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MN GIS/LIS Polaris Leadership Award Winner - Randall Johnson
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MN GIS/LIS Polaris Leadership Award Winner

Randall (Randy) Johnson
MetroGIS (2007)

Randy is the soul of MetroGIS and a national leader for regional collaboration. Randy has coordinated MetroGIS’s efforts since its inception in 1996. His vision and energy have encouraged participation and collaboration among a wide group of stakeholders, turning the Twin Cities metropolitan area into an internationally recognized model for achieving collaborative (regional) solutions to shared information needs in addition to the sharing of geospatial data and knowledge. He has accomplished this by knowing when to be out front leading the charge and when to step back and lead from behind. He also has engaged policy makers to insure political viability of purpose and means. He believes in the NSDI vision, the value of sharing data, and the need to institutionalize equitable and sustainable policies that seek the greater public good. Besides work at home, he has been a national promoter of regional collaborations through publications and presentations.

2007 Polaris Award recipient Randall Johnson with 2006 Polaris Award winner 
Chris Cialek at the Annual Conference in Rochester, Minnesota.
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