Former Wyoming Governor Jim Geringer has joined ESRI, the provider of GIS software. Geringer, a strong advocate for technology in government, completed his second term as governor in January 2003. Prior to the governorship, he served in the Wyoming legislature for 12 years. As a spokesperson for ESRI and the GIS industry, Geringer hopes to spread the message that GIS technology leads to better decision making.
The state of Wyoming has used GIS technology since 1986 for engineering and, under Geringer’s leadership, has expanded its use in other areas such as land and wildlife management, social services, transportation, and environmental monitoring. Geringer says the goal of these efforts was to increase communication and data sharing between and among various agencies at different government levels-federal, state, and local-resulting in better management and greater efficiency in government. Geringer is a past chair of the Western Governors’ Association. He has done extensive policy development work for all levels of education and, as governor, has promoted the connection of all Wyoming schools to the Internet and to each other.