Web site helps put Glenwood on map
A new interactive mapping feature on Glenwood Springs’ municipal Web site recently won a nationwide magazine’s mapping contest.Glenwood Springs senior planner Mike Pelletier built the Web site – which provides zoomable aerial photographs of the city with up-to-date parcels, streets, trail routes, bike routes and other municipal information – using software from Gardiner, Maine-based Blue Marble Geographics.
“We hired them because they have the software and the server,” Pelletier said of Blue Marble. “They helped me put together the package.”Directions Magazine, a publication about geographic information systems news, technology and events, held the contest.According to a Blue Marble Geographics news release, the Directions Magazine Web-mapping contest was conducted to determine the latest and greatest use of mapping technology on the Internet today. In all, 85 mapmaking companies participated in this contest. “(Blue Marble) entered it into the contest,” Pelletier said.
The maps were divided into three categories: government, business and miscellaneous. The Glenwood Springs map was the No. 1 government map, beating out 49 other maps in that category.The mapping site could save staff time by allowing city residents to find out information that previously was available only with the help of staff members at City Hall or at the Garfield County annex, Pelletier said.”I would imagine Realtors could use it when they’re checking for zoning,” Pelletier added. “We hope to add to it in the future.”Along with the glory associated with winning the award, the city also won a Smart Phone, but since city workers had no use for the phone, Pelletier gave it to Blue Marble Geographics.
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