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URISA Digest
November 12, 2015
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December 31, 2015. 

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Exemplary Systems in Government
This year at GIS-Pro, some of the organizations recognized as Exemplary Systems provided video summaries of their systems during the Awards Breakfast. 

Check out what the Regional Municipality of York, Ontario offered. It's fantastic:

URISA Leaders Recognized for Outstanding Volunteer Contributions
Nearly 450 GIS professionals - from 37 states, 3 Canadian provinces, and 8 countries - recently convened in Spokane, Washington for GIS-Pro & NWGIS 2015. One of the highlights of the conference was the Awards Breakfast, during which a number of URISA leaders were recognized for their volunteer service to the organization. We congratulate and thank them for their amazing contributions!

2015 Horwood Distinguished Service Award Recipient: Hilary Perkins, GISP, AICP, Comprehensive Planner, City of Maryland Heights, MO
Hilary Perkins (at right) receives URISA's Horwood Distinguished Service Award from President Carl Anderson.

2015 Leadership Award Recipients: Bruce Joffe, GISP, Principal, GIS Consultants, Piedmont, CA and Kim McDonough, GISP, GIS Coordinator, Tennessee Department of Transportation, Nashville, TN
 Bruce Joffe (left) receives the Leadership Award from Glenn O'Grady.
 Kim McDonough (left) receives the Leadership Award from fellow Cumberland URISA Chapter leader, Ashley Hitt.

2015 Service Award Recipient: Keri Brennan, GISP, Senior GIS Consultant, The Schneider Corporation, Indianapolis, IN
 Tripp Corbin (right) honors Keri Brennan with the 2015 URISA Service Award.

2015 Barbara Hirsch Special Service Award Recipients: Core Documents Committee
  • Kevin Mickey, GISP, Director, Geospatial Technologies Education, The Polis Center - Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), Indianapolis, IN
  • Dianne Haley, BSc, MScGIS, GISP, DMH GIS Consulting, Alberta, Canada
  • Glenn O'Grady, GISP, Encinitas, CA
  • Ed Wells, GISP, GIS Manager, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, Washington, DC

The Core Documents Committee is recognized by Carl Anderson. Left to right: Carl Anderson, Glenn O'Grady, Dianne Haley, Ed Wells, Kevin Mickey

Review the distinguished history of URISA Award winners here: http://www.urisa.org/about-us/awards/.

Georgia URISA is Outstanding 
Each year, URISA recognizes an outstanding Chapter that has sponsored particularly effective activities or has otherwise excelled in serving its membership. Nine chapters submitted 2015 Outstanding Chapter of the Year applications and all were very worthy candidates. URISA's Georgia Chapter was the 2015 winner. 
 Xavier Davis, Georgia URISA Chapter President and Christina Boggs, Chapter Advisory Board Chair.

Check out the Georgia URISA website for information about chapter events and opportunities for involvement. This year is the chapter's 25th anniversary and is the third time the chapter has been awarded Outstanding Chapter of the Year. 

Professional Education
GIS-Pro & NWGIS 2015 in Spokane was great! If you haven't caught up with the conference summary, be sure to read the latest GIS PROFESSIONAL, which features a comprehensive write-up. The conference calendar continues to offer an abundance of events and training. 
20th Anniversary GIS/CAMA Conference
February 22-25, 2016 - Savannah, Georgia
Conference program details are now published and early registration discounts are available until December 14.

URISA Leadership Academy
August 1-5, 2016 - Chicago, Illinois

URISA 2016 Caribbean GIS Conference 
September 5-8, 2016 
Abstracts due January 15

GIS-Pro 2016: URISA's 54th Annual Conference
October 31-November 3, 2016 
Toronto, Ontario Canada
Abstracts due March 1

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