Stay updated Get email alerts when we update our blog:

Subscribe to Email Updates

The Vanishing Line between Amateur and Expert

by Alannah Dragonetti on August 10, 2018

Time travel. Flying cars. 2018 may not have brought us all of the innovations science fiction writers predicted it would, but modern technology has dramantically evened the playing field. There are full-length feature films recorded on iPhones, teenagers giving medical advice on Instagram (much to doctors’ chagrin) and many other ... READ MORE+

In Honor of GIS Day: Discovering Your District through GovPilot GIS

by Kent Hartsfield on November 14, 2017

In honor of GIS Day tomorrow (yes, that’s really a thing), we here at GovPilot would like to discuss geographic information systems (GIS) and the ways in which they benefit local governments. Whether you are big or small, a municipality or a county, a government official or a constituent, everyone can gain something from GIS. READ MORE+

Eclipseville, USA

by Alannah Dragonetti on August 18, 2017

Have you heard? For the first time since 1979, the new moon’s passing across the sun will be visible—or at least, noticeable—as it is pretty dark in the shadow of the moon. North Americans are totally excited, purchasing protective eyewear and rearranging their plans in anticipation of Monday’s total solar eclipse. One GovPilot client has taken ... READ MORE+

Mapping Progress: GovPilot GIS' Place in the Evolution of Cartography

by Alannah Dragonetti on January 13, 2017

The evolution of cartography—the science or practice of map creation—is a fascinating one that tells us a lot about ourselves and our society. After all, a map reflects its maker’s knowledge, priorities and world view. This week’s blog post examines how the map’s evolution mirrors society’s as well as GovPilot’s critical role in maintaining this ... READ MORE+

Where to Eat?: GIS Answers the Age Old Question

by Alannah Dragonetti on June 03, 2016

If you’ve been reading our blog, you know that local governments across the country use GovPilot’s geographic information system (GIS) Map to illustrate and publicize data to effectively engage citizens, promote green initiatives and fight blight, among other things.   Government is not the only industry that relies on GIS mapping to optimize ... READ MORE+

5 Areas of Local Government Improved by GovPilot™’s GIS Map

by Alannah Dragonetti on April 01, 2016

GovPilot™ is extremely proud of our  namesake software’s geographic information system (GIS) mapping capabilities and we have reason to be-5 reasons to be exact! Our user-friendly, interactive GIS map can revolutionize these 5 facets of your government: READ MORE+

6 Things Your Government Needs To Consider Before Implementing GIS

by govpilot on December 15, 2015

Across the globe, local governments are using geographic information systems (GIS) to engage citizens, deliver improved services, and inform their decision making. GIS can be a powerful tool to analyze and understand the vast amounts of location-based data that local governments collect. Its uses are varied, from giving law enforcement agencies ... READ MORE+

5 Ways GIS Helps Cities Make Smarter Decisions

by Jessie Kwak on November 11, 2015

Municipalities have no shortage of information to deal with on a daily basis. For many cities, that data is fragmented. Assessor data and Code Enforcement data may be stored on separate servers, with the same property’s information being updated independently from one department to another. Some crucial historical information may still be in hard ... READ MORE+

How To Tell Your Story With GIS [Infographic]

by Jessie Kwak on October 29, 2015

Anecdotes and data are two of the most powerful tools in the government storyteller’s kit. Highlighting the story of a young mother whose commute will be made safer through infrastructure improvements is an effective way of explaining why the improvements are needed, and using traffic data to show just how important they’ll be helps solidify that ... READ MORE+

How GIS Can Close the Citizen Engagement Feedback Loop

by Jessie Kwak on September 08, 2015

A good citizen engagement feedback loop needs to be productive and bi-directional, rather than just being a channel for people to complain, or a way for government to push out information. It needs to facilitate reciprocal responses. First, government needs to hear from its citizens in order to know its services are meeting needs. Second, citizens ... READ MORE+