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Archived News Release from 2009

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Redwood City to Recognize 2009 “Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Day,” Unveil Community GIS Web Page for Public Use

Redwood City, CA - November 16, 2009 - As part of a national effort to recognize the value of geographic information systems (GIS), on November 23rd the City Council of Redwood City will recognize November 18th, 2009 as National GIS Day. GIS Day was November 18th, but due to City Council schedules the proclamation is on the November 23rd Council meeting agenda.

GIS is a computer-based mapping tool that takes information from a database about a location – such as streets, water features, parks, census data, parcel information, and more – and turns it into visual layers on a map, while also providing detailed data about that location. Redwood City uses GIS in planning, redevelopment, community outreach, demographic analysis, economic development, and other areas.

The City is pleased to announce that starting on Tuesday, November 24th the community will have a public version of Redwood City’s GIS application available on the Internet, with no special software required. The public version will have many features and options that are sure to be of great interest to the community – from schools and day care centers to neighborhood associations; from census and demographics information to zoning; and from parks and places of interest to historic resources, parcel information, community centers, and more.

Redwood City staff will provide a demonstration of the City’s Community GIS at the meeting on November 23rd, which begins at 7 pm, in the Council chambers at City Hall, 1017 Middlefield Road. The public version will be available online at as of Tuesday, November 24th, 2009.

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Tom Passanisi
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