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Our thoughts and prayers continue for those impacted by Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, Hurricane Maria, the earthquakes in Mexico and the fires in California. Thank you to all who are volunteering your GIS expertise to support URISA GISCorps' and the numerous crowdsourcing projects. 

What are you doing on Tuesday, October 17 at 1 PM Eastern? Sign up for a free webinar, hosted by URISA Texas and learn how  280 URISA GISCorps volunteers from 20 countries assisted the World Health Organization in their efforts to eradicate polio in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Sign up here.  
JAX-Bound !

URISA's 55th Annual Conference is taking place in Jacksonville, Florida in less than two weeks. If you have not had time to arrange your participation, do so right away.
  • 100+ individuals speaking in 40 breakout sessions within 6 comprehensive program tracks
  • 2 powerhouse keynote speakers:
    Is it a bird, is it a plane? No, it's a Drone. Our opening keynote will soar to new heights and cover some of the most topical things about Drones. Our expert panel will share their extensive knowledge about the latest developments in research, deployment and legal issues.
    3-2-1 Launch, 21st Century Kennedy Space Center GIS
    Join Glenn Walters, our closing keynote speaker, as he takes us on a "spatial" mission sharing his insight on GIS work at the Kennedy Space Center. With the advent of commercial space, the Kennedy Space Center has been evolving from a single launch program into a multi-tenant, multi-use spaceport. To serve the future needs of the KSC user-base, GIS will also need to evolve.
Have you selected your workshop ? Attendance at ONE full or half-day workshop is included with your full conference registration - normally an additional fee (about $200). 

Participate in a Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Mapathon in JAX! Many of the ongoing disaster response projects are using OpenStreetMap to assist first responders and decision-makers. GIS professionals can easily contribute to such efforts remotely. We've added a Mapathon to the GIS-Pro 2017 conference agenda. Help us contribute to recovery efforts while we're at the conference! 

Register in advance ... registrations received after October 18 and onsite registrations will incur an additional $50 fee.

The GIS-Pro 2017 Exhibition is sold out. If you're interested in a sponsorship, please let us know right away. We'll work with you to gain visibility with this informed group of GIS professionals.  

Continuing Education: The conference was approved for  40 AICP-CM credits , and also earns ample GISP points for certification or re-certification. Keep your certifications active!

Proceed to GIS-Pro 2017 Details
URISA Exemplary Systems in Government Award Winners Announced

Enterprise System Category 
Exemplary Systems:
  • IndyVitals submitted by Sharon Kandris, Associate Director for The Polis Center at IUPUI, in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Racine County Land Records Management submitted by Tyson Fettes, Register of Deeds for Racine County, Wisconsin
Distinguished System: Maintenance IQ submitted by Shawn Crane, Section Chief, Maintenance Systems and Reporting, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Single Process System Category
Exemplary System: GIS in the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) submitted by Langdon Sanders, GIS Analyst II, Information Technology for the City of Sandy Springs (GA) Public Works

Distinguished Systems:
  • City of New Bern NC - Finding New Homes for Abandoned Properties submitted by Alice C. Wilson, AICP, GISP, GIS Coordinator, City of New Bern, New Bern, NC
  • Geographic Information Gateway (Gateway) submitted by Jeffrey L. Herter, Gateway Project Manager, New York Department of State, Albany, NY
The accomplishments will be recognized during the Awards Ceremony at GIS-Pro 2017 and will be discussed in featured sessions during the conference. In addition, each system may be highlighted in an upcoming URISA webinar series.  To review the winning submissions  click here .

URISA's GIS Leadership Academy took place in both San Diego, California and Providence, Rhode Island  this year. Thanks to our SoCal and New England URISA Chapters for their hospitality! Both events were very successful. We've scheduled the first of what will be at least two Academies in 2018. Registration will be available soon. 
  • URISA GIS Leadership Academy: Columbus, Ohio - April 9-13, 2018

The  2018 GIS/CAMA Technologies Conference  will be presented with the International Association of Assessing Officers (IAAO) next March in Houston, Texas . The planning meeting was this past weekend. Thanks to the fantastic volunteers who took time out of their busy schedules to review presentation proposals, discuss hot topics, and develop a fantastic conference program!   The details should be posted soon. Start making plans to attend!

Upcoming Chapter Events
  • New England URISA is hosting NEURISA Day on October 16 in Fitchburg, MA.
  • URISA Texas is hosting URISA's workshop, Asset Management: Planning, Strategy, and Implementation on November 2 in San Antonio and November 3 in Austin. Grab your seat!
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