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Celebrate GIS Day

Geographic Information System (GIS) technology was celebrated with displays, contests, and interactive learning experiences at a November 14 open house held at the offices of the City of Toledo Department of Engineering Services in downtown Toledo.

GIS is a fast growing industry. Daniel Wyandt, GIS Instructor at Penta Career Center, says that technology that used to be introduced late in a college career is now being taught to high school students. “There is a need for GIS professionals, and young people are quick to learn and develop GIS systems,” he said.

A GIS is a computer-based mapping tool that takes information from a database about a location – such as streets, buildings, water lines, and sewer system – and turns it into visual layers. The ability to see geographic features on a map gives users a better understanding of a particular location, enabling planners, analysts, and others to make informed decisions about their communities. In northwest Ohio, planners and engineers are working together to coordinate GIS across a wide region.

The coordination committee for the Toledo area GIS Day included the City of Toledo, Lucas County, TMACOG, ODOT, Northwestern Water and Sewer District, Fulton County, and Penta Career Center.

City of Toledo Deputy Mayor Steve Herwat hands out awards for the
poster contest at GIS Day.

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