Your Monthly URISA News & Updates
Meet the Next Generation of URISA Leaders 

So pleased to introduce you to the 2020 members of URISA's Vanguard Cabinet. 

They are already making an impact. Take note! 


  • Josiah Burkett, GIS Analyst, GeoTechVision Enterprises Limited, Kingston, Jamaica
  • Shenyue Jia, Research Fellow, Chapman University, Orange, California
  • Rachel Layko, Dangermond Fellow at the National Audubon Society and Fellow in the Center for Geospatial Analysis, The College of William & Mary Center for Geospatial Analysis, Williamsburg, Virginia
  • Harraz Mohd Reza, GIS Technician, Governor's Office of Information Technology, State of Colorado, Denver, Colorado
  • Frank Romo, Public Safety GIS IV, City of Detroit & CEO at RomoGIS Enterprises, Detroit, Michigan
  • Dru Sexton, GIS Specialist, Buckeye Hills Regional Council, Marietta, Ohio
  • Shradha Shrestha, Graduate Research Assistant in NSF INFEWS project, Rochester Institute of Technology, New York
  • Caitlin Thomas, Geospatial Emergency Management Specialist, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Atlanta, Georgia
  • Shivon Van Allen, GIS Technician III, NW Natural, Portland, Oregon
  • Megan Young, Research Data Specialist II, California Public Utilities Commission, San Francisco, California
Make Plans to join us in Louisville for #GISValTech2020 
Looking forward to GIS/ValTech 2020 (formerly GIS/CAMA) in Louisville in late March. Attendee numbers and workshop participation are strong with a couple of workshops already to capacity.

Don't miss the keynote speakers:
  • Grace Simrall, Chief of Civic Innovation and Technology for Louisville Metro Government
  • Scott Nelson, Leadership Coach at Clarity Central
  • Eric Gregory, President of the Kentucky Distillers' Association 
Want to learn more about the conference? Attend this informational webinar on February 27.

Limited  sponsor and exhibit opportunities  remain. Don't delay! 
Attend a URISA GIS Leadership Academy in 2020

Great recent testimonial from a GLA graduate:  "That week in Austin put me on a different path in life and was totally worth every dollar it took to attend."




Registrations are already coming in for all three 2020 venues. 
Be sure to note the early bird discounted registration dates. 
(March 9 is the last day to take advantage of early bird discounts for Minneapolis.)

For registration and venue information,  click here
Hall of Fame
Awards Season at URISA

  • Nominations for URISA Service Awards (Horwood Distinguished Service, Leadership, Service) are due on or before May 11. Check out the details and nominate an outstanding URISA volunteer!
Last Call! Have you renewed your 2020 URISA membership?

If not, take care of it today to make sure there is no disruption in services. Memberships will lapse on March 9.

Click here for instructions.
Have you connected yet? 

URISA members now have exclusive access to our new 365 day online community, URISA Connect,  to discuss areas of interest, explore solutions and talk over challenges with your peers and leaders in the profession.   Recent discussions have focused on:
  • Mapping Sensitive Data - Cell Size Suppression
  • Local Communities Response to Pandemics
  • Redistricting
TIP: You can click FOLLOW (the star icon) at the top right of discussion topics to receive real-time notifications when a post is updated. 
Association Calendar

URISA's four California chapters and CGIA recently hosted CalGIS 2020 in Long Beach and it was full of energy, education and conversation! F rom Governor Martin O'Malley to high school GIS students, it was a fantastic program. Watch for an event overview and an announcement about the 2021 event!

URISA Chapters are very busy with local programs and events:

Catch up with URISA's GISCorps 

Read the latest URISA GISCorps newsletter and catch up with recent projects and the incredible impact that GISCorps volunteers are having across the globe! 

Do you have a copy of THE GIS MANAGEMENT HANDBOOK?

Extremely popular, this edition is a major update of Pete Croswell's 2009 publication.  Required reading in many upper level college/university GIS courses.

"The second edition of The GIS Management Handbook is a tour de force for all engaged in planning, implementing and managing geographic information systems programs and projects. This book covers the core concepts as well as the nitty gritty details and as such, provides an essential reference for those who aspire and work every day to use geographic information to solve problems and seize the opportunities they are afforded to improve the world around us". - Dr. John P. Wilson, Professor and Founding Director, Spatial Sciences Institute, University of Southern California

Check out the details and order your copy today.
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Long sleeve, short sleeve, cardigans, and pullover fleece, check out the URISA Logo Store! 

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