"The data cities want to see—like where crime is occurring or how property values are changing—don't necessarily stop at city borders. Cities often need a metropolitan-wide view to be able to see and compare what's happening elsewhere."
Technical Leadership Institute | University of Minnesota
"MetroGIS is a sensible idea; communities and agencies cooperating to develop standards that make sharing data easier and, in the process, save the taxpayer money.”
Riley-Purgatory-Bluff Creek Watershed District | Former MetroGIS Policy Board Member
"One of the benefits of Scott County's GIS User Group is that the county shares applications with the cities. The group is also a good way for us to get together and discuss GIS issues that affect us all, and it is an excellent forum for training group members."
Former GIS Coordinator | Scott County
"The MetroGIS approach is based upon the premise that collaborations must depend not simply on good will but on good sense - the investments required to assemble and manage aggregated data are real and cannot be justified on good will alone. The public officials that comprise the MetroGIS Policy Board provide the ultimate reality check!"
Director (Retired) | Minnesota Geospatial Information Office
"If someone is doing GIS on their own, they are not realizing the full potential of the technology."
Surveyor and Coordinator of GIS Operations | Ramsey County
"GIS is a powerful tool for land use and other planning purposes. The Metropolitan Council supports the MetroGIS initiative because it helps advance our smart growth objectives. As the Council, counties, cities and others work collaboratively; we use resources wisely and make the region more competitive."
MetroGIS Policy Board Member (former) | Metropolitan Council (former)
"MetroGIS has already resolved many of the problems that most communities are yet to realize even need to be addressed. These include questions such as 'What data do we share? How do we include partners who do not have the assets to fully participate? How do we convince anyone to participate?' These issues may sound trivial, but the reality is that the people-based, management issues are now more difficult to handle than the purely technical issues of data-sharing. MetroGIS has done a remarkable job."
Executive Director for Outreach and Community Adoption | Open Geospatial Consortium
"Sharing data among organizations is helping government provide services for less cost and less effort. MetroGIS exemplifies a trend we've seen on the city level in recent years to look 'outside the box' at ways to cooperate and form joint ventures."
Mayor, City of Minnetonka | MetroGIS Board Chair