The City of West Allis has received the Wisconsin Land Information Association’s (WLIA) 2019 Government Achievement Award.
The Government Achievement Award is given to a government organization that has demonstrated excellence in one or more of the following areas:
- Innovative and efficient use of resources
- Sustainable development of critical local, regional, or statewide geospatial datasets
- Implementation of creative cooperative agreements
- Creation of innovative applications and information services that improve the delivery of government services to citizens
The 2019 Government Achievement Award recognizes the City’s work on the Narcan GIS (geographic information system) mapping project and Sex Offender Buffer Restrictions.
In 2018, the City won several national awards and recognitions for our innovative approach of using GIS mapping technology to raise awareness of the opioid epidemic in southeastern Wisconsin. The City’s tools track each incident and associated patterns to help organizations make better decisions about public safety. The City collaborated heavily with the West Allis Fire Deptartment and other departments and groups to make this project come to life.
GIS mapping technology is integrated across multiple City departments. The City’s list of online mapping applications includes: Adopt a Hydrant, development project viewer, parcel viewer, leaf collection, National Night Out, OWI stops, polling places, bicycle routes, Farmers Market, recycling, schools, and zoning. Click here to view the City's GIS mapping.
Patrick Walker, the City’s GIS Supervisor, has set a new standard for how government organizations can utilize GIS methods to get complex data out of databases and into the hands of people who can make a change. The GIS tools created by Pat help the City make better decisions about public safety for its citizens. Pat’s GIS maps and applications for the City are an example to other organizations large and small across the state, and he is always willing to share technical tips and information to help other communities utilize GIS successfully to tackle complex problems.
Congratulations to Pat Walker and all City Departments involved. Thank you for your dedication and excellent work!