Integrated Web GIS Solutions for Economic Development
Economic decision making is inherently geographic. From day-to-day operations to long-term planning, the strategic management of our municipal, community, and other assets is rooted in “where” the best places to invest are located. Geographic information systems (GIS) are the key to improving this decision making in a defensible, data-driven format, and are vital for 21st-century organizations to employ. However, desktop GIS is expensive and complex for non-GIS experts to use. As a result, more municipalities and local governments are looking into web-based GIS solutions that allow them to implement a bespoke web mapping solution despite t heir limited resources, time, and infrastructure. O2 Planning + Design (O2) sees an opportunity for web-based GIS solutions to further contribute to economic development decision making. They have designed and developed an innovative web GIS solution for municipalities and counties that allows users to visualize, analyze and integrate their spatial and non-spatial datasets. Integrated with third-party solutions for asset management, asset tracking, finance, document management, and street view data, clients are able to utilize the system for analyzing spatial datasets to optimize land use planning, site selection, review tax records, demographic patterns, manage assets, create work flows, and spatially filter asset documents. Already in use by the County of Newell and Town of Okotoks, the application requires no client installation and is fully secured. As expectations of the public and stakeholders in economic development continues to evolve with new and emerging technologies, decision-making tools used by economic development professionals have never been more important. Using O2’s GIS as a starting point for discussion, this presentation will initiate a conversation about the broader GIS needs for contemporary economic development professionals, and how existing systems can be further improved to provide the solutions they need.
Moderator: Pat Nicol, EDA Board Member
Introductory Remarks: Trevor Davison, O2 Planning & Design
Panelist: Omair Chaudhry, O2 Planning & Design
Partner: O2 Planning & Design