Department for Local Government
Governor awards grant for Union County GIS server

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, July 21, 2009  
Contact Information:  Cindy Lanham

FRANKFORT, Ky. (July 21, 2009) –  Gov. Steve Beshear and the Department for Local Government (DLG) have awarded Union County Fiscal Court a $149,493 Delta Regional Authority (DRA) grant for the installation of a Geographic Information System (GIS) server. 

The GIS server will consolidate existing management data and maps for Union County government agencies and departments and extend usage for other critical government services such as 911 and Emergency Management. 

“The consolidation of this information will save time, help our county employees better serve the community and provide Emergency Management the most current and relevant information during an emergency,” said Union County Judge Executive Jody Jenkins.  “This project will benefit many departments by enhancing future planning, ensuring public safety and promoting economic development and will also make public services more easily accessible for the citizens of Union County.” 

A consolidated, accurate county map is important because it shows the center lines of roads, water, gas, oil and sewer lines, road changes, electric utilities, voting precincts, fire districts, floodplains, bodies of water and much other critical information, he said. 

Maps will also be available to the public, via the internet, 24 hours a day.  The server will also provide online access to other government information and forms so that business can be conducted at the user’s convenience. 

“We are very grateful to Gov. Beshear for awarding this grant to Union County,” said Judge Jenkins.  “The GIS server will make local government more accessible to our residents and make day to day operations within the county easier and more efficient.”      

The DRA is a federal-state economic development program restricted to a 21-county area of western Kentucky. DRA funds are used to help economically-distressed communities leverage other federal, state and local dollars for community development projects that focus on infrastructure development, business development/entrepreneurship and job training services.  Grant applications are submitted to the Department for Local Government for review and require the Governor’s recommendation to DRA for full application invitations.