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Monday, December 31, 2007

Exciting New Program for Smaller Local Govt Agencies

More details to become available in early 2008, but this press release on this new program from ESRI gives a good feel for it. ----------

New ESRI Licensing Program Facilitates Broad Use of GIS by Small Municipalities and Counties

Governments Can Quickly Improve Operations And Service To Citizens With ArcGIS Software

Redlands, California—ESRI now offers a Small Municipal and County Government Enterprise License Agreement (ELA) Program that allows unlimited deployments of ESRI ArcGIS software to municipalities and counties in the United States. The program provides access to the geographic information system (GIS) technology small governments need with a straightforward, tiered pricing schedule.

"The ability to deploy GIS technology to any worker in an organization will enable a small government to achieve an organization-wide GIS at a much faster rate," said Jack Dangermond, ESRI president. "We are pleased to do our part to help municipal and county governments develop GIS that can save them time and money, make them more efficient, and advance their missions."

The ELA Program is open to all governments in the United States with populations of 100,000 or less. Benefits to these organizations include

  • Updated versions of GIS software to provide a consistent platform
  • Flexible deployments to desktops, servers, and mobile devices
  • Opportunities to consolidate GIS and IT initiatives, establish internal standards, and integrate ESRI business partner solutions
  • Ability to incorporate GIS into mission-critical applications and workflows

"Small governments now have a way to deliver this valuable technology throughout the enterprise, which improves operational efficiency and service," added Christopher Thomas, ESRI Government Industry Solutions manager. "Instead of concentrating resources on securing GIS software, a government can rapidly access the GIS tools it needs to develop a robust GIS foundation and focus its energy on implementing departmental and discipline-specific solutions."


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