AWC’s GIS Consortium helps you use spatial data and technology to increase internal efficiency, boost citizen engagement, and improve the delivery of services.

By leveraging the collective buying power of AWC members, the GIS Consortium provides an affordable way to access expertise and resources so you can fully implement the right GIS solution.

AWC partners with GIS and data analytics consultant FLO Analytics to bring you this member service.

If you would like to schedule a conference call to learn more about the program, send an email to andym@awcnet.org.

The benefits of using GIS
  • Preserve institutional knowledge
    Capture your staff’s knowledge before they retire
  • Improve access to critical data
    Fix workflow pain points and break down data silos
  • Increase efficiencies and reduce costs
    Streamline time consuming tasks using the latest technologies
  • Improve your asset management
    Reduce your liability and optimize your operations and maintenance
  • Engage your community
    Improve transparency by making data interactive and accessible


Whether you need a little or a lot of GIS assistance, we can help. From being an on-call resource for any of your mapping or data needs, to helping your organization develop an implementation strategy for ramping up or creating your GIS program, the GIS Consortium offers a comprehensive list of services to meet your unique needs and goals. Learn more about our services by downloading our program brochure and a complete list of our GIS offerings.

We can help you with:

  • GIS strategic planning
  • GIS support and system development
  • Implementing spatial tools to improve public safety planning and response
  • Asset management for public works and utilities
  • Improving citizen engagement through online mapping platforms and open data portals
  • Streamlining internal workflows that save time and money

Needs Assessment

Not sure how to implement or expand the use of GIS in your city? A needs assessment is a great place to start. We interview city staff and review existing data to capture your GIS baseline. The assessment helps you understand your city’s specific needs, both now and in the future.

Case study - Pullman, WA

Water, Sewer, & Storm Utilities

We understand the day-to-day tasks and long-term planning needs of sewer, stormwater, and water utilities, and can provide a GIS that best serves your needs: inventory development and data collection, access to information or digital inspection forms, systems integration, and more.

Case study - Shelton, WA


The Consortium's flexible structure allows you to purchase just the right amount of GIS services. Each service tier comes with a free rapid GIS needs assessment and a set amount of discounted consulting hours you can use to implement the custom GIS solutions you need. Higher tiers include additional features that help you take full advantage of GIS.

To join the Consortium, choose the service tier that best suits your needs, fill out our participation agreement and enrollment application (download here), and email a signed copy to andym@awcnet.org. Not a City? Click here for more details.

Tier 1 $2,500 20
Tier 2 $5,000 45
Tier 3 $10,000 100
Tier 4 $20,000 220

*GIS consortium members also agree to pay an annual base service fee of $100 for Tier 1 and 2, and $200 for Tier 3 and 4.

**City must have a pre-existing ArcGIS Online account (ArcGIS Online is included with a standard ESRI subscription).

Non-city Entity

Do you represent a utility district, conservation district, county, fire district, library association, port, cemetery or other non-city entity? We can provide GIS services for you as well. Click here to download our non-city rate sheet and participation agreement.

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Q: We’ve used all of our consulting hours. Can we purchase more?

A: Yes, additional hours can be purchased at the rate that corresponds to your tier.

Q: What does the free rapid needs assessment entail?

A: The free rapid needs assessment is an objective way to determine the state of GIS at your organization, identify your goals for GIS implementation, and recommendations for how to move forward. Information is gathered by FLO Analytics GIS Analysts, who meet with key staff that use or would like to use GIS, for a 2-3 hour on-site informational interview. FLO then creates a report to summarize their findings, and provides a list of key recommendations for next steps.

Q: Is the time used to conduct the free rapid needs assessment subtracted from my consulting hours?

A: No, the hours needed to conduct your free rapid needs assessment are in addition to your tier’s consulting hours. If you wish to do a more in-depth needs assessment, FLO Analytics will work with you to determine how many consulting hours you need.

Q: Can I elect to skip the rapid needs assessment and get more consulting hours instead?

A: Cities can skip the rapid needs assessment, but will not get any additional consulting hours as a result.

Q: We've already had a needs assessment. Do we need to have another one when we join the Consortium?

A: No, cities receive only one rapid needs assessment when they join the GIS Consortium for the first time.

Q: How long does membership last?

A: Membership in the GIS Consortium is valid for one year from your initial enrollment date.

Q: Will our membership be renewed automatically?

A: Yes, if you do not wish to re-join the GIS Consortium, you must provide AWC written notice within 30 days of the end of your membership term. See our participation agreement and enrollment application for more information.

Q: Do my hours expire?

A: We recognize that organizations work under varying constraints and timeframes, and so we automatically roll-over unused hours while an organization remains a member of the Consortium. If membership lapses, we will work with the organization to establish a mutually agreeable expiration date for any outstanding hours.

Q: Are there any administration fees?

A: : Yes. For cities, there is an annual $100 administration fee for tiers 1 and 2 and a $200 administration fee for tiers 3 and 4. Non-city entities are subject to a different rate structure.


Andy Meyer, AICP

Special Projects Coordinator


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Tyler Vick



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