MVRPC Recognized for the 2019 Tornado Recovery Monitoring System at the URISA Exemplary Systems in Government Awards

Dayton, OH – The Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission’s 2019 Tornado Recovery Monitoring System was awarded the 2023 Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA) Exemplary Systems in Government (ESIG) Distinguished System Award. 

The Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA) Exemplary Systems in Government (ESIG) awards recognize outstanding achievement by government agencies in the use of geospatial information technology. This exemplary achievement is defined as the effective application of geospatial technologies and data that result in improved government service delivery and increased benefits to citizens.

“The 2019 Tornado Recovery Monitoring System revolutionized the way our Region tracks recovery from the natural disaster. It allowed our Region to achieve an efficient and effective way of distributing limited resources” stated Brian O. Martin, AICP, MVRPC Executive Director. Martin continued, “I am proud and grateful to have this opportunity to share our story of dedication, innovation, resiliency, and collaboration. The system and the data contained therein memorialize this event and show future generations how the tornadoes impacted the Miami Valley and how we responded and recovered”. 

Components of the 2019 Tornado Recovery Monitoring System include a region-wide database of affected people and properties; mapping applications for recovery coordination management; and public – facing recovery monitoring dashboards. These components provided critical data and information to recovery networks, elected officials, and the public.

The accomplishments of all ESIG award recipients were recognized at the GIS-Pro 2023: URISA's 61st Annual Conference held October 16-19, 2023, in Columbus, Ohio. A short video featuring the award-wining 2019 Tornado Recovery Monitoring System is available at URISA’s website at

Established in 1964, the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission promotes collaboration among communities, stakeholders, and residents to advance regional priorities. MVRPC is a forum and resource where the Board of Directors identifies priorities and develops public policy and collaborative strategies to improve quality of life throughout the Miami Valley Region.

MVRPC performs planning and research functions for our Region that ensure livable and equitable communities; clean air and water; robust roadway, transit, and active transportation options; and strategic community plans that chart the course for member communities and partners. MVRPC’s Regional Transportation Planning Organization (RTPO) involves Preble, Darke, and Shelby Counties. As the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), MVRPC is responsible for transportation planning in Greene, Miami and Montgomery Counties and parts of northern Warren County. MVRPC's areawide water quality planning designation encompasses five (5) counties: Darke, Preble plus the three MPO counties.