“You can't use an old map to explore a new world.” Albert Einstein’s quote is as true now as it was then, especially in DeSoto County, which is the fastest growing county in Mississippi.
The DeSoto County GIS Office has launched its new GIS Hub, a free one-stop shop for DeSoto County maps, web-mapping applications, geographic datasets, and statistics, all accessible from the DeSoto County website.
“You hear the mantra ‘location, location, location’ all the time,” said Mark Gardner, District 2 Supervisor and Board President. “In addition to being a Supervisor, I’m also a realtor and broker. GIS technology helps me serve my clients and constituents. The GIS Hub combines land data and maps and even gives a bird’s eye view of property and the surrounding areas.”
The GIS Office is essentially DeSoto County’s mapping and addressing department. GIS, or geographic information system, is a system for managing and displaying geographic data that can be used for analysis or map creation. The GIS Office manages and updates a variety of geographic data for the County, including addresses, roads, parcels (properties), subdivisions, rivers and streams, flood zones, voting districts, school districts, and more.
“It’s no secret we have had a population increase in District 5 which covers a large portion of the southern part of Desoto County,” said District 5 Supervisor Michael Lee. “I’ve worked with GIS closely as they map out all the new addresses and subdivisions.”
The GIS Hub also showcases an array of statistics such as the numbers of addresses, schools, churches, and road miles in the County. These statistics update regularly to keep track with the County’s continuous growth. “It’s important we know how many people live in each area of DeSoto County to ensure they are receiving vital services they need from the County and Sheriff’s Department,” said Supervisor Lee.
Visitors to the GIS Hub can find an assortment of web mapping apps. The OneView DeSoto County GIS web map, is used by hundreds of people daily to research property information and more. There are also GIS web mapping apps for Trash Collection, Church Locations, Elected Officials, and Parks and Trails. “Someone asked me how many parks are located in my district. Within seconds, I was able to use the GIS map to locate all 14 parks and fields in District 2,” said Supervisor Gardner.
With the launch of the DeSoto County GIS Hub, the County is now able to provide access to the public to directly download geographic data in multiple formats, including spreadsheets and KML files that can be utilized by non-GIS users in a number of free programs such as Google Earth.
Visit the GIS Hub at https://desotocounty-dcms-gis.hub.arcgis.com to see the expanding range of DeSoto County maps and geographic data that are available, and as always, contact the GIS Department at firstname.lastname@example.org or 662-469-8019 for your custom mapping requirements.