Calhoun County, Alabama

Calhoun County Receives Special Achievement in GIS
Award for Leadership with Geospatial Technology

San Diego, California

The Calhoun County Commission and Calhoun County Revenue Office in Alabama has demonstrated vision and leadership, using ESRI's geographic information system (GIS) technology to better serve the world. To recognize this passionate approach to applying GIS solutions, ESRI has presented the Calhoun County Commission with the Special Achievement in GIS (SAG) Award on August 6, 2008, at the 28th Annual ESRI International User Conference (ESRI UC) in San Diego, California.

Calhoun County uses GIS at many levels in everyday work, from the assessing staff answering questions about tax bills, parcel conflicts, exemptions, and deeds to the voters' registrar verifying voter residence and advising on polling locations. GIS has helped the County better serve its residents, and those of neighboring counties, by allowing them to easily search for and freely view historical and current cadastral and tax information and images that would have previously been inaccessible or difficult to obtain. Calhoun County has been using GIS technology for more then 5 years and plans to improve reliability, speed, and capabilities of existing systems as well as develop a stronger one-stop information site for its citizens.

"At ESRI, we are always deeply impressed by the innovation of our users," says Jack Dangermond, ESRI president. "We want to recognize the efforts of these individuals with our Special Achievement in GIS Award. This recognition is well deserved for how they've applied geospatial technology to address the needs of their industries and communities. They are defining GIS best practices."

GIS combines computer hardware, software, and data to create a tool for capturing, managing, analyzing, and displaying all forms of geographic information. Virtually any information can be linked to geographic location, allowing users to see that information as part of a complete picture to be analyzed and applied to a problem or issue. With GIS, people can see firsthand how the world works and changes, view and manage information about locations, analyze spatial relationships, and visualize processes. From underground mine modeling to air traffic control, more than 300,000 organizations worldwide rely on GIS to better analyze their environments and make smarter decisions.

To learn more about the 2008 SAG Award winners and to view their photos and project descriptions and images, please visit More information about ESRI and its GIS solutions can be found at

Congratulations to Robert Scheitlin, Manager Calhoun County GIS Department, and all those involved from the Calhoun County Revenue Offices and the Calhoun County Commission Offices.

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