Your Monthly News & Updates
Season's Greetings - Wishing URISA members and friends a very safe, healthy, and happy holiday season!
The GIS Professional
Be sure to set aside some time to read the latest issue of The GIS Professional here.

The issue includes articles focused on remote management and effective webinar moderation, in addition to profiles of the URISA Community Resilience Committee and other announcements from the organization.

Interested in writing an article for a future issue? Send a brief description of your proposed article topic to Judy Colby-George. A great way to share your ideas and experiences and earn Contributions Points toward your GISP certification or renewal.
GIS Showcase
Help us showcase your innovative geospatial accomplishments. From winners of the prestigious Exemplary Systems in Government (ESIG) award, to groundbreaking web applications, to exciting open source projects, the URISA GIS Showcase will present the world-class solutions produced by our industry on a regular basis. The web-based application showcase will serve as a repository of geospatial excellence available year-round to inspire the next generation, spur collaboration, and share cutting-edge techniques. 

Check it out and submit your project here.
URISA GIS Leadership Academy - Hopefully, we'll be able to host three in-person GLAs in Minneapolis (June), Portland (August), and St Petersburg, FL (November) in 2021. In addition, we will plan to offer one or two virtual Academies next year, as travel restrictions will likely still be in effect, particularly in the first quarter.

Grab your seat at one of the in-person programs and/or stay tuned for a virtual program announcement.

GIS/Valuation Technologies Conference - This year's conference was supposed to occur in late March in Louisville, Kentucky. Due to the pandemic, that event was canceled outright. For 2021, IAAO and URISA have decided to host a virtual event.

Most of the speakers who were planning to present this year have enthusiastically agreed to do so during the virtual event, which will take place in mid-March 2021.

The planning committee is currently organizing the virtual program and discussing sponsor opportunities. Much more coming soon!

GIS-Pro 2021 - We all hope that we can meet in person in Baltimore this October for GIS-Pro 2021. Conference planning will begin soon with a Call for Presentation Proposals, so start thinking about what you might like to share. We know that anything can happen between now and then and that travel will likely still be a concern/issue. We will certainly incorporate some sort of virtual component to the conference next Fall.
More News
Are you caught up with the podcasts co-hosted by URISA's Vanguard Cabinet and Directions Magazine?

The latest is a conversation focused on Deforestation and Satellite Imagery. Check them out here.
Stay Safe and Connected
It's so important to have a professional network during this stressful time. Be sure to reach out to your fellow members to ask for help or recommendations, share ideas and lessons learned via our online community, URISA Connect.

Members have recently requested new communities in Connect including a Business Collaboration community for our private sector members to connect and share resources.
Renew your 2021 Membership
Renew your 2021 membership before the end of the year. Easy to do online! Click here.

Note that the URISA HQ office will be closed for the holidays, December 24 - January 1. Looking forward to the new year! Be well!
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