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November 14th Proclaimed “GIS Day”

This morning, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors proclaimed next Wednesday, November 14th as “GIS Day.”

This is the second time they have done so, and a number of the GIS Day committee staff were on hand to see the presentation, and receive the beautiful scroll that was prepared for the event.  The scroll is a beautiful tradition that LA County has for celebrating important events (like GIS Day).  I will upload some pictures as soon as I get them.

Click here to see the scroll: GIS Day 2012 Proclamation by the Board of Supervisors

The text on the scroll reads:

WHEREAS, geography has played a defining role in the settlement, history, and cultural heritage of Los Angeles County, and

WHEREAS, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technologies are a powerful tool for supporting effective decision making in emergency services, homeland security, economic development, environmental protection, crime mapping, healthcare, long-range planning, and much more; and

WHEREAS, the Los Angeles County Enterprise GIS Steering Committee coordinates efforts to eliminate duplication, reduce costs, and facilitate the sharing and interchange of geographic data, methods, and knowledge; and

WHEREAS, there is a need to promote GIS awareness, education, and technical training among various groups to appropriately and effectively utilize this rapidly developing technology; holding a day of GIS activities open to students, citizens, and government leaders will help achieve greater awareness of the benefits of GIS;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the board of Supervisors of the county of Los Angeles Proclaims November 14, 2012 as “Geographic Information Systems Day,” acknowledging “The Power of Location” as a navigational, informational and public service aid, and encourages all residents to reflect with gratitude and appreciation on the benefits this knowledge and technology provides.

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