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MN GIS/LIS Polaris Leadership Award Winner - David Fawcett
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MN GIS/LIS Polaris Leadership Award Winner


David Fawcett
MN.IT @ Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (2015)

Very few GIS professionals have done more to raise Minnesota’s profile in the national geospatial spotlight than David Fawcett.  Since joining the MPCA in 1989, he has steadily increased his responsibilities and contributed to the GIS community.  Throughout his tenure, he has demonstrated his passion for teaching by introducing GIS folks to scripting and server skills through workshops. He has also participated heavily in traditional IT spaces, introducing geospatial concepts to programmers, web designers, and data reporters. Perhaps most indicative of David’s passion was his work bringing the FOSS4G North America conference to Minneapolis in 2013. This conference was a tremendous success and opened up a lot of new ideas for Minnesota. In 2012, the Minnesota Geospatial Commons Workgroup became an official MnGeo project, and David’s participation on the team has been crucial to its success, leading to a soft launch in 2014 and an official launch in 2015.

2015 Polaris Award recipient David Fawcett with 2014 Polaris Award winner
Hal Watson at the Annual Conference in Duluth, Minnesota.
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