The County of Santa Cruz's GIS Unit is a small group of dedicated individuals. We bring a significant amount of work experience and educational experience to our projects. The Santa Cruz GIS unit regularly draws on staff knowledge of County codes and ordinance, programming in various languages, database administration, as well as in-depth knowledge of GIS software, analysis and techniques. The nature of GIS work at the county government level necessitates that GIS staff be flexible and knowledgable across a wide range of topics. We regularly work with such varied departments as Planning, Public Works, Environmental Health, District Attorney and Sheriff's, as well as Assessor departments. In January, 2008 the GIS Unit was recognized by the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors with the Gold Award in the Employee Recognition Program. This was awarded to us for combining our technical and professional skills with creativity to serve our diverse customer base with enthusiasm and a positive attitude.