MN GIS/LIS Polaris Leadership Award Winner

David Windle
City of Roseville - 2004

David Windle is a leader for GIS in local government, believing there are no limits and no boundaries to the benefits of the technology if it is shared. Since he arrived from his native Australia in 1994, he has made Roseville a leader of GIS activity, with its operations widely recognized and widely copied. He has provided GIS data and functionality to every city department - first on paper, then on CD, and now via an internal web-based system. Shortly starting in Roseville he became involved with the Ramsey County GIS User Group as a founding member. The Group has allowed the county, cities, other government operations, and community-based organizations to contribute to and benefit from mutually defined efforts. In 1997 he took on leadership of the GIS Task Force of the North Metro I-35W Corridor Coalition. He mentored staff from the other six cities in the coalition and led them to develop a sub-regional database of parcel data across two counties, a rich demographic base, and a common land use map. That work provided critical mass to the parcel and land use data work of MetroGIS - where David worked closely with staff and committees. He has been generous 
with his time and the region is better for his leadership.

2004 Polaris Award recipient David Windle with nominator Al Laumeyer.




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