IMAGIN's GIS Innovation Award

IMAGIN’s GIS Innovation Award is presented to an organization that finds innovative ways to use geospatial solutions to enhance workflow processes.  Candidates for this award should have successfully implemented a geospatial technology, service, or application that is new and innovative to their organization.  Applicants will be judged on collaborative efforts, contribution to the workflow, and original ideas.      

This award has been presented annually since 2000 under two different names:

  • "GIS in Government Innovation Award"  (2000-2012)
  • "GIS Innovation Award"  (2013-Present)

Nominations for the 2024 IMAGIN GIS for Everyone Award are now open and nominations are due by Friday, March 1, 2024 at 5:00 pm.

2024 GIS Innovation Nomination Form

IMAGIN's 2023 GIS Innovation Winner   

Eaton County GIS
Jon Merrick, GIS Administrator

Family Information Center
Application Suite as part of the Eaton County Active Violence Incident (AVI) Team
View the GIS Innovation presentation in slide form HERE


Past Award Winners

IMAGIN GIS Innovation Award

Presented since 2013 - Click slide thumbnail to view presentation slides
Year Recipient Presentation or Bio

City of Rochester Hills, MI
Doreen Groth, GIS Manager

Implementation of an internal and external deployment of the Fire Department Risk Reduction Program


Keizzy Anpalagan
GIS Specialist
City of Flint Planning & Economic Development Department

View the GIS Innovation presentation in slide form HERE
View the GIS Innovation presentation recording HERE
View the 2021 IMAGIN Awards Storymap section for GIS Innovation HERE

2020 Traverse City Light & Power
   Scott Menhart, Chief Information Officer
   GIS-centric implementation within the utility industry

2019 Cheboygan County, Sharon Weiss-Brandau, GIS Coordinator
   Implementation of low cost GNSS "dog collar" tracking for 
   Search and Rescue efforts. 
2018 Acme Township / Beckett & Raeder
Shawn Winter / Marisa Laderach
   Utilization of GIS to analyze Solar Energy Potential Across
   Acme Township

2017 Ferris State University
Dr. Sagar Deshpande
   Innovative semi-automated workflows to hydro-flatten LiDAR
   data, extracting water surface elevation at the time of data
2016 Michigan Land Bank Fast Track Authority
   Geospatially Referenced Street Level Video 
     Property Inventory Project
   Award accepted by Ryan McNeil
2015 North Country Trail Association
   Trail Mapping, ArcGIS Online Implementation and Trailhead
     Kiosk Implementation
   Award accepted by Matthew Rowbotham

2014 State of Michigan, DTMB, Center for Shared Solutions and 
   Technology Partnerships
   Framework and NG-911 Programs
   Award accepted by Everett Root, Outreach Specialist

2013 Eastern Michigan University
   Esri K-12 Software Licensing Program
   Award accepted by Michael Dueweke, Manager

IMAGIN GIS in Government Innovation Award

Presented from 2000 to 2012



Presentation or Bio

2012 Kent County, Michigan - GIS Department
   Access Kent / Gerald R. Ford Airport GIS Application
   Award accepted by Janice Rockburn, GIS Team Lead

2011   Coming Soon
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