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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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Keynote Address [clear filter]
Monday, September 30


Welcome & Keynote Address: NOAA and Digital Coast - AICP/CM Approved 1.5
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.

We'll hear about the "Earth as Art" Exhibition from Brent Yantis (you'll be able to view several pieces of the exhibit in the exhibit hall). 

Then meet Nate Herold from NOAA Office for Coastal Management who is our keynote speaker. He will discuss NOAA and Digital Coast:

Coastal communities are striving to protect their citizens, infrastructure, and economy in the face of many threats and challenges. NOAA seeks to help these communities be effective, creative, and science-based in their approach. This keynote will highlight the resources available on the Digital Coast website, the partnership of organizations that help ensure that these resources are relevant to meeting our common coastal management needs, and a high resolution land cover being developed to provide detailed data useful at the local level.

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Nate Herold

Physical Scientist, NOAA Office for Coastal Management
Nate Herold is a Physical Scientist with NOAA's Office for Coastal Management (OCM). He manages NOAA’s national land cover mapping and monitoring activities through its Coastal Change Analysis Program and is responsible for helping users access data and tools through the Digital... 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 Conference... 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

Monday September 30, 2019 8:30am - 10:00am
Grand Ballroom AB
Wednesday, October 2


URISA Policy Advisory Committee Updates and Keynote Address: Are You Prepared For The New Datums? - AICP/CM Approved 1.0
It's already time for the Closing Session & Keynote Address.

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 are pleased to bring you Denis Riordan, PSM of NOAA, National Geodetic Survey as the 'cherry on top', bringing an exciting and valuable week to a close. He will discuss ....Are You Prepared For The New Datums?
Building upon the latest technology, the National Geodetic Survey will improve the National Spatial Reference System by replacing the North American Datum of 1983 and the North American Vertical Datum of 1988 with a new geometric frame and geopotential datum in 2022. Are you prepared for this change? Have you decided how you will be making this transformation? Dr. Denis Riordan will explain how this change could impact your data and what you should be doing now to prepare.

Then, we'll wrap up GIS-Pro 2019 with a little look-back at the preceding days and look ahead to GIS-Pro 2020 in Baltimore!

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Denis Riordan

Geodesist, NOAA, National Geodetic Survey
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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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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 →

Wednesday October 2, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
Grand Ballroom AB