Local (City/County/State) GIS Tidbits
Concord, MA (down the road from me) is looking to hire a CIO. Several towns and cities in the Commonwealth have someone in that position. Noted among the technologies to be managed: a growing GIS implementation. Also noteworthy: e-mail applications and resumes are not accepted.
The Fire and Rescue Department of Frederick County, VA, in conjunction with colleagues at the Winchester Fire and Rescue Department, has applied for a grant to study the community's volunteer base and develop strategies for volunteer retention.
The Volunteer Workforce Solutions program (press release), sponsored by the Virginia Fire Chiefs Association, will select 20 communities to explore the use of GIS data to "to assist in the process of predicting the viability of the community's volunteer response system." Ten will use the GIS data and the other 10 selected communities will use traditional marketing to attract volunteers.
- NV Daily
Those questioning a proposed Wisconsin state bill related to where public safety personnel point to a map showing the concentrations of police and fire department employees in the areas of the city. Current law requires these civil servants to live within city limits. The new bill would allow them to also live in adjoining counties. "Mayor Tom Barrett and Common Council President Willie Hines strongly oppose the legislation, arguing the state is meddling in an issue best left to local control."