After almost 25 years and considerable growth in its operations, Northern Kentucky’s LINK-GIS is operating under new partnership accords. Interlocal agreements creating separate LINK-GIS partnerships for Campbell and Kenton Counties were signed recently by all parties and are awaiting signature by Kentucky’s Attorney General.
The new operating agreements reflect LINK-GIS’s growing diversity and the need for more detailed accountability in financing the system’s operations, according to Trisha Brush, GISP, NKAPC’s deputy director for GIS administration.
“With Campbell County Fiscal Court’s growing participation in the system, we need to assure that tax dollars are being spent in the county of their origin,” said Brush. “These agreements also reflect newly-developing goals being pursued by the partnership,” stated Brush. “The goal-setting process was a result of a two-day-long visioning workshop that NKAPC hosted for its partners in March. Everyone in attendance agreed pretty quickly that they were ready to take LINK-GIS to the next level.”
Brush says her goal is to be proactive.
“We really want to continue to work toward creating some regional standards and improve data quality,” she said. “The visioning workshop was great in that it helped us see what was possible if we came together and committed to the same direction. The partnership is excited that we’re moving forward together, focused on building a stronger and more unified LINK-GIS.”
Next up for the partnerships is finalizing the operational framework with new legal commitments between the partnership and the property valuation administrators from the two counties.