Spring 2011

The Newsletter of the Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium

Table of Contents

MN GIS/LIS Consortium

From the Chair
Conference Planning

Mn/DOT Road Closures Site
Economic Data
Gypsy Moth Response

Proximity Finder

Red River LiDAR

Minneapolis Predictive Crime Mapping
Anoka Co. Recreation
GIS - Core Govt. Service

Land Cover 2006
USGS Historic Topo Scanning

Higher Education
Smart Growth & Transit

Will Craig, UCGIS Fellow
Robert McMaster, UCGIS Education Award
Marv Bauer, Pecora Award


21st Annual Minnesota GIS/LIS Fall Conference and Workshops

By Tami Maddio, 2011 Conference Chair

Just when you thought spring was around the corner, we are talking fall at the Consortium’s Fall Conference and Workshops Planning Committee. This year we will return to the St. Cloud Civic Center, October 5 - 7, 2011.

We will be offering full and half day workshops on Wednesday, October 5th.  These low-cost educational workshops are developed by the Conference Committee with input by the Consortium membership.  The Wednesday night reception will follow the workshops and is always a great way to connect with colleagues and unwind before the conference.

Thursday begins with a keynote speaker which is followed by a day of presentation, panel and demonstration sessions. On Friday, there are more sessions followed by the closing lunch and speaker and ending with the annual MN GIS/LIS business meeting and year-end review.

The Call for Presentations is available online. Remember, this is a member-driven conference – please consider presenting GIS/LIS-related activities that you have been involved in over the past year. There are opportunities for first time as well as seasoned presenters.

There is something for everyone at the MN GIS/LIS Conference. From students to GIS veterans, the conference is sure to provide opportunities to enrich and enhance your GIS experience and give the opportunity to share ideas and network.

Volunteers Needed

The volunteer Conference Committee is now forming and working on ensuring intriguing speakers and entertainment among countless other tasks that go into planning this event.

There are many ways to help, and you can decide your level of involvement.  Committees are formed around the following topics:  workshops, sessions, facilities, entertainment, and communications.  Contributing as an instructor, presenter, speaker, mentor, etc. is also very helpful.  The planning committee would be grateful for any and all volunteers.  Thanks to those who have already expressed interest.

If you are interested in assisting with conference planning, please contact Tami Maddio at

We hope you will join us this year in St. Cloud for another engaging conference!