Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are powerful software management tools that can be used by decision-makers and organizations to make more informed assessments through the use of relevant data. GIS allow the modeling of various scenarios to determine results of actions under consideration. GIS systems include contact mapping, consumer analysis and enterprise systems all important for planning infrastructure. Many regional councils and metropolitan planning organizations have in place sophisticated GIS with valuable data used for comprehensive, contingency, transportation and other planning activities. The data these organizations collect is valuable to federal, state and local governments.

GIS Issue Brief

Geographic Information Systems allow regions to view, understand, question, interpret, and visualize data in ways that reveal relationships, patterns and trends in the form of maps, globes, reports, and charts. In addition to the FGDC Cooperative Agreement Program that NARC was awarded in 2010, there are various other grant programs that assist with GIS data and training. For example, EPA coordinates with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) to support the development of National Land Cover Data (NLCD). The NLCD project was initiated in 1992 by several federal agencies to acquire remote sensing data needed for environmental monitoring programs.  The FGDC Cooperative Agreement Program has been canceled for 2013 and 2014, but there are many other resources available through the federal government to improve GIS services in regions.

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U.S. Department of Agriculture

 U.S. Department of Homeland Security

 U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

U.S. Department of the Interior

U.S. Department of Transportation

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

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