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MVRPC is pleased to release a new geospatial portal Miami Valley Geo-Spark. Through this new portal, MVRPC is offering direct access to our Geographic Information System (GIS) datasets and maps of the Miami Valley Region. The Miami Valley Geo-Spark is available at

The Miami Valley Geo-Spark has three distinct sections: Open Data, Gallery, and Initiatives.

  • The Open Data section provides over 100 different geographic datasets. Users can search or browse through datasets and download them into different data formats.
  • The Gallery section contains over 50 different interactive online maps on a variety of topics. Users can view a simple, easy-to-use web map or a more robust mapping application.
  • The Initiatives section features the agency’s recent projects involving geospatial data.

As part of the efforts to prepare for the 2020 Census, MVRPC is participating in the Census Participant Statistical Areas Program (PSAP), an effort by the U.S. Census Bureau to update the boundaries for Census block groups, tracts, and Census Designated Places.

MVRPC will be hosting a meeting Thursday, April 18, 2019 at MVRPC offices for interested parties.

Please visit this page for more information.

In recognition of International Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Day, the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission (MVRPC) will host a map gallery at our office, 10 N. Ludlow Street, Suite 700, in Downtown Dayton, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., on Wednesday, November 14, 2018.

Those unable to visit on GIS Day are encouraged to visit MVRPC’s Data and Mapping section at From this page, users may access many different agency-developed, online mapping applications, MVRPC’s resource center, and basic information about GIS. Users are also encouraged to visit our online Map Gallery at to view interactive web maps covering diverse topics like transportation, land use planning, census data, and the environment.


MVRPC hosted its 2nd Introduction to ArcGIS Desktop training session on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at Wright State University’s GIS Lab. This was our second session at WSU's lab facility. Many thanks to the good people from WSU that helped make this happen.

We had 15 attendees, and we were pleased to meet many new GIS users.

The session was intended for first time GIS users and focused on hands-on learning on how to use ArcGIS Desktop software.  MVRPC staff members served as instructors and each participant had an opportunity to learn how to symbolize GIS data and create a custom map using ArcGIS Desktop.

For more information about MVRPC’s GIS program, visit our website.

MVRPC will host a free training session titled Introduction to ArcGIS Desktop on May 23, 2018, at the Wright State University GIS Lab (inside Millet Hall). The session will cover the following topics: basic ArcGIS terminologies, learning about ArcGIS desktop basics, and creating a custom map using ArcGIS Desktop.

You can download the event flyer here and you can visit the registration page here.

Contact Tom Harner at (937)223-6323 with any questions.

The Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission (MVRPC) has two full time (30-40 hours per week) planning/GIS internship positions open during the summer of 2018 (approximately from May 7, 2018 to August 31, 2018) to assist with various regional planning activities, including:

  • Long and Short-Range Transportation Planning
  • Special Planning Studies
  • Land Use Planning
  • Data Update, Data Analysis and Map Production using Geographic Information System (GIS)
  • Field Surveys/Data Collection

Applicants should possess: knowledge of planning principles and practices; working knowledge of GIS; familiarity with research techniques; skill in the use of various basic software (word processing, databases, spreadsheet, etc).

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Must be currently enrolled in a degree (undergraduate or graduate) program in planning, geography, or related field
  • Currently in the second year toward completing a Bachelor’s degree program.
  • A personal vehicle to drive and a valid driver’s license are required for field work during working hours.
  • Some practical professional experience preferred.

Submit a resume via e-mail to  Application deadline: March 2, 2018.

An Equal Opportunity Employer

MVRPC will host a free training session on ArcGIS Online Basics on November 15, 2017, at MVRPC offices downtown. The session will cover the following topics: an ArcGIS Online overview, how to work with online data and make your own web maps, and using mapping application templates. You can download the event flyer here and you can visit the registration page here. Please feel free to pass this information along to any colleagues who might be interested.

I hope to see you there!

Tom Harner, GISP

GIS Coordinator

Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission

10 North Ludlow St., Suite 700

Dayton, OH 45402-1855


937.223.6323 - office

937.223.9750 – fax

MVRPC’s GIS program received the “Best Practices Award” from the Ohio Geographically Referenced Information Program (OGRIP) and the Map Award for its Miami Valley Equity Regional Profile. The awards were presented during the 2017 Ohio GIS Conference held during September 25 – 27 in Columbus.

For more information about MVRPC’s GIS Program, visit MVRPC's GIS page.

For more information about Miami Valley Equity Regional Profile, visit The Equity Profile.