Make plans to join your GIS colleagues in Baltimore for GIS-Pro 2021: URISA's 59th Annual Conference. The program has been detailed with important content addressing these themes:

  • GIS Leadership & Management
  • Community Resiliency & Sustainability
  • Equity & Social Justice Implications of GIS
  • GIS Supporting Health & Human Services
  • Data Management & Analysis
  • Geospatial Technology Innovations
  • Students and Young Professionals - Shaping the Future of GIS
  • Addressing & Next Generation 9-1-1
  • GIS Role in the Census and Redistricting

Take some time to review the conference detail with featured speakers, full and half-day workshops, presentations, and networking events.

Registration & Venue: Online registration opens next week. The link to book reservations at the Hilton Baltimore Inner Harbor is 'live'. (Sponsorship opportunities are coming soon.)
Return to In-Person Training

We are thrilled to return to in-person training and educational programs after more than a year of virtual learning.

Join us at the URISA GIS Leadership Academy for in-depth discussions and problem-solving on topics ranging from GIS strategic planning and team building to change management and organizational capacity building.

There are three opportunities to attend this year, with limited capacity at each venue:

  • Portland, Oregon - August 16-20, 2021
  • St. Petersburg, Florida - November 8-12, 2021 
  • Minneapolis, Minnesota - December 6-10, 2021

Click here to reserve your spot.

We will certainly offer a virtual GIS Leadership Academy again, though likely not until Spring 2022.
Approaching Deadlines for Students & Young Professionals
University Student and Young Professional Digital Competition

URISA’s Vanguard Cabinet is proud to host the fifth annual University Student and Young Professional Digital Competition. The competition will be held virtually in August, and the top three (3) presenters will be awarded a full GIS-Pro 2020 registration, $500 travel stipend, and the opportunity to present their work live at the conference. The competition is limited to projects that utilize web and mobile platforms, such as ArcGIS Online, Tableau, Mapbox, or Power BI. Projects should showcase the visualization functions of these platforms while also demonstrating knowledge and proficiency in spatial analytics, cartographic design, and/or geospatial techniques. Abstracts are due Friday, July 9. For more information, click here.

Applications are being Accepted for URISA's Vanguard Cabinet

The URISA Vanguard Cabinet (VC) is an advisory board made up of passionate, young (35 years of age or younger) geospatial professionals who strive to engage young practitioners, increase their numbers in the organization, and better understand the concerns facing these future leaders of the geospatial community. The VC's mission is to collaborate with URISA’s Board of Directors and URISA committees in creating and promoting programs and policies of benefit to young professionals and to enhance overall innovation, collaboration, networking, and professional development opportunities. Applications are due on or before Friday, July 16. Each accepted applicant will serve a three-year term (2021-2024). Submit your application online.

Applications are being Accepted for the 2021 Dr. Marilyn O'Hara Ruiz Young Professional Scholarship

URISA's Dr. Marilyn O'Hara Ruiz Young Professional Scholarship program selects up to two young professionals (35 years old or younger) to attend GIS-Pro 2021 in-person. For details, eligibility, and requirements, click here. Applications are due on or before Monday, July 19.

URISA Board of Directors Election
URISA’s Leadership Development Committee recently presented its recommended slate of candidates to the URISA Board of Directors. The Board unanimously approved the slate, listed below, for its 2021 election. URISA is pleased to present the following list of candidates for URISA President-Elect and for Directors on the Board. 

For President-Elect: Ashley Hitt, GISP, Vice President, GeoAnalytics, Connected Nation, Louisville, Kentucky

For Board of Directors (to fill 2 positions):
  • Judy Colby-George, GISP, Principal, Spatial Alternatives Inc, Yarmouth, Maine
  • Dr. Shane Hubbard, Research Scientist, Space Science and Engineering Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin
  • Pravin Mathur, GISP, Senior Geospatial Consultant-Program Manager, HIFLD, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Washington, DC
  • Caitlyn Yoshiko McNabb, Consultant, Sedaru, Johnson City, Tennessee
  • Tim Nolan, GISP, Senior Applications Manager, Collin County, McKinney, Texas
  • Demetrio Zourarakis, Ph.D., GISP, CMS, Independent Consultant, Versailles, Kentucky

For Board of Directors – International Seat (to fill 1 position):
  • Stacey Corbett, GISP, GIS Manager, Electricity Operations, EPCOR, Edmonton, Alberta Canada
  • Yves Leger, GISP, GIS Manager, City of Saint John, Saint John, New Brunswick Canada

The official ballots will be distributed electronically to the entire membership on or by July 6. Those elected will begin their three-year Board terms following GIS-Pro 2021 in Baltimore. We thank these individuals for their dedication to URISA and willingness to serve in a leadership capacity.
Geospatial Fact Sheets
URISA's Professional Education Committee has been supporting the development of an abundance of Geospatial Fact Sheets recently. Don't miss Geodatabase 101 and Geodatabase 201; GIS Data Layers for NG9-1-1 & What They Do; an update to both the Addressing and the Geospatial Data Act fact sheet, all published since April. Check the collection out here.
Nominations for URISA Service Awards
Each year, URISA recognizes members for their contributions to the association and the community at large. URISA members are the organization's greatest resource. They come up with ideas, lead committees, develop programs, increase URISA's visibility, and so much more. The descriptions and list of previous recipients for each of the four service awards are posted online:

  • Horwood Distinguished Service Award:  An occasional award given for long-term service to URISA and the profession. This award is URISA's ultimate award for service and leadership to URISA and within the geospatial industry. Awardees will have demonstrated significant contributions to both URISA and the geospatial technologies industry. 
  • Leadership Award: Presented to members who have demonstrated exemplary leadership to URISA, creativity, innovation, and dedicated support of URISA programs. The recipient should be a member of URISA for enough years to show a pattern of leadership. Typically the recipient will have been responsible for new programs or activities, or significantly enhanced an existing activity or program, so that it takes URISA in a new direction and/or enhances our standing in the professional community.
  • Service Award: Presented to members who have demonstrated faithful service to URISA and participation in its program over a period of several years. This award is for specific service to URISA. It should require a significant number of years of (not necessarily consecutive) service in a number of programs or committees, and a willingness to take on challenges without regard to the potential for recognition.
  • Barbara Hirsch Special Service Award: Presented to members or staff who have made special contributions to URISA. This award will be given to individuals or committees who have shown a consummate level of service to URISA through an ongoing commitment to our success as an organization.

Nominate one or more individuals via this form by Wednesday, June 30: URISA Awards Nomination Form
Excellence in GIS
Excellence in GIS Webinar Series (March-June, 2021)
Profiling 2020 Exemplary Systems in Government (ESIG) Award winning systems

Did you miss any of the presentations in our recent Excellence in GIS webinar series?

Take some time to view the recordings to learn about all four award-winning systems.
The GIS Professional

Have you had a chance to read the latest issue of The GIS Professional?

Thanks to all of the URISA members who volunteered articles and shared their good work.

Content is always appreciated. If you would like to write an article, please send a note. Remember that writing articles counts as GISP Contributions Points.
Stay Connected
Connect with your fellow members to ask for help or recommendations, share ideas and lessons learned via our online community, URISA Connect.
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