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Cuyahoga County Awarded $100,000 Local Government Innovation Fund Grant

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Award to Study Establishment of an Enterprise Geographic Information System

CLEVELAND – Cuyahoga County in partnership with the City of Lakewood, City of Euclid, City of Broadview Heights, Orange Village, the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District, and nonprofit broadband provider OneCommunity, has won a $100,000 grant from the State of Ohio’s Local Government Innovation Fund. The grant will fund the development of an Enterprise Geographic Information System (GIS) to be offered as a shared service to any municipality within Cuyahoga County.

Geographic Information Systems allow data and information – such as pavement conditions, speed limits, sewer lines, and housing patterns – to be shown graphically on maps. These maps can be invaluable tools for planners, economic development staff, public works officials, police, fire, inspectors, and others in  government and community service.

The Enterprise GIS developed with this grant funding will provide access to hardware infrastructures (servers, network), software (licenses) and organizational support (training, services, technical expertise, and support).The Enterprise GIS will help the county and its partners meet the public demand for municipal data, while increasing transparency and efficiency and providing a mission critical service to municipalities who wish to harness the value of GIS. 

“This LGIF grant will significantly advance the opportunities for information technology shared services,” said Jeff Mowry, Cuyahoga County’s Chief Information Officer. “While individual communities may undertake GIS efforts, the high start‐up costs often limit what can be done and prevent those efforts from reaching their maximum potential. A county‐wide approach to sharing GIS data amongst the community, will allow each organization to enjoy a higher level of service.” 

The Enterprise GIS Feasibility Study was one of 26 projects recently approved for funding by the Local Government Innovation Fund (LGIF). The LGIF was established to provide financial assistance to political subdivisions for planning and implementing projects that are projected to create more efficient and effective service delivery within a specific discipline of government services for one or more entities.