Flathead County is celebrating the impact geographic information systems, or GIS technology, has had on county government operations on Wednesday, November 11th. 16.
On what is known as GIS Day, the County GIS Department will hold an open house at the historic Flathead County Courthouse at 800 South Kalispell Street from 10 am to 2 pm. Staff will answer questions and demonstrate the geospatial tools they use every day to collect, analyze, and visualize geographic data.
The county is joining other organizations around the world in hosting events on GIS Day to celebrate the work of GIS professionals and as a way to inspire future innovators to advance the technology.
Jack Dangermond, founder and president of GIS company Esri, envisioned people collaborating and sharing how GIS affects everyone, leading to GIS Day, first celebrated in 1999. Since then, the explosion of geospatial technology has expanded this idea into a global event that shows how the practical application of geographic information systems and GIS can have an impact on business, government, and society.
For more information on how Flathead County is innovating through the application of GIS, visit https://maps.flathead.mt.gov.