A Geographic Information System (GIS) is a tool that utilizes software to integrate databases with a mapping component. It can be used to make maps, analyze data, develop mapping applications and share information. It is extremely helpful at the City of Centerville to assist in the daily operations in most of the city’s departments.
The City began GIS operations in the late 1990s. The City hired its first full-time GIS staff member in 2008 to further progress the City’s GIS capabilities. In 2012, the City purchased a GIS Server and created its first mapping application, which was initially available to city staff for parcel and engineering review. The City recently upgraded the server to permit viewing of parcel, zoning, and other general data via the mapping application available to the public through the City’s website.
The City was awarded the 2014 Best Practices Award from the Ohio Geographically Referenced Information Program, which is part of the Division of Administrative Services for the State of Ohio. Additionally, Mark Yandrick, GIS Analyst was awarded Best of Show and 1st Place for General Reference Map for the City of Centerville Street Map at the 2016 Ohio GIS Conference Map Gallery in Columbus, OH.