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  • GIS Leadership & Management
  • Community Resiliency and Sustainability 
  • Social Justice and Equity Implications of GIS
  • GIS Supporting Health and Human Services
  • Data Management and Analysis
  • Geospatial Technology Innovations
  • Inspiring the Future of GIS and Education

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Monday, September 30 • 8:30am - 10:00am
Welcome & Keynote Address: NOAA's Role in Coastal Resilience - AICP/CM Approved 1.5

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We are so excited to kick off GIS-Pro 2019 in New Orleans!

With the help of the Louisiana URISA Chapter, we are pleased to provide the GIS Community with important education and ample opportunities to connect. Take advantage of everything!

The Chairs of GIS-Pro 2019 (John Nolte, Ashley Hitt, and Judy Colby-George) will discuss program highlights and recognize the many contributors who made this event possible.

Then, hear from URISA's President Kim McDonough and some invited guests as we kick off an education-packed conference in New Orleans.

Active members of URISA's Policy Advisory Committee will provide an update on legislative activity and the use of a tracking tool to keep current.

We'll hear about the "Earth as Art" Exhibition from Brent Yantis and then meet Tim Osborn from NOAA's Office of Coastal Survey who is our keynote speaker.  He will discuss NOAA's Role in Coastal Resilience:
Coastal flooding and storm surges have had a major impact on cities along the gulf coast from recent storms. NOAA has been facing many challenges due to these storm events, including protecting coastal populations from storms, flooding and surge events. The keynote will highlight what NOAA has been doing to study these storms and protect our coastal waterways and cities.

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Glenn O'Grady, GISP

Chairman, Encinitas Planning Commission
Michael Glenn O’Grady was the founding chair of URISA’s PAC and is currently serving as chairman again, in addition to being on the URISA board. He has been a member of URISA since 1979 and is a former URISA president. O’Grady retired from local government in 2006 after spending... Read More →
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Bruce Joffe, GISP

Principal, GIS Consultants
Founding Principal of GIS Consultants, Bruce has been providing GIS planning and implementation management services, public policy formulation, and organizational therapy to cities, counties, and utility companies for over 40 years. Bruce was Chair of URISA's Policy Advisory Committee... Read More →
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Ashley Hitt, GISP

Director, GIS Services, Connected Nation
Ashley Hitt, GISP, is the Director of GIS Services at Connected Nation, a national leader in broadband expansion programs. She develops methodologies for using broadband data to provide solutions that impact policy, economic development, and the Digital Divide.Ashley is the Program... Read More →
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Judy Colby-George, GISP

Principal, Spatial Alternatives
Judy Colby-George: Judy owns Spatial Alternatives in Maine which specializes in using geospatial tools to engage people in policy making around natural resource issues like land use and ocean management. She has been working with various communities for over 20 years.
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Kim McDonough, GISP

Senior IT Manager, GIS, Tennessee Department of Transportation
I have been involved in GIS since my first course in Computer Cartography in 1981. I worked in the Computer Cartography Lab for the School of Forest Resources at N.C. State Univ. from 1983 until 1986. At that time, I moved back to my home town of Nashville and worked initially in... Read More →
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John Nolte, GISP

GIS Manager, Denver Water
John Nolte, GISP is the GIS Manager for Administrative Services at Denver Water in Denver, Colorado. Mr. Nolte has been involved in GIS for over 20 years in various positions, from analyst to GIS Coordinator to his current position as GIS Manager.Mr. Nolte is also president of the... Read More →
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Brent Yantis

Director, Regional Application Center, NASA/UL Lafayette Regional Application Center
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Tim Osborn

Navigation Manager, Office of Coast Survey for NOAA
In my job as a navigation manager, I work with a huge constituency of ports, navigation users, and communities, all of which are tied directly to the Gulf of Mexico and rely heavily on the products, resources, and services that NOAA provides.

Monday September 30, 2019 8:30am - 10:00am
Grand Ballroom AB