Your Monthly URISA News & Updates
Only Six Weeks Until GIS-Pro & CalGIS 2018 in Palm Springs 
  • PLAN your agenda. Choose from 9 full or half-day workshops (one included with registration); 2 exciting keynote presentations (Jack Dangermond from Esri and Greg Hanks from the US Census Bureau); 49 concurrent breakout sessions covering important topics in 7 program tracks; a Mapathon, scavenger hunt, Esri training opportunities, and gobs of networking events and meet-ups. 
  • COUNT all of the GISP Education Points and AICP-CM credits you'll earn at GIS-Pro & CalGIS 2018!
  • REGISTER while you can still get a seat at your preferred workshop (included with your full registration).  Some courses are very close to capacity.
  • RESERVE your hotel room. Our block is available until September 15 (or until it sells out, which may very well happen) so make your plans today. 
  • ARRANGE for your organization's exhibit booth space right away. Only a few spots left! 
  • TAKE ADVANTAGE of extra training from Esri including the Get Out...with your GIS! Field Operations with ArcGIS Apps Workshop on Monday afternoon and the always-popular Hands-On Learning Lab for self-paced learning with onsite instructors.
  • PARTICIPATE in a Silent Auction fundraiser to support URISA's GISCorps.
  • SUPPORT the next generation of GIS professionals during this year's K-12, University Student and Young Professional competitions. Note that rapidly-approaching deadlines to participate in the competitions and to sign up as a student volunteer.  
  • BRING your #GISKids and #GISBabies! We are providing onsite child care to support our attendees. Be sure to check the childcare box on the registration form for more information about childcare.

Instead of two separate conferences this year, join us for one geospatial super-event! 
Support #Map4PR
GISCorps logo

As you know, Hurricanes Irma and Maria devastated Puerto Rico in 2017 causing catastrophic damage. 
Recovery is difficult for hurricane survivors given the extent of destruction and the many obstacles to getting back to normalcy. Financial resources for the massive reconstruction are limited. 
The Problem: Local government agencies and other community organizations are experiencing a desperate need for current maps that show flood zones, landslide prone areas, transportation and other critical infrastructure which were heavily impacted throughout the island. 
The Solution : Updated mapping will help local communities rebuild and plan for future disasters, as well as make important decisions about the sustainability of their communities.
Please help these small communities recover and prepare for the future, by funding travel expenses for GISCorps volunteers that will provide them with maps to aid in recovery planning.
A GoFundMe campaign has been started to help make this vision a reality. Donations are tax-deductible. Every little bit helps. 
GIS Leadership Academy - Upcoming Programs in Austin, Raleigh and Toronto!

The Academy has enjoyed steady and enthusiastic participation since it was first presented in 2007. Since then, more than 800 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.  R egister by September 4 for early bird discounts (we're already two-thirds full!)

Planning ahead? In 2019, we'll be in Raleigh, North Carolina during the week of May 20-24, 2019 and in Toronto, Ontario August 19-23, 2019. Registration is open! 

For registration and venue information for all three GLAs, click here
Congratulations! Election Results Announced

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. Thanks for voting! The following individuals were elected by you:

Keri Brennan, GISP, DataMark Product Manager, Michael Baker International, Indianapolis, Indiana


Board of Directors:

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

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

Publications News

Need Contributions Points for your GIS Certification or Renewal? 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.  Interested in reading "Lining Up Data in ArcGIS" and writing a book review for publication in a future issue? Let us know!

The most recent issue is stellar!  It includes a valuable and entertaining review* of a couple of Esri MOOC's and a substantial article on "GIS Architecture and GIS Management" from past-president, Ed Wells. Take some time to read Teresa Townsend's president's column and an exciting update from the URISA Vanguard Cabinet about the mentoring program.  

* Check out a follow up response to the MOOC review from Esri's MOOC Program Manager, Adena Schutzberg and Esri's Director of Education, David DiBiase. 

Congratulations are in order as the   Cartography. MOOC  (discussed in the article) was selected as one of the All Time Top 50 MOOCs (2018 edition) by Class Central.

Do you use Census Data Products?

If you use Census Data Products... your input is requested. Th e US Census Bureau released a Federal Register notice Soliciting Feedback from Users on 2020 Census Data Products (Document Number 2018-15458). The notice, published with a 60-day comment period, requests feedback from users on specific decennial census products such as Summary File 1, Summary File 2, and the Demographic Profile. The last day to provide comment on the notice is Septe mber 17, 2018.   Click here for more information
GIS/CAMA... Heading to Portland in 2019

We're excited to head to Portland, Oregon next February for the 2019 GIS/CAMA Technologies Conference.  Make plans to join us and share your good work!

The Call for  Proposals has been announced and  the deadline date to submit presentation proposals is October 15.  
Hiring GIS staff soon? Are you offering the right GIS compensation package?

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 Logo Apparel

Long sleeve, short sleeve, cardigans, and pullover fleece, check out the URISA Logo Store! 

Event Calendar

Check out the online event calendar for all of the regional and chapter events taking place. From the Ohio GIS Conference to GeoAlberta... there is a lot going on!
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