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MN GIS/LIS Lifetime Achievement Award Winner - Gary Stevenson
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MN GIS/LIS Lifetime Achievement Award Winner

Gary Stevenson (2013)

Gary meets and exceeds the criteria for the Lifetime Achievement award in several ways and as has been acknowledged locally and nationally in publications and forums. Perhaps as significant as Gary’s accomplishments has been his demeanor. Gary’s role in GIS has always been about improving the service provided by his organization, not about his own personal aggrandizement. While his style can sometimes be gruff, no one who is familiar with the accomplishments of Gary and his teams has doubted his results.

First and foremost Gary is a proud, committed professional land surveyor who became a GIS pioneer and leader by successfully applying GIS tools and techniques to his chosen profession. Without Gary’s efforts and “Get ’Er Dun” attitude, GIS in Minnesota would not be as advanced as it.

Gary has noteworthy GIS/LIS successes at Dakota County, in MetroGIS and while working for Douglas County. At Dakota County, Gary started GIS and created a GIS team that had three noteworthy GIS successes: 1) The speed and the depth at which they implemented GIS, 2) the accuracy of their county-wide parcel map, and 3) the County-wide GIS Consortium they created. This was accomplished despite the fact that Gary’s team had to implement two separate GIS systems, Ultimap and ESRI.

At Douglas County, Gary has helped an outstate county to become a significant GIS installation. He led his county to create an accurate parcel basemap, he helped develop valuable GIS applications on the County’s website and he participated in the 2008 MnDOT Cadastral Data Sharing Pilot Project.

At Douglas County, Gary had two noteworthy GIS contributions, which perhaps he does not fully appreciate. In the MnDOT Cadastral project Gary provided credibility to open doors that might otherwise have been closed. The work that Gary led on the Douglas County website influenced recent service developments on the Hennepin County website.

Gary was the right person in the right place at the right time to make GIS a success at Dakota County, in MetroGIS and at Douglas County. For these reasons, Gary richly deserves the MN GIS/LIS Lifetime Achievement Award.


Accepting the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award for Gary Stevenson was his
son, Brian Stevenson, with Randy Knippel at the Annual Conference in
Rochester, Minnesota.
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