The Ascension Parish Office of Technology won a national award recently for developing a public access mapping program that gives parish residents multiple search features, said Parish President Kenny Matassa.

Esri, a world leader in geographic information system (GIS) technology, presented Ascension Parish Government with a Special Achievement in GIS (SAG) Award in June at their annual User Conference in San Diego.

The parish’s Office of Technology was selected from over 300,000 eligible candidates and received the award based on criteria including innovative technology, data collection, geospatial information visualization, and thought leadership through GIS in the field of local government.

“Our hats off to the Office of Technology,” Matassa said. “Bringing this national award back to Louisiana highlights the job our people do for parish government, and most importantly for the people of Ascension Parish.”

The parish’s Office of Technology was one of 167 organizations in fields including agriculture, defense, transportation, non-profit, telecommunications, and state and local government to receive a SAG Award. Esri staff nominate thousands of candidates annually from around the world for consideration and company President Jack Dangermond selects the finalists.

“The SAG Awards serve a great purpose,” Dangermond said. “A Special Achievement in GIS Award recognizes best practices for organizations implementing technology to change the world. Highlighting good work benefits the entire GIS community and that’s very valuable. We purposely focus on the different regions of the world because we’re looking for best practices in GIS in different cultures and different geographies.

For more information on how the parish’s Office of Technology is innovating through the application of GIS, visit