|2008 Conference Summary
By Kari Geurts, Conference Chair
As the conference chair, I want to thank all who attended, presented, exhibited, and helped to organize the 18th Annual Minnesota GIS/LIS Fall Conference and Workshops in Rochester. We had a great turnout with 561 members attending.
We greatly appreciate the support of our vendors, and 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.
A special thanks to all of you who donated to the Consortium's Scholarship Endowment Fund either by making a donation to the silent and live auction, bidding on one of the items donated, purchasing a t-shirt, or attending the annual beer tasting event. 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 very well attended and provided some new choices this year. I would like to thank each of you who participated in our collective process of determining what topics to present. We will look for your and others’ input for next year’s workshop topics. We hope all of you who wished to attend a workshop were able to find something of interest in the mix.
We had an excellent choice of concurrent sessions to attend this year as well. Seven full tracks of presentations for a day and a half is quite a volume of material to present; again we hope everyone found something in every breakout session that was of interest.
A review of the conference with links to many of the presentations can be found here
Organizing the conference is always a huge job, but is highly rewarding. It is a team effort and this year’s conference committee did an excellent job! 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. If you are interested in volunteering to help with the conference or want to offer a suggestion, please send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org
– it will be forwarded to the appropriate person.
Next year the conference will be in Duluth – mark your calendars for October 21-23, 2009.
I have greatly enjoyed my two years serving on the Consortium board as the conference chair-elect and the conference chair. I thank the other board members for their support throughout my term. It has been an honor and a pleasure to work with all of you.
See you in Duluth in 2009!