On April 25th, SCOGISM and the Wallkill River Watershed management Group (WRWMG) participated in the NJDEP's 20th Annual GIS Mapping Competition and placed second in the category of Best Analytical Presentation. The map developed for the compatition by the SCOGISM and the WRWMG was also selected by the New Jersey Academy of the Sciences as Best Scientific Map.
The cooperative partnership between the Sussex county Office of GIS Management and the Wallkill River Watershed Management Group is exceptional and offers each group the ability to impart unique knowledge through cooperative data sharing, GIS technology and joint application utilization. Completion of joint projects shows the progress and accomplishments that have been made as a result of the strong cooperative stakeholder partnership.
The entry was a multi-level map of Non-point Source Pollutant Loads in the Papakating Creek Watershed using GIs modeling, mapping and analysis techniques. the Best Analytical Presentation, along with how well the map communicates the analytical procedures used. Winning maps go on to compete in the ESRI User Conference for publication in the ESRI Map Book.
The NJDEP Mapping Contest is open to state employees, non-profit organizations, college students, county/municipal and local government and offers the opportunity to share one's work and expertise with colleagues. The contest focuses on the exchange of ideas and is a good forum to discuss mapping techniques, layouts and graphic design.
The Sussex County Economic Development Partnership, Inc. (SCEDP) is dedicated to the creation of sustainable economic opportunity and prosperity to improve the quality of life in Sussex County, NJ. The SCEDP will proactively facilitate the recruitment, retention, and expansion of business that will complement, and be consistent with the character and environment of Sussex County. GIS is commonly used for resource and asset management, environmental impact assessment and property ownership information. It is also very useful as a tool for companies interested in locating a new business. In 2006, SCOGISM was awarded the Economic Innovation Award from the Sussex County Economic Development Partnership, Inc. for its use of GIS.
As the lead agency in New Jersey advocating for the interests of county governments, the New Jersey Association of Counties is actively engaged in the State's legislative, regulatory and policy making environments. Each year, NJAC tracks and monitors hundreds of proposed bills that have a potential impact upon the mission or operations of county governments. The Association works closely with legislators and other State policy makers to influence legislative and regulatory proposals in a way that advances the interests of New Jersey's 21 counties and their taxpayers. Information concerning recently enacted laws which affect county governments as well as bills that are currently monitored by the Association of Counties is set forth below.