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Information Technology


Kittitas County Receives GIS Award for Best User Software Application

Kittitas County, WA - Thursday, July 20, 2017 - Jason Eklund, Kittitas County GIS Coordinator, received the first place award for Best User Software Application at the international Esri User Conference.

The application he developed, the Exotic Plant Information Collector (EPIC), is used by the Kittitas County Noxious Weed Board to manage weed inspections. It was built using the Esri Runtime SDK for .NET.

The contest was open to all Esri users world-wide but just 8 were selected by Esri technical staff based on scope, creativity, and effectiveness. Those selected were on display in the main exhibition hall during the conference. Conference attendees could demo the application and vote for their favorite application using QR codes.

EPIC will be added to the Esri Developers Success Stories page ( which showcases applications built using Esri technology as best practice solutions.

This year’s Esri conference was held July 10 - 14, 2017 at the San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, California. Over 17,900 people attended from 136 countries.

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


Contact: Jason Eklund, GIS Coordinator, 509-607-2015 or