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I work in a government agency. At a town hall.

I'm looking for ideas and suggestions involving technology and GIS maps. What are the trends that are up in the public sector?

What is the relative return on investment (ROI) for applications in these areas: health, transit, education, social welfare, sport and recreation, culture, youth, housing, public safety, urban mobility, sewage, environment, disaster management, environmental management, urban economy, rural economy, management PMI , community governance.

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In my experience the most prominent areas of GIS application for city/county governments are utilities mapping (power/sewer/gas), property boundaries (parcel lines), and transportation (roads/bridges/signs). Second to those are keeping track of information pertinent to dispatching emergency services (fire/police/ambulance).

All of these can be specialties within GIS and are very broad topics, each with their own intricacies.

EDIT (To better reflect the edited question): As far as ROI goes, I would start with ESRI's site that focuses on ROI, although bear in mind that they have a vested interest in making GIS look as fantastic as possible. In my experience ROI is highly dependent on the experience of the GIS managers and the field users.

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