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GIS Consortium

GIS Consortium

A Geographic Information System (GIS) is an integral tool for local governments, enabling efficient and effective planning across all municipal departments, improving the delivery of services, and helping to engage and empower citizens.

By leveraging the collective buying power of its members and partnering with GIS consultants at FLO Analytics, CCM’s GIS Consortium provides affordable access to GIS expertise and resources, so you can implement the right GIS solution for your community.

The Benefits of GIS

You can use GIS to improve the operation of utility networks, analyze the value of land and associated improvements, maintain right-of-way assets, develop and share public safety response plans, promote sustainable communities, and more.

GIS can integrate information among your municipality’s departments, increasing communications and facilitating collaboration. Other benefits include:

  • Preserving institutional knowledge
       Capture your employees’ knowledge before they retire
  • Increasing efficiencies and reducing costs
       Streamline time-consuming tasks, using the latest technologies
  • Improving your asset management
       Reduce your liability and optimize your operations and maintenance
  • Engaging your community
       Improve transparency by making data interactive and accessible
  • Offering flexible pricing

GIS Services

1. Field data collection/acquisition 

  • Data acquisition planning
  • Aerial imagery acquisition
  • LiDAR acquisition
  • Global Positioning Systems
  • Electronic field forms
  • Field data access
  • Mobile mapping and data collection solutions
  • Collector for ArcGIS
  • Unmanned Aerial Systems

2. Asset management

  • Asset inventory development
  • Asset inspections
  • Data management
  • Database design
  • Data extraction, transfer and loading
  • Microsoft Access, Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle, and PostgreSQL
  • Geodatabase design
  • Local Government Information Model
  • AutoCAD and Civil 3D integration
  • Systems integration

3. Spatial analysis

  • 3D point cloud
  • Remote sensing
  • Terrain modeling
  • Site selection and prioritization
  • Suitability/feasibility studies
  • Land use assessments
  • Transportation planning
  • Utility network modeling
  • Demographic and socioeconomic analysis
  • Inundation mapping

4. Web applications

  • ArcGIS Online
  • Web maps
  • ArcGIS for Server
  • Portal for ArcGIS
  • Cloud-based solutions
  • Enterprise systems architecture
  • Application design and development

5. Program development

  • Needs assessments
  • Strategic planning
  • GIS implementation
  • Capacity building
  • Training
  • On-call support

6. Workflow automation tools

  • Python scripting and programming
  • Custom GIS tools
  • Workflow automation
  • Workflow optimization

7. Cartography

  • Data visualization
  • Large-format posters
  • Infographics and displays
  • Custom maps

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What does the free rapid needs assessment entail?
A: The free rapid needs assessment is an objective way to determine the state of GIS at your organization or help prepare us to work with you on a specific project. The assessment identifies your goals for GIS implementation, and recommends ways to move forward. FLO GIS analysts meet with key staff who use or would like to use GIS, for a two-hour, on-site informational interview. FLO then creates a summary memo of their findings and provides a list of recommendations for next steps.

Q: Is the time used to conduct the free rapid needs assessment subtracted from my consulting hours?
A: No. The hours needed to conduct your free rapid needs assessment are not billed. If you wish to do a more in-depth needs assessment, FLO Analytics will bill for the additional time.

Q: Can I elect to skip the rapid needs assessment and get more consulting hours instead?
A: Organizations can skip the rapid needs assessment but will not receive additional consulting hours as a result.

Q: How long does membership last?
A: Membership in the GIS Consortium is valid for one year from your initial enrollment date.

Q: Does my budget expire?
A: We recognize that organizations work under varying constraints and time frames, and so we automatically roll over unused budget while an organization remains a member of the Consortium. If membership lapses, we will work with the organization to establish a mutually agreeable expiration date for any outstanding budget.

Program Presentations

CCM held a webinar on February 18, 2020 to educate our members about the GIS Consortium. To view the recording of that webinar, click here.

In addition, CCM and Flo Analytics hosted a webinar, More Than Maps: Use ArcGIS Online to Save Money, on June 24, 2020.  To view the recording of that webinar, click here. (GoToWebinar will ask for your name and email address to view the recording).

The Association of Washington Cities (AWC) held a GIS Consortium virtual show-and-tell/office hours on June 9, 2021.  To view the recording, click here.
To access the recording, please enter the following Access Passcode: Fu37=50%.

Additional Questions?

George Rafael, Director, Municipal Resource and Service Center, at 203-498-3063 or


John McKenzie, Director of Business Development – East Region, FLO Analytics at