Spring 2007

The Newsletter of the Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium

Table of Contents

MN GIS/LIS Consortium

From the Chair
2007 Conference
Call for Awards
LMIC Budget

LMIC Update
Parcel Inventory Update
FSA Photo Update
Remote Sensing Workshop
Drought Monitoring

Governor's Council
Strategic Plan Update
Call for Commendations

MetroGIS Strategic Planning
2006 TC Metro Imagery
Property Foreclosure Info

Snowmobile Trails in E911

2010 Census Address Program
LUCA Update
Physical Features Map 

Higher Education
UWRF GIS/Catography
Satellite Monitoring Land/Water
GIS Day at UMD
St. Mary's Updates GIS Lab
Neighborhood Indicators
ND Online Certificate
GIS Body of Knowledge

McMaster to Head UCGIS

Other Places
Lawsuit May Limit GIS Industry
Disaster Management
Elevation for Nation
Food Security/Health
RI Tracks Coyotes



Strategic Planning Retreat for Statewide GIS
By Fred Logman, Office of Geographic and Demographic Analysis

The Governor’s Council on Geographic Information is developing a second generation strategic plan for the State’s geospatial technology. A one-day facilitated retreat with stakeholder participation is planned for late spring. The retreat’s goal is to develop a shared geospatial technology vision and strategies that provide effective solutions to existing organizational and operational shortcomings and impediments.

The retreat will build upon the findings and recommendations of the Council’s 2004 report, Foundation for Coordinated GIS, Minnesota's Spatial Data Infrastructure. It will also incorporate recommendations made in the Information Technology Master Plan recently released by the state’s Office of Enterprise Technology.

The Improve Group is helping to plan and facilitate the retreat and document its findings. The Land Management Information Center (LMIC) is coordinating the effort, working with a stakeholder steering committee. Planning for the retreat has been underway since late summer 2006, partly funded by a grant from the Federal Geographic Data Committee. While the initial focus will be on state government, the plan must also address the needs of the state’s partners and customers. Representatives from state agencies, federal, tribal, county, city and regional governments, the private sector and non-profits will be invited to the retreat. Invitations are expected to go out this month.

A summary of the retreat will appear in a subsequent article and on the Council’s website ( When the strategic plan is completed later this year, it will be posted on the Council’s website and presented at the fall Consortium conference.

For more information, contact Fred Logman at or 651-201-2495.