VCGI will be transforming from a public nonprofit to a division of the Agency of Commerce and Community Development during February and March of 2015.
We hope that you won't notice any changes in the short term as we continue to strive to achieve our goal of providing you with free, public, digital map layers. VCGI's overall mission is NOT changing. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns. There may be a short interruption in phone service as we switch from land lines to cell phones at the end of February and we will not be able to accept credit card payments for data product orders starting in March (we are not sure when the new system will be set up, but hopefully by the end of March!).
On February 23, 2015, VCGI staff making the transition will become state employees. We will continue to occupy the Waterbury office until early April, at which time we will join the ACCD IT team on the 6th floor of the National Life Building in Montpelier. VCGI, Inc. will continue to exist into March in order to wrap up payments and other business processes. It will cease to exist by the end of March.
What Does VCGI Do?
The storage and provision of free digital geographic data created by members of the VT GIS community are two of the most important tasks that VCGI performs. Anyone can visit the VCGI Data and Imagery section of the website to download this GIS data. If you are not familiar with the term "GIS", click here.
VCGI is also eager to answer your questions, help you understand your options, and provide the technical expertise needed to move you forward on a mapping/GIS project. We often provide initial consulting services and then help an organization formulate a plan to hire a private consulting firm. Contact our Executive Director or Outreach Coordinator (contact info is provided in navigation bar to the left) if you would like to request help with a project.
VCGI also does the following:
Provides the following services on a case by case basis:
- Request for Proposals (RFP) development
- Project Scoping/Refinement
- Basic consultanting re: understanding GIS options
- Develops data standards, guidelines, and procedures
- Develops and assists in the development of essential statewide databases
- Develops and hosts interactive map applications to increase the public's access to information
- Performs outreach and training to current and potential GIS users
Our History: In 1994 Act 204 (10 VSA Chapter 8) established the Vermont Center for Geographic Information, Inc (VCGI). VCGI is a non-profit public corporation charged with the development and implementation of a comprehensive strategy for the Vermont Geographic Information System (VGIS). Further, VCGI is charged with ensuring that all data gathered by state agencies that is relevant to the VGIS shall be in a form that is compatible with, useful to, and shared with that geographic information system. If you would like to see more detail regarding the historical and legal basis of VCGI, click here. In 2014, the VT Legislature passed legislation that made VCGI a division of ACCD. The goal of this change is to provide a higher level of stability and sustainability for the organization.