November 9, 2010
As we come to the close of the Bredesen administration, I wanted to acknowledge a few key champions within State government that have played a significant role in supporting GIS and the Tennessee Base Mapping Program.
First, former Deputy Governor and former Comptroller of the Treasury, John Morgan was instrumental in supporting GIS and the Base Mapping Program since the program began in the late 1990's. During several budget hearings, his actions were critical in retaining the necessary funding to move the program forward, thank you John.
Next, Finance and Administration Deputy Commissioner, Mike Morrow was also instrumental and provided significant leadership and support of the Base Mapping Program. He played a key role in obtaining the necessary funding to expedite the completion of the Base Mapping Program in 2007, thank you Mike.
I don't know what the new Haslam administration will bring in terms of priorities and political support for GIS in Tennessee. I will do my best to be an advocate for GIS in the State and find a new political champion for our interests in supporting this technology and use in Tennessee.
In many respects we have come full circle. We have an opportunity to identify new priorities and gain political support and funding for GIS. Specifically, there is a significant level of interest in creating a highly accurate elevation model and related GIS products for Tennessee. OIR GIS Services is leading a LiDAR stakeholders group, comprised of several federal, state, and local government representatives. The goal is to create a digital elevation model through the use of LiDAR technology and support a wide range of business applications.
We'll have several updates to this new effort as we move forward under the leadership of Governor Bill Haslam.