Your Monthly URISA News & Updates

Did you renew your membership for 2018? Easy renewals online.

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
Education in 2018

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.

URISA GIS Leadership Academy: Salt Lake City, Utah - July 23-27, 2018


(Note that we may offer one more Academy this year, depending on instructor availability and community interest.) 

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

There are only a couple of exhibit booth spaces available and workshops are filling quickly. Don't delay!

We're joining forces with our four California URISA Chapters and the California Geographic Information Association to bring awesome education to the community in Palm Springs!   The Call for Presentation Proposals was just announced with submissions due on or before March 5. What will you present?

Our URISA Caribbean Chapter is re-energizing! Stay tuned for details on a late 2018 URISA Caribbean GIS Conference (likely Nov/Dec 2018).
Chapter Events
Many URISA Chapters are working on conferences and events. Coming up quickly are conferences hosted by URISA's Alaska Chapter, Alabama, Oregon and Washington Chapters.  Be sure to check out the online  Event Calendar  for information about chapter events and activities. 

The King County (Seattle, WA) GIS Center is also 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?
Consider applying for a URISA Exemplary Systems in Government Award. 

Applications 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 .
Kara Utter Named Young Professional of the Year

URISA is pleased to announce that Kara Utter has been named URISA's Young Professional of the Year in recognition of her outstanding contributions as part of  URISA's Vanguard Cabinet

Kara is a GIS Analyst for Valley County, Idaho. She has been an active participant on the planning committee for GIS-Pro, URISA's annual conference, particularly with student outreach and young professional networking events. She is also the lead for the URISA Marketing Website Sub-Committee and is very active locally in the URISA Northern Rockies Chapter. Congratulations Kara!!

Have you heard about the "GIS Service Pledge"?

Esri has committed to donating personal use licenses of its ArcGIS software for each URISA GISCorps volunteer who takes a "GIS Service Pledge" to volunteer for a good cause.
 Click here for details.
GIS Salary Survey

The Executive Summary of the 2017 GIS Salary Survey is available online. Stay tuned for the full publication with ample cross-tabulations and info.   Quick Hits from 2017:
  • The survey is based on 3,060 respondents who are employed full-time.
  • The average salary of survey respondents was $70,857 - an increase of 15% over the 2010 average of $61,540.
  • GISPs, on average, earned $10,000 more than non-GISPs.
  • A majority (57.7%) of respondents are employed within some level of government,  from local to federal agencies.
  • Most receive additional forms of compensation including health insurance, paid conference attendance, life insurance, paid training, pension/retirement plans and 401(s) plans.
  • They spend an average of 70.8% of their time performing geospatial tasks and work an average of 41.6 hours per week.
  • The minimum level of education required for their position is a Bachelor's degree.
  • They have an average of 13.5 years of professional experience and have been in their current position for an average of 6.8 years.
  • Less than half (42.5%) were GISPs.
  • Two-thirds were male and the average age of respondents was 40.5 years.
  • Most (90.4%) respondents were from the U.S. with the greatest concentration from the South Atlantic, Pacific, Mountain and West South Central regions.

GISP Exam Dates Announced
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.   
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