Cincinnati Area Geographic Information System (CAGIS)


Document - "Executive summary - CAGIS"

CAGIS has automated hundreds of land-, infrastructure-, environment-, and service-related business operations for local governments and utilities within Hamilton County using shared technology strategies.

What is CAGIS

CAGIS (Cincinnati Area Geographic Information System) is an enterprise-wide consortium that provides Cincinnati and Hamilton County government agencies and private utilities with access to real-time technology solutions for decision support, leading to improvements in the coordination, efficiency and quality of public service.

The system embeds existing business rules and the management of information resources directly into departmental workflows, all made possible through the innovative integration of geographic information system (GIS) technology with automated business-process workflow software. It has become the means for integrating various local government business operations like permitting, licensing, code enforcement, work order, customer service and billing systems.

With over 80% of local government and utility information having geographic content such as addresses, a geographic information system (GIS) has the unique ability to integrate diverse information and gives CAGIS the ability to enable sharing information among many organizations. This provides the foundation for agencies to contain costs by rapid access to accurate, current information in a comprehensive format, enabling interagency coordination and responsive local-government services to its citizens.

CAGIS began in 1986 as a regional consortium and currently serves more than 1,000 employees of the City of Cincinnati, Hamilton County and local utilities in mission-critical business operations. CAGIS technology is now used by front-counter staffs, managers, plan examiners, planning, engineering, accounting, dispatch and field crews in many agencies.



The CAGIS consortium was established by cooperative agreement between the City of Cincinnati, Hamilton County, and local utilities in direct response to the 1987 Smale Commission Report of "The Streets Committee."

Smale Commission Findings:

This Subcommittee concluded that a Geographic Information System "will help eliminate the City’s existing infrastructure information management problem, encourage its better management in the future, and ensure reduced long-term capital spending by improving maintenance of today’s information." It recommended the creation of CAGIS as a shared resource.

1987 Smale Commission GIS Report

Smale Commission: Key Elements for a Cincinnati Area GIS:

  • Create a governance board with representation from the City of Cincinnati, Hamilton County, utilities, the County’s cities, townships and the private sector.
  • Share the cost of developing a GIS to track key land and infrastructure inventories.
  • Establish a CAGIS as a regional resource for both the public and private sectors.
  • Share GIS information for the purposes of coordinating and cooperating in delivery of services.
  • Leverage a CAGIS to promote economic development and a vision of responsive government and utilities in service delivery.

CAGIS Master Agreement:

CAGIS operates under an agreement between the City of Cincinnati, the Board of County Commissioners of Hamilton County, and Duke Energy, which is renewed every two years. The CAGIS agreement provides for additional parties and associate members to be added to the consortium.

CAGIS Board:

The CAGIS Board is responsible for the implementation of the Agreement. The CAGIS Board consists of nine members: four members appointed by the Cincinnati City Manager, four members appointed by the County Administrator, one of whom must be the Hamilton County Engineer, and one member appointed by Duke Energy.