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2015 North Carolina GIS Conference – G. Herbert Stout Award Applications Open until 1/16/15

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2015 North Carolina GIS Conference, February 26-27, 2015, Raleigh Convention Center, Raleigh, NC
G. Herbert Stout Award For Visionary Use of GIS By Local Government In North Carolina
Sponsored by: NC Geographic Information Coordinating Council (GICC)

Herb Stout served as Wake County Commissioner and Chairman of the Triangle J Council of Governments until the time of his death. In both positions he championed the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS). It was Herb Stout who suggested the notion of a North Carolina GIS Conference that would inform and educate local government officials. With great leadership and encouragement, he also served as Chair for the first three conferences. In February 1992, he was killed in the crash of a private plane. This award honors the memory of Herb Stout.

Purpose of the Award… The “Herb Stout Award” was created to honor exemplary use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) by local governments in North Carolina. The award has been presented at each North Carolina GIS Conference since 1993. A plaque will be presented on behalf of the GICC at the 2015 conference being held February 26-27 at the Raleigh Convention Center. The names of the winners and government organizations will be engraved on a permanent plaque for display at each conference. Conference staff will officially present the plaque to each recipient’s governing body after the conference.
To Apply… North Carolina is a thriving community of GIS practitioners at the local government level. Three awards will be presented this year to recognize achievement in local government: (1) city or town government; (2) county government; and (3) regional government or local/regional authority.
Each individual or team can submit an entry on behalf of their respective city, town, county, or regional government within the state of North Carolina. Applications must be submitted by a local government entity; applications from private companies representing local governments will not be accepted. Applicants should submit a short technical paper of no more than five pages of narrative describing their visionary and exemplary use of GIS technology. Maps, charts, diagrams and other materials may be added to support the submission. Submissions should describe a GIS application that illustrates one or more of the following: improved efficiency, cost reduction, increased productivity, innovation, problem solving, as well as a vision for future applications. The application must be in place and operational at the time of submission, and it should also show the benefits of GIS. A panel of GIS professionals from state and local government will judge submissions.



  • Why is this implementation of GIS exemplary?


  • Describe the motivation for creating it.
  • Why was it developed?
  • What problem was intended to be solved?
  • What problems were actually solved?
  • Explain the implementation phases and decisions.

Organizational Impact

  • How is it applied within the organization?
  • Ultimately, what decisions/operations are affected?
  • Who are the users?
  • Provide graphic examples of screen input/output.
  • Describe the application’s quantitative and qualitative impact.
  • What effect has there been on productivity and/or decision making?

Entries may be submitted via US mail, overnight mail, or email by January 16, 2015. If you submit via email, please do not attach zip files since those email messages may be blocked by the state’s email filter.

For submission by US mail:
For submission by overnight mail:
Tim Johnson
Center for Geographic Information and Analysis
ATTN: G. Herbert Stout Award
20322 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-0322

Tim Johnson
Center for Geographic Information and Analysis
ATTN: G. Herbert Stout Award
3700 Wake Forest Road
Raleigh, NC 27609

For submission by email, send to:
All submissions will receive an email acknowledging receipt of your entry. Winning entrants will be notified prior to the conference.
Contact Phone: (919) 754-6588

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