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GIS, Planning directors speak to national audience on collaboration

The PDS planning and GIS teams were recognized recently at a national conference in California for their smart planning practices. Emi Randall, AICP, RLA, Planning Director and Trisha Brush, GISP, Director of GIS were asked to present on new approaches to planning and geodesign, that utilizes the power of spatial planning, web apps and maps. […]

NKYmapLAB completes second year, shows number of successes

The Northern Kentucky Map Lab (NKYmapLAB) initiative completed its’ second year last month, having produced 23 high-quality poster map displays and online Story Maps. It has also increased the community’s—and the world beyond—awareness of the rich data that have been created within LINK-GIS and the analytical opportunities it has created. And, it’s won several awards. […]

GIS staffer prepares for presidency of state mapping organization

Louis Hill, AICP, GISP, a geospatial data analyst with PDS was elected recently to be the next president of the Kentucky Association of Mapping Professionals (KAMP). He will serve on the KAMP board for three years, in the role of president-elect in 2017, president in 2018 and past-president in 2019. “KAMP continues to experience growth […]

Analytics show new GIS website capabilities increase user traffic

PDS’ new LINK-GIS website experienced a 49 percent increase in unique visitors during the first quarter of FY17 compared to the first quarter of FY16, according to Google Analytics. That increase in unique visitors drove an increase in the number of sessions by 70 percent during the same period. Unique visitors are determined by the […]

GIS staff earns recognitions during annual KAMP conference

PDS’ GIS team earned the 2016 Enterprise System Award at this year’s annual Kentucky Association of Mapping Professionals (KAMP) conference held in Covington in October. The award holds up the agency’s new custom-built LINK-GIS website as a sleek and easy-to-use location intelligence resource. The award honors the organization’s long and distinguished service to Kenton County, […]

LINK-GIS featured in online Government Executive Publication

Esri (pronounced ez-ree), the world-wide leader in GIS software, asked PDS staff recently if it could interview and showcase PDS’ GIS story. Esri first noticed the agency’s pioneering work while it was featured at the American Planning Association’s National Planning Conference last April in Phoenix. The Kenton County Plan4Health story map was the focus of […]

ROW Management System Shows Life Cycle ROI close to $200,000

The LINK-GIS partnerships were recognized recently at a national conference in California for their return on investment (ROI) and coordination success over the last six years. Software giant Accela which is responsible for the software LINK-GIS uses for right-of-way management (ROWM) hosted the conference. Trisha Brush, GISP, director of LINK-GIS administration for PDS, spoke at […]

GIS director to take part in 2017 Leadership Northern Kentucky class

Trisha Brush, GISP, director of GIS administration at PDS since 2002, is included among 52 individuals selected as members of the 2017 class of Leadership Northern Kentucky (LNK). The announcement of the new class was made earlier this month by Impact Northern Kentucky. Impact Northern Kentucky is a nonprofit arm of the Northern Kentucky Chamber […]

Staff update, upgrade, and upload improved LINK-GIS website

The LINK-GIS website, linkgis.org, has an updated look and feel. Streamlined, sleek and easy-to-use were goals accomplished with this latest overhaul of the popular geographic resource. PDS staff rolled out a new public-facing website earlier this month. It replaces a website that had been in place since 2010. After sifting through thousands of website templates, […]

Staff facilitates public information with social media posts

George Bernard Shaw once opined that “the single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.” Mr. Shaw was obviously not thinking of social media when he offered his assessment of the need to communicate. His opinion is nonetheless as pertinent today as it was during his lifespan in the late […]