The response to the GIS-Pro 2021 Call for Presentation Proposals was off the charts!
The planning committee will meet virtually during the week of May 3 to discuss and debate the submissions. Track teams have been formed and the program will be developed according to 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

The detailed conference agenda and sponsorship opportunities should be detailed by the end of May and registration will open at that time. It is very likely that all venues where URISA events are hosted will require proof of vaccination from participants to comply with local jurisdiction guidelines.

Make plans to join your colleagues in Baltimore for GIS-Pro 2021: URISA's 59th Annual Conference .
Excellence in GIS Webinar Series: May 10 & June 14
Don't miss the next two presentations in URISA's Excellence in GIS Webinar Series, featuring the 2020 Exemplary Systems in Government Award winners.

  • May 10, 2021: National Capital Park & Planning Commission – PGAtlas
  • June 14, 2021: Palm Beach County Water Utilities Department – Enterprise GIS Portal Implementation 

The presentations are free to attend but you must register in advance (seats are limited). Register here: https://www.urisa.org/webinars

If you missed the first two webinars in the series, take some time to view the recordings.
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? 

The benefits of URISA leadership are many:
  • A significant role in advancing your profession;
  • An opportunity to enhance the value of URISA;
  • An opportunity to help lead URISA through its strategic plan;
  • Access to up-to-date information about the challenges facing your profession; and 
  • The chance to exchange ideas and perspectives with other volunteer leaders

URISA values and seeks diverse leadership as defined by race, ethnicity, gender, religion, age, sexual orientation, nationality, disability, appearance, geographic location, professional level, etc. 

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.
Attend URISA's Addressing Workshop Virtually
Managing Addressing for the 21st Century - URISA Certified Workshop
Friday, May 21, 2021 - Presented Virtually

Addresses are a vital data set for all local governments, and are increasingly needed for regional and state functions as well. Managing the addressing life cycles from assignment to maintenance, and serving address data to multiple departments and agencies with different user needs and requirements make addressing a complex task. This workshop will focus on understanding your addressing system, the workflows for address assignment and maintenance, and the development of standard-compliant address repositories that provide the structure and flexibility needed to meet addressing needs throughout your organization.

Target audience: Anyone who assigns or maintains address information, address users, geodatabase administrators, NG-911 administrators, and others interested in how to make your address data work better.

Register: Significant discounts for URISA members. For details, schedule, and online registration. click HERE.
URISA GIS Leadership Academy - Return to In-Person Training
After another very successful Virtual URISA GIS Leadership Academy, we are pleased to announce the return to in-person leadership training!

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

Seats are limited to comply with social distancing requirements and it is likely that the event venues will require proof of vaccinations against COVID-19.

For details, click here.
Awards Season

Has your agency improved the delivery and quality of government services through the use of GIS?

Apply for a 2021 URISA ESIG Award - submissions due by June 7


URISA's GIS Hall of Fame honors persons and organizations that have made significant and original contributions to the development and application of GIS concepts, tools, or resources, or to the GIS profession. Take some time to review the individuals and organizations that are currently inducted into the Hall of Fame. Nominations for the 2021 class are due on or before May 31. For criteria and nominations instructions, click here.

URISA Service Award nominations, recognizing exceptional volunteer contributions are also due on or before May 31. For descriptions of each award and nomination forms, click here.
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

Earth Day 2021

URISA's Vanguard Cabinet is hosting an Instagram Live event with special guest, Timothy Stryker from the USGS!

We’ll be discussing his work with the National Land Imaging Program #LIVE this Thursday, April 22nd (#earthday) at 4:30 PM EST/1:30 PM PST.

Tune in!
More News & Opportunities
GISCI Exam: Next opportunity to take the GISP Exam is June 5-12, 2021.

So many events! URISA's Oregon Chapter is hosting the 29th Annual GIS in Action Conference this week and Esri is hosting it's Health and Human Services Conference virtually on April 21-22, 2021. URISA's Ontario Chapter is hosting BeSpatial’21 Conference on May 4-5.

Be sure to check out the online calendar and review all of the opportunities.
Podcasts
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.

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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