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29th Annual Conference and Workshops

October 2-4, 2019 | River's Edge Convention Center

10 4th Avenue South | St. Cloud, MN 56301



The MN GIS/LIS Planning and Education Committees are sponsoring another Conference Educator Day to help MN teachers connect with GIS professionals, or GeoMentors. Like the American Association of Geographers GeoMentor Program, this Educator Day is designed to be MN-specific and focus efforts on getting GIS help to MN teachers. On Wednesday October 2nd, paired GeoMentors and teachers will meet and have lunch to get to know each other and start collaborating! Additionally, any teachers that participate in Educator Day will get a great day full of instruction and six hours of continuing education credits (CEUs).

If you are interested in becoming a MN GeoMentor and attend Educator Day on October 2, please contact Scott Freburg or any GIS/LIS Board member for more information.

>>Register Today for Educator Day V



The Conference Mentorship Program is planning another event for GIS professionals (Mentors) to connect with students or young professionals (Mentees) during the conference. This program is designed to give Mentees a platform to talk to their Mentors about things such as career advice, resume review, professional stories, or even just navigating the conference. An introduction will be made between the Mentors and their Mentees on Thursday October 3 at 7:30 a.m. in the Geolounge (this is required).

If you are interested in becoming a Mentor or a Mentee, please contact Hannah Hutchins or Stacey Stark to learn more.





Social Networking
7:00 – 9:30 p.m. Green Mill Restaurant & Bar
100 4th Ave South, St. Cloud, MN 56301

After your drive to St. Cloud, join your colleagues for an evening of networking, refreshments, and appetizers at the Green Mill Restaurant and Bar.  A variety of board, card, and dice games will be available for you to challenge your colleagues with.


Meet Me at the Corner
1:30 p.m. Terry Haws Center C

Join us on Wednesday October 2nd at 1:30pm in the Terry Haws Center C for a 2nd Annual Meet Me at the Corner this year we are focusing on Partnership. Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium has partnered with Minnesota Association of County Surveyors, Minnesota Society of Professional Surveyors. Meet Me at the Corner will included presentations from both Surveying and GIS fields. Here you will learn the history of the Public Land Survey System and how GIS use survey data to help improve the accuracy of geospatial data. We will also have a short field trip to a survey marker near the River’s Edge Convention Center. New this year is there will be prizes to win! For more information you can visit the Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium website or contact Ryan Stovern at

>>Register Today for Meet Me at the Corner

Welcome Reception
4:30 p.m. Terry Haws Center C

Social Networking
7:00 p.m.  Red Carpet Nightclub
11 5th Ave South, St. Cloud, MN 56301

Recharge after a long day of workshops with some refreshments at the Welcome Reception in the Terry Haws Center C, starting at 4:30 p.m. Afterwards, join your colleagues at the Red Carpet Nightclub for an evening of pool and dart tournaments. A cash bar and appetizers will be provided.


Speed Networking
10:00 – 10:30 a.m.

Are you looking to grow your professional network but don’t know where to start? Join us for our first annual speed networking session! This fast-paced event will enable you to meet several new fellow GIS pros who you can continue to get to know throughout the conference. Who knows, maybe you’ll make your next great connection to help you get over that project hurdle, find a new collaborator, or even make your next career move.

Exhibitor Reception
5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Terry Haws Center C

Visit the Exhibition hall to have some appetizers and meet with the exhibitors who make the conference possible.  Stop by each booth to view and participate in any special vendor prize drawings and preview the prizes donated for the Education raffle. A cash bar will also be available.

Thursday Night Social Event
7:15 p.m.  Red Carpet Nightclub
11 5th Ave South, St. Cloud, MN 56301

Be sure to join us for a beer tasting event, live music, raffle prizes, appetizers, and more to benefit the MN GIS/LIS Education Fund. A $20 payment is required onsite to attend this event.




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