Eastern Shore Regional GIS Cooperative (ESRGC)
The Eastern Shore Regional GIS Cooperative (ESRGC) is an outreach entity of Salisbury University providing access to geographic information system (GIS) technology, data, technical support, and training to the local governments of Maryland's Eastern Shore. The goal of the ESRGC is to improve the GIS technology capabilities of the county and municipal governments of the six counties of the middle and lower Eastern Shore (Caroline, Talbot, Dorchester, Wicomico, Somerset, and Worcester). This includes providing advice on GIS implementation, technical support, equipment loans, data collection efforts, data analysis exercises, cartographic services, and GIS training. These services are provided at either no cost to the county or municipality or at a very reduced cost. Typically, the resources provided by the two Regional Councils, the University, and the cooperative organization structure means that local governments can avail themselves of ESRGC services for a fraction of their true cost.