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GIS/LIS User Groups in Minnesota and Region
As a service to the GIS/LIS community, the Consortium will list any user groups or Minnesota chapters of related professional groups known to us. If your group or chapter would like to be listed, email information to: the webmaster at webmaster@mngislis.org. Listing of these user groups should not be considered an endorsement of these groups by the Consortium.


Anoka County GIS User Group, Anoka County, MN

The group meets monthly at an Anoka County are location. The group consists of the county, cities, townships, school districts and utilities that are in Anoka County. Anyone interested in attending a meeting or wanting more information can contact Scott Erickson, City of Andover, (612) 767-5130 or email serickson@ci.andover.mn.us.


ASPRS, Western Great Lakes Region


The Western Great Lakes Region of the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) helps users of 'image maps' understand their origin and application. Current information and membership can be found at http://www.asprs.org/wgl.


Dakota County GIS Users Group


This group meets quarterly at the Western Service Center in Apple Valley. The group consists of the county, cities, school districts, SWCD and utilities that are in Dakota County. The group focuses on the potential uses of existing and emerging GIS applications and technologies as well as the use of local GIS data. Interested persons should email the Office of GIS: GIS@co.dakota.mn.us


Geospatial Information & Technology Association (GITA), Minnesota Chapter 


The Minnesota Chapter of the GITA normally offers 2-3 technical meetings to members and non-members annually, and a scholarship program, among other activities. You can read more about the Chapter events at: www.gita.org/chapters/minnesota/minn.asp. Information about the national GITA activities may be obtained at www.gita.org.


Goodhue County GIS Users Group


Members of this group meet quarterly, pay annual participation fees, and collaborate on GIS projects. Members include the county, cities, and other agencies within Goodhue County such as the Prairie Island Indian Community and Goodhue County Cooperative Electric Association. For more information visit the group's website at: http://www.co.goodhue.mn.us/departments/landuse/gis/gcgisusergroup.aspx


Hennepin County GIS Users Group


This group meets quarterly at various locations throughout Hennepin County. The Group's mission is to provide a forum for communicating ideas, resolving problems, and increasing the effectiveness of GIS use and Hennepin County's digital basemap data. The group is open to all GIS users - individuals, corporations, and government agencies - who work within the geographic area of Hennepin County. See the group's website: http://www.hcgug.org.


Minnesota ESRI Users Group


This group meets 1-3 times per year and is for users of ESRI technology. For information contact: ESRI-Minneapolis Regional Office, 880 Blue Gentian Rd., Suite 200, St. Paul, MN 55121-1670, 651-454-0600 or see http://www.esri.com/company/usergroups/mn_ug_min.html 


Minnesota Non-Profit GIS User Group


Non-profits have unique needs and motivations when it comes to GIS and related technologies. This group brings non-profit GIS users together to learn from each other, develop synergy and explore partnership opportunities. There is no cost to join or participate. Please contact Alison Slaats at 1000 Friends of Minnesota (aslaats@1000fom.org) for more information. Also check out our Google Group: http://groups.google.com/group/mn-non-profit-gis-user-group


Northern Minnesota GIS Users Group


Formed to facilitate communication between people working in all areas of GIS in Northern Minnesota. It is open to anyone and is non-software specific. Quarterly meetings usually include presentations or tours, and are held in different locations around northern Minnesota. The contact person for the group is Ryan Stovern.


Pine to Prairie GIS User Group (former Outstate GIS User Group)


The Pine to Prairie GIS User Group has evolved from the former Outstate GIS User Group that was hosted by Otter Tail County GIS. Meetings are held quarterly and include informational and educational presentations, networking opportunities, as well as project and product demonstrations. The group's web site includes a Bulletin Board for posting of GIS-related questions and discussion. For more information, visit http://www.wcif.org/?gis or contact Wayne Hurley at West Central Initiative: wayne@wcif.org or phone 218-739-2239, Toll-free (MN only) 800-735-2239.

 

Ramsey County GIS Users Group, Ramsey County, MN


Members of this group meet monthly, pay dues, and contract for GIS data updates, user guides, and other improvements. Members include the county, cities, townships, watershed districts, neighborhood groups, and school districtss, etc. They maintain links to the North Metro I-35W Corridor Coalition, Metro GIS, and other regional bodies. See the group's website: http://www.ramseygis.org/.


Rice County GIS Users Group - Rice County, MN


The Rice County GIS Users Group is comprised of GIS users from Rice County departments, cities within Rice County, and other organizations that use Rice County‚Äôs GIS data. Meetings are held approximately every three months at the Rice County Government Services Building. Visit our website for more information: http://www.co.rice.mn.us/rice-county-gis-users-group. If you would like to join this group contact the GIS Coordinator at 507-333-3777, or e-mail RCGIS@co.rice.mn.us.


Scott County Users Group - Scott County, MN


The group consists of the County, cities, Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, private utility companies, MN/DOT, GIS consultants and a watershed district in Scott County. The group discusses topics of interest and focuses on developing partnerships for the exchange and use of local GIS data and tools. Visit our website for more information.


Southeastern Minnesota GIS Users Group


The Southeastern Minnesota GIS Users Group covers a geographic area including the 11 county region of the Association of Minnesota Counties (AMC) District #9 which includes Rice, Goodhue, Steele, Freeborn, Mower, Dodge, Olmsted, Wabasha, Fillmore, Winona, and Houston counties.  All people interested in GIS technology are welcome.  The Users Group meets every 2-3 months in different locations around the 11-county region. Topics of discussion include joint project opportunities, networking, data sharing, and GIS tips and tricks. Meetings will also include presentations by the host agency, product demonstrations, training sessions, and discussion of training needs. Click HERE to view the users group website that includes meeting dates and documentation. You can also check us out on LinkedIn HERE.


Southwest Minnesota GIS User Group


The group consists of various public and private entities in southwest Minnesota. The group meets quarterly at locations throughout the region. The host is selected at the previous meeting who then leads the next meeting with a presentation on a topic of interest. For more information contact Charlie Kost, GIS Director, Southwest MN State University, 507-537-6371, charles.kost@smsu.edu.


Twin Cities Mapserver Users Group


The Twin Cities Mapserver Users Group is a group of Mapserver and other Open Source GIS software users that get together on the third Tuesday of each month in the Minneapolis/St. Paul Minnesota area. For further information contact David Bitner at 612-725-6156. Website: http://trac.osgeo.org/mapserver/wiki/MUGs


Washington County GIS Users Group, Washington County, MN


This group meets quarterly at a Washington County location. The group focuses on local government needs, including: county, cities, townships, school districts, watersheds, SWCD, etc. The contact person for the group is David Brandt, GIS Support Unit Senior Analyst. He can be reached at 651-430-6894.


Winona County GIS User Group, Winona County, MN


This group meets quarterly at various locations within Winona County. The group consists of the county, cities, townships, school districts, SWCD and universities that are located in Winona County. Anyone interested in attending a meeting or wanting more information can contact Nick Meyers, Winona County, (507) 457-6506 or email nmeyers@co.winona.mn.us.


Adjacent States


Northland Area GIS Users Group, Ashland, WI


The user group meets quarterly and is non-software specific. Persons interested in attending the meetings should contact Dennis Kanten at 715-762-5711.


 

 

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