23 Young Geospatial Professionals to Watch in 2023 – 13 of 23
Name: Jordan Carmona, GISP
Company: Town of Prosper, Texas
Current position: Senior GIS Analyst
Education: BA in history and political science, University of North Texas
Since his first position with a start-up IT and GIS services group, Carmona has had the opportunity to work on projects spanning the entire GIS vertical, from data entry, training, and systems maintenance, to automation.
As a GIS specialist with the City of McKinney, Texas, where the population expanded one hundredfold the previous 30 years, Carmona spearheaded two public-private partnerships, delivered the city’s first two-way GIS to business system integration, started an FAA part 107 compliant drone program, implemented GPS tracking in a fleet of vehicles, and successfully passed the GISCI examination to become a registered GISP.
In January 2021, he began his current role in a fast-growing community of 35,000 residents on the northern edge of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. Carmona is building the Town of Prosper’s first in-house geospatial program. He has implemented an enterprise GIS, migrated the organization from legacy spatial software, entered into a regional emergency communications district’s data editing cooperative, integrated a variety of GIS products into a new public safety software, and automated a multi-county dataset import to remove duplication of effort from re-authoring data maintained elsewhere. He also created an open data portal, invested in GNSS technology for staff throughout the organization, and expanded the geospatial data footprint to include areas outside of the immediate jurisdiction of the town providing additional context and awareness.
Carmona plans to implement additional automations to include self-service cartography and analytics, setting up a GNSS reference station, and writing a geospatial strategic plan.
Carmona’s professional involvement with the industry includes URISA Vanguard Cabinet and is the chair of the GIS Pro subcommittee.