2006 MnGIS/LIS Consortium Due South Workshop
By Fei Yuan, Minnesota State University, Mankato
The MnGIS/LIS Consortium Due South Workshop – Overview of ArcGIS 9 – was successfully held at the GIS Lab (Armstrong Hall 11) of the Minnesota State University, Mankato on June 9, 2006. This was the first time the Consortium held this event in the south central Minnesota region.
Two faculty members from the Department of Geography – Dr. Changjoo Kim and Dr. Fei Yuan – taught the workshop. Two graduate students – Michele Paegel and Christopher Kaczmarek – also helped as volunteers. The Department of Geography, IT service, and facilities management service at MSU also provided great help for the event.
The 18 attendees were from various agencies and companies including the Minnesota Department of Transportation; Rice County Assessors office, Auditor-Treasurer’s office, and Planning and Zoning office; Rochester/Olmsted Planning Department; Scott County Community Development; Alexandria Light and Power; Bolton and Menk, Inc.; and Worthington Public Utilities.
The majority of attendees commented that the instructors presented information clearly, and the workshop met the stated objective of allowing the practice of important tools and skills of ArcGIS 9.0. They also provided many good suggestions for improving such activity in the future.