00:01Next, we want to change things up a little.
00:03So far, most of our attention has been looking inward at our organization and how we can use all these tools.
00:09But we want to expand our scope. We want to reach out and say, well, how would we engage with the public?
00:14Citizen engagement, transparency. Well, for the City of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, the answer is ArcGIS for Local Government.
00:22So please welcome the city's GIS manager, Ian Wint.
00:25Thank you, John. I'll start with a brief overview of the environment at Ft. Lauderdale.
00:36Ft. Lauderdale is a municipality with extraordinary community involvement.
00:42Our constituents want government transparency and access to information.
00:47At the same time, Ft. Lauderdale, like many other municipalities, has been impacted by the anemic economy.
00:55This, of course, has led to mantras such as "tighten the belt" and "do more with less."
01:01Fortunately for us, we've discovered ArcGIS for Local Government.
01:06I'll share with you two ArcGIS for Local Government application templates we've implemented.
01:12I'll also share two others that are currently in the works.
01:16The Park and Recreation Finder application template was one of the earlier ones we implemented.
01:22We did this because our residents view their park system with a great sense of civic pride.
01:28The mere presence of a nearby neighborhood park is a plus for property values.
01:34Now, we used this template to replace a previous ArcIMS application.
01:39We had it completely functional in a matter of days.
01:43Had we not used the template, the development effort would've taken months.
01:48Now, this next application was built from the My Government Services template.
01:54The idea here is to provide a convenient location where residents and prospective residents...
01:59...may learn about services that are available to them.
02:04So what we're looking at here are sanitation curbside pickup schedules for an address...
02:11...public school assignments for that same address, and then the location of emergency facilities.
02:19And in the case of facility locations, the application provides turn-by-turn driving directions.
02:27Now I'll move over to my iPad, where I'll share with you the two application templates that are currently in the works.
02:35The beach is the impetus for the first of these two templates. Our beach is an economic resource for us, and as such...
02:43...it's important that we continue to keep it an inviting place.
02:47Currently, we have a staff member who patrols the beach twice weekly looking for infrastructure damages...
02:55...and also the occasional ocean debris that's washed ashore.
03:01Now I'll also share with you even smaller items, such as small graffiti on a utility box, well, that's no trivial matter to us.
03:13Now, the reason for considering this template is to empower the community...
03:18...with the ability to assist us in our beach monitoring efforts.
03:22I should also add, our police department is interested in repurposing this template...
03:29...to allow the community to report nonemergency incidents.
03:33Now, we're looking forward to this next application template with tremendous anticipation.
03:40It is an executive dashboard designed primarily for the iPad.
03:46The idea here is to provide executive management with quick access to information.
03:51The actual idea itself was conceived by the GIS staff at the City of Boston, but it still does apply to us.
03:59For instance, our police chief would benefit greatly from having 24/7 access to maps showing crime hot spot areas.
04:10In addition to that, it would support the department's Predictive Policing initiative.
04:16The police chief might also benefit from being able to convey the specific location of problem areas...
04:23...to the city manager and the elected officials. And as far as the city manager and the elected officials...
04:30...they too would have quick access to information in a staff meeting or a community meeting.
04:37Now, what I'll show in a second is that the application does have basic trend analysis capabilities...
04:44...to evaluate the effectiveness of mitigation strategies.
04:49Now, this next feature is possibly my favorite.
04:52If you look to the right, you'll see that the application has a configurable news feed as well as a configurable Twitter feed.
05:00This would allow executive management to easily stay abreast of discussions about the city. How cool is that?
05:09Now, what we found with ArcGIS for Local Government is that it's allowed us to migrate away from older applications.
05:21It's allowed us to deploy more applications in less time; but perhaps more importantly, ArcGIS for Local Government...
05:29...with the introduction of the executive dashboard, allows us an opportunity to put GIS directly in the hands...
05:37...of those who control the budget. Thank you, John.
05:44Thanks, Ian. The City of Ft. Lauderdale is a great example of leveraging ArcGIS for Local Government...
05:51...but it's also a great example of an idea that was born here a year ago when the City of Boston was on this very stage...
05:58...talking about their ideas for the future, so how we can use this conference to take the good ideas and share them amongst ourselves.
ArcGIS for Local Government – City of Fort Lauderdale
Ian Wint, GIS manager for the City of Fort Lauderdale, demonstrates how he uses GIS for citizen engagement.
- Recorded: Jul 23rd, 2012
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- Published: Aug 30th, 2012
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