U.S. Census Bureau Renews ESRI Enterprise License Agreement

                         ArcGIS Software Supports Extensive Data Collection, Quality Assurance, and Mapping

Redlands, California—May 7, 2009—The United States Census Bureau renewed its enterprise license agreement (ELA) with ESRI, the world leader in geographic information system (GIS) software. Renewal of the ELA reaffirms the mission-critical role GIS plays in supporting and streamlining the Census Bureau's operations. The ELA contract provides unlimited deployments of ArcGIS software.

"Just about everything we do in collecting, tabulating, and disseminating statistical data has some core relationship to geography," says Timothy Trainor, chief, Geography Division, U.S. Census Bureau. "The ELA provides ArcGIS software tools we need to do a variety of tasks well."

ArcGIS software is currently used throughout the Census Bureau to prepare for and execute the decennial census and other statistical surveys, some of which take place each year. For example, for the decennial census, it is used to delineate hundreds of thousands of manageable assignment areas for enumerators, facilitate data collection and editing in the field, and map statistics. It also supports quality control of all the census data, which is housed in the Master Address File/Topologically Integrated Geographic Encoding and Referencing (MAF/TIGER) database. Additionally, GIS supports reapportionment and resource allocation to state, local, and tribal governments.

"The Census Bureau manages an enormous amount of geographic data that is used broadly in the public and private sectors to make decisions that impact the lives of millions," says ESRI president Jack Dangermond. "We are committed to supporting the important work the bureau does."

ESRI's ArcGIS software is an open and interoperable technology platform that provides advanced visualization and cartographic capabilities, spatial analysis, geographic data management, and more. ArcGIS software is a complete system to author, serve, and use geographic information. The technology delivers geographic information to those who need it including analysts, decision makers, field staff, and the public.

For more information about ESRI ELAs for government, call 800-447-9778 or visit www.esri.com/governmentela.

About ESRI

Since 1969, ESRI has been giving customers around the world the power to think and plan geographically. The market leader in GIS, ESRI software is used in more than 300,000 organizations worldwide including each of the 200 largest cities in the United States, most national governments, more than two-thirds of Fortune 500 companies, and more than 7,000 colleges and universities. ESRI applications, running on more than one million desktops and thousands of Web and enterprise servers, provide the backbone for the world's mapping and spatial analysis. ESRI is the only vendor that provides complete technical solutions for desktop, mobile, server, and Internet platforms. Visit us at www.esri.com.


Emily Vines, ESRI
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