About socalgovgis - Michael Carson

Michael Carson, GIS Manager for the City of Burbank and President of Southern California Government GIS User Group

Webinar: Six Elements Required for Effective Civic Engagement

Now more than ever, state and local governments need to communicate and engage with the public in effective ways. But what makes a civic engagement strategy successful? This webinar will explore the proven technologies and methods that your peers are using to drive effective engagement with their communities. Join the ESRI state and local government team to

  • Understand the six elements that must be included in your civic engagement strategy.
  • Explore how your peers are finding success with core ArcGIS capabilities.
  • Get tips and tricks to engage the public.

Click here to register. Webinar November 18, 2020, 10am.

The Seeger Map Company Closing

The Seeger Map Company in Wisconsin will be closing the business by the end of 2020. The first Seeger maps were those drawn for motel guests on scraps of paper in the late 1960s. Eventually, the company would distribute 2 million maps a year, including AAA maps, and employ 27 people in their Racine, Wisconsin offices. Click below to read more about it.

You can still order maps and atlases from their website here.

ArcGIS Survey123 Enhancements

If you use Survey123 in your organization, a new update is now available. With this release, Survey123 Connect and the Survey123 web designer will help you create more powerful forms, including ranking questions, choice randomization, and choice filters. You will also be able to more easily create Survey123 report templates. Click below for more info.

A Study of Farmers’ Markets in Los Angeles

Here is a little light reading for you on Friday! “Network Analysis of Local Food in California: A Study of Farmers’ Markets in Los Angeles and Their Farm Supply Chains“, by Luke Drake, California State University, Northridge.

This study is from The California Geographer, a journal from the California Geographical Society. Check it out!

Interesting Voter Map

I found this one to be pretty interesting. It is an interactive map from Collin County, Texas. During early voting right now, voters can vote at any polling location. The GIS team there takes daily voter roster counts and displays a spider diagram for each voting center (when you click on one), showing you where voters are traveling from to each voting center. Statistics like voters by time of day and date are also displayed to the right. You can also change what voting days you want to look at. Pretty cool!