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The GIS in Transportation team publishes regular Case Studies, hosts and facilitates regular Peer Exchanges, and publishes Peer Exchange Summaries promoting the use of GIS. These products highlight lessons learned and best practices among the GIS and transportation communities and are used to improve decision-making in transportation planning.

FHWA encourages planners at State Departments of Transportation (DOTs), Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs), FHWA Division Offices, and State and federal resource and regulatory agencies to take advantage of these resources.

February 2019

Mobile Applications for GIS: Case Studies of Select Transportation Agencies

This report explores how select State Departments of Transportation (DOTs) use mobile applications to streamline data collection and manage assets. The US DOT Federal Highway Administration and the Volpe National Transportation Systems Center interviewed five State DOTs and developed a series of case studies focusing on their experiences implementing and maintaining mobile applications for a variety of purposes.
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September 2018

GIS and Data Governance Peer Exchange

This report provides highlights from a peer exchange hosted by the Arkansas Department of Transportation on September 18-19, 2018. Participants represented 6 different State DOTs from across the United States. The peer exchange included presentations from all attendees as well as a roundtable discussion which focused on the ways in which each representative agency manages and governs the GIS data for which they are responsible.
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April 2018

GIS in Maintenance Peer Exchange

This report provides highlights from a peer exchange held in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, on April 10-11, 2018. The exchange was held as part of the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in Transportation program and hosted by Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT). The purpose of the exchange was for each State DOT to discuss their experience using GIS for maintenance purposes, how maintenance use of GIS has driven development of tools, and the challenges and benefits to using GIS as a tool in their maintenance and operations.
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July 2018

Data Governance & Data Management: Case Studies of Select Transportation Agencies

This report explores how State Departments of Transportation (DOTs) currently define and apply the concepts of data governance and data management. Four State DOTs were interviewed for this effort (Arizona, Arkansas, Ohio, and Texas) to ascertain the current and planned levels of implementation, and to obtain feedback on what the Federal Highway Administration can do to facilitate the development of these processes.
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May 2018

Slimgim-T: GIS Capability Maturity Model for State Departments of Transportation
Case Studies of Select Transportation Agencies

This report explores how State DOTs evaluate geospatial tool applications and services within their own agencies, particularly their efforts using capability maturity models (CMMS) such as the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA) geographic information system (GIS) CMM. FHWA and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Volpe National Transportation Systems Center interviewed four State DOTs and developed a series of case studies focusing on their experiences.
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September 2017

GIS Capability Maturity Model Peer Exchange

This report provides highlights from a peer exchange held in Columbus, Ohio, on September 19-20, 2017. The exchange was held as part of the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in Transportation program and hosted by Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT). The purpose of the exchange was for each State DOT to discuss their experience using Capability Maturity Models (CMM), what their respective agencies would gain by completing a CMM, and develop a new draft CMM for State DOT use.
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June 2017

Geospatial Information System Capability Maturity Models: Case Studies of Select Transportation Agencies

This report explores how State Departments of Transportation (DOTs) are assessing organizational GIS decision-making capabilities, particularly through the use of capability maturity models. This report supports GIS practitioners and decision-makers by identifying examples of noteworthy practices, considering the benefits and limitations of implementing a capability maturity model, and determining how to identify and address factors that alter the effectiveness of a GIS division in applying geospatial tools and services.
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October 2016

Uses of Geospatial Applications for Transportation Performance Management: Case Studies of Select Transportation Agencies

This report explores how select State Departments of Transportation (DOTs) are developing programs that use geospatial tools to support transportation performance management (TPM) efforts, particularly as they prepare for requirements introduced by MAP-21 (Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century). FHWA and the U.S. DOT Volpe Center interviewed four State DOTs and developed a series of case studies focusing on their experiences. This report summarizes those case studies, to support Geographic Information Systems (GIS) practitioners and decision-makers by identifying examples of noteworthy practices, considering the advantages and disadvantages of different approaches, and identifying ways to use GIS to communicate the impacts of performance-based operations and planning.
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September 2016

GIS Capability Maturity Model Peer Exchange

This report provides highlights from a peer exchange held in Nashville, TN, on September 20-21, 2016. The exchange was held as part of the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in Transportation program and was hosted by the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT). The purpose of the exchange was to highlight the role that organizational assessments can play in developing a comprehensive GIS strategy, by sharing experiences between State DOTs that have undergone organizational assessments and State DOTs that have limited experience with, or have not undergone, an assessment.
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June 2016

All Road Network Of Linear Referenced Data (ARNOLD) Peer Exchange

This report provides highlights from a peer exchange held in Kansas City, Kansas, on June 14-15, 2016. The exchange was held as part of the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) GIS in Transportation program and hosted by the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT). It focused on a discussion of uses of geospatial/GIS tools and applications in relation to the All Road Network of Linear Referenced Data (ARNOLD).
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March 2016

Uses of Geospatial Applications for Transportation Performance Management Peer Exchange

This report provides highlights from a peer exchange held in Spokane, Washington, on June 30-July 1, 2015. The exchange, which was held as part of FHWA's GIS in Transportation program, focused on the topic of uses of geospatial/GIS tools and applications to support effective TPM. The report summarizes the discussion and findings from peers at the exchange and provides a series of lessons learned and conclusions to move forward.
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July 2015

Making a Business Case for Geographic Information System (GIS) Technologies:
Case Studies of Select Transportation Agencies

This report explores how State DOTs are assessing the costs and benefits of GIS projects, particularly from a quantitative perspective, to understand which methodologies and practices State DOTS find most useful when evaluating investments in GIS. The report provides detailed case studies and walkthroughs of the investment decision-making process and the calculations that each of five State DOTs have used when making the business case for their GIS investments.
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July 2015

Regional Models for Geospatial Collaboration: Case Studies of Select Transportation Agencies

This report explores how select transportation agencies are sharing geospatial information and developing and using GIS applications to support the objectives of FHWA's Regional Models of Cooperation innovation effort. The report highlights the cooperative, geospatial activities that select agencies and their regional partners are pursuing to increase efficiency, improve transportation decision-making, and strengthen relationships among agencies within the same region and across regions.
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November 2014

Geospatial Data-Sharing

Three reports explore how State DOTs and other transportation agencies are developing and using geospatial tools to support increased collaboration and improved information-sharing. These objectives are associated with FHWA's Geospatial Data Collaboration (GDC) initiative, which encourages State DOTs and others to use geospatial tools to streamline and improve transportation decision-making. The three reports include:
  • Geospatial Tools for Data-Sharing: Case Studies of Select Transportation Agencies
    This report provides case studies from 23 State DOTs and others that are developing, using, and maintaining a variety of geospatial applications and tools to support GDC goals. The report also summarizes the state of the practice, and the benefits, challenges, and opportunities shared by these agencies.
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  • Geospatial Data-Sharing Peer Exchange: Denver, Colorado
    This report summarizes highlights and recurring themes from a peer exchange with eight participating agencies held in Denver, Colorado, in May 2014.
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  • Geospatial Data-Sharing Peer Exchange: Raleigh, North Carolina
    This report summarizes highlights and recurring themes from a peer exchange with six participating agencies held in Raleigh, North Carolina, in May 2014.
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December 2013

Uses of Cloud Technologies for Geospatial Applications

This report explores transportation agencies' evolving use of cloud computing to more easily store, manage, manipulate, analyze, and share geospatial data and business information. The report presents background information, a series of five case studies, and a summary of observations from the case studies and a peer exchange. The report is intended to summarize the state of the practice, benefits, and challenges of using cloud technology to support GIS, and highlight examples of noteworthy practices.
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September 2013

The Interoperability of Computer-Aided Design (CAD) and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in Transportation:
Case Studies of Select Transportation Agencies

This report investigates many of the challenges facing transportation agencies seeking to improve the interoperability of GIS and CAD. It provides background discussion, five case studies, and a synopsis of observations that includes findings from a multi-agency peer exchange held in April 2013. Showcasing achievements in areas where GIS and CAD overlap, the report also aims to further the pursuit for seamless integration of GIS and CAD applications.
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November 2012

Applications of GIS for Highway Traffic Noise Analysis

This report provides case studies that describe overall observations on how eight State DOTs are using GIS to better understand noise considerations and support noise program objectives. It also includes findings from a peer exchange that convened all eight State DOTs in April 2012 to discuss uses of GIS for noise analysis. The report is expected to support GIS and noise practitioners to identify examples of noteworthy practices, consider the pros and cons of GIS applications for noise, and determine how these applications might be best utilized.
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June 2012

Case Studies in GIS for Internet Portals

The following report investigates the experiences of transportation agencies in the deployment of Internet-based mapping portals based on GIS. It presents background information, a series of case studies, and a summary of conclusions given the experiences of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet's Interactive Mapping Program; New York State DOT's Oversize/Overweight Pre-Screening Tool; Georgia DOT's GeoTRAQS; Iowa DOT's Snow Plow Portal; and Kansas DOT's KGATE system.
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May 2012

Case Studies in GIS for Environmental Streamlining

This summary report addresses the current use of GIS and related technologies by State DOTs for environmental streamlining and stewardship (“GIS4EST”), particularly in relation to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The report presents background information, a series of five case studies, and a summary of conclusions. The conclusions detail observations that may be helpful to other State DOTs seeking to implement or improve their own GIS4EST applications.
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January 2012

Best Practices in Geographic Information Systems-Based Transportation Asset Management

This report provides background on GIS and asset management, describes how public agencies have been integrating the two, and identifies benefits and challenges to doing so. The information presented is gleaned from a literature review and interviews with several State departments of transportation and one county agency. The report also identifies some leading industry trends and new, innovative approaches to using GIS for transportation asset management.
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September 2011

GIS Applications for Climate Change Decision-Making: Peer Exchange Summary Report

On September 26-27, 2011, the FHWA's Office of Planning sponsored a 1.5 day peer exchange focusing on the use of GIS to support transportation related climate change decisions. This report provides overviews of the presentations given at the peer exchange and the associated question and answers. It concludes with a summary of the roundtable discussions.
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September 2011

GIS for Highway Safety Peer Exchange Summary Report

On September 14-15, 2011, the FHWA's Office of Planning and its Office of Safety sponsored a 1.5-day peer exchange to promote the use of GIS and mapping for highway safety applications. This report offers overviews of the presentations given at the peer exchange and the conversations that followed. It concludes with a summary of the discussions resulting from three roundtable discussion questions that were posed to the group.
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August 2011

Applications of GIS for Transportation and Climate Change

This report describes the current practice and application of GIS technologies for integrating climate change into the transportation decision-making process. It examines how select state, regional, and local agencies are using GIS to analyze, mitigate, and adapt to the potential effects and impacts of climate change on the transportation sector.
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August 2011

Guide for Implementing a Geospatially Enabled Enterprise-wide Information Management System for Transportation Agency Real Estate Offices

This report provides guidance for right-of-way offices in implementing a geospatially enabled enterprise-wide information management system and includes a logical model to assist with this implementation.
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July 2011

GIS Applications for Livability Considerations: Peer Exchange Summary Report

This report provides a summary of a 2-day peer exchange held in July 2011. The peer exchange was sponsored by FHWA's Office of Planning and took place in Boulder, Colorado. The event convened several transportation agencies from around the country to discuss applications of GIS to support livability considerations, objectives, and goals. A starting point for these conversations was the March 2011 FHWA report on “Applications of GIS for Livability: Case Studies of Select Transportation Agencies,” also posted on this page.
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March 2011

Applications of GIS for Livability: Case Studies of Select Transportation Agencies

This report summarizes the results of a study conducted to assess how GIS applications are being used to identify, evaluate, and assess livability issues from a transportation point of view. The practices, challenges, and lessons learned in this study are expected to help others in the transportation industry identify and evaluate approaches to developing GIS applications for similar purposes.
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March 2010

Current Uses of Web 2.0 Applications in Transportation

This report presents seven case studies that illustrate how select state Departments of Transportation are using web 2.0 technologies to meet business objectives such as data analysis and information provision. Web 2.0 technologies in use include GIS-based mashup maps, social media, wikis, and other types of applications. Major findings compiled from case studies are intended to help transportation agencies identify effective practices for implementing, managing, and maintaining web 2.0 applications.
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November 2009

Applications of 3D Visualization: Peer Exchange Summary Report

This report provides a summary of a 1.5-day peer exchange held in July 2009 focusing on select transportation agencies' applications of 3D visualization techniques. FHWA's Office of Interstate and Border Planning sponsored the peer exchange.
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October 2009

GIS Applications in Eco-Logical Grant Projects: Peer Exchange Summary Report

This report provides a summary of a 1.5-day peer exchange convened with select recipients of FHWA's first Eco-Logical grant. The purpose of the exchange, which was held in Austin, TX, in July 2009, was to allow grant recipients the opportunity to share information on and learn about the various GIS activities implemented with support from the grant.
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July 2009

Geographic Information Systems Applications for Bicycle and Pedestrian Decision-Making

This report provides a summary of a 1.5-day peer exchange held in May 2009 focusing on select agencies' applications of GIS for bicycle and pedestrian planning. The peer exchange was sponsored by the FHWA's Office of Interstate and Border Planning.
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September 2008

Geographic Information Systems Applications for Transportation Right-Of-Way

This report provides a summary of a 1.5-day follow-up peer exchange held in July 2007. The peer exchange was sponsored by the FHWA's Office of Interstate and Border Planning and Office of Real Estate Services and was a follow-up to an event on the same topic held in August 2007.
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July 2008

Key Practices for Implementing Geospatial Technologies for a Planning and Environment Linkages (PEL) Approach

This report presents three case studies that illustrate how GIS has been used to implement the FHWA's PEL approach. The PEL approach provides information and tools to help agencies integrate consideration of environmental factors into transportation planning.
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March 2008

Business Models for Implementing Geospatial Technologies in Transportation Decision-Making: Phase Two

This report describes a number of state DOTs' business models for implementing geospatial technologies in transportation decision-making.
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November 2007

Visualization Case Studies: A Summary of Three Transportation Applications of Visualization

The three case studies presented in "Visualization Case Studies" are intended to be helpful to transportation agencies in identifying effective techniques for enhancing and streamlining the project development process, including public outreach activities, for transportation improvements.
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October 2007

Peer Exchange on Geographic Information Systems for Planning and Environment Linkages

In October 2007, the FHWA's Office of Interstate and Border Planning sponsored a 1.5–day peer exchange focusing on select State DOT's applications of GIS for Planning and Environment Linkages. This report provides a summary of the event.
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October 2007

Peer Exchange on Applications of Geographic Information Systems in the Right-of-Way Area

In August 2007, the FHWA's Office of Interstate and Border Planning and Office of Real Estate Services sponsored a 1.5-day peer exchange focusing on select State DOT's applications of GIS the Right-of-Way (ROW) area. This report provides a summary of the event.
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March 2007

Business Models for Implementing Geospatial Technologies in Transportation Decision-Making

This report describes six state DOTs' business models for implementing geospatial technologies. It provides a comparison of the organizational factors influencing how Arizona DOT, Delaware DOT, Georgia DOT, Montana DOT, North Carolina DOT, and Oklahoma DOT invest in and use geospatial information to support their respective business needs.
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November 2006

Environmental Geospatial Information for Transportation

"Environmental Geospatial Information for Transportation" summarizes a May 3-4, 2006 Peer Exchange held in Washington, D.C. This peer exchange was intended to showcase the use of GIS for environmental applications being used in transportation-related decision making; learn how other states are overcoming the challenges of sharing and integrating geospatial data from multiple sources; understand how geospatial technologies can help meet requirements of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy of Users (SAFETEA-LU); and learn from others how they have fostered and maintained collaborative partnerships for geospatial information development, sharing, and management.
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October 2006

Transportation Research Circular E-C108: Geospatial Information Technologies for Asset Management

The Transportation Research Board (TRB) Transportation Asset Management Committee and Spatial Data and Information Science Committee hosted a peer exchange to investigate state and local agency applications of spatial technologies for asset management activities and to identify ongoing issues and research directions. Transportation Research Circular E-C108 presents the results of the peer exchange.
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March 2006

Geospatial Technology for Improved Decision Making in Transportation: Executive Scan Tour Report

FHWA sponsored the Executive Scan Tour on Geospatial Technology for Improved Decision Making in Transportation in the fall of 2005. The focus of the Executive Scan Tour was on noteworthy practices that are leading to the advancement of cutting edge geospatial applications. By highlighting the success stories, methodologies, and lessons learned of several public and private organizations, the Executive Scan Tour aimed to identify the critical information needed by transportation executives to enhance decision-making through breakthroughs in the implementation of geospatial technology and expertise.
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January 2005

GIS for Environmental Streamlining and Stewardship: An Overview of State DOT Practices

"GIS for Environmental Streamlining and Stewardship" examines the use of GIS in regards to environmental streamlining. The synthesis specifically focuses on the use of the FHWA program entitled GIS4EST (GIS for Environmental Streamlining and Stewardship) and its use in five States.
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November 2004

GIS-Based Cumulative Effects Assessment

This report, conducted for the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), by the University of Colorado Geographic Information Systems Programs, describes the development and application of GIS and RS databases and analysis models for cumulative effects assessment resulting from growth within transportation infrastructure.
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2004

Geospatial Information Infrastructure for Transportation Organizations

"Geospatial Information Infrastructure for Transportation Organizations: Toward a Foundation for Improved Decision Making" summarizes the importance of geospatial information in decision making and the committee's recommendations resulting from three workshops held in 2002. Also included are selected current practices, trends in decision-making tools, and a detailed discussion of the committee's findings and recommendations related to geospatial information infrastructure.
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Pavement Management Applications Using Geographic Information Systems

This synthesis, by the Transportation Research Board, reviews the principal issues related to PMS data collection, integration, management, and dissemination; applications of spatial technologies for map generation and PMS spatial analysis; and implementation-related issues, including approaches used for integrating PMS and GIS and the different tools used to support pavement management decisions.
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June 2003

Environmental Spatial Information for Transportation: A Peer Exchange on Partnerships

"Environmental Spatial Information Transportation: A Peer Exchange on Partnerships" summarizes a June 23-24, 2003, workshop held in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. The workshop was designed to document lessons learned by early adopters of innovative environmental data-sharing practices.
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Challenges to Effective Data Sharing, GAO Report

Testimony before the Subcommittee on Technology, Information Policy, Intergovernmental Relation and the Census, Committee on government Reform, House of Representatives.
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2003

Using Remote Sensing in State and Local Government: Information for Management and Decision-making

This report stems from the last of three conferences held by the Steering Committee on Space Applications and Commercialization, National Research Committee of the National Academy of Sciences. The conferences that were held were concerning expanded opportunities for practical applications of remote sensing data. The report addresses how government agencies should approach using remote sensing programs and data, as well as barriers to development and use of applications.
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January 2001

Implementation of GIS-Based Highway Safety Analyses: Bridging the Gap

This report, intended for safety engineers and GIS specialists, discusses issues and solutions involved in the integration of GIS into safety-related analysis efforts.
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Highway Performance Monitoring System (HPMS)

The HPMS site provides documentation on the management of national level highway data, and reports about how the system is being updated and improved. The HPMS Map Viewer is part of the BTS TranStats website.
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Geographic Information Systems: A Tool For Improving Community Livability

"Geographic Information Systems: A Tool for Improving Community Livability" is a Local Government Commission fact sheet that provides examples of how communities are applying GIS in the planning process.
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