Irvine Ranks Second in Top Geographic Information System Programs in North America
Thursday, April 22, 2021
The City of Irvine was ranked #2 by PSD Citywide in the top 25 most mature public sector Geographic Information System (GIS) programs in North America. Irvine is the first U.S. participant to earn a spot in the top three GIS programs in the history of the survey. Irvine ranks second behind Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and ahead of third-ranked District of North Vancouver, British Columbia.
PSD Citywide empowers governments of all sizes with infrastructure asset management, budgeting, and GIS solutions through their web-based software. PSD created the Geospatial Maturity Index (GMI) to assist with GIS program development, capacity building, and innovation in public sector organizations.
The 2020 GMI marks the third year that PSD published its benchmarking study for GIS programs. The GMI survey is a tool for public sector organizations to measure the maturity of their GIS programs and serves as a resource to guide participants in advancing their programs.
“The City of Irvine is proud to receive the distinct recognition of the first U.S. participant to rank in the top three of the Geospatial Maturity Index survey,” said Irvine Mayor Farrah N. Khan. “This ranking is a testament to City staff’s innovative public service work, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.”
A total of 90 government organizations completed the 2020 GMI survey spanning nine Canadian provinces, one Canadian territory, and seven U.S. states. The 2020 GMI survey asked questions in three competency categories: readiness, implementation, and impact.
From the data gathered through the 88-question survey, participants showcased the innovative ways they use GIS to better serve the public and improve internal processes—including the use of GIS in public health during the COVID-19 pandemic. This tool provides a way for governments to measure the maturity and performance of their GIS programs while providing insight on how they can improve.
Since its incorporation in 1971, Irvine has become a nationally recognized city, with a population of 281,707 that spans 66 square miles and is recognized as one of America’s safest and most successful master-planned urban communities. Top-rated educational institutions, an enterprising business atmosphere, sound environmental stewardship, and respect for diversity all contribute to Irvine’s enviable quality of life. This family-friendly city features more than 16,000 acres of parks, sports fields and dedicated open space and is the home of the Orange County Great Park. For more information, please visit cityofirvine.org.