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URISA Digest
August 10, 2016
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Welcome new partner Geocove!

October 3-5 in Athens, Georgia.

URISA's Texas Chapter has started a monthly speaker series. Check out their first free offering which will be on Tuesday, August 23. All are invited!

URISA's 2016 Caribbean GIS Conference in Barbados
September 4-8, 2016 - Barbados 
  • Keynotes from Chris Shedrick at What3Words and Tyler Radford from Humanitarian OpenStreetMap
  • High Level Meetings and participation from UN-GGIM International Forum on Geospatial Information and Services for Disasters.
  • A full-day track on Caribbean Disaster Management developed in conjunction with the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency
  • Missing Maps MeetUp
  • Tons of education - More than 20 comprehensive sessions with presentations from nearly 60 of your peers.
  • A high-powered panel session on "Confronting Land Administration Challenges: The Key to Unlocking Economic Prosperity"
  • Take advantage of free preconference workshops and training
  • Networking and a Busy Exhibition - Gold Sponsors Esri and Spatial Innovision; Silver Sponsors GeoOrbis and Hexagon Geospatial; Bronze Sponsor - GeoTechVision!
Reserve your hotel room by August 15 to take advantage of discounted group rates!

GIS-Pro 2016 in Toronto!
GIS-Pro 2016: URISA's 54th Annual Conference
October 31-November 3, 2016 
Toronto, Ontario Canada
Registration is tracking well ahead of recent years and workshops are filling quickly! Click on each banner below for details.

Note: GeoAlliance Canada, the national umbrella organization for the Canadian geo community, is planning to hold its first Annual General Meeting at GIS-Pro!

Did you Vote Yet?
There may be another election getting all of the attention, but URISA members also have an important task - choosing the organization's next group of leaders!

URISA members received emailed voting instructions last week. Did you review the candidate statements and vote yet? You have until September 2.

  • Teresa Townsend, AICP, Chief Executive Officer, Planning Communities, Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Eric Bohard, GISP, Technology Services Manager, Clackamas County, Oregon  
FOR BOARD OF DIRECTORS-(to fill 3 positions)
  • James Armstrong, GISP, Partner, Spatial Relationships LLC, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Judy Colby-George, GISP, GIS Analyst/Owner, Spatial Alternatives Inc., Yarmouth, Maine
  • Brent Jones, PE, PLS, Global Manager, Land Records/Cadastre, Esri, Vienna, Virginia
  • Robert Kirkman, GISP, Enterprise Services Manager, Portland Metro, Portland, OR
  • Diana (Alexandra) Rodriguez, CFM, GIS Specialist, CDM Smith, Chicago, Illinois
  • Brian Sovik, GISP, PMP, VP GIS Solutions, Data Transfer Solutions, Orlando, Florida
If you cannot locate the email with your voting instructions, please send an email to Verlanda right away!

URISA Workshop Reviewers Needed
URISA is coordinating updates of the existing lineup of workshops, particularly those being presented at GIS-Pro 2016 in Toronto:
  • GIS Capability Maturity Model
  • NG9-1-1 and the GIS Workflow
  • An Overview of Open Source GIS Software
  • Asset Management: Planning, Strategy and Implementation
  • GIS Program Management
  • Cybersecurity Awareness for GIS Professionals

Any URISA member may volunteer to be a workshop reviewer. We are particularly interested in reviewers with professional or academic expertise and experience in the workshop subject. Reviews typically take 5-10 hours of time and are due no later than Thursday, September 9. Please review each workshop description here.

If you would like to volunteer, please send an email to Wendy Nelson (wnelson@urisa.org) by August 11 with the workshop topic(s) you are interested in, along with a resume, CV or statement of qualification.

Latest Graduates of URISA's Leadership Academy 
URISA Leadership Academy
August 1-5, 2016 - Chicago, Illinois
What a great week of learning, discussions and building professional networks! The ULA is special. It brings together a unique group of GIS professionals who want to make an impact. Friendships develop. Solutions are identified. 

Huge thanks to ULA instructors: David Lanter, Scott Weisman, Claudia Paskauskas, Dianne Haley, Allen Ibaugh and Rebecca Somers. 

Amber Knapp, GIS Manager for Cook County, delivered the inspirational closing comments... and it was perfect. Thanks Amber!

We'll likely host two URISA Leadership Academies next year, one in New England and the other in Southern California. Stay tuned for the dates, etc.

See you soon!
Wendy Nelson
URISA Executive Director