Anyone familiar with WATS documents and maps knows that we are fans of Google's simple and accessible mapping tools. This week, Google took a big step to make these tools even more powerful with its Google Maps Engine Lite Beta. The new tool simplifies the process of making maps and improves control of symbology and data display. We'll try out the improved tool in the next few weeks as we schedule meetings for our Long Range Plan. Head to Google Maps Engine Lite if you are interested in testing it yourself, or see the official announcement at Google's Lat Long blog.