Representatives from the agencies and governments that benefit from the work of MetroGIS and the data it makes available provide their endorsement for the continued work of the collaborative.

  • Access to Data
    • "Regional coordination of GIS is important so governments can generate region-wide maps using the same protocols and standards."
      Bill Schreiber
      Metropolitan Council (former) | MetroGIS Policy Board Member (former)

      "If this allows us to select the current regional data we need off the Internet and bring it into our system, that's fantastic. This tool opens up a whole new world for GIS users, especially those of us dealing with multiple jurisdictions."
      Chuck Corliss
      Director of Transportation and Capital Improvement | White Bear Area Public Schools

      "I was able to find what I wanted on DataFinder very quickly. I scanned through the metadata, found information on the projection system, and downloaded the data with a double click. The whole process took five minutes, maybe less. I thought 'Great! This is terrific!’"
      David Windle
      GIS Coordinator | City of Roseville

      "Before MetroGIS, it was extremely time-consuming just to obtain the data we needed from all the counties and then integrate it. Now we can focus on how to use the data to better serve residents."
      Dr. Nancy Read
      Technical Services Leader | Metropolitan Mosquito Control District

      "Being able to go to one place to get current, accurate parcel data will be a great benefit for airport noise planning. It will save a tremendous amount of time that I now spend getting and normalizing the data from individual cities and counties."
      Mark Kill
      GIS Specialist | Metropolitan Airports Commission

      "Since the events of September 11 [2001], we've had requests for more current, and higher resolution, geographic data about the Twin Cities area from several federal agencies. DataFinder is a valuable resource for searching, learning about and viewing available data."
      Ron Wencl
      National Mapping Program Liaison | United States Geological Survey
      MetroGIS Coordinating Committee Member

      "The DataFinder enables MetroGIS to fully realize its mission. The tool will provide GIS users easy access to exactly the data they need along with the security that data producers demand."
      Victoria Reinhardt
      Ramsey County Commissioner | Former MetroGIS Policy Board Chair

  • Cost Savings
    • "The Planned Land Use dataset has revolutionized our planning practices. The data has saved considerable time and effort in identifying and analyzing future development patterns. Before this data became available, we used paper maps for future land use patterns. We are saving our clients many dollars...not to mention that the foundation of the analysis is more reliable."
      Bob Diedrich
      Senior GIS Specialist | SRF Consulting Group, Inc.

      "The process for assembling the data we need has become much easier under the MetroGIS data-sharing agreements, and our costs have gone way down. The regional datasets will also be a big plus because we will not have to spend our time standardizing the data from one county to another. We can go about our business of controlling the mosquito population."
      Dr. Nancy Read
      Technical Services Leader | Metropolitan Mosquito Control District

      "MetroGIS has been instrumental in helping us get off the drawing board to develop what is perhaps the most unique GIS database system around, at least at the municipal level. MetroGIS opened the door and helped us in terms of accessibility to datasets from counties, providing a sizable cost savings."
      Joe Strauss
      Executive Director | I-35W Coalition

      "One of the essential jobs of counties is allocating scarce resources among many needs. As we get better and more information through data sharing we will make a fairer allocation of funds."
      Randy Johnson
      Hennepin County Commissioner | MetroGIS Policy Board Member

      "GIS data are indispensable tools as local governments and the Council prepare for the growth challenges of the future. MetroGIS facilitates the sharing of GIS data that meet the common information needs of local and regional governments. Data sharing has practical benefits - like saving time and money - for everyone involved."
      Roger Williams
      MetroGIS Policy Board Member (former) | Metropolitan Council (former)

      "Many local governments could not afford the data on their own; MetroGIS made it possible."
      Victoria Reinhardt
      Ramsey County Commissioner | Former MetroGIS Policy Board Chair

  • Inter-Agency Collaboration
    • "The data cities want to see—like where crime is occurring or how property values are changing—don't necessarily stop at city borders. Cities often need a metropolitan-wide view to be able to see and compare what's happening elsewhere."
      Brad Henry
      Technical Leadership Institute | University of Minnesota

      "MetroGIS is a sensible idea; communities and agencies cooperating to develop standards that make sharing data easier and, in the process, save the taxpayer money.”
      Conrad Fiskness
      Riley-Purgatory-Bluff Creek Watershed District | Former MetroGIS Policy Board Member

      "One of the benefits of Scott County's GIS User Group is that the county shares applications with the cities. The group is also a good way for us to get together and discuss GIS issues that affect us all, and it is an excellent forum for training group members." 
      Dan Pfeffer
      Former GIS Coordinator | Scott County

      "The MetroGIS approach is based upon the premise that collaborations must depend not simply on good will but on good sense - the investments required to assemble and manage aggregated data are real and cannot be justified on good will alone. The public officials that comprise the MetroGIS Policy Board provide the ultimate reality check!"
      David Arbeit
      Director (Retired) | Minnesota Geospatial Information Office

      "If someone is doing GIS on their own, they are not realizing the full potential of the technology."
      David Claypool
      Surveyor and Coordinator of GIS Operations | Ramsey County

      "GIS is a powerful tool for land use and other planning purposes. The Metropolitan Council supports the MetroGIS initiative because it helps advance our smart growth objectives. As the Council, counties, cities and others work collaboratively; we use resources wisely and make the region more competitive."

      Roger Williams
      MetroGIS Policy Board Member (former) | Metropolitan Council (former)

      "MetroGIS has already resolved many of the problems that most communities are yet to realize even need to be addressed. These include questions such as 'What data do we share? How do we include partners who do not have the assets to fully participate? How do we convince anyone to participate?' These issues may sound trivial, but the reality is that the people-based, management issues are now more difficult to handle than the purely technical issues of data-sharing. MetroGIS has done a remarkable job."
      Sam Bacharach
      Executive Director for Outreach and Community Adoption | Open Geospatial Consortium

      "Sharing data among organizations is helping government provide services for less cost and less effort. MetroGIS exemplifies a trend we've seen on the city level in recent years to look 'outside the box' at ways to cooperate and form joint ventures."
      Terry Schneider
      Mayor, City of Minnetonka | MetroGIS Board Chair

  • Planning and Growth Management
    • "MetroGIS plays the unique role of facilitating the integration of geographic data from across the region, thus creating visual tools that greatly enhance public decisions, like siting new schools."
      Dr. Antoinette Johns
      Superintendent, Brooklyn Center Schools | MetroGIS Policy Board Member (former)

      "GIS is a very effective tool for planning and programming future street rehabilitation and communicating that plan to the residents and businesses of the community."
      Les Proper
      Director of Public Works | City of New Brighton

      "Collaborating on GIS and sharing data are very practical for government in the region. We learn from each other, we save time and money, and we are better able to solve problems that cross community boundaries. GIS is an invaluable tool for addressing economic development, environmental protection, and a host of other Smart Growth issues."
      Roger Williams
      Metropolitan Council (former) | MetroGIS Policy Board Member (former)