Chatham Borough, NJ does not participate in its county's (Morris) GIS program. This week the county showed what participation might have meant for residents after superstorm Sandy. No word on if the the borough is in, but it sounds like a compelling argument. No word in the article about the cost to the borough.
Some part of Esri for some reason selected Bahrain and Venezuela as the "two leading countries in the world in the field of Geographic Information Systems (GIS)." I can find no further information on the Web.
GIS Users of Northern Ohio will gather Dec 12 to disucss the "Current State of the Global Aerial and Satellite Industry." The session runs 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the Cleveland Metroparks Canalway Center, E. 49th Street, Cleveland. Free.