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February 11th, 2009
Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley to Keynote ESRI Federal User Conference

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PR – On Wednesday, February
18, 2009, Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley will deliver the Keynote Address at
the ESRI Federal User Conference (FedUC) in Washington, D.C. O’Malley is a
longtime advocate of using geographic information systems (GIS) for improved
accountability and transparency in government. He will discuss his successful
GIS-based performance measurement initiatives and how this approach can be used
in federal government.

"GIS
is a powerful tool for tracking our progress as a state and improving
performance for the citizens we serve. It has become an indispensable tool for
government accountability and transparency," said O’Malley. "In
Maryland, our GIS applications make public the state’s goals, progress, and
effectiveness on a variety of public programs and services."

O’Malley
began his first GIS-based program, CitiStat, when he was the mayor of
Baltimore, Maryland. As governor, he has supported the use of GIS to develop
similar GIS-based accountability programs including StateStat, BayStat,
GreenPrint, and MD iMap.

These
online Web mapping applications allow government staff and citizens to evaluate
the effectiveness of state government projects, assess Chesapeake Bay
restoration projects, and improve planning and decision making related to land
conservation and growth. MD iMap is a newly announced Web portal that provides
an authoritative basemap with seamless, geocoded statewide centerlines and
six-inch imagery of the entire state. Users can access GreenPrint via MD iMap,
and government agencies can use a secure login to obtain data from across the
state. Eventually, MD iMap will serve as a portal to all accountability
programs.

"GIS
provides governments with tools for improved operational efficiency,
coordination, data sharing, and communication with citizens," said ESRI
president Jack Dangermond. "Governor O’Malley has realized the potential
of GIS with programs such as StateStat and MD iMap and sets an excellent
example for government leaders throughout the nation."

 The
ESRI FedUC will be held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in
Washington D.C., February 18–20. For more information, visit www.esri.com/feduc.

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