Submit your presentation proposal(s) for GIS-Pro 2021 on or before March 31, 2021.

The GIS-Pro 2021 Planning Committee is now inviting Presentation Proposals. Consider sharing your ideas in one or more of these suggested topic areas:

  • 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

If pandemic health and safety concerns have been substantially minimized (or eliminated), we all hope to meet in Baltimore in October for URISA's 59th Annual Conference, GIS-Pro 2021. We will certainly pivot if necessary.
GIS Data Stewardship Ask the Experts Virtual Panel: March 31
Just announced: URISA's Next-Gen 9-1-1 Task Force is hosting an Ask the Experts virtual panel session focused on GIS Data Stewardship, next Wednesday, March 31 at 3 PM Eastern/2 PM Central/1 PM Mountain/12 Noon Pacific time.

The session is free, but you must register in advance (seats are limited). Register and learn more here:
Call for Leadership Nominations
Do you have leadership ambitions within URISA or can you recommend a fellow member who should be considered or encouraged to serve in a leadership role for the association? 

URISA is governed by a 12-member Board of Directors – unpaid volunteers who are elected by the URISA membership to serve three-year terms. Elections take place each summer and board terms begin at the close of the GIS-Pro annual conference.

URISA is pleased to announce the Call for Nominations for the positions of President-Elect and Director for the 2021-2024 Board of Directors (three-year terms). Nomination Statements are due on or before May 3, 2021.
Two Full-Day URISA Virtual Workshops in April - Register Now
Preparing for GISP Certification Workshop
Thursday, April 1, 2021 - Presented Virtually
Do your professional development plans include earning your GISP certification? Grab a seat at URISA's virtual Preparing for GISP Certification Workshop on Thursday, April 1. Don’t miss this full day of information to prepare yourself in advance of the next GISP Exam offering in June and December.

Experimental Learning Techniques Workshop
Friday, April 9, 2021 - Presented Virtually
Previously presented to rave reviews at GIS-Pro 2020 as a three-hour workshop and again in January as a 90 minute webinar, there has never been enough time. Attend this full-day workshop to really dive deep and have a great time with Tim Nolan and Tom Fisher!

Register: Significant discounts for URISA members. For details, schedule, and online registration for both of these workshops. click HERE.
URISA GIS Leadership Academy - Virtual & In-Person
To keep up with demand, we will again host a Virtual URISA GIS Leadership Academy during the week of April 12-16, 2021. As with the two previous virtual GLAs, capacity is limited so grab your spot right away.

We hope to see you at our in-person events this year (fingers crossed) in:

  • Minneapolis, Minnesota - June 7-11, 2021 (Being Rescheduled)
Because things aren't expected to be quite as fully open in June as we had hoped, we have decided to re-negotiate and will shortly announce that the Minneapolis program will move to early December (week of December 6). As soon as that contract adjustment is made, we'll reach out to those of you who are currently registered for the June program and facilitate a transfer of registration. Hang tight!

  • Portland, Oregon - August 16-20, 2021
  • St. Petersburg, Florida - November 8-12, 2021 

For details, click here.
Excellence in GIS Webinar Series

Celebrate and learn from the systems that were awarded 2020 URISA Exemplary Systems in Government Awards. URISA is pleased to present four opportunities to showcase these systems, once per month through June:

  • March 1, 2021 (4 PM Eastern/3 PM Central/2 PM Mountain/1 PM Pacific): Town of Flower Mound, Texas – Citizen Camera Program (If you missed it, the recording is posted here.)

  • NEXT UP! April 5, 2021 (4 PM Eastern/3 PM Central/2 PM Mountain/1 PM Pacific): City of Phoenix Street Transportation Department – Interactive Pavement Maintenance Dashboard 

  • May 10, 2021 (4 PM Eastern/3 PM Central/2 PM Mountain/1 PM Pacific): Maryland National Capital Park & Planning Commission – PGAtlas

  • June 14, 2021 (4 PM Eastern/3 PM Central/2 PM Mountain/1 PM Pacific): Palm Beach County Water Utilities Department – Enterprise GIS Portal Implementation

Register for these free opportunities here.

Has your agency improved the delivery and quality of government services through the use of GIS?
Get Involved with the URISA Mentoring Network

  • Are you passionate about your field and interested in helping others identify their passions?
  • Are you willing to share your skills, knowledge, and expertise?
  • Do you value continued education and growth?
  • Are you a good listener?
  • Can you spend two to five hours a month cultivating a meaningful and rewarding relationship?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you would make a great mentor in The URISA Mentoring Network! The application deadline for Cohort #2 will close on May 15th.

Learn more
More News & Opportunities
Take some time to review the COVID-19 Tech & GIS After Action Report & Improvement Plan, produced collaboratively by the NAPSG Foundation, NSGIC, and URISA.

Speaking of NAPSG Foundation, take some time to review InSPIRE - 2021 Innovation Summit for Preparedness & Resilience taking place virtually, April 6-8, with participation from many organizational partners, including URISA.

Nominations Now Being Accepted for URISA's GIS Hall of Fame - nominations invited through May 31

So many events! Many of URISA's partners, chapters, and allied organizations are hosting virtual programs including Datamark (April 12-16) and URISA's Oregon Chapter. Be sure to check out the online calendar and review all of the opportunities.
Are you caught up with the podcasts co-hosted by URISA's Vanguard Cabinet and Directions Magazine? The latest is a conversation focused on Perspectives on GIS in Africa with Africa GeoConvo. Check out the podcasts here.

Be sure to also check out the URISA Texas Chapter's "More than Just Maps" podcasts for some great content. 
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. (Be sure to take note of a new feature, the Partner Project Profile, the first of which was written by GeoDecisions.)

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 too!
Stay 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.
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