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Texas Natural Resources Information System renamed the Texas Geographic Information Office

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AUSTIN – (September 1, 2023) – Effective today, the Texas Natural Resources Information System (TNRIS), a division of the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB), is now the Texas Geographic Information Office (TxGIO) following the passage of House Bill 2489 during the 88th Texas Legislative Session. For more than 50 years, the office has provided the highest level of geographic data services to Texas.

“I am pleased that the new name conveys all that we have to offer,” said Jeff Walker, TWDB Executive Administrator. “When it comes to geospatial data products, education, and collaboration with the geographic information systems (GIS) community, TxGIO is second to none. This change will bring even greater awareness to TxGIO and its expertise in this space.”

TxGIO serves as the state’s clearinghouse and referral center for statewide geographic data, including digital orthoimagery, digital elevation data, historical aerial photography, land parcels, address points, and emergency management data for Texas. The office works collaboratively with all levels of Texas governmental agencies to acquire, maintain, and distribute comprehensive geographic data to the public and private sectors.

“The TNRIS name has long been synonymous with the GIS community in Texas,” said Richard Wade, Deputy Executive Administrator of TxGIO and the state’s Geographic Information Officer. “Our exceptional customer service, products and services, and commitment to advancing the GIS community remain unchanged, and this new title reaffirms our mission to be a reliable and unique resource for Texans and beyond.”

The Texas Geographic Information Office was established by the Texas Legislature in 1968 as the Texas Water-Oriented Data Bank. In 1972, after four years of growth and information diversification, the organization was renamed the Texas Natural Resources Information System. To learn more about the Texas Geographic Information Office, visit the TxGIO website.

The TWDB is the state agency charged with collecting and disseminating water-related data, assisting with regional water and flood planning, and preparing the state water and flood plans. The TWDB administers cost-effective financial assistance programs for the construction of water supply, wastewater treatment, flood control, and agricultural water conservation projects.