Contact: Jonathon Mayr
Phone: 716-945-5301 Ext. 2232
Becoming a member can be accomplished in
a few easy, but important and necessary steps:
must have a use for the system. You must understand the basic premise
behind GIS and be able to demonstrate how you will use the system in
your community. Practical uses include economic development,
infrastructure management, planning, assessment, code enforcement, and
must commit financially to the project. Southern Tier West offers
several options on how to take advantage of Community GIS. They are
described under "Fee Structure" below.
whomever will be utilizing the system has reliable internet access and a
web browser; preferably Internet Explorer 6.x. High-speed access is not
required, however higher speeds will greatly improve performance.
Southern Tier West staff to develop a viewer to best suit your community
needs in terms of data, tools, and the interface.
The Community GIS Project relies on economy of
scale to provide a reliable, high-quality project to you for very low
cost. Community GIS is based on a membership concept. Any municipal
government located within the Southern Tier West region of Chautauqua,
Cattaraugus, or Allegany Counties are eligible for membership. By
becoming a member, your municipality will have continual access to GIS
data from anywhere via the Internet.
With a basic CAP Membership, Community GIS can be purchased seperately
for a cost of $400 (all work to be provided within the current calendar
year). This includes 16 hours of technical assistance, which can inlcude
data collection. The Southern Tier West GIS Department is currently
providing full GIS capacity (software, data, expertise) to local
governments on a case-by-case basis for a fee (sixteen hours of
technical assistance is available through the GIS option; 6 more hours
than a non-CAP member receives for the same fee).
As a member, you get access to several other GIS layers that
STW has access to like county parcel layers, DEC wetlands layers, STW
regional layers, and NYS Aerial Imagery. Southern Tier West
automatically updates these layers when they are available from the
You will receive training on utilizing GIS and
the functionality of the GIS viewer. This training will be offered
for all municipal employees. Sessions will be scheduled at various
times on several days to accommodate all schedules. You will also
be offered training on the use of GPS for data collections; and at times
you may be offered other pertinent training.
Being a Community GIS member has many
benefits - - - it allows you to become more effective as a
government in economic development, planning, public safety, etc.
This tool set will be available to you wherever you have web access.