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NW/NC GIS User Group Meeting

Posted By Adminstrator, Wednesday, August 15, 2018

NW/NC GIS User Group Meeting – By Jane Mueller


The NW/NC GIS User Group met Tuesday, August 14th at the Beltrami County Administration Building in Bemidji, MN.  An invitation was extended to the Northern Minnesota GIS Users Group to join us for the day and several attended.  A total of 47 GIS users from various city, county, federal, and tribal agencies as well as private businesses throughout the state attended the event.  The focus of the meeting was mobile technology and use of apps in the field.  The morning was filled with 10 user demonstrations of various ArcGIS Online, Collector, Avenza and/or Survey123 projects and what they saw as the pros and cons of each.  Networking opportunities were provided and the room was buzzing with talk of GIS and mobile apps!  Chris Pouliot, Information Technology Specialist with MN IT Services, presented “What It Takes to Make A Good Collector App” to the group throughout the afternoon.   A very special thank you to the MN GIS/LIS Consortium for funding an event grant that helped to make this event possible.  Anyone wishing to receive information on upcoming events of the group can email to be added to their email list.  

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Hennepin County GIS User Group Picnic

Posted By Andrew King-Scribbins, ESRI, Wednesday, September 7, 2016
Updated: Wednesday, September 7, 2016

The Hennepin County GIS User Group met at the Maple Grove Lions Pavilion on August 31st for the group’s annual picnic.  This year’s picnic was sponsored by the MN GIS/LIS Consortium.

The event went off without a hitch.  We had great weather and food cooked by City of Maple Grove Staff.  Throughout the two hour event there were conversations between many from the public and private sectors and the it proved to be a good networking event.  There were many people that said it was so nice out and they were having such good conversation that they didn’t want to leave.

There were 21 people in total attendance.  Attendee organizations included: Hennepin County, City of Maple Grove, City of Eden Prairie, City of Golden Valley, City of Rogers, Houston Engineering, Pictometry, and Frontier Precision.

If you'd like to be added to the groups mailing list to hear about or present at future meetings, contact Doug Gawtry,

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Esri Generation and Transmission Utility User Group Meeting

Posted By Andrew King-Scribbins, ESRI, Tuesday, June 7, 2016
Updated: Tuesday, June 7, 2016

On May 5 and 6 Minnesota Power hosted the 2016 Esri Generation and Transmission User Group which had 26 attendees from 9 utilities/organizations. The day and half event featured 22 presentations on a variety of topics related to how generation and transmission companies are using GIS to solve work challenges. During lunch on the 5th Gerry Sjerven gave a short overview of the GIS/LIS Consortium and some of the events that happen during the year.

If you'd like to learn more about the group and future meetings, contact Brandon Keinath (, Andy Schmidt (, or request to join the LinkedIn group (

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