Map based community outreach.

sMap is a fun and engaging on-­line tool that allows users to create a map of the issues and opportunities facing their community.

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What is sMap?

sMap is a fun and engaging on-line tool that allows individuals to create maps of the issues and opportunities facing their community. sMap allows thousands of points of interest to be identified, categorized, and mapped, bringing together ideas in a way never before possible.

sMap is a public outreach tool allowing residents, stakeholders, and other participants to provide feedback and comments tied spatially to a point or area. In essence, the tool provides a way for anyone to create a map of "their" community, identifying their own issues, opportunities, weaknesses, and threats....

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How does sMap work?

Four simple, easy steps to map based community outreach

How is sMap being used?

sMap is currently being used as an effective outreach tool for a wide variety of projects, including community planning, civic engagement, economic development databases, CIP tracking, and much more. With its ease of use, analytical capabilities, and integration abilities, sMap is being used in creative ways across the county. What started as merely and innovative outreach tool has evolved into a means to engage, assess, prioritize, and track spatial information on a project-specific or on-going basis.

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  • Mapping issues to places… As points are collected by sMap and stored in its database, the information is placed, along with the appropriate symbol, title, notes, and hyperlinks, at its correct spatial location – its true location on the earth – allowing the data to be used in other mapping tools, such as GIS.
  • Integrating with GIS… sMap’s ability to export data to GIS allows for a more detailed analysis of the sMap data gathered. Through sMap’s simple and intuitive process, point data can be exported as a text file or imported into GIS for presentation and analysis. GIS analysis provides the ability to analyze the sMap data in any number of ways and build spatial relationships with other data, such as census data and parcel information.

Screenshots of sMap in action

  • Council Bluffs, IA
    Council Bluffs, IA
  • Traverse City, MI
    Traverse City, MI
  • Itasca, IL
    Itasca, IL