Trailblazer Dan Martonis
...is on the leading edge of GIS applications in rural local government.
Daniel T. Martonis graduated from SUNY Fredonia in 2001 with a degree in History and a minor in GIS. He didn't discover the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) program until his junior year at Fredonia, but quickly understood the potential of GIS to answer a variety of spatio-temporal questions in the field of History.
Today, Dan is the GIS Coordinator for Cattaraugus County, New York. He created one of the early rural local government tax parcel viewers, allowing the public to view daily updates of property lines, owners, and assessment data, among other information. Dan's work was recognized in the Spring 2006 edition of ESRI's ArcNews publication.
More recently, Dan has helped to create a tourism viewer, Enchanted Mountains Interactive Map and multiple Municipal Viewers to help out local governments in Cattaraugus County. He trains local officials so they can edit their own GIS data online and keep their infrastructure up-to-date.
GIS is also a key component of the Cattaraugus County e911 system. When a 911 call is received, the operator sees the location on a map Dan created, including the aerial imagery, the ambulance district, the fire district, and the street network.
Immediately following the August 2009 flood event in Western New York, Cattaraugus County GIS helped everyone from volunteers to FEMA with a variety of mapping needs. They worked 14 hours a day for 7 days a week, but were proud to show the utility of GIS during an emergency.
Dan credits his GIS internship experience with his success and strongly encourages current students to do the same. "A knowledge of GIS will stand to greatly increase your marketability out in the real world. With just a little bit of GIS knowledge you will enter the job market with a leg up on a majority of GIS users who just try to learn it on their own. For me GIS has brought multiple job opportunities even in this down economy AND even in Western New York."