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More national recognition for Johns Creek GIS

July 13, 2017

GIS awardEsri, the global leader in spatial analytics, presented the Johns Creek GIS department with Esri's Special Achievement in GIS (SAG) Award on July 12 at the annual Esri User Conference. 

Selected from over 300,000 eligible candidates, Johns Creek received the award for its innovative application of technology, data collection, geospatial information visualization, and thought leadership in their application of GIS technology and the successful launch of their city-wide open data initiative called the “DataHub.” 

The SAG Award recognizes exemplary organizations implementing spatial analytics technology and showcases the outstanding achievement of Esri users, according to Jack Dangermond, Esri founder and president.

Johns Creek’s geographic information system is a central point of data within the City.  It collects, processes, and analyzes information from all of the different departments within the City.  This information is then used to make maps, charts, and 3D visualizations that help City staff and decision-makers understand the complex nature of certain issues the City faces.  Through the DataHub and other web-based technologies, this same data is presented in dashboards and interactive maps that help citizens and businesses understand and utilize the information.  

"It’s an incredible honor to receive the SAG award this year and be recognized for the great work that the team has done over the last seven years," said Nick O’Day, senior GIS manager. "The GIS in Johns Creek is meant to work for everyone – staff, citizens, and businesses – and to have Esri recognize us is truly humbling.  It’s been a team effort since the beginning and we continue to explore and implement new technology."

Johns Creek’s GIS team was one of 180 organizations in areas such as agriculture, defense, transportation, nonprofit work, telecommunications, and local and state government to receive a SAG Award. Esri staff annually nominate hundreds of candidates from around the world for consideration, and Dangermond selects the finalists. 
For more information on how Johns Creek is innovating through the application of GIS, visit the DataHub on the City website.