Emergency Management Services

A Shared Services Model

Program staffing, services, and infrastructure costs are shared across all member communities.

Standards Based

A standard model for organizing local government data unifies all member communities.

Shared Intellectual Property

All intellectual property developed by the GIS Consortium belongs to its member communities.

About Us

The GIS Consortium is an organization of Chicago-area communities unified by a common goal: to share resources, information, staffing, and technology so that municipalities can optimize the value of geographic information systems (GIS).


To reduce the cost and risk of GIS for small- and medium-sized communities.


To create value for our membership through collaboration, sharing, and smart solutions.


  • Put Residents First
  • Specialize and Partner
  • Make It Happen
  • Constant Innovation
  • People Drive Success

What We’re Up To

Data Portal: Self-Empowered Public

Start the clock! Through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), communities are required to quickly respond to requests from the public which strains already limited resources. Learn how the Village of Oak Park is innovating their FIOA process.


Modernizing Risk Management

A call that every local government leader dreads is that a claim has been filed against the community. Learn how the Village of Libertyville is modernizing their playground inspection process.  

What People Say About the GIS Consortium

“The use of the GIS Specialist has freed up a lot of valuable staff time that is now taking care of duties that have been neglected for the last several years.”

“While the ESRI tools provide an excellent tool set to develop GIS solutions they do not offer an off the shelf GIS solution.  The GIS Consortium provides its members with an off the shelf GIS solution that is rich in content and support and is constantly evolving with new functionality.”

“The RC would truly struggle without GIS. We use it everyday (all day) for quick access to determine if a resident is within incorporated Glenview, if a streetlight is maintained by the Village, and if they have water and/or sewer with us. During this past snow storm, with a click of a button, we were able to determine if Glenview plows a specific street and what plow section it is. GIS recently added the sidewalk snow plowing routes which also allows us to determine if it is a public or private snow route.  It has greatly improved our communication with Public Works since we can provide them with accurate requests through work orders. I would STRONGLY recommend all municipalities to join because it will enhance your customer service and day-to-day operations. Also the GIS employees have always been fantastic to work with!”

“We have utilized GIS for many property tax analyses and no project has been too big or too small, they always understand the requested task, provide options and deliver on time!”