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Mesa County has been involved in GIS to some degree since the late 1980's beginning with the Public Works Department. Much of the early GIS data was acquired through state and federal agencies. The first digital data was acquired through the Colorado Department of Transportation and Petroleum Information Corporation which gave the County the opportunity to start developing the first County digital base map. 1990 Census data (TIGER) was aquired and combined with the base map data, giving the opportunity to begin processing data for transportation related projects. Special district data was acquired from the State Department of Local Affairs and additional data was developed in house such as 201 boundaries, voting districts and traffic zones. Mesa County continues to freely exchange data with these organization to develop and maintain up-to-data information.