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URISA Digest
October 13, 2016
Many thoughts and prayers for all impacted by Hurricane Matthew's devastation. GISCorps volunteers have been quite involved in the response and recovery efforts. And now we watch Hurricane Nicole as it approaches Bermuda. 

Stay safe all!

Join Us at GIS-Pro 2016 in Toronto
AICP-CM Credits Announced 
GIS-Pro 2016: URISA's 54th Annual Conference
October 31-November 3, 2016 
Toronto, Ontario Canada
Less than three weeks until GIS-Pro 2016! 

Click on each banner below for details about the educational program, registration and venue, and exhibitor and sponsor participation options:


Professional Planners: GIS-Pro 2016 was recently approved for AICP-CM Credits.   Check out the details and plan your conference now to maximize your credits! 

Don't miss: 
  • Preconference workshops including two new offerings (GISP Exam Prep and Cybersecurity for GIS Professionals 
  • 35 breakout sessions on topics ranging from The Importance of GIS Program Review and Assessment for Successful GIS Managers to 
    Managing Large Volumes of Inventory: An Asset Management Approach
  • An abundance of activities and sessions geared to Young GIS Professionals
  • Networking events and roundtable discussions
  • Esri User Group Meeting and Hands-On Learning Lab
  • Dedicated exhibition time to identify solutions for your organization.
  • The first Annual General Meeting of GeoAlliance Canada, the national umbrella organization for the Canadian geo community!
Join us in Toronto for inspired discussions and important education and training!

URISA Professional Education Calendar
2nd URISA Leadership Academy Announced 
March 6-9, 2017
Chattanooga, Tennessee 
Program details posted and registration is now open!

This year we sold out the ULA in Chicago, so we're hosting two Leadership Academies in 2017
"This is an excellent leadership course, which I would highly recommend to anyone involved in managing GIS projects. Once I returned to home to my GIS world, I immediately implemented the concepts and strategies I learned from this training."

URISA Leadership Academy
April 3-7, 2017
San Diego, California
Significant early registration discounts until December 31

URISA Leadership Academy
July 24-28, 2017
Providence, Rhode Island
Significant early registration discounts until December 31 

2017 GIS in Transit Conference 
September 6-8, 2017
Washington, DC 
Call for abstracts announced soon

GIS-Pro 2017: URISA's 55th Annual Conference 
October 23-26, 2017 
Jacksonville, Florida

Toronto...here we come! 
It's always exciting to see the efforts of many individuals who worked together over the past several months to make the URISA annual conference possible. 

From the conference committee (led by Diana Rodriguez, Al Little, Wendy Peloquin and Alex Hepp) to the 100+ presenters and moderators...from our generous exhibitors and sponsors to my awesome team here at URISA HQ...the conference would not happen without their amazing contributions and we cannot thank them enough!

An incredible line-up of sessions and events will be featured at GIS-Pro 2016. I hope you'll be there to reap the rewards! 

In addition to the education and an abundance of networking opportunities (from meet-ups to the social event at the Hockey Hall of Fame), learn about URISA committees and volunteer workplans for 2017. Jump in and get involved. You're more than welcome!

(And some of us are pretty excited about the possibility that the Chicago Cubs and Toronto Blue Jays could meet up in the World Series. All sorts of things need to align to make that happen, but if that final series goes to a sixth or seventh game, those games will be played in Toronto! What an electric atmosphere that will be!)

See you in Toronto!
Wendy Nelson
URISA Executive Director