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Kittitas County Receives Special Achievement Award for Exceptional Application of Geospatial Technology

Kittitas County, WA - 08/04/2015 - Kittitas County was honored with a Special Achievement in GIS (SAG) Award at the 2015 Esri International User Conference in San Diego, CA. This award acknowledges vision, leadership, hard work, and innovative use of Esri's geographic information system (GIS) technology.

Kittitas County uses Esri ArcGIS technology to assist with disaster response, improve data management, and increase data transparency. Using ArcGIS Online, the County is able to quickly map active fire perimeters, publish evacuation zones and road closures, and provide mapped data to other government agencies for use in their applications through web services. Using Esri’s Local Government Information Model templates, county data is provided to the public through its open data and maps portals.  The county’s online mapping application called COMPAS gives the public intuitive tools to access Kittitas County Assessor information and perform their own research for building permits. The county has also developed several focused applications to assist departments with data management, including one that allows the Environmental Health Department to link wells data to their respective tax parcels and one that helps the Noxious Weed Control Board manage their inspections by linking inspection reports to tax parcels.

In addition to Kittitas County Esri honored more than 170 organizations out of over 100,000 from around the world and across a variety of industries including agriculture, cartography, climate change, defense and intelligence, economic development, education, government, health and human services, telecommunications, and utilities.

"The SAG Awards identify the organizations and people who are using the power of geography to make our world a better place," says Esri president Jack Dangermond. "At Esri, we are always deeply inspired by the passion and innovation of our users. They deserve recognition for their invaluable contributions to their communities and the continued evolution of geographic science.”

For more information about the 2015 Special Achievement in GIS Award winners, including project information and photos, please visit

Kittitas County, from the Cascades to the Columbia, and online at


Contact: Contact: Jason Eklund, GIS Coordinator