Center for Geographic Information and Analysis, North Carolina
Data Center Description
The mission of the Center for Geographic Information and Analysis (CGIA) is to enhance, facilitate, and promote the efficient, cost-effective development and use of geographic information in North Carolina. This is achieved through the creation, maintenance, and distribution of a statewide database of geographic information; the provision of geographic information systems services to organizations and individuals with interests in the state; and the coordination of activities related to geographic information and technology.
Operating CGIA has a strong working relationship with many state agencies, counties, municipalities, federal agencies, nonprofit organizations, educational institutions and private businesses. Working on a cost-recovery basis since its inception, CGIA has developed an internal discipline and a set of skills that achieve high service quality. CGIA operates a services program, a database management program and a coordination program in two locations.
The North Carolina Center for Geographic Information and Analysis (CGIA) is an agency in the Office of State Planning within the Governor's Office. CGIA is the lead coordinating agency in state government for geographic information. Established in 1977 as part of the Land Policy Act under the name of Land Resources Information Service, CGIA implemented one of the first fully operational state geographic information systems in the country. Its traditional mission has been to build and maintain a statewide database of digital geographic information and to provide gis services to a broad list of clients including other state government agencies, local government and regional organizations, the private sector, and academic institutions.
In 1991, the mission of CGIA was affirmed through executive order and expanded to include support for a formal GIS coordination initiative in North Carolina. Governor James B. Hunt Jr., reaffirmed this support of coordination of geographic information with a new executive order in May 1993. The coordination initiative recognizes that: (1) geographic information is a strategic resource for North Carolina; (2) decisions involving geography are increasingly complex and involve overlapping governmental responsibilities; and (3) limited financial resources demand that agencies work together to develop and utilize geographic information.