Mission and Goal
The mission of the RGIS Consortium is to eliminate the digital divide facing rural America by promoting the transfer of geospatial technologies (i.e., Geographic Information Systems, GIS) to under-served rural areas by:
- providing geospatial tools, technologies, and training to empower local governments, organizations, and citizens to understand and participate in decisions that affect their environment, economy, and quality of life
- educating and training a cadre of people to apply geospatial technologies to rural issues
- supporting the development of appropriate local land information systems, as well as linkage to and cooperation with regional, state, and national land information systems
Our goal at RGIS Mid-South (RGIS-MS) is to improve the effectiveness of government and the quality of life in rural America by increasing the use, application, and awareness of geospatial technologies for city, county, state, and regional governments. We accomplish these tasks through research, appropriate technology transfer, education (at multiple levels), and distribution of GIS data, supporting users, developing prototype applications, and by offering professional GIS education to a growing audience of new users.