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Building Healthy Communities With Arcgis Web Appbuilder

March 17, 2016

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Currently there are over 10,000 refugee families living within the boundaries of Salt Lake County, half of which are youth. Alexx Goeller, Youth Services Coordinator for the Refugee Services Office, Utah Department of Workforce Services believes that “it is crucial that these youth are able to integrate into our society and this resource map can help them find the programs to do so”. 

SLCo Information Services helped Ze Min Xiao, the Refugee Liaison for Office of Community Innovation, and Goeller to create an online application showcasing over 100 different programs available to refugees in the Salt Lake Valley. According to Goeller, the community “wanted an online map so that any resource pertaining to refugee youth, or just youth in general, could be found in one easily accessible location. An online tool seemed like the best way to achieve this”.  To meet the customer’s needs, Information Services decided to utilize Web AppBuilder, one of ESRI’s GIS mapping tools.  With a new technology we were able to develop an interactive map application that is accessible not only on desktop but also on mobile devices.

When asked about community’s future plans, Goeller "hopes that this map can be a resource for other program providers, the mainstream community as well as the refugee community. The idea is that resources can continue being compiled in one place and that needs such as sports program, leadership, homework help, etc. can all be found in one place."

youth refugee map

Salt Lake County Gis On The Hill

March 08, 2016

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Over 90 mapping professionals converged on the Capitol Building Tuesday, March 1st to participate in the fifth incarnation of Maps on the Hill. Sponsored by the Utah Geographic Information Council, the event targeted lawmakers in the midst of the 2016 Legislative session. Event participants were encouraged to present interesting maps and technology applicable to a wide audience that would appeal to decision makers.

Representatives from three Salt Lake County (SLCo) agencies participated in this year’s Maps on the Hill. Casey Sledge, from the Recorder’s Office, presented SLCo Parcel Growth, an online application focusing on population and development trends along the Wasatch Front. Since 1980, the number of parcels in Salt Lake County increased 36.2% from 238,000 to 373,000 in 2015.

Casey Sledge


Mark Miller, from the Surveyor’s Office, presented two ongoing projects. The Foothill and Canyons Overlay Zone uses LiDAR data to identify areas of slope ranging between 25 and 35 percent, and areas greater than 35 percent, (see page 52 of map book for more information). Miller also presented data regarding Utah State Bill 199 – Community Preservation which changed the way areas of unincorporated SLCo are governed. 

Phil Lanouette and Mark Miller
(Phil Lanouette on left and Mark Miller on right)

Alex Rudowski, from Public Works Flood Control Engineering, presented an online application telling the story of the 1983 flood which brought record breaking stream flow throughout the Salt Lake Valley and flooded State Street. (available soon).

Alex Rudowski

"The event has grown a lot since 2012," said Maps on the Hill organizer Jessie Pechmann, "there were a lot more legislators stopping by." For more information on the content featured at Maps on the Hill 2016 check out the map book.