. The Lauderdale Lakes City Council is progressive, looking for better ways to serve their citizens.

Information sharing and top-notch services are a priority.  Many of the things they want to accomplish require spatial data, necessitating GIS. They needed an experienced GIS firm to create a strategic roadmap for GIS with a focus on practicality and usability."

GTG went to work immediately presenting a vision of how GIS could be used to City Council and City leaders.  David Lyons, GIS Director for GTG, states: "GIS has become exciting to showcase.  The tools have become so much more user- friendly and illustrative.  Gone are the days of requiring a high-end GIS guru to be on staff.

Now users can be independent, and citizens readily enabled."  GTG created a plan that relies heavily on Esri's latest GIS technology and platforms.

"Quick wins and ease-of-use are so important to successful GIS implementation.

We created a Strategic Assessment that leverages ArcGIS Online, ArcGIS for Local Government, Esri Maps and Apps, and a variety of Story Maps.

We were able to illustrate how the City can be very successful with GIS in a very short time frame," says Lyons.

Hinton points out, "Lauderdale Lakes staff were guarded about being too optimistic.

They have all either used GIS or been at organizations that use GIS, and frankly, the technology was just too complex. However, after our team showed the City staff the latest tools and gave them a clear and concise roadmap for success, they are ready and eager to go."

GTG will be working with Lauderdale Lakes to implement GIS. Hinton is excited about working with the City. "Our team members have been GIS users for their entire professional life, serving as GIS coordinators and technologists for local governments. It is exciting to see how the tools have matured.  We are seeing smaller organizations beginning to use GIS successfully now, whereas a few years ago it was impractical. This is a great time to be in the GIS industry. GIS has moved out of the basement and the domain of a few GIS gurus to being on everyone's devices via intuitive and user-friendly tools.  Not only are organizations the size of Lauderdale Lakes able to use the technology, they are perfect for the technology.

Their size allows them to create datasets and spin up applications overnight. Broward County has always been a leader in GIS in Florida.  Now their small municipalities are leading the way nationally."

For more information about GIS for small municipalities and GIS Strategic Assessments contact Curt  Hinton at 919-344-2169 or curt@geotg.com.

About Geographic Technologies Group, Inc. (GTG):

GTG is a full-service local government GIS consulting company offering specialized experience in the planning, design, implementation, and procurement of geo-technologies.  GTG has unmatched technical GIS capabilities, demonstrated successes, international experience, and a reputation for successfully implementing the right solutions. GTG develops GIS products that spatially enable various enterprise solutions and integrates an organization's IT investment via a common interface. GTG also offers stand-alone products for land management, public safety, public access, touch screen technology, and utilities.

GTG has more than 700 clients located throughout North America and Europe and serves all levels of government as well as the private sector. To support our clients, GTG maintains three offices located across the United States: Headquarters in North Carolina, and regional offices in Texas and Florida.

Additional information may be obtained by contacting Geographic Technologies Group, Inc. at 888-757-4222 or you can access our website at www.geotg.com.

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