ALGONQUIN – The village has been recognized for its Geographic Information System (GIS) applications and their use in the day-to-day operations of various departments, according to a news release.
Environmental Systems Research Institute recognizes organizations that embrace GIS technology to improve the world and contribute to the GIS community with its Special Achievement in GIS Award. Algonquin is one of 175 organizations recognized internationally and the only local government recognized in Illinois this year.
“Algonquin’s GIS clearly plays a large role in the village’s business process and operations,” said Fred Kreutzfeldt, an account manager with ESRI. “The Special Achievement in GIS Award recognizes Algonquin’s utilization of GIS to enhance communication, collaboration, operational efficiency and customer service.”
The village has used GIS for more than a decade and was the first municipality in Kane and McHenry counties to deploy a public GIS interactive map.
The Special Achievement in GIS Award recognizes Algonquin’s current initiatives, which are designed to provide enhanced mobile GIS technologies to aid both village staff and public users with real-time information on tablets and smart phones.
ESRI is an international supplier of GIS software and geodatabase management applications; they are based in Redlands, California.
ALGONQUIN – An H.D. Jacobs High School student recently attended a youth advocacy institute in Washington.
Tucker Lehman, of Algonquin, was one of 22 students from around the country earlier this month to attend the Students Against Destructive Decisions conference of public policy issues related to traffic safety.
The conference was called SADD SPEAKs, Students for Policy Education, Advocacy and Knowledge.
Organizers said in a news release that the institute is expected to be an annual event.
Participants in the events now plan to try to influence state and federal policy at the local level and mobilize students to become effective advocates for teen safety programs, the news release said.
"Teens working together on policy development demonstrates the value of incorporating a youth perspective on these issues and empowers us to influence both our peers and the government officials responsible for traffic safety policy," Lehman said.
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