Your Monthly URISA News & Updates
FGDC Seeks Nominations for National Geospatial Advisory Committee
The United States Department of the Interior and the Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) are seeking nominations for appointment to the National Geospatial Advisory Committee (NGAC). The NGAC provides advice and recommendations to the Secretary of the Interior through the Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) related to management of Federal geospatial programs, development of the National Spatial Data Infrastructure, and the implementation of Office of Management and Budget Circular A-16 and Executive Order 12906. The NGAC reviews and comments on geospatial policy and management issues and provides a forum for views of non-Federal stakeholders in the geospatial community. 

Nominations for appointment to the NGAC should be submitted by August 27, 2018. Nominations may come from employers, associations, professional organizations, or other geospatial organizations. Nominations should include a resume providing an adequate description of the nominee's qualifications, including information that would enable the Department of the Interior to make an informed decision regarding meeting the membership requirements of the Committee and permit the Department of the Interior to contact a potential member. Nominees are strongly encouraged to include supporting letters from constituents, trade associations (like URISA), alliances, and/or other organizations that indicate the support by a meaningful constituency for the nominee.

Complete details are online. Please let us know if you are planning to submit or wish to be considered as a nominee or if you are requesting a letter of support from URISA. 
Great Early Enthusiasm for GIS-Pro & CalGIS 2018 in Palm Springs 


RESERVE your exhibit booth space by August 1 for early bird discounts! 

There is so much GIS education on the agenda. Take some time to review the comprehensive workshop and training opportunities, keynote addresses (Jack Dangermond from Esri and Gregory Hanks from the U.S. Census Bureau), professional development and networking events, and the abundance of concurrent breakout sessions in seven program tracksFocus on one track or attend sessions in multiple tracks. It's up to you! #DIYeducation

Don't forget that attendance at one workshop is FREE with your full registration. 

Extra Training: Diamond Event Sponsor Esri is hosting pre-event training. Don't miss:  Get Out...with your GIS! Field Operations with ArcGIS Apps Workshop on Monday afternoon, October 8. They are also bringing their popular Hands-On Learning Lab to Palm Springs for self-paced learning with onsite instructors.

Participate in a Silent Auction fundraiser for URISA's GISCorpsAnd cheer on the next generation of GIS professionals during this year's K-12, University Student and Young Professional competition details!

Of course, attendance at GIS-Pro & CalGIS 2018 counts toward your GISP certification and renewal and the event has been approved for a whopping 90.5 AICP-CM credits!

We are also providing onsite child care to support our attendees. Bring your #GISKids and #GISBabies! Be sure to check that box on the registration form for more information.

Take some time to review the entire GIS-Pro & CalGIS 2018 AGENDA with complete details about the presentations, speakers, and proposal submissions. 
Attend a URISA Webinar on Tuesday, July 31

URISA's Professional Education Committee has another FREE opportunity on the schedule for URISA members. Don't miss   FEMA and GIS: The Role of Technology and Data in Disaster Management on  Tuesday, July 31, 2018 from 
2:00 to 3:00 pm Eastern. 

Our presenter, Chris Vaughan, serves as the FEMA Geospatial Information Officer where he champions and coordinates geospatial technologies across multiple response and recovery programs. Though free for members, pre-registration is required. Click here.
GIS Leadership Academy - Upcoming Programs in Austin, Raleigh and (likely) Toronto!
We're hosting the URISA GIS Leadership Academy in Salt Lake City this week. It's a packed house with participants from as far away as Australia, Nigeria and Hawaii! We asked the SLC attendees why they chose to attend. Some of the responses:
  • It seems like a program that will make me a better and more efficient GIS leader. It is also one of the only programs I could find that ties in management with GIS.
  • URISA has been a positive influence in my career - in particular, the conferences have been superb.
  • I heard it was a 'transformation' from several past attendees.
  • With so much focus on technical proficiency these days, I saw the Leadership Academy as a way to sharpen and improve my base leadership skills, an important facet of my position that tends to get overlooked.
  • I believe there is a need in my region/agency for better GIS leadership and I would like to be the one to implement change for the better
  • Very excited to find a leadership course specific to GIS professionals.
  • Looks like the best next step for professional development focused on program and project management in the GIS industry.
  • I have been in my current supervisory role for the last 3 years but I met a graduate of the ULA at the GIS-Pro conference in Jacksonville last October and after speaking to her I decided that I owed it to my staff to become a better GIS Supervisor.

The Academy has enjoyed steady and enthusiastic participation since it was first presented in 2007. Since then, more than 700 GIS professionals have attended the specialized five-day GIS leadership and management training program.  Each GLA includes numerous interactive exercises, team-building tools, and opportunities t o delve into topics in a way you cannot do at a large conference. Attendance is limited in size to encourage such interaction with each event capped at about 50 participants.

To meet demand, for the first time, URISA will host the GIS Leadership Academy three times in one calendar year. We'll be in Austin, Texas during the week of December 3, 2018. Another great venue in a cool city. 

Check it out and register early!

Planning ahead? In 2019, we'll be in Raleigh, North Carolina during the week of May 20-24, 2019 (just confirmed) and likely in Toronto, Ontario in August 2019 (contract pending). 

URISA GIS Salary Survey is Now Available

URISA's GIS Salary Survey is an ideal resource for both job seekers and for those who hire GIS staff. An Executive Summary is available for FREE and a comprehensive analysis of the results is available for purchase.

Check out the Quick Hits, download the Summary and/or purchase your copy today! Click here.
URISA Members: Exercise Your Right to Vote

URISA members have a very important responsibility each year... selecting the individuals who will represent them, and the organization overall, on the URISA Board of Directors.

Following is the list of candidates for URISA President-Elect and for Directors on the Board. Each has provided information about his/her Professional Experience, Education, and Organizational Activities. Each has also outlined his/her vision for URISA. 

For President-Elect:
  • Keri Brennan, GISP, DataMark Product Manager, Michael Baker International, Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Kevin Mickey, GISP, Director Professional Development and Geospatial Technologies Education, The Polis Center-IUPUI, Indianapolis, Indiana


For Board of Directors - 

International Seat (to fill 1 position):

  • Tammy Peterson, VP Marketing & Sales, Solv3D Inc., Calgary, Alberta Canada 

For Board of Directors (to fill 2 positions):

  • Douglas M. Adams, GISP, ITIL, GIS Program Manager, Department of Public Works, Baltimore County, Baltimore, Maryland
  • Wendy Peloquin, GISP, Business Development Manager, GISinc, Jacksonville, Florida
  • Hilary Perkins, GISP, AICP, Project Manager/Planner, City of Maryland Heights, Missouri
  • Lynda Wayne, GISP, Consultant, GeoMaxim, Inc., Asheville, North Carolina


Candidate Details  


Each URISA member received an email with your specific voting instructions and link to the online ballot. Vote by August 10!

Be Inspired by URISA's GISCorps 
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We're all extremely proud of this URISA program, founded in 2003, which connects GIS expertise with under-served communities an in response to emergencies around the globe. Hang out for half an hour with founder, Shoreh Elhami, via this recent URISA webinar. Learn about the amazing missions that GISCorps volunteers have contributed to and learn how you can participate.  Of course, GISCorps will also be in attendance at GIS-Pro & CalGIS 2018 in Palm Springs in October. We'll hear about recent missions and future plans and host a Silent Auction to support some of those plans! 
GIS/CAMA... Heading to Portland in 2019

Next February, Portland will be the site of the 2019 GIS/CAMA Technologies Conference.  Make plans to join us and share your good work. The Call for  Proposals has been announced. 

Note the deadline date for workshop proposals is August 1; presentation proposals are due October 15.  
GIS Certification & Renewal: Need Contributions Points?

Write an article about lessons learned or a GIS ethics dilemma you've faced at work; share technical tips; explore trends, etc. for inclusion in an upcoming issue of The GIS Professional

Or volunteer to read and write a review of this new book from Esri Press: GIS Tutorial for Crime Analysis. Let us know if you're interested. We'll send the book to you to read and keep and will expect your review for publication in The GIS Professional within a few months. Email Wendy
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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