The City of Loveland, Colorado, will present at the Esri Public Works Executive Networking Social during the American Public Works Association (APWA) Congress in Denver, Colorado, this month.

The Esri Public Works Executive Networking Social, hosted by Esri and Esri Canada Limited, will take place on Monday, Sept. 19, 2011, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel across from the Colorado Convention Center, where the APWA Congress will be held. The Esri event provides decision makers with a forum for discussing with peers and industry experts how to integrate GIS technology throughout a public works department. Shannon Smith, senior GIS specialist, will be the City of Loveland's presenter for this event.

After initially implementing GIS for water and power utilities more than 20 years ago, Loveland progressively expanded its use of the technology throughout the city, including the public works department, until it ultimately developed a citywide, enterprise-level system.

The city's presentation will focus on the use of GIS as a shared resource throughout the city and how GIS benefits the entire municipal operation.

"Over the years, our public works department has implemented GIS in an increasing number of projects and workflows," says Shafranek. "Today, our data is shared by departments throughout the city, which facilitates cooperative projects."

The City of Loveland's public works department has deployed GIS throughout its operations, including power, water, wastewater, storm water, solid waste disposal, and streets; the latest work is a tree inventory for city parks. The enterprise GIS has helped the city reduce its overall costs, since the data can be collected once and then accessed by various departments to meet different needs.