NDACo created the GIS Program in response to a need in many counties. The program will:
As with other NDACo programs, the GIS Program is envisioned not to replace county employees or vendor relationships, but as a support for counties to increase their usage of GIS data and GIS technologies. Further, the program does not plan to perform data development or maintenance of GIS datasets out of a concern that NDACo’s resources could quickly become overwhelmed with requests for the creation of data. This may be re-evaluated as the program maturesand evolves to meet counties' needs.
The program expects to focus on preparing mapping products and performing analysis on datasets that already have a GIS maintenance workflow such as:
We believe that all counties should have access to a GIS resource that can provide services on a broad array of topics relevant to county services. This would allow for that access without the county needing to commit to the full cost of a GIS employee.