Summer 2010

The Newsletter of the Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium

Table of Contents

MN GIS/LIS Consortium

From the Chair
Conference Planning 
Scholarship Update
Annual Report Online

GLO Field Note Project
LiDAR update
FSA Photos 2010

Commendation Nominations

Metro Air Photo Update

Eagan Tracks Diseased Trees
Goodhue Co Historical Features

Higher Education
GISSO Job Fair Report



20th Annual MN GIS/LIS Fall Conference Planning
By Stacey Stark, 2010 Conference Chair
Planning is well underway for the annual Minnesota GIS/LIS Fall conference and workshops in Duluth. This year’s event is scheduled for October 13-15, 2010 at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC). Please see for more information.

GIS and a Sustainable Future – Friday Closing Lunch

GIS professionals have much to contribute to global, regional and local challenges in water, food and energy resources, healthcare, transportation, and urban planning. At the closing lunch on October 15, we will gain inspiration for the next 20 years of Minnesota GIS from our lunch speaker, James Brew. An architect and planner from Rocky Mountain Institute, Brew specializes in sustainability through whole-system thinking / design, regenerative solutions, and creating community solutions.

New! Young Professionals Mentoring Program

This year we will implement a Young Professionals Mentoring Program for current students and 2009 (or later) graduates of GIS-related programs. We are looking for MN GIS/LIS members (you!) to contribute a small amount of time at the conference to talk to these young professionals. This will involve sitting with your mentee at the Opening Keynote presentation and eating the Thursday lunch together. You will be encouraged to attend these activities with other colleagues as usual, introducing your mentee. Mentors and mentees will be matched based on expertise/interest areas. (Please note, this program does not include scholarships for student mentees or discounts for mentors; however, students in the scholarship program may also take advantage of this opportunity.) If you are interested in volunteering as a mentor, or are interested in being placed as a mentee, please contact Stacey Stark, More details will be available soon.

Did You Know? The DECC is Great

In 2008 the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center received the Governor's "Minnesota Great Award." This recognition honors excellence in businesses that preserve our environment through innovative practices preventing pollution and waste and improving resource efficiency leading to sustainability. The DECC has worked to reduce waste, recover food when possible, increase energy conservation, improve recycling and reuse opportunities, and change purchasing practices. You will notice compostable utensils, no plastic bottles, and opportunities to compost food waste at this conference. The new hockey arena is aiming to be the first ‘Gold’ LEED certified hockey rink in the nation, and is the first of its size to cut energy use by 50%.
Plan to join us in Duluth for a full, engaging conference again this year! Please feel free to contact me at to volunteer or to suggest ideas, ask questions, or for any other conference-related communication.