ARRA Grant Award: U.S. Department of the Interior USGS Pierce County LiDAR As part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), Pierce County Geographic Information Services was awarded the sum of $355,575 to partially fund an update to Pierce County's Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) system. The project included a number of commissioned flights to photograph Pierce County from the air, for the purpose of updating the county's orthographic mapping capabilities.
2010 International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) Global Technology & Innovation Award Pierce County Department of Emergency Management won the International Association of Emergency Managers Global Technology & Innovation Award for its Emergency Information Portal, which provides first responders and other emergency management partners with a 'one-stop shop' of mapping, logistics management, and crisis communication information. DEM partnered with Pierce County GIS to develop this portal.
2010 URISA Exemplary Systems in Government Distinguished System Award Pierce County GIS received a Distinguished System Award in the Single Process Systems Category for their GIS Online Budget System through the URISA program. This award program recognizes outstanding system applications that result in improved government services through efficiency and access.