Celebrate GIS Day with Montrose County - November 13, 2019

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 at Montrose County’s GIS open house on November 13th from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 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.” GIS Day is a global event that first occurred in 1999 during Geography Awareness Week. President Ronald Reagan signed legislation in 1987 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 Montrose County GIS Office at 320 South 1st Street, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. on November 13, 2019, to learn more about GIS and how it benefits Montrose County. Attendees will have the opportunity to receive a free 11" x 17" aerial map of their property and can enter a drawing for a free Montrose County Map.

The GIS Office is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. The public is always welcome to stop in or call 970-252-4502 for information or assistance.