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Esri Redistricting Solution Includes 2020 Census Data

US states, counties, cities, and towns are beginning the process of reshaping political boundaries based on the latest population figures from the 2020 US Census. Redrawing election district boundaries is integral to creating fair representation from among the country’s elected offices. The Esri Redistricting solution lets governments and the public collaborate in developing, analyzing, and reviewing proposed redistricting plans. Built-in checks in the software ensure plans comply with constitutional requirements. The solution now includes the most recent US census data for all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Traditionally, prisoners are counted as residents of the districts where they are incarcerated. However, several states have passed laws modifying their redistricting procedures for incarcerated persons, by allocating counts of incarcerated people to where they last lived before they were imprisoned. Esri Redistricting includes the incarceration data for the states of California and Virginia. These datasets are adjusted at the state’s census block level so that redistricting can be performed based on data that reflects the correct populations in compliance with the state’s new apportionment procedures regarding incarcerated persons.

Deadlines to complete redistricting maps are expected to be especially tight, as the release of census data was delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Redrawn boundaries for legislative and congressional districts typically must be completed ahead of candidate filing deadlines for the next primary elections. See more resources online, including tutorials on how to use Esri Redistricting.

GIS Boosts Data-Driven Governance in Egypt

To address geographic disparities in northern Egypt, the Egyptian Ministry of Local Development and the World Bank are implementing Esri technology. A unified geodatabase and a map viewer will let users explore geostatistical information and generate reports, graphics, and thematic maps. The system will employ mobile apps for data collection and dashboards to provide policy makers with a holistic view of development projects.


Esri supports the United Nations (UN) Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development

Esri Supports United Nations Program to Save the Ocean

The ocean faces many serious threats, such as climate change, species decline, and plastic pollution. The United Nations (UN) Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development
( is a global cooperative program to expand scientific and industry partnerships that will support groundbreaking science, management, conservation, and sustainable development of the ocean. Esri has supported UN initiatives and programs for years. The Ocean Decade’s implementation plan includes more than 60 programs. Esri is a participating partner in actions associated with five of these programs:

Telecom Uses Esri Tech to Bridge Digital Divide

Matanuska Telecom Association (MTA), which is bridging the digital divide across south central Alaska by offering broadband, television, and telephone services to residents in a 10,000-square-mile area, signed an enterprise agreement (EA) with Esri to help streamline operations and workflows. The small utility will employ ArcGIS Online to build mobile apps and collaborate in real time. To learn more about EAs for small utilities.