Summer 2009

The Newsletter of the Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium

Table of Contents

MN GIS/LIS Consortium

From the Chair
Conference Update
Scholarship Winners
Lifetime/Polaris Nominations

MGIO Created
Emerald Ash Borer Tracking
New Catchment Boundaries
M3D Update
MN Broadband Maps

Governor's Council
CTU/USNG Standards
Red River Flood GIS
RNC Presentation
Commendation Nominations

Natural Resources Atlas

Red River Flood - Moorhead
Ag Emergency Plan - Steele Co.
Crime Maps & GeoMoose
Laurentian Collaborative
Ramsey Co GIS Group


Higher Education
GISSO Job Fair
Reclaim Lost Land

Other Places
ND GIS Conference
Sticky/Magnetic States



RNC Experience Presented at GITA
By Steve Swazee, Co-Chair
Emergency Preparedness Committee
In recognition of the rapidly expanding role that geospatial information is playing in emergency management and public safety, in 2008 the Geospatial Information and Technology Association (GITA) created a forum devoted entirely to the subject within their annual conference. Formally known as the Geospatial Dimensions of Emergency Response Symposium, this year’s event in Tampa, Florida (April 21-22), included a Minnesota presentation given by two members of the Emergency Preparedness Committee (EPC), Minnesota Governor’s Council on Geographic Information. Steve Swazee and John Hoshal discussed EPC and LMIC “proof of concept” efforts during the Republican National Convention (RNC) that have led to ongoing work to develop a geospatial response team (Go Team) and Common Operating Picture for Minnesota. The discussion proved timely given many of the lessons learned from the RNC contributed to crafting the EPC/LMIC response to flooding in the Red RiverValley. Titled: Providing Situational Awareness to the Republican National Convention and Beyond, a podcast of the presentation should be available in the near future.