MN GIS/LIS NEWS
Spring 2009
ISSUE 56

MN GIS/LIS NEWS
The Newsletter of the Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium

Table of Contents

MN GIS/LIS Consortium

From the Chair
Conference Planning
Volunteer Opportunities
Scholarship Winners

State
Drive to Excellence Update
USNG in Minnesota
Mn/DOT GIS Portal
LCC-GIS and Redistricting

Governor's Council
CTU and USNG standards out for review
Next Generation 9-1-1
GIS at RNC

Regional
Services Forum Results
Address Point Synchronization

Local
Tracking Utility Trucks
Watershed E. coli Study

Federal
Mapping Floods
Improvng Flood Maps
Height Modernization

Non-Profits
URISA Skills Survey
MHS Map Exhibit

People
Randy Johnson, ESRI GIS Hero

Other Places
Web 2.0 for Local Government
Economics and Place

 

 

GIS at the Republican National Convention
By Will Craig, Minnesota Governor’s Council on Geographic Information
 
GIS was an important part of emergency preparedness at the 2008 political conventions. A new WebEx presentation from the National States Geographic Information Council describes the work of locals coordinating with the U.S. Secret Service and NGA – the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency – in Denver for the Democratic National Convention and in St. Paul for the Republican National Convention. This was the largest National Special Security Event in Minnesota History.
 
 
Steve Swazee describes the work in St. Paul, September 1-4. Initially, the Secret Service and the NGA were not receptive to local participation, but relented several months out. Locals participated in the Multi-Agency Coordination Center (MACC) and the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC). Minnesota provided an excellent demonstration of how local resources and vision can add value to such activities. Quotes from Secret Service and NGA leadership show they learned the value of local efforts as demonstrated here.
 
GIS Activities During the Democratic and Republican National Conventions was taped live on January 26, 2009. It takes about 1-hour, with the Minnesota experience providing most of the content. It is available online from the NSGIC WebEx Presentation/Recording Archives. Steve concludes by naming people who led efforts, also providing contact information: