Lieutenant Governor Tregenza A. Roach, Esq. is pleased to announce that the Office of the Lieutenant Governor’s Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Division will join in the observance of GIS Day today. This year’s global celebrations will highlight the impactful work of GIS professionals and serve to ignite the creativity of innovators who will further advance global progress using GIS.

More than 20 years ago, Jack Dangermond, the Founder and President of ESRI, envisioned people collaborating and sharing how Geographic Information Systems affect everyone. This led to the establishment of GIS Day, which was first observed in 1999. The advancement of geospatial technology has since then expanded Dangermond’s idea into a global event that shows how geography, and the real-world applications of GIS are making a difference in business, government, and society.

In celebration of GIS Day 2021, the GIS Division of the Office of the Lieutenant Governor, will highlight special features on its Facebook page to include various innovative applications of geographic information technology. Persons can visit to learn more about  the Division and receive a free aerial imagery map of St. Thomas, St. Croix, St. John or Water Island. Each map will highlight visible estates and roads for the respective islands.

“Under the Direction of Administrator Chris George, the GIS Division has been progressive in its efforts through the use of geospatial information technology to improve the delivery and quality of government services. In October, we received the distinguished Exemplary Government System Award by the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA). This award serves as the pinnacle of GIS industry awards globally,” said Lieutenant Governor Roach.

“Past and present projects, accomplishments, and ongoing initiatives by the GIS Division were submitted for this category award. Most notable was the successful completion of the Bridge Phase of the Street Addressing Initiative (SAI), which will create an addressing system for the Virgin Islands that provides for a clear, logical, and navigable system of street addresses based on established national standards,” said Lieutenant Governor Roach.

The GIS Division was also the recent recipient of the Virgin Islands Police Department Office of Highway Safety Grant Award.

For more information, contact the Office of the Lieutenant Governor’s GIS Division at 340-774-2991.