2022 SAG Award Winners

County of Polk, Minnesota

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Project Goal

Polk County has a reputation as a leader in small government GIS, using the ArcGIS platform to realize its vision for a GIS program that empowers citizens and staff with comprehensive information at their fingertips. It supports workflows including transportation infrastructure, public works, property valuation, emergency management and elections.
ArcGIS Enterprise forms the foundation of the county’s infrastructure, with the ability to scale and take advantage of the full capabilities of Esri technology. This includes ArcGIS Hub, ArcGIS Online, and the Parcel Fabric for ArcGIS Pro. The County has deployed 5 ArcGIS Hub sites including a Geospatial Hub, Address Outreach, Equitable Property Value, Elections Outreach, and Roads & Highways, each housing a set of Esri COTS configured solutions to communicate valuable information.
With a fully leveraged, enterprise-wide GIS that supports users with powerful information, Polk County exemplifies the power of GIS for small government.
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Business Problem Solved

For residents and staff of Polk County, finding answers to questions about location is easier than ever.
GIS enabled the county to centralize its data, share information efficiently with staff and citizens, and improve services and internal workflows. Prior to fully leveraging the ArcGIS Platform with tools such as Hub, ArcGIS Online solutions and Enterprise sites, getting the right information into the right hands was a challenge, especially when creating a complete picture of information involved multiple systems.
Significant time was spent responding to individual requests for information – information that is now available online, delivered via easy-to-use, self-service tools such as Hub and solutions. For example, a citizen can find comparable sale prices for properties in their desired area, or a staff member can use an internal application to efficiently track zebra mussel infestations at public water access points in the County.

Technology Implemented

ArcGIS Enterprise
ArcGIS Solutions
ArcGIS Online
ArcGIS Hub
ArcGIS Pro

Development Team Biography

Rick Thompson, GIS Coordinator, is responsible for development, implementation and maintenance of the county’s GIS. Rick has been with Polk County for over 35 years, spending 20 years in the Engineering Department before becoming GIS Coordinator. For the last 10 years, Rick has focused on developing a complete GIS for Polk County that is built to fully leverage the capabilities of the ArcGIS platform. Rick has a B.S. degree in Business Management from Minnesota State University Moorhead.
Nathan Smith, GIS Specialist, is responsible for maintaining Polk County’s data. Nathan has been with Polk County for 12 years. He has an M.S. in Geography and B.S. in Environmental Geography from the University of North Dakota.
Levi Webster, Information Systems Administrator, is responsible for keeping infrastructure up-to-date and running smoothly. Levi has been with Polk County for 6 years. Levi has a B.S. degree in Management Information Systems from the University of Minnesota Crookston.