Scott County Geographic Information System

Picture from Kickoff event
Focus group meeting after our GIS Strategic Plan Kick-off event.

Did You Know…

Geographically, Iowa is one of the flattest states in the US.

What Is A Geographic Information System (GIS)?

"A geographic information system (GIS) integrates hardware, software, and data for capturing, managing, analyzing, and displaying all forms of geographically referenced information.” as defined by

GIS is a way for people to know more about the world around them and to use that information to make better decisions for themselves and their surroundings. For Scott County, GIS helps departments to locate and identify their resources, and make better decisions for the residents and consumers of their services.

“Knowing where things are, and why, is essential to rational decision making”
Jack Dangermond - President, Chief Executive Officer, and Co-Founder of Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI)

How We Started:

In 2003, the Scott County Board of Supervisors, the County Administrator, and the GIS Steering Committee with the support of various departments, determined that the County needed a coordinated effort to build a countywide, enterprise Geographic Information System (GIS). In following with the County’s vision, the GIS Division has grown from an idea, into a tool used by many departments within the county.

What We Do:

Through several different software solutions, we are able to provide an evolving enterprise wide GIS system. Using Desktop, Server (web), and Mobile (GPS field data collection) GIS software, GIS is quickly becoming an asset to Scott County.

Our Capabilities:

Scott County’s entire GIS is run on a suite of software from ESRI, the world’s largest leaders in GIS technology. A combination of Desktop (ArcGIS Desktop), Mobile (ArcPad), and Server (ArcGIS Server) solutions are helping to shape the County’s vision of an enterprise GIS become a reality.

Our Team:

The GIS team at Scott County is comprised of two full time GIS staff members: a GIS Coordinator and a GIS Analyst. Our Parcel Maintenance Data Technician is based out of the Auditor’s office, but also contributes significantly to the County’s overall GIS goals.

As a part of the Information Technology Department, the GIS team is fully assisted by a team of 10 programmers, network specialists, web developer, and support staff. This vast array of knowledge helps in the County’s ability to provide GIS data to its users in fast, effective, and easy to understand methods.