CZM Funds Emergency Response Initiative

Natural disasters don’t obey jurisdictional response boundaries. That’s why four northeastern Minnesota counties formed a partnership to improve emergency response efficiency for a region just slightly larger than the state of Massachusetts. The Minnesota Arrowhead Regional GIS Collaboration provides communities with emergency-related data and information.

With over $1.4 million in funding from Minnesota’s Lake Superior Coastal Management Program, the partnership created digital cadastral data and provides technical support for data sharing, standards, and discrepancies. Members quickly realized additional partnership benefits, including stronger relationships among the entities serving the Arrowhead region, greater efficiency, and enhanced public service. (2016)

Partners: Carlton, Cook, Lake, and St. Louis Counties in Minnesota, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Minnesota Geospatial Information Office, Minnesota’s Lake Superior Coastal Program, NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management, U.S. Forest Service