The Village of Skokie Beautification and Improvement Commission
assists the Mayor and Trustees in landscaping and conservation issues.
Every year, the Commission seeks out properties whose owners maintain it
at an exceptional level. During this time, the commission visits each
nominated property, taking pictures and notes. The most time consuming
part of this process is driving to all of these properties. That is
where the Village’s Geographic Information System (GIS) comes in.
By using a tool called Network Analyst, the Village’s GIS Specialist
was able to map out all properties nominated for the award. In addition
to just plotting dots on a map, the Network Analyst provides turn by
turn directions to all properties. This alleviates pressure from the
Village Forrester. In the past, the Forrester would plot all addresses
by hand and manually draw a route. By creating a more efficient
workflow, the Forrester is now able concentrate on other tasks rather
than drawing these maps by hand.