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Thursday, September 30, 2010

The town of Bluffington, SC wants to be sure residents know if they really live in or out of town. So the mayor went online to show folks how. Basically, you visit the town website and key in your address. If it’s not found, you are invited to call the city to explore the siutation.

- Hilton Head Monthly

The Yuma City Council seems to agree with the headline in the local paper: “City’s GIS data paying off.” Of course there are no numbers to actually support that, but the article does give examples of its use: “showing street grids,”” placement of utility lines.” And, there’s a note it can bring in more money:

The system even has the potential of bringing in additional revenue for the city because it can pinpoint which businesses have licenses and which ones may not. It also can help identify which properties aren’t on the Yuma County assessor’s property tax rolls, Morse said.

- Yuma Sun

Missouri DOT is the latest to weather radar to its state traffic map. The map until now showed closures, construction, flooding and snow-covered roads. Weather updates are from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

- AP

Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District received a 2010 Best Practices Award on from the Ohio Geographically Referenced Information Program at the 2010 GIS Conference. Franklin Soil and Water won for its Geographic Information Systems program that facilitates better decision making, encourages effective planning, and improves the services and products that the soil and water district provides to the central Ohio community.

- Ohio Farmer

by Adena Schutzberg on 09/30 at 07:41 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

About a month ago, when Microsoft announced the food truck app, I asked: “Should APB cover “geo news” from corporate blogs, such as Microsoft’s new Food Truck Map?” The responses from 43 people:

53% Yes, that’s important to me and I would not find it elsewhere.
29% No, don’t bother. It’s not that important and besides, every one else covers it.
20% Google and Microsoft do geospatial?

I really hoped I didn’t need to include such things in this blog, but I will listen to your input and continue to include this sort of “news.” I will not however dwell on these announcements (unless warranted) and you may see just a single sentence and a link.

My read on this: Most readers of this blog are not following the corporate blogs and want me to do so their behalf. Will do!

Next up: When did you last read a corporate white paper? Vote on the right hand side of the main page.

by Adena Schutzberg on 09/30 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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