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Polk City, Iowa


What is GIS?

A Geographic Information System (GIS) is a system of hardware and software used for storage, retrieval, mapping, and analysis of geographic data.  Simply put, GIS is a user made digital inventory of anything that exists in a certain time and space.

Who Uses GIS?

Geographic Information Systems are used by the Government, businesses, educators/scientists, utility services, resource managers, environmental protection agencies and more.  All of these users are able to utilize GIS in their own unique way by building project specific databases.

Why is GIS Important?

With infrastructure such as highways, bridges, and railroads growing daily an efficient means of keeping track of these changes as well as querying are needed.  Not only are the additions important to keep track of but the needed repairs to the existing system.  This is also true for utility management and to varying aspects the government, resource managers, etc.

How does Polk City use GIS?

The City of Polk City utilizes GIS every day to create and maintain digital inventories of public data.  The data that we collect includes everything from complex inventories of City utilities down to the locations of local bike trails.  It is through this cost-effective technology that we are able to enhance our delivery of City services.  We are able to create a variety of informational maps, generate reports, and solve numerous problems based on this collected data.

GIS Day Information

ESRI Links - A broad range of GIS resources.

GIS Day: North Polk Schools

(Tip for parents and teachers - turn your sound down before clicking)

  • MapZone! - An interactive way to explore the many uses of GIS!
  • Maps4Kids - Fun fact maps, games, and more!

Contact City Hall

112 3rd Street
PO Box 426
Polk City, IA 50226


Phone: 515-984-6233
Fax: 515-984-6177

Friends of Polk City

  • Polk City Development Corporation
  • Wolf Creek Technology Web Design
  • North Polk School District
  • Polk City Community Foundation
  • Polk City Chamber of Commerce
  • Big Creek Historical Society
  • Polk City Square
  • Polk City Fire Department

Contact Info

City Hall
112 3rd Street
PO Box 426
Polk City, IA 50226

Phone: (515) 984-6233

Fax: (515) 984-6177

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