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Intergraph Partners with City of Abbotsford to Enhance Internet-based City Services 04.18.2002

April 18, 2002
GeoMedia WebMap helps improve communication and data sharing for employees, customers and citizens.

The City of Abbotsford, British Columbia, is taking steps to substantially enhance city services on the Internet thanks to a partnership with Intergraph Mapping and GIS Solutions. Using Intergraph's GeoMedia WebMap technology, the City has created an immense database of geographic information that is available to City of Abbotsford citizens and customers seven days a week, 24 hours a day over the Internet. The City's Mayor, George Ferguson, and Jim Wickson, vice president of Intergraph Mapping and GIS Solutions for North America, announced the partnership at a recent meeting with City of Abbotsford officials.

Mayor Ferguson stated, "The Abbotsford e-government strategy will alter the way we deliver city services in the future. Our e-government goals are clear: create a user-friendly, interactive Web site; use leading-edge service, business, and technology applications; provide enhanced city services for citizens and customers; and position Abbotsford as an attractive, high-quality place to live and do business. Clearly, our partnership with Intergraph and the implementation of their Web mapping technology will help us achieve these goals."

Easy-to-use Web site facilitates information access City staff worked closely with Intergraph to customize an attractive, easy-to-use mapping interface for the City's Web site. Using a Web browser, customers can read or download mapping information about specific properties or areas of the city. Features important to the development of industry, such as land use and zoning, city utility services, contours, and aerial photos, will also be available. Local citizens can benefit from the new Web site with access to basic parcel information such as street addresses, plan numbers, and zoning. They will also be able to search for the location of parks, schools, and facilities. To access areas of the City's Web site containing personal or user-specific information, such as homeowners or tax information, a citizen must be registered with the City of Abbotsford.

Abbotsford's online services can be viewed at www.city.abbotsford.bc.ca.