Governor's Geospatial Commendation Awards

MnGeo seeks nominations for a Certificate of Commendation from the Governor for activities that exemplify a commitment to "coordinated, affordable, reliable and effective" use of GIS to improve services within Minnesota. The award honors organizations that have gone the extra mile to deliver products and services, improve government responsiveness, promote public access to information, and demonstrate the benefits of collaboration that encourage, by example, others to do the same.

The standards are high for this award. The awards, recommended by the Minnesota Governor's Council on Geographic Information from 1996 through 2009, use a peer-review process guided by well-defined criteria that reflect one or more of the following principles:

  • Promote efficient investments in geographic information
  • Promote geographic information as a public resource that should be widely shared with and available to interested parties
  • Support the establishment and use of geographic data standards and guidelines to better exchange and share information resources
  • Promote education and training in GIS
  • Promote the beneficial uses of geographic information in the development of policy and the management of public resources
  • Provide a major forum where ideas and issues of the GIS community in Minnesota can be brought forward, discussed and acted upon, as appropriate

Awards are presented in October at the annual MN GIS/LIS Consortium conference. The next nomination deadline is June 30, 2014.


Winners (1996 - 2013)

2013 Award

  • GeoMoose (City of St. Paul)

2012:  No award given

2011 Award

  •  Red River Basin Mapping Initiative (The International Water Institute)

2010 Award

  • The Emergency Preparedness Committee and Stephen Swazee

2009 Award

  • Goodhue County-Wide GIS Alliance (Goodhue County GIS Office)

2008 Awards

  • Geospatial Image Server (Land Management Information Center)
  • McLeod County LiDAR and Orthophotography Partnership (McLeod County GIS Department)

2007:  No award given

2006 Awards

  • Firewise in the Classroom (Minnesota DNR Firewise Program, GIS4Schools, Macalester College Department of Geography, MN Alliance for Geographic Education)
  • Preserving GLO Plat Maps (Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State, Minnesota Department of Transportation, Minnesota Association of County Surveyors, Land Management Information Center, Minnesota Historical Society)

2005 Award

  • MapServer (University of Minnesota - Department of Forest Resources and Steve Lime)

2004 Awards

  • Environmental Data Access System (Minnesota Pollution Control Agency)
  • Statewide FSA Orthoimagery Cooperative (Minnesota Departments of Administration, Natural Resources, Pollution Control, Transportation and U.S. Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency)

2003 Awards

  • Minnesota Environmental Atlas (Macalester College, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources - Forestry Division and Land Management Information Center)
  • Ramsey County GIS Users Group

2002:  No award given

2001 Awards

  • Twin Cities Metropolitan Area Groundwater Model (Minnesota Pollution Control Agency)
  • Minnesota GeoGateway (Land Management Information Center)

2000 Award

  • DNR Data Deli (Minnesota Department of Natural Resources)

1999 Awards

  • Internet-enabled parcel mapping information program (Dakota County)
  • Training and education of GIS technology at all levels of government (Alexandria Technical College)
  • Developing the statewide land use and land cover data layer (Association of Minnesota Counties, George Orning and Minnesota Department of Natural Resources)
  • Providing data and maps to a variety of users (GIS Print Room, City of Minneapolis)

1998 Awards

  • Carlton County Soil and Water Conservation District
  • MetroGIS
  • Base Maps for the 1990s project (Land Management Information Center)
  • Washington County Surveyor's Office

1997 Award

  • The Minnesota Global Positioning System Advisory Group

1996 Awards

  • National Wetlands Inventory (U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service)
  • State of Minnesota digital highway BaseMap (Minnesota Department of Transportation)