A geographic information
system (GIS) is a computer mapping system capable of assembling, storing,
manipulating, and displaying geographically referenced information (i.e. spatial
What is a GIS used for?
Local governments (Counties/Cities) typically involve a variety of agencies
including assessors, auditors, engineering, planning, public works, public
safety, recorders, treasurers, and zoning. These agencies are relying more on
GIS technology to plan new land developments, determine tax valuations, maintain
real estate land records, manage public works networks, route emergency
vehicles, analyze crime and accident patterns, manage transportation systems and
study environmental issues.
Name That Courthouse Contest
From 2000 to 2006, The Compass, a magazine published by the Iowa State
Association of Assessors, presented photos of County Courthouses on the cover of
each issue. Each issue identified the courthouses on the outside or inside of
the cover, except one, the very first issue.
Download the PDF
file of The Compass covers at the link below and email me at the email link at
the upper right if you can identify any of the courthouses depicted on the cover
of the first edition.
The Compass Courthouse Covers
GIS and Digital Mapping At Home
Increasingly GIS, GPS, and digital mapping is becoming integrated into our
lives. From the Marion County Beacon web site, to our "smartphones", to our
in-car GPS units, these fields of information are becoming part of our daily
lives. And, as these fields grow more and more data is becoming available, both
current and historical. The Marion County GIS/Web Department now has a page of
information and resources available to access this information at home.
Click here to view the GIS and Digital Mapping At Home page.
Old Paddle Boat Found On Des Moines River Below
Click here for aerial photo of location
Oblique Imagery Now Available On Beacon
A new type of aerial imagery is now available on the Marion County Assessor's
Beacon website. Click on the link below for a description and
instructions on how to use this new imagery.
Description and Instructions
Marion County Beacon Website
GIS Coordinator Job
Responsibilities and Duties:
The GIS Coordinator will work in planning, organizing, and directing GIS
activities within Marion County, Iowa. The Coordinator will report to the Marion
County, Iowa GIS Commission Chair.
Work involves responsibility for providing technical expertise
and supervision for the day-to-day implementation and operation of GIS within
the context of programs and policy directives.
Duties also include coordinating GIS activities of all
departments, managing GIS vendor contracts, planning and organizing system
development activities and other GIS project management activities.
Other activities include:
resources for Marion County, Iowa,
user needs with input from user departments,
contracts with GIS hardware, software, and data conversion vendors, and other
providers of GIS products and services,
preparation of annual budget for GIS operations, capital expenditures, and
and coordinate the Marion County, Iowa GIS Committee,
related work as required,
Coordination of the Marion County Geographical Information System (GIS) and the
various departmental web sites.