LOUISVILLE — Johnson County PVA Michael "Dip" Stafford and Eddie Hazelett, GIS coordinator for the PVA office, attended the 2003 GIS Conference at the Hyatt Regency in Louisville. The annual conference was held Aug. 18-21. Geographers, state and local officials and emergency management from all over attended.
The conference offered many presentations and interactive courses. The Kentucky State Police did a presentation on GPS/GIS technology benefiting accident data in Kentucky, the USDA offered some courses in mapping agricultural areas in rural sections or the state and the GIS branch of the Kentucky Revenue Cabinet presented on the advancement of shared technology between the state PVA offices and county clerk's offices. The presentation showed examples of scanned deeds being able to be viewed along with property map, plat maps and surveys. This technology is being implemented in many of the clerks and PVA offices throughout the state. Johnson County has recently become a GIS-completed county in Kentucky.
The use of GIS technology has spread from larger urban areas of Kentucky to Eastern Kentucky. The Johnson County PVA Office has been using GIS technology for the last three years and is the only county completed in Eastern Kentucky.