URISA Digest
September 9, 2011   
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URISA Remembers Mike Lovett
Mike LovettOur good friend and URISA leader, Mike Lovett, passed away on September 8, 2011. We remember him fondly.
2011 GIS Hall of Fame Inductees Announced!
Bill Huxhold & Barry Wellar will both be inducted into URISA's GIS Hall of Fame during GIS-Pro 2011 in Indianapolis.

Learn more about this great honor here.

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URISA Election Results Announced
The results from this year's election have been verified. Thank you to all of the candidates for their commitment to this organization!

On November 4, at the close of GIS-Pro 2011, these individuals will begin their terms on the URISA Board of Directors:

President-Elect: Al Butler, GISP - City of Ocoee, Florida

Board Members:
  • Tripp Corbin, GISP - eGIS Associates, Duluth, Georgia
  • Cindy Post - University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta Canada
  • Teresa Townsend, AICP - Planning Communities LLC, Raleigh, North Carolina
Al Butler shared his thoughts after the election: "I appreciate being selected by the members and will work hard to fulfill the strategic direction I described in my campaign statement: high value for the dues paid. URISA needs to make a difference in the lives of its members by building the GIS profession. I look forward to working with the other Board members, staff, the chapters, and our committees.  I want each member to feel like they can talk to me at any time."

Thanks again to all who were involved in the annual election process!
2011 Exemplary Systems in Government Award Winners Announced!
URISA's ESIG Awards recognize exceptional achievements in the application of information technology that have improved the delivery and quality of government services. Find out which systems are being recognized and read each winning and distinguished system submission, here: http://www.urisa.org/2011ESIG

URISA congratulates all of the participants in the 2011 ESIG Award program and thanks the hardworking ESIG Review Committee for their important volunteer efforts!
Upcoming URISA Conferences & Events


URISA Connect Webinar: Redistricting in Ohio Enhanced by Public Participation GIS

Presenter: Mark Salling, Ph.D., GISP - Cleveland State University 

When: Wednesday, September 28, 2011


 Indianapolis, IN - November 1-4, 2011

Four things you will gain at GIS-Pro 2011:

  1. Opportunities to solve problems with the help of peers from all over North America and many other countries.
  2. In-depth education and knowledge about the issues, tools, and solutions you deal with. 
  3. Professional growth, as you help shape regional, national and international approaches to issues that affect you and your organization.
  4. Participation in developing URISA's advocacy agenda that is used on behalf of the geospatial community.

We've drafted a  justification letter  to help you make your case and get approval to attend.  


Exhibit discounts through September 15



 San Antonio, TX - March 12-15, 2012

Abstract submissions due by September 23 

URISA Leadership Academy 2012
Mark your calendar! Next year's URISA Leadership Academy will take place June 11-15, 2012 in Savannah, Georgia.
  • "The ULA inspired new ideas on integration and getting the word out about GIS. The review of strategic planning and ROI was excellent."
  • "Excellent. Very worthwhile in many aspects."
  • "The ULA was a comprehensive and organized interchange of experiences being facilitated by professionals who work in the same field I do. It was so valuable to realize that the issues I have in my workplace are NOT unique, that others have experienced and successfully negotiated the minefield."
Registration will soon be available...with a significant discount for early registration!
News & Announcements

CalGIS is accepting abstract submissions until October 3. CalGIS 2012 will take place April 11-13, 2012 in Sacramento. 


The Global Spatial Data Infrastructure Association (GSDI) has announced is small grants program. Deadline October 31.


Member Recruitment Challenge 2011!
Help to grow the URISA Community.
Talk to your coworkers, colleagues, peers, clients, young professionals, students... tell them about URISA and why you feel it is an important organization to join! Is it the Resources? Programs? Connections? Advocacy?

From September 1 until November 1, the URISA member who promotes the most new memberships will receive a complimentary registration to GIS-Pro (2011 or 2012 - your choice) and all of those who encourage at least one new member to join will be entered into an additional drawing for a complimentary GIS-Pro registration.

Direct folks to the Membership page and the online application. Be sure they note your name in the Referred By box so your efforts are counted!


Wendy Nelson
Executive Director