Technology is breaking through in Muskingum County and at the County Commissioners office today requests for proposals from companies around the country were brought forth. The issue is, what company can best supply Muskingum County with data for digital orthophotos or aerial pictures of land in our area. These pictures of streets, intersections, thoroughfares, buildings, bodies of water would be made available in a digital format so that the county can be seen on a computer screen. That information can then be utilized and analyzed for any flood waters, storm damage, accidents, and emergencies. This is the first phase of a plan the county has for the Geographic Information System Program, which has been underway now for two years. The main focus lately has been on where Muskingum County is heading in the upcoming years. Bid proposals from 5 companies are currently under consideration, and each will be evaluated after the first of the year. Officials are hopeful that within the next two years enough technology will be available so that the public will have access to the county wide intranet system at the courthouse where individuals can then view properties and county land on screen and eventually online with the internet.