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List of current Lifetime Achievement Award winners





The Minnesota GIS/LIS Board periodically inducts people and organizations to the Minnesota GIS/LIS Lifetime Achievement Award. This award began in 1993 and is ongoing.


This award was established to recognize a life-time of accomplishments in the field of GIS/LIS in Minnesota.


This award is not given every year, and some years there are multiple recipients. The selection criteria for this honor are:

  • The contribution by an individual or group to GIS/LIS must be significant and done for the greater good. Their work should have:

Advanced the field of GIS/LIS in Minnesota and beyond, or

Utilized GIS/LIS technology in ways that preserved or improved Minnesota's quality of life.

  • Individuals or organizations may work in any discipline or sector. It is expected that, in order to meet the criterion about making a contribution to society, their work will be widely known.
  • Individuals or organizations must have worked in or been a resident of Minnesota during the period in which the contributions were being made OR must have had a significant connection to Minnesota and contributions made elsewhere have greatly benefited Minnesota.

The Award

Each winner will be honored in the following manner:

  • Plaque will be presented at the annual Consortium conference.
  • Summary of the justification for the winner’s award will be published in the Consortium newsletter and preserved on the Consortium website.
  • Name will be added to a master plaque of all Lifetime Award winners.
  • Free registration to the conference where the award is given.
  • Free lifetime conference registration following retirement unless back at full-time work.


Letters of nomination can be e-mailed to and must be received on or before June 30. Nominations should include:

  • An explanation of why the person or organization should be honored with this award
  • Details specifically addressing the award criteria listed above
  • Letters of support or testimonials from colleagues and/or stakeholders corroborating the nomination
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