Emerging GIS Resources

Emerging GIS Resources

What’s It All About?

The NYS GIS Association was awarded a $10,000 grant by The Fund for The City of New York to assess the GIS needs and resources for municipalities throughout NYS and identify potential strategies and solutions for the increased use of GIS. Although GIS is used extensively in many areas, there are still places in New York state that do not use GIS or could use it more effectively. This page provides a central repository of resources that are available to anyone wanting to learn more about growing GIS in New York state.


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Informational Flier

GIS Return on Investment Calculator

The NYS GIS Association in collaboration with the Fund for City of New York has developed GISCalc, an Excel return-on-investment tool. GISCalc allows you to quickly estimate the benefits to your jurisdiction of using GIS. The formulas in GISCalc are based on a hundred documented GIS applications which were grouped into benefit categories, and whose ROI metrics were extracted for use in the model.

GISCalc allows you to adjust inputs based on easy-to-find characteristics of your own jurisdiction. It also allows you to either accept default benefit factors or to customize them as you wish. There is a worksheet included where you can also factor in costs. You may run GISCalc as many times as you wish to gauge benefits according to different benefit and cost scenarios.

Please take GISCalc for a spin and see if it provides you with useful information. We want to know if you found GISCalc helpful and whether you have recommendations for improvement. Please provide feedback or requests for assistance to info@nysgis.net.

We’d like to thank Paul Epstein and Brett Whysel for their work in designing GISCalc. Thanks also to Dr. Mary McCormick, President of the Fund for the City of New York for providing the funding that made the development of this tool possible.

Download GISCalc

Real Project Descriptions
The NYS GIS Association’s NYGeoCon 2015 featured an applications awards contest and we received sixteen great write-ups from across the State. We feel these descriptions of actual projects, implemented by state and local agencies, to be very enlightening and inspiring. They range from programs to enhance economic development to projects that improve infrastructure maintenance operations. We think there is much to learn from them and hope you can use them to promote GIS in your jurisdiction. In some instances there is useful ROI information, something we hope to add to in the future. Contact information is available on the write-ups should you wish to speak with the project managers.

Award Submittals
Interviews were conducted with New York State County and Municipal GIS Leaders
Interviews were conducted with New York State County and Municipal GIS Leaders about what they believe could be done to expand GIS at the local level. A summary of these interviews has been compiled which you can read by clicking the button below.

Summary of Interviews
Video Series
State of the State in GIS
slides Slide show and notes

Presented by William Johnson,Geographic Information Officer (GIO) for New York State

County and Municipal GIS Contacts
Regional GroupName POCJurisdictionType JurisdictionEmailPhone
AdirondacksStar CarterRegional-DANCState Authorityscarter@danc.org315-661-3261
AdirondacksMickey DietrichRegional-Tug Hill CommissionState Authority mickey.nysgisa@gmail.com315-785-2380
AdirondacksJim WalkerHerkimer CountyCountyjwalker@herkimercounty.org315-867-1280
AdirondacksBen GoffEssex CountyCountybgoff@co.essex.ny.us518-873-3792
AdirondacksMatthew OwenCity of WatertownMunicipalitymowen@watertown-ny.gov315-785-7793
AdirondacksGlen CutterClinton CountyCountyglen.cutter@clintoncountygov.com518-565-4567
AdirondacksCynthia DumasFranklin CountyCountycdumas@co.franklin.ny.us518-481-1504
AdirondacksJason PfotenhauerSt Lawrence CountyCountyjpfotenhauer@co.st-lawrence.ny.us315-379-2292
Adirondacks (N Country)Barry BakerHamilton CountyCountyrealproperty@hamiltoncountyny.gov518-548-5531
Adirondacks (N Country)Sara FrankenfeldWarren CountyCountyfrankenfelds@warrencountyny.gov518-761-6410
Adirondacks (N Country)Heather WellerWashington CountyCountyhweller@co.washington.ny.us518-746-2130
Adirondacks (N Country) (CDRPC)Troy HiltsSaratoga CountyCountythilts@saratogacountyny.gov518-884-4705
Adirondacks (Tug Hill)Michelle BunnyJefferson CountyCountymichelleb@co.jefferson.ny.us315-785-3144
Adirondacks (Tug Hill)Russell BrownellLewis CountyCountyrussbrownell@lewiscounty.ny.gov315-377-2026
CapitalMary MillusCity of AlbanyMunicipalitymmillus@albanyny.gov518-434-5286
CapitalTodd FabozziCapital District Regional Planning Commission (CDRPC)Regionaltodd@cdrpc.org518-453-0850
Capital (CDRPC)Laura DeGaetanoAlbany CountyCountylaura.degaetano@albanycounty.com518-447-5670
Capital (CDRPC)Jolene WeidlichRensselaer CountyCountyjweidlich@rensco.com518-270-2682
CatskillsThomas HynesUlster CountyCountythyn@co.ulster.ny.us845-334-5396
CatskillsJennifer StoneSullivan CountyCountyjennifer.stone@co.sullivan.ny.us845-807-0224
CatskillsSpencer DeVaulDelaware CountyCountyspencer.devaul@co.delaware.ny.us607-746-2944
CatskillsDaniel MunozOrange CountyCountydmunoz@orangecountygov.com845-615-3791
CatskillsRay WardGreene CountyCountyrward@discovergreene.com518-719-3525
Central NYDon JordanOnondaga CountyCountydonjordan@ongov.net315-435-2631
Central NYDon JordanCity of SyracuseMunicipalitydonjordan@ongov.net315-435-2631
Central NYMichael EllisMadison CountyCountymichael.ellis@madisoncounty.ny.gov315-366-2348
Central NYEric LopezCortland CountyCountyelopez@cortland-co.org607-753-5043
Central NYNick ColasCayuga CountyCountyncolas@co.cayuga.ny.us315-253-1276
Central NYKyle DornichOtsego CountyCountydornichk@otsegocounty.com607-547-4220
Central NY (Tug Hill)Adrian ArmstrongOswego CountyCountyaarmstrong@oswegocounty.com315-349-8315
Central NY (Tug Hill)Jeffrey QuackenbushOneida CountyCountyjquackenbush@ocgov.net315-798-5009
GIS SIGMike RossCity of RochesterMunicipalitymike.ross@cityofrochester.gov585-428-6103
GIS SIGDawn AllenOrleans CountyCountydawn.allen@orleansny.com585-589-5400
GIS SIGErin PenceGenesee CountyCountyerin.pence@co.genesee.ny.us585-815-7901
GIS SIGJames KirschWyoming CountyCountyjkirsch@wyomingco.net585-786-8828
GIS SIGScott McCartyMonroe CountyCountysmccarty@monroecounty.gov585-753-7502
GIS SIGAngela EllisLivingston CountyCountyaellis@co.livingston.ny.us585-243-7550
GIS SIGBret DeRooWayne CountyCountybderoo@co.wayne.ny.us315-946-5919
GIS SIGRoger PaddockYates CountyCountyrealproperty@yatescounty.org315-536-5165
GIS SIGMike KarlsenSeneca CountyCountymkarlsen@co.seneca.ny.us315-539-1719
GIS SIGSheri NortonOntario CountyCountysheri.norton@co.ontario.ny.us585-396-4482
GISMO NYCColin ReillyNew York City (5 Counties)Municipalitycreilly@doitt.nyc.gov718-403-8394
Hudson ValleyRobert WillsDutchess CountyCountyrwills@dutchessny.gov845-486-3643
Hudson ValleyDoug SchuetzRockland CountyCountyschuetzd@co.rockland.ny.us845-364-3421
Hudson ValleySam WearWestchester CountyCountystw1@westchestergov.com914-995-3047
Hudson ValleyJane DeGennaroColumbia CountyCountyjane.degennaro@columbiacountyny.com518-828-7334
Hudson ValleyArlene OwenPutnam CountyCountyarlene.owen@putnamcountyny.gov845-808-4000
LIGISRoss BaldwinTown of SouthamptonMunicipalityrbaldwin@southamptontownny.gov631-702-1994
LIGISEd EisensteinNassau CountyCountyeeisenstein@nassaucountyny.gov516-448-7072
LIGISJim DalySuffolk CountyCountyjames.daly@suffolkcountyny.gov631-853-6045
Mohawk ValleyNeusa McWilliamsFulton CountyCountynmcwilliams@fultoncountyny.gov518-736-5660
Mohawk ValleyAmanda BearcroftMontgomery CountyCountyabearcroft@co.montgomery.ny.us518-853-8334
Mohawk ValleyBrian FleurySchoharie CountyCountybrianfleury@co.schoharie.ny.us518-295-8770
Mohawk Valley (CDRPC)Mark StortiSchenectady CountyCountymark.storti@schenectadycounty.com518-386-2225 x6
Southern TierDoug EnglishBroome CountyCountydenglish@co.broome.ny.us607-778-6505
Southern TierDoug EnglishCity of BinghamtonMunicipalitydenglish@co.broome.ny.us607-77--6505
Southern TierSteve WilberChemung CountyCountyswilber@co.chemung.ny.us607-873-1150
Southern TierDan KahabkaSteuben CountyCountydkahabka@co.steuben.ny.us607-664-2268
Southern TierLouise WindusAllegany CountyCountywindusl@alleganyco.com585-268-9384
Southern TierKristen Van HornSchuyler CountyCountykvanhorn@co.schuyler.ny.us607-535-8211
Southern TierSteven GrahamChenango CountyCountysteveng@co.chenango.ny.us607-337-1494
Southern TierDave BubniakRegional-Southern Tier Planning CouncilRegionalgisstc@stny.rr.com607-962-5092 x210
Southern TierBill OstranderTioga CountyCountyostranderw@co.tioga.ny.us607-687-8293
Southern Tier (SYNERGIS)Ruth AslanisCity of IthacaMunicipalityraslanis@cityofithaca.org607-272-1717 x233
Southern Tier (SYNERGIS)Cattyann CampbellTompkins CountyCountygis@tompkins-co.org607-274-5417
WNYSGISJim JonesTown of TonawandaMunicipalityjjones@tonawanda.ny.us716-877-8805
WNYSGISDale MorrisErie CountyCountydale.morris@erie.gov716-858-7422
WNYSGISChris ConleeCity of BuffaloMunicipalitycconlee@ch.ci.buffalo.ny.us716-851-5583
WNYSGISLisa CaseyNiagara CountyCountylisa.casey@niagaracounty.com716-439-7121
WNYSGISBrian BarnesTown of AmherstMunicipalitybbarnes@amherst.ny.us716-631-7069
WNYSGISChris HolewinskiCattaraugus CountyCountycdholewinski@cattco.org716-938-2322
WNYSGISJonathan DeAngeloChautauqua CountyCountycio@chautauquacounty.com716-753-4800
A CIO Perspective on Integrating Geo-Information Systems into IT by Alan Leidner


As an everyday part of their jobs, CIOs of large county and city governments must integrate an ever-growing and evolving variety of capabilities and technologies to ensure the effective management of computer systems serving the needs of their jurisdictions. Over the past years, CIOs have had to contend with rapidly advancing Internet services, new generations of software and programming languages, high speed telecommunications technologies, wireless communications, cloud computing, making sense of social media generated “big data”, cyber security, building information management (BIM), smart infrastructure, and a proliferation of mobile devices and PDAs. Also, ever since microcomputers sparked an explosion of computer use outside the jurisdiction of the centralized mainframe world, CIOs have had to deal sensitively with a complex environment where agency-based IT managers who did not come under the CIO’s direct control have a major hand in implementing departmental systems. Into this challenging environment, CIOs are also increasingly contending with geospatial information systems (GIS), trying to find the optimal balance between central control and laissez faire policies. The purpose of this chapter is to explore the synergies between central IT and GIS, and the role of the CIO in maximizing and measuring their benefits.

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Copyright PTI. “CIO Leadership for Cities & Counties – Emerging Trends and Practices”; second edition; to be published May 2016.

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