Patricia Cummens

Patricia Cummens is the Director of Government Strategy and Policy Solutions at Esri and provides guidance on state and national government initiatives and emerging policy issues. The digital divide has been an area of focus for her for some time. She works with executives including Governor's offices, the White House, and US congress, and has experience as GIS Director for the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection after launching her career with State of Minnesota. Her skills bridge the gap between policy and technology, helping governments understand the value of geospatial data and GIS technology for efficient, smart government. In 2018, she was named a Top Woman in Tech, by StateScoop. She serves on the National Geospatial Advisory Committee, the National Governors' Association Smart States Advisory Board and has served as chair of both the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) and the National States Geographic Information Council (NSGIC) corporate advisory councils.

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New Mexico Maps Climate Risks to Inform Climate Action

Users of the New Mexico Climate Risk Map can assess their relative risks to hazards exacerbated by climate change while considering equity.

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Esri Addresses Climate Change as a Top, Company-Wide Priority

To understand changing climate conditions, people need access to sound data, tools, and workflows. This will require a geographic approach.

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Mapping Renewable Energy Potential with Help from NASA POWER

The Prediction of Worldwide Renewable Energy Resource (POWER) team at NASA provides data that aids the transition to clean energy.

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Online Schooling Prompts Municipalities to Map Digital Inequities

The effects of unequal access to broadband internet have been exacerbated by effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on some populations.

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Online Schooling Prompts Municipalities to Map Digital Inequities

During the shift to remote schooling, school districts turn to GIS to map where students lack computers and access to internet.

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