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MN GIS/LIS Polaris Leadership Award Winner - Alison Slaats
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MN GIS/LIS Polaris Leadership Award Winner

Alison Slaats
MnGEO (2019)

Alison is an exemplary collaborative leader and technical problem solver in the Minnesota geospatial community. Alison pursues the use of GIS to help people solve real world problems with patience and good humor. The threads of her work and influence can be seen in many successful projects across our professional landscape.

Contributions include:

  •  Representing State Agencies on the Geospatial Advisory Council.
  • Co-creating and leading the State Agency GIS Collaborative.
  • Serving as GIS/LIS Board Treasurer and leading an organizational audit.
  • Leading the Minnesota non-profit GIS user group.
  • Contributing to the Minnesota Geospatial Commons user interface design and documentation.
  • Leading the development of the MetroGIS DataFinder.
  • Frequently presenting at the Fall conference.
  • Championing data sharing through web services, including the Esri award-winning MetroGIS Transportation Service.
  • Leading Minnesota’s GIS 2015 Avian Influenza response.

Alison’s efforts have clearly improved geospatial practices, standards, and policies, creating significant and tangible value for the citizens of Minnesota.

2019 Polaris Award recipient Alison Slaats with 2018 Polaris Award 
winner Chris Pouliot at the Annual Conference in St. Cloud, MN.

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