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URISA Digest
February 14, 2017
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Welcome New Corporate Partner

Be sure to  renew your 2017 membership dues online if you haven't done so yet. Thanks! 

Major URISA Awards 

URISA is pleased to announce that it is now accepting applications for its GIS Hall of Fame

Nominations are due May 1, 2017. 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. Check out the current members of the URISA GIS Hall of Fame and think about the superstar(s) who are not yet part of this amazing group.

Have you improved government operations through the use of geospatial technology? Consider applying for a 2017 URISA Exemplary Systems in Government (ESIG™) Award. The award competition is open to all public agencies at the national/federal, state/provincial, regional and local levels.

Take a few minutes to review last year's winning submissions, including the videos celebrating the honor. Applications are due on or by June 1. Details and the application are all online here.

Presentation Proposals Due Soon

2017 GIS in Transit Conference 
September 6-8, 2017
Washington, DC 
Abstract submissions are due March 1
Private sector participation : There are only a few opportunities to participate in the Conference Exhibition.

GIS-Pro 2017: URISA's 55th Annual Conference 
October 23-26, 2017 
Jacksonville, Florida

The conference committee has put forward these overall program tracks: 

Young Professionals: Inspiring the Future of GIS
This track is designed to support young professionals, including students, in their care er development. The sessions will provide opportunities to learn about and develop the skills and relationships that will advance their understanding of professional pathways and keys to success in the geospatial workplace.

Unlocking Your Potential: GIS Leadership & Management
From single user to enterprise systems, learn the difference between Leadership and Management and why both are critical to your organization's GIS success. In this track, learn more about topics such as the GIS Capability Maturity Model, GIS strategic planning, and more.

GISP Exam Fundamentals: What you should know as a Professional
This track will explore the knowledge areas related to the GISP exam. It will review topics related to the exam, help attendees assess their readiness, and provide a forum for discussion.  We are seeking presentations that address the specific exam knowledge areas within these categories. For a complete list of these topics, please review the GISCI Geospatial Core Technical Knowledge Exam Candidate Manual.

GIS Technology for Efficiency and Effectiveness
New technology provides all types of new capabilities to do all kinds of things - some are 'must haves' with real return on investment; some address new business challenges; and some are simply cool. The presentations in this program track will demonstrate new GIS capabilities that meet defined needs and demonstrate value.

Click here for details and suggested topics within each program track. Remember, submissions are due March 10!

Professional Education Deadlines
2017 GIS/CAMA Technologies Conference
March 6-9, 2017
Chattanooga, Tennessee 
Check out the  conference program  including preconference workshops, breakout sessions, and exciting keynote talks and panel discussions. Don't miss the closing session covering the National Parcel Database! 

URISA Leadership Academy
April 3-7, 2017
San Diego, California
Important note:
This program is filling up at a record pace. If you'd like to attend in San Diego, register soon.

URISA Leadership Academy
July 24-28, 2017
Providence, Rhode Island
Significant early registration discounts until May 1. 

Show Some Love
It's Valentine's Day...

Have you signed up to mentor a young professional or student yet? URISA members have always been very generous with their time and our Vanguard Cabinet has a great system set up to facilitate relationships.  Sign up to be a mentor today!

And don't forget to show some LOVE for GISCorps . Consider a tax deductible donation to support the selfless work of this fantastic URISA program making an impact through GIS globally. Donate today!

Happy Valentine's Day!

Wendy Nelson
URISA Executive Director