Three GIS-based tools garner award at Georgia Planning Association’s fall conference
MARIETTA, Ga., Sept. 11, 2015 –Cobb County DOT received recognition for its work to engage and empower Cobb citizens with three interactive tools: What’s In It For Me?, YourGov, and the recently-launched Cobb Commute.
The Georgia Planning Association honored Cobb DOT on Sept. 10 with the Outstanding Planning Initiative – Large Community award at its annual fall conference in Savannah, Ga. Nominations were judged on 10 criteria, including effectiveness, innovation and public participation.
“Cobb DOT is constantly innovating and looking forward,” Cobb DOT Director Faye DiMassimo said. “I’m proud of the work our team accomplishes to engage with Cobb residents, businesses and visitors.”
The three tools allow Cobb DOT to connect with citizens on a new level, helping build trust between citizens and local government. From reporting potholes to finding alternative routes around significant construction projects, the programs actively involve citizens with the transportation work that matters to them.
The tools are driven by Geographic Information System (GIS) technology. Lynn Biggs, Cobb DOT’s GIS supervisor, said the system is vital to the DOT’s work.
“GIS is an incredibly powerful tool for Cobb DOT,” Biggs said. “It is invaluable in helping Cobb County interact with the public and improving transportation in Cobb.”
• Cobb Commute is a GIS-based web tool that helps users navigate traffic. With intuitive features, Cobb Commute displays traffic speeds, construction updates and live traffic camera feeds. The tool is available on both desktop and mobile devices.
• What’s In It For Me? is a web-map program that helps citizens easily find information about transportation projects in the areas they live, work or visit. When users search an address, the program shows project information for proposed, planned, underway, or completed projects within a five-mile radius.
• YourGov is a smart phone app and web tool that allows citizens to report non-emergency work requests to Cobb DOT. The program allows users to track the progress of the request and can send automatic updates throughout the process. YourGov covers issues regarding road maintenance, signals, debris, sidewalks, signs, flooding and ice.