GIS Analysis & Application Development (CGIS)

Empowering Maryland’s Geospatial community for over 25 years.

The Center for GIS (CGIS) is a professional organization staffed by highly qualified technologists dedicated to empowering government, businesses, and non-profits by making GIS technology accessible through innovative geospatial solutions including geospatial data development and analysis, application design and development, GIS integration, and GIS training.


About cgis

Vision and Mission

The CGIS vision is to continually extend the accessibility and value derived from GIS technology by developing innovative geospatial solutions that serve public, private, entrepreneurial, and community support sectors.

The CGIS mission is to make GIS technology accessible and relevant, and to empower our clients to use our geospatial solutions independently of our assistance. Through professional development, conferences, internships, community outreach, partnerships, and leadership, CGIS works toward building and promoting vibrant GIS ecosystems.


In 1992, under the direction of Dr. John M. Morgan, III, Towson University’s Department of Geography and Environmental Planning GIS Lab became the Center for Geographic Information Sciences (CGIS), a professionally staffed business unit devoted to serving the rapidly growing need for applied GIS services.

Since its inception, CGIS has continually worked on an ever-expanding variety of projects, growing and evolving along with GIS technology to deliver new insights, solutions, and efficiencies, to our clients.


CGIS is a cohesive team of equals. We commit our energy toward collaborative, creative work, producing useful, technically sound, products and services. At CGIS we are proud of the quality of our work, and we believe that the results of our work can and should contribute to the greater good.

  Statewide GIS Coordination

In our continuing efforts to promote collaboration and coordination in the state of Maryland, Towson University works closely with Maryland’s Geographic Information Office to support state agencies GIS activities. As Maryland’s geospatial efforts have advanced and matured, this relationship has evolved over the past 25 years. CGIS supports the all-volunteer Maryland State Geographic Information Committee (MSGIC), working with MSGIC on several National Spatial Data Infrastructure Cooperative Agreement Program projects to coordinate development and delivery of geospatial resources in Maryland, the region, and nationally. CGIS works closely with Maryland’s Geospatial Information Officer, within the Department of Information Technology, providing support on a number of initiatives that serve our geospatial community and ultimately the citizens of Maryland.

Our Purpose

  • We provide you with the insights needed to answer complex questions.
  • We help you make geographic data more valuable.
  • We empower you with maps and tools to communicate complex ideas to any audience.


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