The Neighborhood Capital Budget Group of Chicago publishes interactive citywide maps on the Internet as a resource to the public for city revitalization.
Using the Internet to keep the public informed about city planning or tax assessment issues with maps and map data is becoming more and more commonplace everyday. Yet, the difficulty most not-for-profit and government agencies run into is the high-cost and complicated features of most Internet mapping products on the market today. The Neighborhood Capital Budget Group (NCBG) of Chicago is using Blue Marble Geographics’ BeyondGeo Internet mapping service because it is the exception to this
rule. Blue Marble provides the customer service and support necessary for users to work quickly and effectively with their Internet maps.
NCBG, a not-for-profit 200 member community-based coalition in Chicago keeps the citizens of Chicago informed about their work to stimulate and support investment in city neighborhood “bricks and mortar” infrastructure and other economic development projects. Whether it’s transit systems or school buildings, NCBG informs and educates the citizens of Chicago about the details of such public and private development. This data can get quite detailed and presenting it in complicated or hard to use tables is
not the best solution for a community portal such as www.ncbg.org.
Over the past few months NCBG researched Internet mapping solutions in
earnest, hoping to find an affordable and easy to use solution. Their research brought them to Blue Marble Geographics’ BeyondGeo.com based on the perfect mix of features, functionality and affordability. BeyondGeo requires no software, hardware, maintenance, or custom development investments, just a low set up fee and an annual support and subscription fee. The NCBG is a not-for-profit citywide coalition, whose mission is to empower communities to plan for, participate in, and benefit from the revitalization of the City’s neighborhoods. NCBG advocates for increased public investment in the “bricks and mortar” of neighborhoods, including neighborhood infrastructure, schools and transit, as a means to stimulate and support communities’ efforts to achieve comprehensive and strategic community revitalization. Blue Marble Geographics of Gardiner, Maine is a leading developer and provider of geographic software products that provide sensible solutions for users and developers of
geographic data. BeyondGeo is a simple and complete Internet map server service that enables businesses and organizations to easily and cost-effectively publish interactive, database-driven maps on their web site. Blue Marble currently serves over 120,000 customers in over 60 countries.