For Visionary Use of GIS
By Local Government
In North Carolina
Sponsored by:
NC Geographic Information
Coordinating Council (GICC)


Herb Stout was the inspiration and guiding force behind the NC GIS Conference from the beginning in 1987. Herb recognized the value of GIS and its potential for local governments to better serve the citizens of our state. He was a Wake County Commissioner and chairman of the Triangle J Council of Governments before his untimely passing in February 1992. The conference continues to honor his leadership and memory through the presentation of this award.


North Carolina has been a leader for many years in advancing GIS implementation in local government. The G. Herbert Stout Award was created to recognize visionary use of geographic information systems (GIS) by local governments in North Carolina. This award is sponsored by the NC Geographic Information Coordinating Council to recognize the important work of the GIS community across the state. The award has been presented at each North Carolina GIS Conference since 1993. The winning local governments will receive a plaque at the closing luncheon of the 2019 conference. The names of the local governments receiving the award will be engraved on a permanent Herb Stout Cup for display at each conference. The Herb Stout Cup will be retained by the winning local governments in between conferences.


Each local government may submit an entry on behalf of its respective city, town, or county within the state of North Carolina. Two awards will be given: (1) county government and (2) city or town government. Applications must be submitted by a local government entity; applications from private companies representing local governments will not be accepted. Applicants should submit a short technical paper of no more than five pages of narrative describing their visionary use of GIS technology. Maps, charts, diagrams and other materials may be added to support the submission. Please include a digital photograph of the application to help promote your application should you win the award.

Submissions should describe a GIS application that illustrates one or more of the following: improved efficiency, cost reduction, increased productivity, innovation, problem solving, and should show the benefits of GIS. The application must be operational at the time of submission. A panel of GIS professionals from state and local government will judge submissions.



  • Why is this implementation of GIS exemplary?


  • Describe the motivation for creating it.
  • Why was it developed?
  • What problem was intended to be solved?
  • What problems were actually solved?
  • Explain the implementation phases and decisions.

Organizational Impact

  • How is the application used within the organization?
  • Who are the users?
  • What are the local government operations affected?
  • Describe the application’s quantitative and/or qualitative impact.
  • What effect has there been on productivity and/or decision making?

Entries may be submitted via US mail, overnight mail, or email by January 22, 2019.

For submission by US mail: For submission by overnight mail:
Tim Johnson
Center for Geographic Information and Analysis
ATTN: G. Herbert Stout Award
20322 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-0322
Tim Johnson
Center for Geographic Information and Analysis
ATTN: G. Herbert Stout Award
3700 Wake Forest Road
Raleigh, NC 27609

For submission by email, send to: tim.johnson@nc.gov. If submitting by email, please do not attach zip files since those email messages may be blocked by the state’s email filter.

All submissions will receive an email acknowledging receipt of the entry. Winning local governments will be notified prior to the conference. All other entrants will be notified of the decision prior to the conference as well.


Some examples of recent winning applications can be found in the GIS in NC story map located here.

1993 Wake County
City of Wilson
2009 Mecklenburg County
City of Asheville
1996 Johnston County
Town of Garner
2011 City of Asheboro
Wake County
Metropolitan Sewerage District-Buncombe County
1999 City of Winston-Salem 2013 Craven County (tie)
Moore County (tie)
Greenville Utilities
Town of Cary
2001 Mecklenburg County 2015 Jackson County
Town of Mooresville
Orange Water and Sewer Authority
2003 City of Winston-Salem 2017 Catawba County (tie)
Forsyth County (tie)
City of Raleigh
2005 Charlotte Area Transit System    
2007 Pasquotank County
City of New Bern