Richard Leadbeater

Industry Solutions Manager; State and Local Government



As Esri’s State/Provincial Government Industry Solutions Manager joined Esri 1997.  Mr. Leadbeater’s focus is on the development of tools and solutions addressing government administrative functions with attention towards the use of GIS in the support of policy development, elections, redistricting, and government business processes.

“My goal is to move the application of location and geographic analysis further, from its present use by technology professionals, into the conversations that define government policy and its operations. The data governments generate must be thought of as a resource, a valued resource, that wants exploitation.  I believe that data in the 21st century is what timber, iron, and coal were to the 19th century.  More importantly, this cache needs proper crafting.  Today, we talk about producing and mining data, but the real value is in the creation of finished goods.” 

Prior to Esri, Mr. Leadbeater worked as the Geographic Information Project Manager at the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission, the 7th largest public Water and Wastewater Utility, developing and implementing their use of GIS, CADD, and Document Imaging technologies.

Mr. Leadbeater received a BS in Social Science and Geographic Arts from the University of Maryland in 1983.

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