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Presentation Proposals Due for GIS-Pro & CalGIS 2018

We're partnering with our four California URISA Chapters and the California Geographic Information Association to present GIS-Pro & CalGIS 2018 in Palm Springs in October. 

Presentation Proposals are due on or before Monday, March 5.  

This year's one-of-a-kind Geospatial Event will bring together not only both California and National GIS professionals at all stages of their careers, but also an International audience to present, discuss, analyze, and share experiences, insights, and solutions. 

The event will feature workshops, a keynote address from Jack Dangermond, tons of educational sessions, an exhibition, and networking events. 

All proposals received will be reviewed and considered for the program. Proposals are invited in a number of suggested categories including:

  • GIS Leadership & Management
  • Preparing for GISP Certification
  • GIS for Natural Resources
  • GIS for Next-Gen 9-1-1 and Emergency Response
  • GIS Supporting Health and Human Services: Did you hear? Instead of hosting a stand-  alone GIS Health Symposium this year, we are including a GIS in Health & Human Services focus at GIS-Pro & CalGIS 2018. 
  • Data Driven Communities aka Smart Communities
  • Technology
  • Inspiring the Future of GIS and Education

  • Demonstrate your expertise, collaborate with your peers, and share your stories.
    For complete details and online submission forms, visit GIS-Pro & CalGIS 2018 Call for Presentations.
    GIS Leadership Academy in Columbus or Salt Lake City


    Attend URISA's GIS Leadership Academy in 2018 and turbo-charge your GIS professional development. Class size is limited, so register early to secure your spot. URISA members and GISPs take advantage of significant discounts


    "Most of us spend a good bit of time and effort to hone and update our technical skills as we progress in our GIS careers. We take classes on how to build GIS databases or geocode addresses or maintain parcels or create python scripts and so on. We work in a technology driven field so it makes sense that we place our focus on these types of skills. That is until you find yourself managing a project or team or department.

    Suddenly you are having to develop budgets, calculate ROI, handle HR issues and so on. All of these your technical training has not prepared you for. The GLA is a great program for overcoming that gap many of us have in our education and unlike other management training programs it was built by GIS Professionals who know our industry and the issues we face.  I hope everyone will take advantage of this great opportunity URISA is providing and attend the Leadership Academy. I really wish this had existed when I first moved up into management. 
     -  Tripp Corbin, MCP, CFM, GISP, Chief Executive Officer, eGIS Associates, Inc.

    Houston...we have solutions!

    Have you reviewed the program and made your plans for the  2018 GIS/CAMA Technologies Conference  in Houston, March 19-22? 

    Whether or not you work directly with the Assessor's Office, there is plenty of educational content on the program for you! 

    The opening keynote speaker is Fred Calef, the Geospatial Information Scientist for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA. He's the "Keeper of the Maps" for the Mars Rover project. His talk should be pretty interesting! There are two additional featured sessions. One from the Texas General Land Office which manages over 36 million documents and maps; the closing session will explore the role of GIS in the Hurricane Harvey disaster.

    Three full-day pre-conference workshops are on the schedule:
    • Public Data, Public Access, Privacy, and Security: U.S. Law and Policy
    • Using GIS and CAMA Data to Support Emergency Management
    • Assessment Performance Reporting Improving Ratio Studies with GIS and Geostatistics
    Twenty-one sessions are organized into three tracks: 
    • GIS Technologies
    • Innovations in Administration
    • Modeling and Valuation Considerations
    In addition, there is a Technology Showcase track, a packed exhibit hall, and an Esri Hands-On Learning Lab.

    Join us in Houston!
    Is GISP in your Future?
    Pencil in April 3 & 4 on your calendars.
    Earning the GISP credential requires successfully completing an exam as well as a number of other application requirements. 

    URISA's Professional Education Committee will be hosting a six-hour, two-day virtual event on April 3-4 to explore the reasons that the GISP credential is worth pursuing as well as what is involved in completing each part of the application. It will also explore the topics that you need to be familiar with for each of the knowledge areas covered by the GISP exam. Information presented in this webinar is designed to help professionals who have extensive GIS education and experience, but need to know what topics to review prior to taking the exam. It also will help individuals with some GIS experience that may be lacking in one or more areas covered by the exam and that need to know where to find additional resources to study. 

    URISA members may attend this virtual event for free, but you must register. Registration will open soon!

    Note that the next testing window for the  GISCI Geospatial Core Technical Knowledge Exam®  as a part of the GISP Certification is scheduled for June 2-9, 2018.    Learn more

    URISA's Professional Education Committee has been busy since GIS-Pro in JAX. They've published three Geospatial Fact Sheets already: 
    • Geospatial Data Act
    • Census 2020
    • Addressing
    Industry & Chapter Events
    Coming up quickly are events hosted by URISA's British Columbia, Alabama, Texas, Oregon and Washington Chapters. 

    Many friends of URISA (GIS-T, NSGIC, AAG, MAGIC, Esri, etc.) are also hosting conferences.  Be sure to check out the online  Event Calendar  for information about events and activities. 

    The King County (Seattle, WA) GIS Center is hosting several URISA workshops this spring.
    Have you and your team improved the delivery and
    qua lity of government services through the use of GIS?

    Applications for 2018 URISA Exemplary Systems in Government Awards are due on or before June 4, 2018.  Submissions are invited in both Enterprise Systems and Single Process Systems categories. 

    Check out the details here .
    Meet the Young Professionals in URISA's Vanguard Cabinet

    URISA is pleased to introduce the newest members of   URISA's Vanguard Cabinet.   They've already had their first meeting and are making plans for the year. Tory Elmore is the VC Chair and Natalie Dobbs and Alyssa Randall are serving as Co-Secretaries.

    Book Review Opportunity

    We just received The GIS 20: Essential Skills, from Esri Press. If you are interested in reading it and providing a review for an upcoming issue of The GIS Professional, send an email to Wendy and we'll send the book to you. Don't delay!

    URISA Logo Apparel

    Long sleeve, short sleeve, cardigans, and pullover fleece, check out the URISA Logo Store and stay warm this winter, in style! 

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