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Consulting with County Commissioners

In keeping with Governor John Baldacci's call to regionalize municipal services, The Maine County Commissioners Association wants to evaluate the potential role of county government in the use of GIS to improve county services including emergency response and law enforcement and provision of GIS services to municipalities. In addition the Commissioners would like to examine funding models to support county GIS and supporting services from the Maine Library of Geographic Information. 

This project will build on the work completed and published by Legislative Resolve 23 in January 2002.

Two of the general findings of the Resolve 23 report are driving this new study involving Maine counties. The study recommended a statewide GIS structure that includes regional service centers and recommended looking at increasing recording fees for land documents or adding a surcharge to the real estate transfer tax as a means of funding the GeoLibrary and the regional service centers.

For more information please see the Grants Application

County Forums

Two County Information Forums have been held which included presentations on 1) What is GIS, 2) Who is MeGIS, 3) What is County GIS and Where is it Working, and 4) Maine Counties GIS Needs Assessment. The forum presentations are attached in PDF format.

The forums covered needs, requirements and capabilities of County Officials to include: Commissioners, Sheriffs/Deputies, Registers of Deeds, EMA Directors, Facilities Managers,a nd Communication Directors.

June 10 County Forum: The information forum was held at the USM Campus in Gorham, Maine with representation from the following counties: York, Cumberland, Oxford, Sagadahoc, Lincoln, Androscoggin, Knox, and Kennebec.

July 28 County Forum: The information forum was held at the Black Bear Inn in Orono, Maine with representation from the following counties: Aroostook, Somerset, Franklin, Piscataquis, Penobsoct, Washington, Hancock, and Waldo.

MCCA Annual Meeting: The Maine County Commissioners Association (MCCA) met on September 17 for their annual meeting. The session was on Maine County GIS Study - Status and Next Steps (see PDF presentation for more details).

September 17 MCCA Annual Meeting

Information Gathered From the Forums Includes:


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