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"GIS is an important part of our performance-based approach to government," said Governor O'Malley. "By analyzing our performance in a geographic context, we are able to reduce operating costs, increase revenue streams, and improve the quality of service we deliver to citizens. An efficient government is one that uses resources responsibly and effectively, and this approach to operations helps us achieve that."
O'Malley will discuss the performance measurement and management accountability programs StateStat and BayStat, which are largely based on the CitiStat model created in 2000 while he was serving as mayor of Baltimore, Maryland. StateStat monitors the performance of individual state agencies, tracking both inputs and outputs. BayStat evaluates state initiatives directed at improving the health of Chesapeake Bay and includes data from the state's departments of Agriculture, Environment, Natural Resources, and Planning. All three programs are based on the same four principles: providing timely, accurate information that is shared by all; rapidly deploying resources for real-time responses; creating effective tactics and strategies; and encouraging relentless follow-up and assessment.
For each of these programs, ESRI's ArcGIS,www.esri.com/software/arcgis/index.html, technology provides a platform for managing geographic data and conducting analysis. With this geospatial technology, for example, staff can examine land protection and growth strategies, then prioritize funding.
"GIS allows leaders to visualize vast amounts of data, identify problems, and quickly make informed decisions that are critical to an organization," said ESRI President Jack Dangermond. "Governor O'Malley has been an advocate of GIS for years and has used GIS technology to improve government functions and service. We are delighted to have him speak at the seminar."
The ESRI International User Conference will be held in San Diego August 4–8. For more information, visit www.esri.com/uc.