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Welcome from the 2017 Chair

Posted By Scott Freburg, Board Chair, Wednesday, February 8, 2017


As incoming Board Chair, I am very excited for what ALL of us can accomplish in 2017! After two years as your at-large representative and one year as chair-elect, I have witnessed the amazing work accomplished by Consortium Board members, committee members and all of YOU on a weekly basis. As outgoing chair Tami Maddio stated in the previous e-announcement, 2016 was a year to remember. I would like to publicly “Thank” those Board members who are moving on to their “real jobs.” Thank you Heather Albrecht (3 years) and Brandon Tourtelotte (2 years) for your contributions to the Board of Directors, networking events, workshops and our annual conference. You have both made a difference with your ideas and comments. I would also like to acknowledge the contributions of Mark Kotz. He has been a longtime chair of the Awards committee and is stepping down to concentrate on other things. Mark has been instrumental in events and conferences for many years.

We have a number of exciting events lined up for 2017, from networking events like curling to our annual Spring Workshops and finally to our 2017 annual conference at a new location, Bemidji (October 4-6). Your Board of Directors will be working diligently on your behalf and we always welcome comments and suggestions. Volunteering opportunities are available with MN GIS/LIS committees. Please contact us at to get involved. 

Scott Freburg

Your 2017 Consortium Board Chair

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Thank You from the Chair

Posted By Andrew King-Scribbins, ESRI, Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Updated: Wednesday, January 11, 2017

I think nearly all would agree that 2016 has been a year to remember.  2016 was also an eventful year for the MN GIS/LIS Consortium.  The year went quickly but we got a lot accomplished with an excellent group of board members, committee members and the consortium membership.  As 2016 Board Chair, I continue to be amazed at the commitment and dedication all of you give to this organization.  Thank you to all for the contributions you have made in 2016. I am want to welcome to our newly elected board members Rebecca Foster, Board Chair-Elect, Peter Smith, At-Large Rep, Jared Hovi, Conference Chair and our re-elected board members Tim Loesch, Treasurer and Zeb Thomas, State Government Rep. We have an exciting year ahead as Scott Freburg takes over as 2017 Board Chair and Bemidji as a new site for our annual conference where Jane Mueller will serve as Conference Chair.

This year’s conference brought us record attendance to a familiar place.  Ryan Stovern and the 2016 Conference Committee did an excellent job pulling everything together for the big event.  Those who attended were offered a wide variety of Workshops and sessions as well as intriguing speakers.  We also were able to share GIS with educators on Wednesday at the 2nd Educator workshops.  We enjoyed great networking opportunities on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights.  Other fun activities included the fun run and a tour of a live working Great Lakes research vessel.  Thank you to Ryan Stovern and the Conference Committee for an excellent 2016 Conference.

The Board worked on refining and reorganizing the scholarship and education committees officially becoming the Education Committee. Our involvement with K-12 activities has increased over the last several years and 2016 proved to offer even more for K-12 including an expansion of Educator workshops at the fall conference and support for the first ever MN on the Map student online map contest.  Thank you to Scott Freburg, Stacey Stark and the Education Committee for the hard work on these efforts in 2016.

Spring workshops were also a great success once again.  Thanks to Michelle Trager and the Spring Workshops Committee, 14 workshops were offered with some available in 3 remote locations.

Networking Events included a Curling Event, Spring Workshops event at Republic, and a co-event with University of MN GeoSpatial for GIS Day in November were well attended.  Thank you to Zeb Thomas and the Networking Committee for organizing these events.

The MN GIS/LIS Consortium had a busy year.  Thank you to all of the dedicated Board members and volunteers who made all of the events and work possible in 2016.   Volunteering opportunities are available with MN GIS/LIS committees or events throughout the year.  Please contact us at if you would like information about volunteer opportunities.

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Consortium Receives Governor’s Award

Posted By Mike Dolbow, Minnesota Geospatial Information Office, Tuesday, December 8, 2015

The Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium is honored to have been selected for a Governor’s Geospatial Commendation Award for 2015, presented at this year’s Consortium conference. The awards recognize organizations that have “gone the extra mile” to deliver products and services resulting in a more responsive government, promoting public access to information and reflecting the benefits of working in a collaborative environment that encourages similar efforts in the future.

The Consortium is being recognized for 25 years of dedication to its mission to develop and support the GIS professional in Minnesota for the benefit of our state and its citizens. A collaborative, volunteer-based organization, the Consortium has supported the community through the multiple opportunities it offers related to GIS education and networking events. Most prominently, it organizes an annual conference that brings together geospatial professionals from all sectors. It also provides technical workshops each spring and fall, networking events, scholarships for college students, event grants and lifetime achievement and leadership awards, and sponsors training events for the K-12 system.  The award recognizes the efforts of the hundreds of volunteers that have made the Consortium successful as well as all who have realized the great value of the Consortium’s mission during the past 25 years.

These awards have been given since 1996. For more information and a list of past winners, see MnGeo's web page on Governor's Geospatial Commendation Awards.

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