GIS Coordination

State agencies that utilize geospatial information technologies in some manner include the Departments of Transportation, Public Health and Environment, Natural Resources, Public Safety, Local Affairs, Education, Corrections, Revenue, Regulatory Agencies, Military & Veterans Affairs, Labor & Employment, and portions of the Governor's Office. These GIS implementations range from very advanced (notably CDOT, CDPHE and DNR) to just starting. Colorado has exemplary applications of geospatial technologies and recognized GIS leaders among its state agencies and local governments.

Approximately 45 counties and multiple municipalities are implementing GIS to assist them with land records management, public safety and many other administrative functions. In addition, according to a trade publication some years ago, Colorado has the highest per capita concentration of GIS professionals of any state.

With all the high power use of geospatial information among state and local entities, the State can do a much better job of managing its geospatial resources as an enterprise. Resources can be better utilized to provide a variety of services to the GIS community within state government and among other jurisdictional levels and the private sector. Key framework data sets need to be maintained and made easily accessible. An effective organization and coordination of geospatial activities can facilitate the interaction between the state and other entities such as local and federal agencies. Last, the state can be a better steward of the resources dedicated to GIS to avoid redundant efforts.

The state has embarked on some critical efforts to improve this coordination. There exists a voluntary Geospatial Advisory Council consisting of representatives from federal, state and local agencies as well as the private sector, universities and professional GIS associations. 

The state developed a GIS strategic plan to identify the high level goals and needs for GIS coordination. This plan was developed through input from several input sessions around the state with participation from a broad spectrum of professionals.

The state developed a proof-of-concept portal hosted at the University of Denver.  Many of the functions of that portal will be located at this site.