Welcome to AVGIS.org

Androscoggin Valley Geographic Information Sytems


Please visit the following for link to specific Web GIS Pages or Organizational Home Page:


Androscoggin Valley Council of Government

Auburn Water and Sewerage District

City of Auburn, Maine

City of Lewiston, Maine  


What is AVGIS?

AVGIS is a regional municipal / quasi-municipal initiative to leverage existing joint IT infrastructure (i.e. wide area networks), data servers, local GIS staffing, expertise, knowledge base, and other resources to maximize efficiencies, and provide top quality GIS technology services to our users. This action is a GIS oriented expansion of cooperative effort having already been exercised in the past in this region. Within the past years the cities of Auburn and Lewiston, as well as Auburn Water and Sewer District (AWSD) and the Androscoggin Valley Council of Governments (AVCOG) have done much in the way of joint contracting for services such as regional aerial mapping, and group purchasing of equipment.


Within this community, there are many shared aspects, infrastructure such as water supply, water treatment, watershed management, stormwater management, and a common (Auburn/Lewiston) E911 call center. Others such as parcel/land mapping also benefit from collaboration of common data protocols.  These are just a few operations which benefit from a centralized GIS databases to maximize efficiency keep the data current and useful in these important functions.


Currently a memorandum of understanding exists between the four charter organizations, the City of Lewiston, the City of Auburn, the Androscoggin Valley Council of Governments, and the Auburn Water and Sewerage District. Members meet on a monthly or even weekly basis depending on project-based efforts or other collaboration taking place.


All municipalities in Androscoggin, Oxford and Franklin Counties serviced by the Androscoggin Valley Council of Governments as well as quasi-municipal entities (for example Auburn Water and Sewer District) in that same area are welcome to join the AVGIS group. 


To learn more about AVGIS, please feel free to contact any of the following:


City of Auburn: Rosemary Mosher Geospatial Database Manager rmosher@auburnmaine.gov  

AVCOG: Barb Fortier Environmental Planner/GIS Coordinator  bfortier@avcog.org 

AWSD: Greg Jalbert gjalbert@awsd.org

City of Lewiston: Jim Ward GIS Manager/Coordnator    jward@ci.lewiston.me.us