Polk County Wins Esri SAG Award

Polk County, MN was among five Pro-West clients to receive Esri Special Achievement in GIS (SAG) Awards at the 2022 Esri User Conference in San Diego, CA.

Oklahoma County, OK, the City of Dubuque, IA, Jackson County, MO, and Mortenson Construction were all recognized at the annual Esri UC Awards ceremony, Wednesday, July 13.

Polk County GIS team Rick Thompson and Nathan Smith were joined by Pro-West staff who provide ongoing support to help the County achieve its GIS goals.

Polk County has a reputation as a leader in small government GIS, using the ArcGIS platform to realize its vision for a GIS program that empowers citizens and staff with comprehensive information at their fingertips. It supports workflows including transportation infrastructure, public works, property valuation, emergency management and elections.

Improving Efficiency, Serving Citizens

Rick Thompson, GIS Coordinator for Polk County, has continually expanded the county's GIS program to improve the efficiency of many processes that are vital to its daily operations, and to make sure residents can find important information easily, without having to call or visit county offices. This accelerated during the COVID-19 pandemic, when remote services were widely implemented as an alternative to close contact in an office.

GIS has enabled the county to centralize its data, share information efficiently with staff and citizens, and improve services and internal workflows.

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Rick Thompson and Nate Smith, Polk County GIS Department receive their Esri SAG Award

Fully Leveraging ArcGIS Across the Organization

ArcGIS Enterprise forms the foundation of the county’s infrastructure, with the ability to scale and take advantage of the full capabilities of Esri technology. This includes ArcGIS Hub, ArcGIS Online, and the Parcel Fabric for ArcGIS Pro.

The County has deployed 5 ArcGIS Hub sites including a Geospatial Hub, Address Outreach, Equitable Property Value, Elections Outreach, and Roads & Highways, each housing a set of Esri COTS configured solutions to communicate valuable information.

With a fully leveraged, enterprise-wide GIS that supports users with powerful information, Polk County exemplifies the power of GIS for small government.

GIS: A Vital Technology for Polk County Residents & Staff

Thompson commented:

“We are very thankful to receive this award from Esri, recognizing not just the work of the county but our community, which is embracing the benefits of GIS technology to enhance our daily lives. Polk County is a great place to live and seeing it represented on an international stage is a great accomplishment.”

“GIS has become a vital technology for Polk County staff and residents. It makes us more efficient as an organization, which benefits taxpayers, and allows us to spend more time focusing on work that moves our community forward and brings value to our residents.”

“County residents can find a wealth of information at their fingertips using GIS tools. They are using the technology to find comparable sale prices for properties in their desired area or see where road closures might affect their commute. Staff can use it to track zebra mussel infestations at public water access points or find information about roads during the survey process when planning construction projects. The list goes on.”

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Congratulations from Pro-West & Associates!

Pro-West & Associates would like to congratulate Polk County, Oklahoma County, the City of Dubuque, Jackson County and Mortenson Construction (and all SAG award recipients!) on their very well deserved award recognition. We are proud to collaborate with ambitious and highly motivated teams that provide exemplary leadership and innovation within the GIS community.

We look forward to helping them achieve many more GIS goals!

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Pro-West & Polk County teams at Esri UC 2022

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