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The Division of Geospatial Information Systems (GISD) of the Office of the Lieutenant Governor is responsible for providing the critical geospatial backbone for the Territory of the United States Virgin Islands. The GIS Division’s authority is established by Virgin Islands Code Title 1 – General Provisions, Chapter 5 – Territorial Limits of Towns, Quarters, and Census Subdistricts, Section (§) 91 Geographical Information System. The GIS Division manages the development, maintenance, and distribution of Virgin Islands infrastructure, GIS information and related databases. GISD implements GIS policies, procedures, standards, and provides intra-agency technical leadership, information management, and project coordination. Additionally, GIS produces income by networking and providing services to local government agencies, federal government agencies, and the private sector through the administration of the GIS platform. These capabilities have positioned the Office of Lt. Governor as a Caribbean Region leader in the field of GIS in Government Infrastructure. The Office of Lieutenant Governor GIS Division was awarded in 2021 by the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA) as an Exemplary Enterprise GIS System in Government. This award is the highest recognition of governmental GIS system implementation in the western hemisphere.
The goal of the GISD is to use the power of modern mapping technologies to improve the Territory’s functions and achieve cost savings through increased efficiency, better informed decision making, enhanced communication, accessible and simplified record keeping and increased citizen engagement.