BPDA honored for Special Achievement in GIS

Boston – Monday, July 16, 2018 – At the annual Esri User Conference on July 11, Esri presented the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) with the Special Achievement in GIS (SAG) Award. Selected from over 300,000 eligible candidates, the BPDA received the award for its innovative application of mapping, data analytics, and thought leadership in government.

The SAG Awards are meant to show appreciation for organizations that are using GIS to solve some of the world’s toughest challenges.

“By providing a sophisticated planning tool like our 3D smart model to the public free of charge, we are creating a new resource to improve the efficiency and quality of our work, empowering residents with a real-world visualisation tool to imagine the future of our neighborhoods, and leveling the playing field for all who are invested in planning Boston’s urban context,” said Brian Golden, Director of the BPDA. “The BPDA will continue to improve our tools and processes to increase transparency, and better engage the community in the work that we do to create a more prosperous, resilient, and vibrant city for all.”

"Esri User Conference is a great forum for our users to come together and share the amazing ways they are implementing GIS technology," said Jack Dangermond, Esri founder and president. "The organizations recognized here are creating maps and using spatial analytics to make a difference in the world. We are honored to present these awards."

The BPDA was one of over 180 organizations in areas such as commercial industry, defense, transportation, nonprofit work, and telecommunications to receive a SAG Award. Esri staff annually nominate hundreds of candidates from around the world for consideration, and Dangermond selects the finalists.

For more information on how the BPDA is using GIS technology, please click here.

About the Boston Planning & Development Agency
As the City of Boston’s urban planning and economic development agency, the BPDA works in partnership with the community to plan Boston’s future while respecting its past. The agency’s passionate and knowledgeable staff guides physical, social, and economic change in Boston’s neighborhoods and its downtown to shape a more prosperous, resilient, and vibrant city for all. The BPDA also prepares residents for new opportunities through employment training, human services and job creation. Learn more atwww.bostonplans.org, and follow us on Twitter @BostonPlans.

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