November 15, 2004
Media Release

York Region celebrates World GIS Day 2004

NEWMARKET York Region is celebrating World GIS (Geographic Information Systems) Day 2004 today with a series of interactive demonstrations, map gallery, seminar and hands-on applications at the Regional Administrative Centre in Newmarket.
"GIS technology has really re-shaped the way municipalities do business," said Regional Chair and CEO Bill Fisch.  "It has been a tremendous planning tool for York Region, allowing us to gather and analyse information that is useful for transportation modelling, land-use planning and numerous other applications."
World GIS Day promotes the practice of geographic information systems to governments, schools, businesses, and the general public by showcasing real-world applications of this important technology.  This year marks the second year that York Region has celebrated the occasion with interactive displays of its YorkExplorer GIS software for the public.
"GIS technology is more than just mapping, it is an integral part of York Region's decision-making process," said Markham Regional Councillor Frank Scarpitti, Chair of the Region's Planning and Economic Development Committee.  "I am very pleased that the media and members of the public have an opportunity to see this valuable technology in use." 
Known for its award-winning work, York Region Geomatics uses GIS technology on issues such as West Nile virus, Emergency Services, the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan, Community Services and Housing and growth planning.
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Contact:   Michael Kemp, Corporate Communications, York Region
- (905) 830-4444 or 1-877-464-9675, ext. 1232
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