I think nearly all would agree that 2016 has been a year to remember. 2016 was also an eventful year for the MN GIS/LIS Consortium. The year went quickly but we got a lot accomplished with an excellent group of board members, committee members and the consortium membership. As 2016 Board Chair, I continue to be amazed at the commitment and dedication all of you give to this organization. Thank you to all for the contributions you have made in 2016. I am want to welcome to our newly elected board members Rebecca Foster, Board Chair-Elect, Peter Smith, At-Large Rep, Jared Hovi, Conference Chair and our re-elected board members Tim Loesch, Treasurer and Zeb Thomas, State Government Rep. We have an exciting year ahead as Scott Freburg takes over as 2017 Board Chair and Bemidji as a new site for our annual conference where Jane Mueller will serve as Conference Chair.
This year’s conference brought us record attendance to a familiar place. Ryan Stovern and the 2016 Conference Committee did an excellent job pulling everything together for the big event. Those who attended were offered a wide variety of Workshops and sessions as well as intriguing speakers. We also were able to share GIS with educators on Wednesday at the 2nd Educator workshops. We enjoyed great networking opportunities on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights. Other fun activities included the fun run and a tour of a live working Great Lakes research vessel. Thank you to Ryan Stovern and the Conference Committee for an excellent 2016 Conference.
The Board worked on refining and reorganizing the scholarship and education committees officially becoming the Education Committee. Our involvement with K-12 activities has increased over the last several years and 2016 proved to offer even more for K-12 including an expansion of Educator workshops at the fall conference and support for the first ever MN on the Map student online map contest. Thank you to Scott Freburg, Stacey Stark and the Education Committee for the hard work on these efforts in 2016.
Spring workshops were also a great success once again. Thanks to Michelle Trager and the Spring Workshops Committee, 14 workshops were offered with some available in 3 remote locations.
Networking Events included a Curling Event, Spring Workshops event at Republic, and a co-event with University of MN GeoSpatial for GIS Day in November were well attended. Thank you to Zeb Thomas and the Networking Committee for organizing these events.
The MN GIS/LIS Consortium had a busy year. Thank you to all of the dedicated Board members and volunteers who made all of the events and work possible in 2016. Volunteering opportunities are available with MN GIS/LIS committees or events throughout the year. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like information about volunteer opportunities.