The Wisconsin Land Information Association held its 32nd Annual Conference February 20-22, 2019. As part of the conference, WLIA recognized individuals and organizations for their significant achievements or service to the land information community.
The City of West Allis was presented with the 2019 Government Achievement Award.
The government achievement award is given to a municipal, town, county, regional planning commission, state, federal, or tribal government or consortium that has demonstrated excellence in one or more of the following areas: innovative and efficient use of resources (best “bang for the buck”), sustainable development of critical local, regional, or statewide geospatial datasets, implementation of creative cooperative agreements, creation of innovative applications and information services that improve the delivery of government services to citizens.
The City of West Allis embodies every criteria for this award. In 2018, they won several national awards and recognitions for their innovative approach using GIS technology to raise awareness of the opioid epidemic in SE Wisconsin. This approach makes it easy to move complex data out of the databases and into the hands of people that can make change. Their tools track each incident and associated patterns to help organizations make better decisions about public safety. GIS is integrated across all City departments. Their list of online mapping applications includes: adopt a hydrant, development project viewer, parcel viewer, leaf collection, national night out, OWI stops, polling places, bicycle routes, farmers Market, recycling, schools, and zoning.
Congratulations City of West Allis!