Katrina Scarborough, Osceola County Property Appraiser, and Staff Celebrate GIS Day

Published On: 11-14-2017

Katrina Scarborough, Osceola County Property Appraiser, Recognizes Geographic Information Systems’ Making a Difference in Society

Kissimmee, FL-November 15, 2017 – Katrina Scarborough and staff will celebrate GIS Day on Wednesday, November 15, 2017. The Osceola County Property Appraiser’s office has shown innovative application of technology, data collection, geospatial information visualization, and thought leadership through geographic information system (GIS) technology in the field of assessment.

Over 17 years ago, consumer advocate Ralph Nader presented an idea to Esri founder and president Jack Dangermond: dedicate one day to show how geographic intelligence touches everyone. That led to the establishment of GIS Day, which was first observed in 1999. The explosion of geospatial technology since then has expanded that idea into a global event that demonstrates how far GIS extends into people’s lives, and a forum for users to showcase their unique GIS accomplishments.

In 2015, the office was recognized for vision, leadership, and hard work in the use of ESRI’s technology. “We’re happy to celebrate the GIS technology that we use daily here at the Property Appraiser’s office,” said Katrina Scarborough, Osceola County Property Appraiser. “In October, our office was selected as IAAO’s Map of the Month for our use of this technology.”

This November, the Property Appraiser’s Office will join hundreds of organizations from North America, South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia in hosting gatherings that will serve to ignite the imagination of the future geospatial innovators who will move the planet forward using GIS.

“This is an amazing event where all our users around the world get together to appreciate each other’s work, whether it’s jumping to action as first responders in flood zones and wildfires, or finding the best place to open a new business,” said Dangermond. “We should be proud of the achievements our users make in the field of GIS, and this is a way to celebrate that. So thank you for all your work.”

For more information on how the Osceola County Property Appraiser’s office is innovating through the application of GIS, visit http://ira.property-appraiser.org/gis/.

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