County GIS Receives Esri's Special Achievement Award

July 29, 2015 -- Cook County's Department of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) was honored by Esri this week with a Special Achievement in GIS Award for establishing an enterprise approach to GIS which provides a framework for County departments to collect data, share information, collaborate, and conduct cross-departmental analysis.

Cook County Enterprise GIS goes beyond Cook County Government, and extends vertically to other levels of government (federal, state, municipalities), private sector businesses and, most importantly, to the public. Publicly available applications such as: Cook Viewer, Connect to Cook, and Cook County's TIF Viewer provide a wide variety of information to County residents and those who want to visit or do business with Cook county.

"The SAG Awards identify the organizations and people who are using the power of geography to make our world a better place," says Esri president Jack Dangermond, who presented the awards at the 2015 Esri International User Conference in San Diego. "At Esri, we are always deeply inspired by the passion and innovation of our users. They deserve recognition for their invaluable contributions to their communities and the continued evolution of geographic science."

In addition to Cook County GIS, Esri honored more than 170 organizations from around the world and across a variety of industries including agriculture, cartography, climate change, defense and intelligence, economic development, education, government, health and human services, telecommunications, and utilities.

For more information about the 2015 Special Achievement in GIS Award winners, including project information and photos,please visit: