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URISA Digest
January 19, 2017
Be sure to  renew your 2017 membership dues online if you haven't done so yet. Thanks! 

Have you improved government operations through the use of geospatial technology? 

Consider applying for a 2017 URISA Exemplary Systems in Government (ESIG™) Award.  The award competition is open to all public agencies at the national/federal, state/provincial, regional and local levels.

Submissions are invited in two categories:

Enterprise Systems: Systems in this category are outstanding and working examples of using information systems technology in a multi-department environment as part of an integrated process. These systems exemplify effective use of technology yielding widespread improvements in the process(es) and/or service(s) involved and/or cost savings to the organization.

Single Process Systems: Systems in this category are outstanding and working examples of applying information system technology to automate a specific SINGLE process or operation involving one department or sub-unit of an agency. The system application results in extended and/or improved government services that are more efficient and/or save money.

Take a few minutes to review last year's winning submissions, including the videos celebrating the honor. Applications are due on or by June 1. Details and the application are all online here.

URISA 2017 Professional Education Calendar
2017 GIS/CAMA Technologies Conference
March 6-9, 2017
Chattanooga, Tennessee 
Check out the  conference program  including three preconference workshops.  Registration discounts
are available until Monday, January 23.

URISA Leadership Academy
April 3-7, 2017
San Diego, California
Significant early registration discounts until February 1. 
Important note:
This program is filling up at a record pace. If you'd like to attend in San Diego, register soon.

URISA Leadership Academy
July 24-28, 2017
Providence, Rhode Island
Significant early registration discounts until May 1. 

2017 GIS in Transit Conference 
September 6-8, 2017
Washington, DC 
Abstract submissions are due by February 15 Exhibit participation details coming soon.

GIS-Pro 2017: URISA's 55th Annual Conference 
October 23-26, 2017 
Jacksonville, Florida
We're putting the finishing touches on the Call for Presentations.  Abstract submissions will be due by March 15.  The conference educational content will celebrate exemplary applications of geospatial technology for emergency response, addressing, public health, transportation, economic development, land records, and more. Think about sharing your best practices for GIS management and leadership and professional development. (Note that this year's annual conference will also feature a comprehensive program track focused on preparing for the GISP Exam.) 

King County GIS (Seattle) Hosts URISA Certified Workshop Week

Discount for URISA Members! 
Click here for details 

Young GIS Professionals
Have you met the latest members of URISA's Vanguard Cabinet? Take a moment to read about their plans

From mentoring and outreach to contributing time and talent on all sorts of URISA programs... I couldn't be more excited to watch them take URISA by storm. Be sure to follow their work and let them know you are watching!

Huge congratulations to Daniel Behnke for being named Young Professional of the Year!! Well-deserved, Daniel. Your contributions were phenomenal over the past year. Thank you! More about Daniel.

Wendy Nelson
URISA Executive Director