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City of St. Charles Receives Geographic Information Systems Award

St. Charles Chosen from More Than 300,000 Candidates

The City of St. Charles Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Division received a Special Achievement in GIS award from Esri, Inc., a leader in spatial analytics. The award recognizes the City’s innovative application of technology, data collection, geospatial information visualization, and thought leadership through GIS in the field of local government. The City was selected from more than 300,000 eligible candidates, and puts our GIS Division in the top 1/10 of 1% of users of Esri software.

The GIS team was recognized for two projects:

  • Interactive America in Bloom Tour Map – The map offers a virtual tour of the locations the judges in the national community awards program visited. See it at
  • Snow Fox Snow Management System – The system maps snow plow locations and treated roadways in real time so staff can efficiently allocate resources where needed to keep the roads safe and clear during a snowfall.

“The GIS Division was recognized for this award as an outstanding example of how municipalities can utilize GIS mapping to improve efficiency and share information with the public,” said City Administrator Mark Koenen. “GIS is very important to the success of City operations and this recognition is well deserved.”

Mapping has always been an integral function for municipalities. Many routine City operations are tied to a location and therefore rely on maps. Maps play a vital role in locating water, sewer and electric lines, or in helping emergency crews calculate the best route with the lowest response time.

For more information, contact Keith Nightlinger, GIS Division Manager, at or 630.762.7076.

From left to right: Larry Gunderson, Director of Information Systems; Mayor Ray Rogina; Eric Creighton, GIS Analyst; Kristina Rohrbach, GIS Technician; and Keith Nightlinger, GIS Division Manager with the ESRI award at the Aug. 7 City Council meeting 

updated Sep 14, 2017