Celebrate GIS Day with Montrose County - November 16, 2016

Montrose, COLO.--Maps, parcel lines, emergency functions, and data make up the daily to-do list of a Geographic Information System (GIS) Technician at Montrose County. GIS provides significant benefits to emergency services, property records, economic development, road data, planning, crime mapping, and more. The public is invited to learn more about GIS and celebrate GIS Day with Montrose County’s GIS open house on November 16th from 2-4 p.m.

“GIS is an important function of county operations,” said GIS Manager Lisa Goetsch. “We are excited to showcase the many functions of GIS and show the public the free GIS tools they have at their disposal through the county’s website.”

Earlier this month, the Board of County Commissioners officially proclaimed November 16th GIS Day.  GIS Day is a global event that first occurred in 1999 during Geography Awareness Week. Geography Awareness Week was established in 1987, U.S. President Ronald Reagan signed legislation that established the third week in November as Geography Awareness Week with the purpose to promote geographic education in schools and among the public. GIS Day is held on the Wednesday of Geography Awareness Week and seeks to encourage GIS users and vendors to open their doors to schools, businesses, and the general public to showcase real-world applications of this important technology.

In recognition of GIS Day, members of the public are encouraged to visit the county GIS Office at 320 South 1st Street, between 2–4 p.m. on November 16, 2016, to learn more about GIS and how it is used to benefit the community members of Montrose County. There will be a free drawing and attendees will have the opportunity to have an 8.5 by 11 inch high-resolution color map of their property printed for free.

The GIS office is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.- 5 p.m., and the public is always welcome to stop by during office hours with questions or assistance. For more information or questions, please call 970-252-4502.