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County Executive Neuman Proclaims October 11 Anne Arundel County GIS Day

Publish Date: 10/08/2013
Annapolis, Md. (October 8, 2013) – County Executive Laura Neuman today signed a proclamation naming Friday, October 11, 2013, Anne Arundel County Geographic Information System (GIS) Day. On this day, students in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) program and students from the Center for Applied Technology will participate in hands-on activities led by County GIS staff at the Heritage Center on 2664 Riva Road in Annapolis.


Since 1996, the growth of GIS technology has expanded from one agency to multiple departments who rely on GIS applications to conduct daily tasks.  The Office of Planning and Zoning hosted the first Anne Arundel County GIS Day in 1999.  The goal was to support the education of non-GIS professionals and help them discover and explore the benefits of GIS technology by showcasing real County scenarios.


“It has been exciting to watch the growth of GIS in Anne Arundel County during the past 15 years,” said Caroline Gaulke, Geographic Information Systems Manager for Anne Arundel County. “GIS is no longer limited to technicians and specialists sitting behind the scenes primarily producing paper maps to convey information. This technology has evolved to providing data-enriched content and analysis tools—empowering planners, engineers, sanitarians, foresters, public safety staff, customer service personnel and citizens to find information they need, when they need it,” said Ms. Gaulke.


In celebration of GIS, students and County staff will participate in a map competition. The maps will be on display for the public in the lobby of the Arundel Center from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. October 7-11.


“I applaud the work of Ms. Gaulke and all GIS employees, who not only do great work for the County but also teach and mentor young people in our community,” said Executive Neuman.  

“Anne Arundel County is committed to promoting technology, and I am pleased to see this program grow and continue to generate new, innovative ideas.” 

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