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(Mon., July 23, 2012)—Mayor Peter Carlisle was honored today by Esri (Environmental Systems Research Institute) for his administration’s use of geographic analysis to make the world a better place.


            Carlisle was awarded one of Esri’s annual Making a Difference Award for the ground-breaking use of geographic information systems (GIS) in the City’s urban planning efforts. Esri is a leading GIS software company known around the world.


            The awards were presented during Esri’s International User Conference in San Diego, in front of approximately 15,000 GIS professionals from around the globe. Mayor Carlisle attended the conference as a guest speaker.


            “On behalf of the City and County of Honolulu, I want to thank Esri for this award and for recognizing how our City team has utilized GIS technology,” said Carlisle. “The goal has always been to use technology to make government more efficient to better service our public.”


            Esri commended Carlisle and the City for having the foresight to invest in a state-of-the-art rail system and for using GIS, which will help plan for transit oriented development along the rail line. 


            “By demonstrating such forward thinking in the area of geodesign, it is our pleasure to present this award to Mayor Carlisle and his administration, said Esri President Jack Dangermond. “Mayor Carlisle’s support of GIS technology will help the City and County of Honolulu improve its public transit system, alleviate congestion and improve the quality of life for its residents and visitors.”


            The Esri Making a Difference award honors people or organizations who have used GIS to make meaningful change in the world. Recipients use GIS as a framework to understand problems and successfully meet important challenges. They are leaders who value collaboration and have a sense of shared responsibility for society and the environment.





Media contact: Louise Kim McCoy, Mayor’s Office, 768-7798.




Mayor Carlisle with Esri President Jack Dangermond