Stone Environmental has chosen the City of Montpelier for implementation of a web-based technology for community engagement using ArcGIS Hub technology by Esri, an international supplier of geographic information system software, web geographical information Systems (GIS), and geodatabase management applications. Stone will be providing their community service and innovation hours to support the development of a citizen engagement website so that the City can take advantage of the latest tools to better inform its citizens.
ArcGIS Hub is a powerful tool specifically designed to engage communities around city initiatives by adding context to real-world data. Once an initiative is defined—what streets are scheduled for paving, for instance—datasets can be used to show the status of the initiative relative to goals using graphs, charts, and dynamic maps. For this example, a hub could ultimately be used to explain decisions about the city’s paving priorities to its citizens. Most Vermont agencies, regional planning commissions, and municipalities use these GIS software solutions.
Stone sponsored the statewide competition to help a Vermont community leverage technology and data to communicate with its citizens, and to provide an example of an ArcGIS Hub solution that other communities may be able to use, soliciting implementation ideas throughout Vermont. Stone hopes to demonstrate how this valuable tool can help a community meet its goals.
Montpelier has requested help in setting up an ArcGIS Hub site to share public works and housing development activities, proposals, and plans with their residents. The city has suggested that developing housing is a challenge, but increasing community engagement in the process should help decide the best housing development plans.
Stone Environmental will be working pro bono with the city to create this outreach site and give it the framework to build its own outreach sites for other initiatives in the future. Esri will donate the first year of site-hosting to the city.
Stone believes that our communities will be stronger and more vibrant if the citizens are actively engaged in the decision-making that shapes where they live.