Summer 2008

The Newsletter of the Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium

Table of Contents

MN GIS/LIS Consortium

From the Chair
2008 Conference
Silent Auction
Scholarship Winners
Call for Awards

Drive to Excellence Update
Watershed Assessment Tool

Governor's Council
National Grid Lectures
Preparedness Outreach
Call for Commendations

Parcels & Community Devel.

McLeod Co. Uses GeoMoose

Landsat Data Free
Red River LiDAR Update
USGS Flood Map
Ecoregion-Climate Reports

Higher Education
Dangermond Degree
Saint Mary's Update

ESRI & Google

Non-profit GIS User Group

GITA Conference
GITA Scholarship

Other Places
GIS Job Field



Drive to Excellence Update
By David Arbeit and Fred Logman, Office of Geographic and Demographic Analysis

The State GIS Coordination project is progressing and picking up speed. The last newsletter contained a report that it had been adopted as a State Drive to Excellence (D2E) Project and described its organizational and functional transformation tracks. Since then, the D2E Steering Committee and the project team has begun work on organizational options and plans to finalize a recommendation sometime this summer. A consultant, Applied Geographics, was awarded a contract to work with stakeholders to develop a strategy for organizing the functional aspects of GIS development, operations and support within State government.
Kick-off Meeting
A project kick-off meeting was held on Tuesday, May 13, 2008, designed to provide stakeholders with an overview of the project, emphasizing its purpose and expected outcomes, reviewing the project schedule, and discussing opportunities for stakeholder involvement. Almost 90 people attended, representing a broad cross-section of stakeholders: state agencies, counties, regional government, non-profits, federal government, and the private sector.
Project Sponsor Brad Moore, Commissioner of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, opened the meeting with a compelling case for the D2E project, a message reinforced by State Commissioners Dana Badgerow (Administration) and Gopal Khanna (Office of Enterprise Technology). David Arbeit from the Office of Geographic and Demographic Analysis followed with a historical roadmap of previous studies and initiatives that have set the stage for this Cabinet-level initiative and introduced the Applied Geographics team, Michael Terner and Andy Buck. They provided an overview of the movement towards enterprise GIS in other states and a detailed overview of the project plan. An extensive question and answer period followed.
Presentation PowerPoint slides are posted on the State Project web site along with other project information at: Applied Geographics also has created a project website to promote discussion at  
Future Project Activities
  • A Web-based survey for all stakeholders will be conducted during June 2008.
  • Small group interviews for many State agencies will be held during the weeks of June 16-19 and June 23-26.
  • A workshop for non-State stakeholders will be scheduled for Tuesday, June 24, 2008. 
  • A workshop for State stakeholders will be held in July or August.
  • Project completion and final report are scheduled for October.
This is a fast-paced project that is intended to provide input for the 2009 legislative session and the State’s FY2010/11 biennial budget. Stay tuned!
For more information regarding this Drive to Excellence Initiative, contact David Arbeit at or Fred Logman at