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CAPCOG nabs second national award for innovation

Thursday, September 12, 2013

For the second consecutive year, the Capital Area Council of Governments has won an Innovation Award from the National Association of Development Organizations.

CAPCOG’s GeoMap, a cost-sharing initiative to produce and maintain current geospatial base map data for local jurisdictions, developers, consultants and other interested parties, earned a coveted spot among NADO’s 2013 slate of honorees that included more than 90 projects from 25 states.

The Innovation Award recognizes regional development organizations and partnering organizations nationwide for improving local and regional economic and community competitiveness. Honors were announced at NADO's recent annual training conference in San Francisco. Last year, CAPCOG also won NADO innovation honors for its role in Pecan Street Inc., an Austin-area economic development project centered on clean energy.

> Get the full list of NADO 2013 Innovation Award winners

Launched in 2002  to maximize taxpayer dollars and help minimize data-development duplication, GeoMap offers cost advantages including an economy of scale. CAPCOG, as project coordinator, secured vendor rates that decrease as product volume increases. Coordinating and pooling the region’s resources increases the total volume of an order, securing lower prices per entity than if single participants separately purchased selected products.

­­­Further discounts are realized when multiple participants share the same area of interest and therefore share the cost. Also, a regional discount is often spread across the project when large organizations – CAPCOG or the Texas Department of Transportation, for example – participate, reducing costs for all.

> Discover CAPCOG's GeoMap

GeoMap's products include aerial photography, Lidar imagery, underwater depth depictions, elevation data, structures, road centerlines, pavement, vegetation and land cover. The program also produces critical data for use in disaster preparedness, 9-1-1 operations, regional planning and infrastructure management.

By securing competitive pricing for services and coordinating area cost-sharing, CAPCOG’s GeoMap has saved the region an estimated $8.6 million since 2002.

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