FALL 2006

The Newsletter of the Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium

Table of Contents

MN GIS/LIS Consortium
2006 Conference
From the Chair
Lifetime Award
Polaris Awards
Scholarship Winners
Scholarship Competition
Scholarship Fundraising
North Workshop
South Workshop

Air Photo, Elevation Inventory
LIDAR Update
50 States Grant
NorthStar Mapper
HydroClim Minnesota

Governor's Council
Annual Report
FY07 Appointments
Governor's Commendations
Grand Rapids Presentations

Forum Results

Olmsted Uses Air Photos
FGDC Funds Web Mapping

Pine County LIDAR, Soils
Soil Data Viewer Update
2007 CAP Grants
USGS Reorganization

Higher Education
Evacuation Management Tool
Land Change Research
St. Mary's Update

K-12 Education
GEOFEST, Training

Mapping Child Care

Other Places
Dynamic Earth Map



USGS Opens Competition for National Geospatial Technical Operations Center to Denver and Rolla

From USGS News Release


The U.S. Geological Survey has announced plans to allow the mapping centers located in Denver, Colorado, and Rolla, Missouri, to compete for the consolidated site of the National Geospatial Technical Operations Center (NGTOC). The Department of Interior directed the action in an effort to comply with the expressed intent of both the House of Representatives and the Senate Committee on Appropriations in their respective versions of the FY 2007 Interior appropriations bill.


The announcement means the USGS will revise the OMB Circular A-76 process currently underway to provide for consideration of consolidation of NGTOC operations at either the Denver or Rolla locations. Employees in both Denver and Rolla will be provided with resources necessary to formulate their Most Efficient Organization in order to allow these centers to effectively and fairly compete. While this process is underway, both Denver and Rolla will remain open until selection of a single site for the NGTOC has been finalized.


Consolidating USGS geospatial technical operations into one cutting-edge, efficient NGTOC will remain a top priority for USGS in order for the agency to continue to effectively fulfill its leadership role within a dynamic and changing geospatial community.