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 27th Annual Conference and Workshops
October 4-6, 2017
Bemidji, Minnesota

The 27th Annual Conference and Workshops of the Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium will be held October 4-6, 2017 at the Sanford Center in Bemidji, Minnesota. Workshops will be held Wednesday, October 4, with the conference following on Thursday and Friday. Highlights of the three-day event include:

Sessions Presentations
The submission deadline for additional Poster presentations has closed. 

15  half-day workshops will be offered on Wednesday. Workshop participants can select from a variety of topics, ranging from general introductory issues to specialized technical-focused topics. The Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium is pleased to offer a diverse list of workshops on Wednesday, October 4th, 2017
  • Forestry and Mobile Technology
  •  Understanding the Public Land Survey System (PLSS) and Legal Descriptions
  • Get Started Using Python with GIS
  • Introduction to Collector for ArcGIS
  • Introduction to QGIS
  • Getting Started with ArcGIS Pro
  • Parcel Fabric 101 - Introduction to the Parcel Fabric
  • Intro to ArcGIS Online
  • Exploring the Utility Network & Tools with ArcGIS Pro
  • Configuring Solutions for ArcGIS Online
  • Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS: Knowing Your Options
  • Intermediate Collector for ArcGIS
  • High Accuracy Mapping with Esri's Collector
  • ArcGIS Server: Administration and Advanced Topic
  • Parcel Fabric 601 - Advanced Parcel Fabric
MN GIS/LIS Conference Discount Cards
Several area business have offered discounts to conference attendees who use their discount cards while in Bemidji. Attendees will receive the card at the time you pick up your name badge from the registration desk. Please visit these businesses during your visit to Bemidji and take advantage of the great discounts they are offering.
Tuesday, October 3
Kick back, relax and enjoy some networking, refreshments, and appetizers at Bemidji Brewery and Taproom located at 211 America Ave NW in downtown Bemidji from 7-9:30pm. Tours of their craft brewery production will also be given. They have a variety of beer selections as well as non-alcoholic beverages to choose from.
Wednesday, October 4
Whether you’re just arriving to Bemidji or after a long day of workshops, stop by the Geolounge on the second floor of the Sanford Center for some light refreshments from 4:30pm – 5:30pm. Join us later for a welcome reception being held at the Hampton Inn’s Ballroom located at 1019 Paul Bunyan Dr S in Bemidji from 7:00 – 9:00pm for more networking and socializing opportunities.
Thursday, October 5
Afterwards, hop on one of the complimentary shuttles to Conference Social at the Bemidji Eagles Club located at 1270 Neilson Ave SE from 7:15 - 9:30 p.m. There will be games, raffle prizes, and more to benefit the MN GIS/LIS Scholarship Fund.
Exhibit Hall

The vendor exhibit hall will showcase a redesigned layout and highlight the latest GIS-related hardware and software, GIS products and services. The exhibit hall will be open Thursday and Friday.

Exhibitors' Reception
Conference registration includes admission to the Exhibitors’ Reception on Thursday evening. Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served and a cash bar will be available. The reception will be held in the exhibit hall, providing another opportunity for attendees to visit conference exhibitors. Registration information and workshop descriptions will be available in July. Conference registration includes lunches, evening receptions and all refreshment breaks.
Conference Map

Visit the *official* conference map. View the conference schedule, check out workshop and session offerings at the Sanford Center, check out places to visit while in Bemidji, and much more! The map is also mobile friendly - check it out on your phone or tablet device!

Fun Run

We will meet up at the entrance of the Sanford Center at around 6:10 a.m. Fun Run/Walk will begin at 6:15 a.m. The route is ‘out and back’ and follows the trail along the lake and the sidewalk along Paul Bunyan Drive. Wayfinding signage slong the route will indicate the race course and the “turn around” point. This is October in Minnesota, the weather could do please dress accordingly!

Student Assistants

The Student Assistant Program is back and seeking full time students interested in GIS to assist us at our annual conference in Bemidji this October. Accepted student assistants will receive registration, hotel accommodations (shared with other students), an experienced mentor, and much more! 

Applications must be submitted by Friday, July 14th; learn more about the program and apply today! 


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