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19th Annual Conference and Workshops
October 21-23, 2009 Duluth, Minnesota


DECC, Duluth, MN 


MN GIS/LIS Conference Updates


Due to mechanical "ice making" issues, the curling part of the Wednesday night event at the Curling club has been canceled.  The free social event, with complimentary hors d’oeuvres and cash bar, will still be held at the Duluth Curling Club (within the DECC complex) following the Wednesday workshops.


Click HERE to check out a Google Earth KMZ file of the Conference area. 


See you in Duluth!


Online registration for the 2009 MN GISLIS Annual Workshops and Conference are now closed. No additional registrations will be accepted prior to the event. Walk-in registrations are welcome. If you have not yet registered but are planning to participate, please plan to register at the event next week. Thank you.


GIS/LIS Call for Moderators/Volunteers


Things are shaping up for another great conference, but we need YOU to help make that happen.  Volunteers are the behind-the-scenes magic of a successful conference; please help your colleagues by moderating a session or general volunteering.  This is a great chance to network and meet new GIS people in the state while helping making the conference a success. 
Thank you!  We’re really looking forward to seeing you all in Duluth.

Please contact Jeff Storlie to volunteer.
 
To moderate a session sign up here (Google Docs) or contact Andrea Grygo.


A new, smaller conference brochure is in the mail and you can review or download the Preliminary program. A final printed program will be included in your conference registration packet.

 
There will be full tracks of concurrent sessions, panel discussions, product demos, poster exhibition and a vendor reception. As always, there will be many great opportunities to network and socialize at all the entertainment events.
 
OVERVIEW
 
Wednesday, October 21
    • Workshops (All at the DECC. Shared laptop policy - refer to registration)
    • Welcome reception at the Duluth Curling Club.
Thursday, October 22
    • Opening plenary: "The Geospatial Technology Revolution”
    • Morning/afternoon concurrent sessions
    • Awards luncheon
    • Scholarship undergraduate and poster competitions
    • Exhibit hall and vendor reception
    • 5K fun run/walk
    • Beer tasting
Friday, October 3
    • Morning concurrent sessions
    • Scholarship graduate competition winners
    • Brief annual member meeting during working lunch
    • Closing lunch and plenary: "Friendship Fires – Life in the Northwoods”
    • Member drawing with door prizes

WEDNESDAY
Workshops: The event begins with workshops held in the DECC. Come to the Lobby to register, receive your program materials, and enjoy a continental breakfast. Or join us for lunch at 12:15 and attend an afternoon workshop. With a broad offering of hands-on and lecture-style workshops on a variety of topics, we hope that everyone will find something of interest.


Welcome Reception: That early evening, be sure to stop by (5:00 – 10:00)  the Duluth Curling Club, located within the DECC complex. The Consortium will host an evening social with complimentary appetizers.
You will have a chance to sign up (6:00) at the curling club ($15.00 and a clean pair of sneakers) to participate in a mini bonspiel. Please join us for a fun filled event.


THURSDAY
Opening Plenary: Conference registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and we lead things off with a great plenary session. Peter Batty, will address the conference and speak about:
                                
                                          "The Geospatial Revolution”
                                        http://geothought.blogspot.com/


Concurrent sessions begin immediately following the keynote. Tracks of concurrent sessions run throughout the conference schedule, providing information on a vast array of GIS/LIS-related topics. Learn how others have implemented solutions to issues you might be having, find out about new technology advances, and listen to recent research in a field of interest.


Awards Lunch: The Thursday lunch program includes the presentation of the Consortium’s certificates to the scholarship winners from each school and its three Polaris mid-career awards as well as two Governor’s Commendation awards to outstanding GIS projects.


Scholarship Competition: Outstanding students from across the state will be competing for cash prizes in a dedicated scholarship track. Watch for the competition entries among the student track presentations and in the poster gallery.


5K Fun Run/Walk: Get outside and get moving! Join us for a "5K” on Duluth’s Lake Superior walkway. The route winds along the Duluth harbor and around Canal Park. Timing devices will be provided or set your own pace. Changing facilities will be provided at the DECC. All participants registered will receive a T-shirt commemorating the run/walk event.


Exhibit Hall, Vendor Reception: The exhibit hall will be open throughout the conference, and vendors will be on hand to share their latest technologies and services. A new raffle will be held during the vendor reception, following the concurrent sessions. All proceeds from this event benefit the Consortium’s scholarship program. You can sample the hors d’oeuvres during the reception as you make your way through the hall and poster gallery, where you can meet and talk with the poster presenters and exhibitors.


Beer Tasting: Join us in the Ballroom at the Holiday Inn for the annual beer tasting. Home brewers are welcome to bring samples to share. Tickets can be purchased at the door. All proceeds from this event support activities to foster and recognize exceptional up-and-coming GIS professionals.


FRIDAY
Sessions and Closing Plenary: The conference concludes with concurrent sessions in the morning followed by lunch and the closing plenary session. Our closing lunch will include an awards presentation to this year’s student scholarship competition winners and  a brief annual member meeting. Closing the conference will be Sam Cook, Duluth News Tribune Outdoor writer, presenting, "Friendship Fires – Life in the Northwoods”. Door prizes (based on budget) will be drawn after the closing. Must be present to win!


It should be a great conference with quality workshops, engaging sessions, full exhibit hall, quality entertainment and an excellent opportunity to reconnect with friends and acquaintances. Please pass on the word about the conference to others who may not get our materials directly or may be interested in attending.


Thanks to each and every one of you who support the Consortium, and we hope to see you all in Duluth!


For more information, please contact: Jeff Storlie storliej@co.st-louis.mn.us or 218-725-5022
 

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