Municipal Information Management Systems

Municipal Information Management Systems
Enhancing economic development through a cooperative regional GIS strategy


I.T. Partners Inc. – a  Peace Region full-service technology company – is leading an initiative to provide Alberta municipalities with the opportunity to participate in a provincial Geographic Information Systems (GIS) strategy.

Municipal Information Management Systems (M.I.M.S.) is a collaborative strategy that addresses the individual needs of participating municipalities as well as the needs of the region. It aims to reduce overall costs of GIS for municipalities and provide the capacity to integrate systems, share information and pool resources.

This efficient and effective approach to GIS will foster economic development throughout the region and improve your municipalities overall competitiveness. GIS not only provides greater access to information, but gives local government leaders the accurate, current data they need to make regional investment decisions.

GIS provides municipalities with powerful online mapping analysis, greater efficiency and asset management capabilities. It is an increasingly important tool for municipalities and regions, particularly as the challenge of delivering services and planning for the future becomes more complex. GIS can assist in planning and managing a wide range of areas including infrastructure, land use and development, emergency services, business and economic development, ecosystems, transportation, schools, and much more.

Optimizing investments
As a regional, cooperative approach to GIS, M.I.M.S.  optimizes the investment made by each municipality. Many municipalities have common needs; M.I.M.S.  has the capacity to streamline operational processes and puts databases, maps and other information at the fingertips of municipal staff and officials. In addition, through the effective use of GIS, M.I.M.S.  will facilitate coordinated and mutual decision-making on issues of regional importance.

Addressing individual needs
M.I.M.S.  recognizes that participating municipalities have varying resources and employee expertise dedicated to GIS. I.T. Partners has the expertise to provide individual stakeholders with a range of services and support to meet these varied needs. We will provide support to local officials to help identify areas where GIS can benefit their organization, provide the support to enhance their current system, and if required, guide them through the process of implementing GIS. Both M.I.M.S. and I.T. Partners will ensure that municipalities make the right investment decisions for their communities and for their region.

I.T. Partners believes in building long-term relationships. This partnership model provides municipalities with the option of customizing the level of I.T. support they require. Smaller municipalities may require I.T. Partners to oversee all of their I.T. needs – an option that can prove to be more cost-effective than hiring personnel. Larger municipalities can also benefit from our on-going technical and training support, helping to reduce staffing pressures.