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About MetroGIS > Awards

2002 URISA ESIG Award
2002 MnAPA Planning Merit Award
2001 ESRI Geography Network Challenge Grand Prize
2000 Partnership Minnesota Award
1998 MN Governor's Council - Exemplary GIS Project

Award: 2002 Exemplary Systems in Government (ESIG) Award - Enterprise Systems category
Awarded by: Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA)
Recognizing: MetroGIS Geodata Collaborative
Abstract: Received in 2002 from the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA), a worldwide nonprofit association of professionals using information technology to solve problems in planning, public works, the environment, emergency services, utilities and throughout state, regional and local governments. Here's what the judges said about MetroGIS: "The system is an ambitious project and one that is still evolving. It has brought many units of regional and local governments together in order to create a comprehensive geodata system and a collaborative environment for its members to communicate and benefit from one another. These efforts, and the wealth of datasets and ease of access from a web-based interface, make the system an exemplary one that others can learn from and replicate. The system is exemplary because it provides a one-stop clearinghouse for a variety of data that citizens, companies and public agencies can use…It appears that several Minnesota communities have used the data and database designs and standards to hot-start their local GIS efforts."
Further Information:

Award: 2002 Planning Merit Award for an Outstanding Planning Tool
Awarded by: Minnesota Chapter of the American Planning Association (MnAPA)
Recognizing: Twin Cities Regional Planned Land Use Dataset
Abstract: The MnAPA awarded MetroGIS, the North I-35W Corridor Coalition, and the Metropolitan Council a Planning Merit Award for an Outstanding Planning Tool for their participation in developing the (Twin Cities) Regional Planned Land Use Dataset. The award was presented at the annual MnAPA conference held in Minneapolis on September 12th, 2002. It recognizes the relevance of this dataset and its importance to the planning community as a whole within the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area. The special award also represents an acknowledgement of the importance Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and other information technologies are having on the community planning process and how successful collaborative efforts among communities and organizations can lead to relevant and extremely useful data solutions.
Further Information: Click here to view the project summary and award criteria submitted to MnAPA. For information about the dataset itself, see the Planned Land Use Dataset section of this website and the metadata at

Award: 2001 Grand Prize Winner - Geography Network Challenge (ESRI clients worldwide)
Awarded by: ESRI and the National Geographic Society
Recognizing: MetroGIS - Transportation Web Mapping Service
Grand Prize Award: $5,000 in training for ESRI software. MetroGIS made this training available to all MetroGIS stakeholder organizations. 63 courses were taken by 59 individuals.
Abstract: See the Web Map Services section.

Award: 2000 Partnership Minnesota Cooperative Public Service Award
Awarded by: Partnership Minnesota
Recognizing: MN Dept. of Natural Resources Metro Region and MetroGIS Land Cover Dataset Project
Abstract: See letter of congratulations.
Further Information: See the Land Cover Dataset section.

Award: 1998 Certificate of Commendation for Exemplary GIS Project
Awarded by: Minnesota Governor's Council on Geographic Information
Recognizing: MetroGIS - Regional Street Centerline Dataset Project
Abstract: On October 9, 1998 at the State GIS/LIS Conference in St. Cloud, the Metropolitan Council, Mn/DOT, and The Lawrence Group received an Exemplary GIS Project commendation from the Governor for their contributions to promoting the principles of MetroGIS by way of the MetroGIS Regional Street Centerline Dataset Project. Through this project, government and academic institutions serving the State have free use of the street centerline dataset owned by The Lawrence Group. Over 120 licenses have been issued since the dataset became available in 1997. Licensees also have free access to quarterly updates. The data is distributed through the Metropolitan Council's FTP site.
Further Information: View the Nomination for Letter of Commendation.
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