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News Release
Tuesday, November 14, 2017


The Houston-Galveston Area Council’s Geographic Data Workgroup along with the Harris County Department of Education will be hosting the annual Houston Area GIS Day event for area high school students. GIS (Geographic Information Systems) is computer software used for creating maps that are then used for analyzing and reporting information like, weather, elections, flood prediction, and much more.

This year’s event will have 250 high school students from 7 different high schools across southeast Texas, one of which is from the Beaumont area. The event will include a joint agency presentation on how GIS was used to plan for, respond to, and recover from Hurricane Harvey.

Other activities include tours of GIS enabled mobile command vehicles, drones, geocaching, a GIS lab, and a GIS trivia contest. The event will take place Thursday, Nov. 16th, 2017 from 9AM until 2PM at the Harris County Department of Education located at 6300 Irvington Blvd, Houston, TX 77022.  For more information contact Vince Hamilton at 281-233-1930 or visit

Houston-Galveston Area Council

The Houston-Galveston Area Council ( is a voluntary association of local governments in the 13-county Gulf Coast Planning Region—an area of 12,500 square miles and more than 6 million people. H-GAC works to promote efficient and accountable use of local, state, and federal tax dollars and serves as a problem-solving and information forum for local government needs.

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