Our specialty is government GIS. We fully recognize that governments’ primary goal is to fill the many specific needs of its residents, developers, and community in a timely and efficient manner. Since most of these tasks are associated with a location within the municipality, GIS lends itself naturally as the premier technology for managing and disseminating this location-based information.

ArcGIS for Local Government

Esri has developed a collection of free maps, apps and data best practices that allow municipalities to jump-start their investment in GIS.  This initiative is called ArcGIS for Local Government and the data standard is commonly referred to as the Local Government Information Model (LGIM).  

We are well versed in both ArcGIS for Local Government and the LGIM.  We can direct communities new to GIS on how to implement the LGIM or assist those already using GIS on how to migrate to the LGIM.  We can also implement and customize any of the ArcGIS for Local Government apps.


Monroe County, Michigan, hired us to migrate their GIS data to the Local Government Information Model (LGIM) and help them implement the Tax Reverted Property app using LGIM data published to ArcGIS Online.

Benefits of GIS in Local Government

  • Data sharing throughout all departments
  • Manage vast amounts of information efficiently
  • Instant feedback for making informed decisions
  • Meet regional, state and federal mandates
  • Increase the range of information available to public
  • Improve response time for citizen inquires
  • Automate portions of the daily workflow
  • Quickly incorporate changes ensuring accurate maps
  • Eliminate the reliance on paper maps

GIS Applications in Local Government

We provide GIS solutions to any department within a local government. Select a category to learn more.


Local governments rely on Assessors to have an accurate and fair accounting of property values and parcel ownership information. Utilizing GIS, the management of information and resources is streamlined into a solution that enhances services across all departments.

Our GIS services for Assessing departments include:

  • Parcel Construction and Adjustments (Rubbersheeting)
  • Parcel Mapping
    • Section Maps
    • Wall Maps
    • Map books and atlases
  • BS&A/CAMA Integration
    • Land value and sales modeling
    • Sales maps
    • Property ownership tracking
    • Address matching and geocoding

Boards and Commissions

Maps serve a vital role in a local government's decision-making process. We provide GIS-based mapping solutions to many government boards and commissions, including:

  • Board of Trustees
  • Downtown Development Authority
  • Planning Commission
  • Zoning Board of Appeals

We can also train your staff to produce better maps if you already use GIS in-house.

DPW and Utilities

Typical municipalities must track the location, condition, and operational status of assets including water mains, valves, hydrants, meters, storage facilities, sewer mains, lift stations, and manholes. Utilizing GIS, Public Works departments can now efficiently map their assets and manage their daily operational tasks.

We provide infrastructure mapping services, including GPS data collection, for:

  • Sanitary Sewer Systems
  • Storm Water Systems
  • Water Systems
  • Electric Utilities
  • Streets, Signs, and Signals
  • Trees and Parks
  • Facilities
  • Drains

We provide asset management services for:

  • Notifications and Mailing Labels
  • Call tracking
  • Service request dispatching
  • Work order and work history tracking
  • Facilities management
  • Field inspections
  • Maintenance and preventative maintenance
  • Administrative functions (budget forecasting, customer billing, facility inventory analysis)

Learn more about Cityworks for Asset Management

Parks and Recreation

Parks and recreation departments use GIS to map their land and manage their facilities, along with marketing and scheduling events. Integrating location-based information with a GIS gives your staff the tools to effectively improve the use and quality of community areas. Listed below are several key ways to improve your parks and recreational areas through the use of GIS.

  • Trail mapping and bike path routing
  • Community facilities placement
  • Trail and facilities mapping
  • Tree inventory
  • Asset maintenance and management
  • Future park site selection
  • Revenue tracking
  • Marketing
  • Community events
  • Scheduling

Public Safety

Geography plays an important role in public safety. Information about the location of an incident or disaster is often critical in knowing how to respond. The capability to access and process information quickly and deploy resources where needed is often mission critical.

Police Services

  • E911 mapping - address ranges, common places, law enforcement districts
  • Crime location analysis
  • Crime scene maps
  • Accident mapping and analysis
  • CLEMIS data creation and maintenance (Southeastern Michigan clients)

Fire Services

  • Hydrant Mapping
  • Incident mapping and analysis
  • Fire response planning

Additional Public Safety Services

  • Damage Assessment
  • Emergency siren coverage
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Liquor license locations
  • Routing to hospitals or other medical facilities
  • Street light locations

Planning and Building

Managing growth requires an extraordinary amount of time and resources. GIS is the tool that gives you instant access to the information you need to make informed planning and building decisions.


  • 300 foot notifications
  • Current land-use
  • Future land-use
  • Open spaces and conservation areas
  • Zoning districts

Site Analysis

  • Preliminary site plan overlays
  • Proposed development maps (including 3D visualizations)
  • Site plan review

Building Permits

  • Permit tracking and mapping
  • Report production

Environmental Analysis

  • Air and water quality analysis
  • Environmental impact assessment
  • FEMA floodplain mapping
  • Groundwater flow
  • Viewshed analysis
  • Wetlands mapping