NARC and Esri Combine Forces to Build Regional Collaboration

WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 9, 2016) – The National Association of Regional Councils (NARC) and Esri, the world leader in geographic information systems (GIS), are proud to announce their partnership to bring a wide range of resources to NARC members.  Working with Esri, NARC will be able to develop maps and applications that will allow the organization to visualize and interpret a variety of data and information.

The partnership will deliver training to members through hands on workshops and webinars; free application templates that support disciplines such as transportation, environment, planning, and economic development; a resource center of best practices; and a newly launched web portal that will present information on the various public policies that NARC leadership is advocating.

Taking advantage of Esri’s suite of ArcGIS solutions will enable NARC staff to analyze and present issues on a regional and nationwide basis.  “Ultimately, the vision of the partnership is to help change the face of how regional governments analyze investments, develop strategic plans, and secure funding for future projects through data driven decisions and modern communication vehicles, “ said NARC Executive Director Leslie Wollack.  “This will be a great benefit for regional governments of all sizes, large and small, urban and rural.”

“This effort is part of the Esri effort to ensure all governments have the opportunity to explore and use Smart Communities solutions that will move the nation forward in responding to the most challenging issues of our times,” said Esri Director of Government Markets Christopher Thomas.

To kick off this partnership, Esri is hosting two workshops at NARC’s 50th Annual Conference & Exhibition in Salt Lake City where members can take advantage of this new benefit and get started using the tools to create better regions.

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