GIS stands for Geographic Information Systems or in some cases the S is for Science. What is GIS? you may ask. I will borrow an answer from ESRI, the leading GIS software vendor.
A GIS (Geographic Information System) gives you tools to answer questions about a location (geographic information). You can combine layers of information stored in a database that may include addresses, aerial photographs, satellite images, dates, and other numerical values.
A GIS does more than tell you "where," but can also answer questions like "why" and "what if?" With a GIS, you can explore relationships, trends, and conduct analyses that can be represented as maps.
GIS can be applied to a variety of topics in physical and social sciences, as well as mathematics and art/design, providing a great foundation for interdisciplinary projects. Working with GIS helps students develop computer literacy, analytical approaches to problem solving, and communication and presentation skills.
The City of Arkansas City has developed a robust GIS. You can now view a webmap by clicking the Maps button to the left, there is also a link below. GIS is also used extensively in the Public Works Department to facilitate daily operations. Other departments also request maps from information in the GIS.
Several Departments have recently acquired Trimble GPS units. Soon the City will have all of its utilities properly located to make repairs easier for them and quicker for the public. This is a major project but will hopefully be completely done within a couple of years.