MN GIS/LIS Consortium 2006 Fall Conference and Workshops
By Sally Wakefield, 2006 Conference Chair
Another successful conference has come and gone and I would like to offer appreciation
to all who attended, presented, exhibited and helped to organize the 16th Annual Fall Conference this past October. Special thanks to those of you who contributed to the scholarship fund through purchasing raffle tickets, attending the beer tasting event and bidding in our first-ever silent auction. The money raised through those activities will enable the Consortium to continue to recognize and support student excellence in Minnesota in the fields of geographic and land information systems.
Workshops were well attended with 23 separate offerings. Overall nearly 600 people attended and during the conference itself, more than 100 sessions were offered in 7 tracks. We are working to make session presentations available online so if you weren’t able to attend all of the sessions that interested you, you may be able to find information about it on our updated Conference Sessions page.
Once again the exhibit hall was full and we continue to appreciate the support of our vendors as well as the information and ingenuity they bring to the conference. You can find information about all of our vendors and links to their companies on our GIS Products and Services page. They would be pleased to discuss any remaining questions you may have about their products or services.
As many of you may know, the annual conference is the primary revenue stream for our organization. In addition to providing an annual opportunity for GIS/LIS training and networking, the conference allows this organization to support other activities throughout the year. Proceeds from the conference support a variety of activities including the ability to organize low-cost training and workshops, provide seed grants for user groups, maintain the consortium webpage and newsletter, and support GIS Day activities and other events related to the organization’s mission: "To develop and support the GIS professional in Minnesota for the benefit of our state and its citizens." To learn more about requesting Consortium support for an event, see the consortium services webpage.
Organizing the conference is always a huge, but rewarding experience. Each year volunteers are needed to accomplish a variety of tasks related to planning this event. Volunteers help with everything from organizing workshop and session schedules to decorating the facilities. Any assistance is welcome and appreciated, as are all ideas and suggestions. Should YOU be interested in helping or offering a suggestion, please send a message to our webmaster at email@example.com – you can be sure it will be routed to the appropriate person.
Next year the conference moves south of the metro for the first time ever, to Rochester, Minnesota. Rochester is a city made for hospitality and we think that attendees will be pleased with the conference and hotel facilities being made available. Since the Minnesota Consortium Conference is the largest in the region devoted to GIS/LIS, we hope to serve our current member base as well as draw in some new energy from the southern portion of the state and surrounding states. So, mark your calendars for next year’s conference, scheduled for October 10-12 in Rochester.
Thank you again for YOUR part in helping to make the conference successful. It is our members that make this organization great!