Final GGAC Status Report and Recommendations

House Bill 169, passed into law in 2010, created the Georgia Geospatial Advisory Council (GGAC) and gave it two primary tasks: 1) to use geospatial capabilities in meeting Federal Emergency Management Agency notification recommendations ; and 2) to formulate GGAC recommendations for advancing governmental data interoperability and enhancing service delivery to the citizens of Georgia through geospatial technologies. This report fulfills those obligations.

The membership of the GGAC achieved consensus on the following five recommendations:

1. Formalize a geospatial advisory council to the General Assembly or state governmental entity with rules making authority

2. Establish Georgia Geospatial Information Office

3. Execute statewide master agreement(s) for geospatial software/services/resources

4. Develop a digital, statewide parcel GIS database (i.e., “property” database)

5. Develop a current (2009 and newer), high-resolution, statewide elevation GIS database

These recommendations represent what the GGAC finds to be the most viable approach to advancing the use of geospatial technology and assets for the purpose of notification as recommended by FEMA, and which will produce, for a very modest sum, a significant Return on Investment (ROI) to the taxpayers of Georgia. This ROI will be realized in the form of direct savings to state and local governments, as well as indirect benefits created via decisions made by state and local officials empowered and enlightened by geospatial information.