Call for GITA member support!
President Obama is interested in hearing from the people in an effort to make government more responsible and responsive. To do so, the White House established a petition site which enables citizens to create and solicit government attention on important issues. One such petition was created on Oct. 26 and is entitled, "Support access to geographic information systems technology and training in local governments."
Geographic Information Systems technology is becoming a foundation technology for providing services effectively and efficiently in local government. It is ubiquitous in everyday life, even. If you use GPS or online maps, look at maps on election night, or ever dialed 911, you've been a GIS consumer. GIS is useful in every service that uses an address. GIS can help fuel economy for school buses, allow police study crime trends, let parents to check for nearby predators, and it lets you get directions from here to there. GIS can help analyze social trends. It's critical in economic development efforts, and land, infrastructure and transit planning.
GITA feels that this is an important issue and is bringing this matter to your attention it's up to you to act!
Register for and access this petition by clicking here.
Talbot Brooks, Director, Center for Interdisciplinary Geospatial Information Technologies, Delta State University and Treasurer, GITA
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