Work has kicked off on the Google Earth Main Streets in 3D project by the Jefferson Main Street Program.
Area residents may have already seen or will see people walking around with digital cameras and tape measures in the next few months in downtown Jefferson. These volunteers are taking measurements and pictures of buildings so they can create 3-D models that will go into Google Earth and also be used by the City of Jefferson and Jackson County as planning and economic development tools. The work will concentrate on the core buildings in downtown Jefferson.
What is unique about this project is that it is mainly a volunteer effort. For example, students from Jefferson Middle School and East Jackson High School are working on many of the buildings for class projects. The Jackson County GIS Department, the Northeast Georgia Regional Commission, and graduate students from UGA are doing even more buildings in this volunteer effort. Other volunteers in Jefferson are helping with this project as well.