Summer 2008

The Newsletter of the Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium

Table of Contents

MN GIS/LIS Consortium

From the Chair
2008 Conference
Silent Auction
Scholarship Winners
Call for Awards

Drive to Excellence Update
Watershed Assessment Tool

Governor's Council
National Grid Lectures
Preparedness Outreach
Call for Commendations

Parcels & Community Devel.

McLeod Co. Uses GeoMoose

Landsat Data Free
Red River LiDAR Update
USGS Flood Map
Ecoregion-Climate Reports

Higher Education
Dangermond Degree
Saint Mary's Update

ESRI & Google

Non-profit GIS User Group

GITA Conference
GITA Scholarship

Other Places
GIS Job Field



Twin City Parcel Data Highlighted in National Report
By Will Craig, University of Minnesota
A new report by the Lincoln Land Institute focuses on the use of parcel data to improve local community development efforts. The study provides examples from five urban areas including the Twin Cities. The University of Minnesota and MetroGIS are highlighted as intermediaries in providing data and resources to community organizations.
Three highlighted case studies are:
  • Resolving town-gown conflicts. This was an effort required by the Minnesota state legislature as part of the new University of Minnesota football stadium. It involved city, university, and neighborhood participants using maps developed by the university’s Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA).
  • Understanding and addressing foreclosure issues. The non-profit HousingLink worked with seven counties and CURA to develop maps and analysis of foreclosures. Results were fed to the Minnesota Foreclosure Prevention Funders Council.
  • Community planning for the Central Corridor LRT. The U-PLAN Community Planning Studio, a partnership of community groups led by the University United coalition, the University of Minnesota, and the St. Paul Design Center, is using MetroGIS data to engage local businesses and residents in planning for the proposed light rail line connecting downtown St. Paul and downtown Minneapolis.
The report, Transforming Community Development with Land Information Systems, is part of a multi-year research and action project by PolicyLink, the Urban Institute, and the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy to advance the field of parcel data systems and their application to community revitalization and equitable development.
The report is available from the Lincoln Institute or free online at