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July 29, 2003




          The City and County of Honolulu has received a Special Achievement Award from the Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI) for its use of Geographic Information System (GIS) technology.  This is the second time the City has been recognized by ESRI.  Honolulu earned a Special Achievement Award in 1998 for the enterprise-wide use of GIS by all City agencies.

           GIS is a powerful and versatile computer-driven mapping technology with increasingly broad applications in such diverse areas as land use management, environmental protection and emergency planning.

           This year’s award recognizes the use of GIS at the City’s Board of Water Supply (BWS), more specifically, BWS’s integration of GIS with its customer database, construction drawings, and water service records.  BWS has developed a comprehensive GIS database of water utilities and infrastructure that is accessible to its employees through an Internet-based user interface.

            Presenting the award at ESRI’s 23rd annual International User Conference in San Diego, president Jack Dangermond offered Honolulu high praise for what he called “one of the most diverse GIS programs in the nation.”  Honolulu was among just 25 cities in America that garnered recognition for its use of GIS technology.  Attending the conference were over 11,000 GIS users representing more than 220 countries.

            This is the latest of numerous awards the City has received in the five years since Mayor Jeremy Harris initiated a long-range program to expand and improve public services through the application of digital technology.  The City’s sophisticated use of GIS programs on its Web site was one of the factors that led the Civic Resource Group to determine, in 2001, that Honolulu had one of the best sites among American cities of comparable size. 

            Last year, for the second consecutive year, the Center for Digital Government’s Digital Survey ranked Honolulu first among cities with populations greater than 250,000 for using digital technologies to improve the delivery of public services.

            “I’m very proud of the work Honolulu’s information technology specialists have done to make City government more efficient and improve the delivery of services to our citizens,” said Mayor Jeremy Harris in response to this latest award.  “Through timely and creative applications of technology we’ve been able to streamline workflow and save millions of tax dollars.”





Tuesday, July 29, 2003

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