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Staunton: Geographic Information System data now available for download

Crystal Graham

stauntonThe City of Staunton is making access to information on property taxes, zoning, census data and more, available at your fingertips.

The city recently updated its Geographic Information System website to improve both the look and the functionality for users. Users can click on the red GIS maps icon on the city’s website, and from there navigate to various applications or access the data directly. The site also includes an FAQ section.

The information technology department began the project in early May because the previous site was not going to be able to continue to operate as it had due to some forthcoming changes to the host site and because there was a desire to make data open source to align with best practice.

“The new site provides a much better user experience,” said GIS coordinator Jessica Wright. “People can download data directly for their use, as opposed to before when they would have to reach out to me. And the tools are now categorized, making information easier to find, as well.”

The site was built using ESRI ArcGIS Hub, a cloud-based platform that organizes people, data and tools to make them accessible and engaging.

Crystal Graham

Crystal Graham

Crystal Abbe Graham is the regional editor of Augusta Free Press. A 1999 graduate of Virginia Tech, she has worked for nearly 25 years as a reporter and editor for several Virginia publications, written a book, and garnered more than a dozen Virginia Press Association awards for writing and graphic design. She was the co-host of "Viewpoints," a weekly TV news show, and co-host of Virginia Tonight, a nightly TV news show. Her work on "Virginia Tonight" earned her a national Telly award for excellence in television.