Image: Undergraduate recipients of the 2023 Herbert Stout Award
Innovative uses of GIS technology to solve challenges and improve government by local governments and college students were honored at the 2023 North Carolina Geographic Information Systems Conference in March, sponsored in part by the N.C. Center for Geographical Information and Analysis.
Two local governments received the G. Herbert Stout Award for GIS applications that improved efficiency, reduced costs and increased productivity.
- Person County Road Sign Work Order Solution – Person County used the Citizen Problem Reporter tool in its GIS software to improve the workflow of repairing road signs, which enables field staff to complete repairs more quickly and efficiently.
- Forsyth Community Assistance Registry for Emergency Services – Forsyth CARES uses its MapForsyth dashboard to share voluntarily reported information about residents’ special needs with 911 centers, emergency services and first responders across Forsyth County.
Thirteen college students also received Stout Awards for outstanding projects using geographic data to analyze or solve a problem.
“College and university students represent the next generation of GIS professionals that will be future leaders in both the public and private sectors,” said N.C. Geographic Information Officer Tim Johnson. “Rewarding their academic achievement not only benefits the individual students but ultimately the GIS community as a whole.”
Read more about all the undergraduate and graduate student winners of the Herbert Stout Award and their projects.