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Esri Recognizes Good GIS Work

Colorado governor John Hickenlooper was honored for integrating GIS into government.
Colorado governor John Hickenlooper was honored for integrating GIS into government.

“The maps are interesting, but the stories behind them are extraordinary.”

That’s how Esri president Jack Dangermond described the GIS work by dozens of organizations honored during the 2018 Esri User Conference (Esri UC) Plenary Session.

Each year at the Plenary Session, Esri sets aside time to acknowledge the accomplishments of the GIS community. Dangermond shows examples of fascinating maps that tell even more fascinating stories about how organizations use GIS in areas such as logistics, environmental monitoring, planning and urban design, and disaster preparedness and response.

“Your work is addressing virtually all the major challenges that we are facing in this most difficult time in global history, Dangermond said.

Representatives from SoCalGas and San Diego Gas & Electric accept their award from Dangermond.
Representatives from SoCalGas and San Diego Gas & Electric accept their award from Dangermond.

Recognized were the 2018 Special Achievement in GIS Award winners, along with the following organizations and individuals whose achievements in using GIS were noteworthy:

The American Red Cross was recognized for its use of GIS during response recovery operations.
The American Red Cross was recognized for its use of GIS during response recovery operations.
Im and Ramirez teach their students how to use GIS to analyze issues that are important to them.
Im and Ramirez teach their students how to use GIS to analyze issues that are important to them.

Watch a video of the award presentations.

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