Spring 2007

The Newsletter of the Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium

Table of Contents

MN GIS/LIS Consortium

From the Chair
2007 Conference
Call for Awards
LMIC Budget

LMIC Update
Parcel Inventory Update
FSA Photo Update
Remote Sensing Workshop
Drought Monitoring

Governor's Council
Strategic Plan Update
Call for Commendations

MetroGIS Strategic Planning
2006 TC Metro Imagery
Property Foreclosure Info

Snowmobile Trails in E911

2010 Census Address Program
LUCA Update
Physical Features Map 

Higher Education
UWRF GIS/Catography
Satellite Monitoring Land/Water
GIS Day at UMD
St. Mary's Updates GIS Lab
Neighborhood Indicators
ND Online Certificate
GIS Body of Knowledge

McMaster to Head UCGIS

Other Places
Lawsuit May Limit GIS Industry
Disaster Management
Elevation for Nation
Food Security/Health
RI Tracks Coyotes



2010 Census LUCA Program
By Craig Best, U.S. Census Bureau, Kansas City Regional Office

The Local Update of Census Addresses program, also known as LUCA, is a decennial census geographic partnership program that will allow the U.S. Census Bureau to benefit from local knowledge in developing its Master Address File (MAF) for the 2010 Census. Tribal, state, and local governments can contribute to a more complete and accurate census for their community by reviewing and commenting on the list of housing units and group quarters addresses that the Census Bureau will use to deliver questionnaires within their community.

The LUCA Program kicked off in late January 2007 when announcement letters were mailed to the highest elected officials of all local governments. The Census Bureau will sponsor a series of LUCA informational presentations throughout the state in the spring. Local governments will receive the formal invitation and signup forms in July and will be invited to attend technical training sessions in late summer.

Program participants will have at least 120 days to conduct their reviews with all material returned to the Census Bureau by April 2008. The Census Bureau will process the returned materials, will field verify all information in Spring 2009, and will provide feedback to the participants by October 2009.

The Census Bureau has set up a toll free number and generic email address for the LUCA program in Minnesota. Feel free to refer LUCA inquiries to: 866-511-LUCA or

In addition, a brochure entitled "Will your Community Be Ready for the 2010 Census Local Update of Census Addresses Program?" is available in PDF format at