Christopher Thomas

Christopher Thomas is the director of government markets at Esri and a founding team member of the Industry Marketing Department. Prior to joining Esri in 1997, he was the first GIS coordinator for the City of Ontario, California. Thomas frequently writes articles on the use of GIS by government. Follow him on Twitter @GIS_Advocate.

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How Mapping Can Help Mend Social Divides

A new book from Esri Press illustrates how a geographic approach can help solve “wicked” problems because of their complexity.

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Can Mapping Help Mend Social Divides?

City leaders who map challenges can cut across political divides by visualizing and surfacing the needs of disadvantaged residents.

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Maps Help Ensure Equitable Distribution of Infrastructure Funds in Montana

Montana used GIS to help the agency and the public visualize and understand the dispersal of economic stimulus funds.

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How Austin’s Map of Trees Helped City Leaders See and Tackle Social Inequities

Foresters in Austin used GIS to create a community tree priority map, combining tree inventory and social vulnerability data to prioritize equity

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Local Agencies Apply Location Intelligence to COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution

In Pennsylvania, Kansas, and Montana, local authorities turn to GIS to plan vaccine distribution and to be transparent about who they prioritize.

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York Region Pioneers Next-Level Local Government Collaboration

York Region has parlayed advancements in data sharing to power advanced analytics that focus on improving services for every resident.

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COVID-19: Data and Smart Maps Are Elevating Human Services in Snohomish County

Snohomish County, Washington has established a pattern of outreach and data gathering to meet the needs of its most vulnerable populations.

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Adapting Voting Practices to Safeguard Elections

Counties across the United States are relying on GIS to adapt voting practices to the realities brought on by the (COVID-19 pandemic.

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COVID-19: Location Intelligence Guides Adaptation of Voting Practices

The disruptions of COVID-19 forces election officials to pivot voting practices, using maps to guide participation during the pandemic.

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California’s Capital City Launches New Smart 311 System Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

The new City of Sacramento 311 Customer Service Help Center website and mobile app integrate back-end systems to better serve citizens.

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COVID-19: Washington Helps Workers Find Childcare; Seattle Supports Businesses

Washington state helped essential workers navigate to available childcare, while Seattle helped connect consumers to essential businesses.

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Elections and COVID-19: Ensuring Safety in the Voting Process

GIS applications help governments modernize election processes to ensure social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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COVID-19: Local Governments Map Food and Essentials to Guide People

Apps, maps, surveys, and dashboards are combined to help cities communicate with residents and businesses in need of assistance.

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Can a Map Speak for Those Who Cannot Speak for Themselves?

Insight without immediate action is not enough. Iterative policy making—addressing issues in real time—is the next shift we need to make.

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Making a Difference

Esri's Policy Mapping website gives every jurisdiction the opportunity to perform meaningful policy research.

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What Does It Take to Build a Smart Community?

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What Did My Uncle Wally Really Know about Public Works?

Public works professionals have always recognized that technology improves service to the community, especially GIS.

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The Key to a New Wave of Enterprise GIS Users

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Why Governments Need to Embrace the Lost Art of Storytelling

Esri Story Maps apps help communities tell stories that bring them together and build pride.

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