The Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium Board of Directors and committees are already working towards a quality conference and two sets of workshops. I’m happy to work with this year’s board and look forward to meeting a number of new goals. Thanks to the outgoing board for a great year of accomplishments! We have some returning directors and some new faces this year.
Please welcome the 2010 Board of Directors:
Steve Benson, Chair – Minnesota DNR
Sarah Schrader, Chair Elect – Goodhue County
Rebecca Foster, Past Chair Ex Officio and MnGeo Statewide Geospatial Advisory Council Liaison – City of Edina
Carla Coates, Treasurer – Ramsey County GIS
Jesse Adams, Secretary - North Point Geographic Solutions
Stacey Stark, Conference Chair – University of Minnesota Duluth
Tami Maddio, Conference Chair-Elect – City of Eagan
Dr. David Kelley, Higher Education – University of St. Thomas
Kari Geurts, State Government – Minnesota DNR
Jennifer Wittkopf, Local Government – City of Prior Lake
Heidi Gaedy, Private Sector – de maximis Data Management Solutions, Inc.
Joshua Gumm, At-Large – Scott County GIS
Nancy Rader, MnGeo Ex Officio – Minnesota Geospatial Information Office
Board Meetings: These meetings are open, and are held once a month. So far, we’ve built the annual plan for 2010, and are working to support the Consortium’s mission: To develop and support the GIS professional in Minnesota for the benefit of our state and its citizens. Feel free to contact your representative or any board member should you have comments, suggested goals or concerns about the organization. Full contact information for each director can be found here.
Membership is Free: Members include GIS/LIS professionals from local, state, and federal government agencies; business and industry; educational institutions; and nonprofits. Anyone can become a member by signing up at our website, or, if you’re already a member, please review your Member Profile and update if needed. Don’t miss out on an important training opportunity, E-Announcement of current events, or the quarterly newsletter. If you work for a Minnesota state agency, PLEASE update your email on your member profile to reflect your new address after email migration!
Spring Workshops: The board is again developing a day of GIS/LIS-related workshops to be held at the Mn/DOT's Training Center in Arden Hills. The workshops will be held on Thursday, May 20, 2010. Sally Wakefield has volunteered to be this year’s workshop chair, and can be contacted for topic suggestions at email@example.com
2010 Fall Conference and Workshops: This year's conference is the second of two years in Duluth, to be held at the DECC on October 13-15th. The 2010 conference is the 20th Annual Conference for the Consortium! We’ve come a long way from the old days. If you are interested in working on this year’s event, or simply want to make a comment or suggestion, contact this year's Conference Chair, Stacey Stark, at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Opportunities to get involved: While board positions are elected, there are many opportunities for you to volunteer and make a difference, without having to run for office! Please visit our website to see the list of committees that would welcome your help along with contact information for each chair.
Newsletter: Remember – all members are invited and encouraged to submit articles to email@example.com about GIS projects, activities and events to this quarterly newsletter. Please consider submitting an article or encouraging others to contribute a piece about an interesting project or topic. Suggested length of articles is a few paragraphs with related links and/or supporting graphics. The Consortium is a member-driven organization and relies on the greater community to distribute informative and timely information.
Thank you to all the members that keep the Consortium strong through participation! The board and I look forward to serving your interests in the coming year.