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



Emergency Preparedness Committee at Governor’s Homeland Security Conference
By Steve Swazee, Emergency Preparedness Committee Co-chair
Members of the Emergency Preparedness Committee (EPC), Minnesota Governor’s Council on Geographic Information, participated in the Minnesota Governor’s Homeland Security and Emergency Management Conference held on March 11-13, 2008.
In addition to staffing a booth that highlighted the rapidly expanding field of GIS use for emergency planning and response, a 90-minute lecture was provided for the public safety and emergency management communities. Titled, “GIS: More Than Just a Pretty Map”, Paul Weinberger, Dan Ross and Judd Freed provided an exceptionally interesting lecture that contrasted the technical capabilities of GIS as demonstrated during the I35W bridge collapse and Southeast Minnesota flooding events, with simple and effective ways GIS could be used by any emergency manager. This well-received lecture was part of the EPC’s extensive outreach during the past year which has resulted in its membership growing from 17 to 126.
If you would like to learn more about the EPC and its efforts to help the emergency management community harness the revolutionary capabilities of GIS, please visit their website at:
Joella Givens greets a MN Homeland Security and Emergency Management Conference attendee at the EPC’s booth. The three-day conference was attended by more than 400 people and gave the EPC the chance to showcase its efforts to increase GIS use in the emergency management community.