As a policy, WMSRDC does not respond to requests for proposals issued by local governments, and only provides this service where local communities cannot afford the cost of services from the private sector, or choose not to.
These projects are not a significant part of the Commission’s work program. However, the Commission provides this local government service as very few local governments in the region have their own professional planning staff, and many communities have very limited resources to hire private consultants.
GIS & Mapping
A Geographic Information System, or GIS, is a computer system that allows you to visualize, model, query, and analyze large quantities of spatial data within a single database. GIS allows you to create maps, integrate information, visualize scenarios, and develop effective solutions.
GIS is an essential planning tool used by WMSRDC to support program areas, communicate information (through finished maps), supplement reports, and conduct analyses. WMSRDC also uses GIS to assist local units of government within the region with their mapping needs. This is a service is provided to local governments “at cost,” and typically involves creation of new maps or digitization of old maps for planning purposes.