North Point Geographic Services (NPGS) recently had the opportunity to work with the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation on the Minnesota Compass project to update the Application Programming Interface (API) and enhance their GIS capabilities. This project was made possible by many generous donations, including primary funding from the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation. 


Minnesota Compass ( was created “when leaders from across Minnesota voiced a desire to have credible, easy-to-access data about their communities.” (Minnesota Compass 2021) Data is collected through the US Census, American Community Survey, and other supplemental workforce sources. The data is then integrated into the applicati