Wednesday September 10, 2003
The Louisville/Jefferson County Information Consortium (LOJIC) has won an international award for excellence in using information technology to improve government efficiency and effectiveness.
LOJIC is an example of a consortium partnership, among several governmental agencies, which has built and maintained a comprehensive Geographic Information System (GIS) to serve the community. Participating government agencies – which share the cost for LOJIC -- include Louisville Metro Government, the Metropolitan Sewer District, the Jefferson County School System, Property Valuation Administrator and the Louisville Water Company.
The Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA) recently announced that LOJIC is the recipient of the “2003 Exemplary Systems in Government Award for Enterprise Systems” which will be presented at its annual conference in Atlanta next month.
URISA is a non-profit professional association that focuses on the use of GIS and other information technologies to solve challenges facing government agencies. The award competition is open to public agencies throughout the world at the federal, state, regional and local levels. The association serves some 7,000 professionals worldwide.
In recent years, other award winners have included Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York City and Melbourne, Australia.
“This international award recognizes LOJIC’s longstanding service to our community and our commitment to utilizing information technology in a practical and collaborative way to make government more effective and efficient,” Mayor Jerry Abramson said. “LOJIC, quite simply, is one of our community’s vital assets and real treasures.”
URISA cited the collaboration among some 60 government agencies in contributing to LOJIC’s operation and its ability to respond to the needs of various governmental agencies and the community. For example, in the aftermath of a March 1997 flood, LOJIC produced more than 3,000 sets of maps during the two-week response and recovery period. Local storm water management teams, emergency response, local news media and other federal and state agencies used the maps, which provided assistance with evacuations, damage assessments, and public requests for help.
LOJIC also was utilized as part of the Brownfields Inventory Project, which catalogued more than 20,000 properties in the community’s urban core. The inventory helps target sites for redevelopment that may have a history of environmental contamination. That project won a national award in 1995.
Over the last 10 years, LOJIC has worked with the Jefferson County Public Schools to develop their capacity to take full advantage, both administratively and academically, of GIS. LOJIC has helped develop and implement a career pathway program and elementary and middle school curriculum components. In addition, LOJIC data helps determine student assignment and transportation plans.
“LOJIC demonstrates that government agencies can work in a collaborative fashion to provide cost-effective service to the residents of our community,” said Bruce Seigle, chief information officer for the Metropolitan Sewer District. “We’re honored with this recognition for the service we provide to our participating agencies and the citizens of Louisville Metro.”
For more information on LOJIC visit their website at www.lojic.org.