Kent County Geographic Information System wins award

Danielle Lamborn, Kent County Geographic Information System administrator, accepts the Special Achievement in GIS Award from Esri founder and President Jack Dangermond in San Diego on June 30. (Subumitted photo)

Danielle Lamborn, Kent County Geographic Information System administrator, accepts the Special Achievement in GIS Award from Esri founder and President Jack Dangermond in San Diego on June 30. (Subumitted photo)

DOVER – It took several years of hard work for Danielle Lamborn to get Kent County’s Geographic Information System off the ground and sailing smoothly in cyberspace.

Ms. Lamborn, Kent County GIS administator, has proven to be instrumental in the transition of the county’s GIS data to a county-run website.

The Kent County GIS website began running in July 2013.

Since then, Ms. Lamborn and the Kent County GIS department have been actively working to modernize its GIS enterprise and create a system that is readily available to employees, partner agencies and citizens.

It appears as if they have gotten it right as Kent County Government was recently presented with a Special Achievement in GIS Award by Esri, a leader in GIS, at its annual User Conference in San Diego, California, on June 30.

Kent County was selected from more than 300,000 eligible candidates, receiving the award for its innovative application of technology, data collection, geospatial information visualization and thought leadership through GIS as it relates to local government.

P. Brooks Banta, Kent County Levy Court President, pointed to Ms. Lamborn’s leadership for helping the county receive the recognition.

“We are tremendously proud of Danielle and the entire Kent County Geographic Information System team,” Mr. Banta said. “Danielle, who was subsequently County Employee of the Year in 2013, works tirelessly in ensuring the County’s efforts benefits the entire GIS community.

“Danielle is a true asset to Kent County Delaware.”

Kent County was one of 167 organizations in fields such as agriculture, defense, transportation, nonprofit, telecommunications and state and local government to receive a SAG Award.

Kent County GIS’s mission is to provide computer generated maps and information regarding tax parcels and other geo-referenced information, aerial photography, 911 Addressing, to Kent County officials and the general public.

Esri staff nominates thousands of candidates annually from around the world for consideration and Jack Dangermond, founder and president of Esri, selects the finalists.

“The SAG Awards serve a great purpose,” Mr. Dangermond said. “A Special Achievement in GIS Award recognizes best practices for organizations implementing technology to change the world.

“Highlighting good work benefits the entire GIS community and that’s very valuable.”

Delaware State News staff writer Mike Finney can be reached at mfinney@newszap.com.

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