Laissez les bons temps rouler at GIS-Pro 2014 (URISA Event Update)

(Let the good times roll!)

URISA is celebrating its 52nd annual conference in New Orleans, September 8-11, 2014. As the premier event for fostering excellence in the geospatial industry, GIS-Pro is a meeting of the minds for our industry.  Showcasing the constant progress of our GIS community, bringing light to the collaborative partnerships and exemplary efforts in our industry, we offer GIS-Pro as the venue for geospatial inspiration. 

We encourage you to join us for this trendsetting event in the beautiful setting of New Orleans – a model city for both risk and resilience, offering some of the nation’s best lessons learned in community recovery and progress toward prosperity. As a fantastic example of how communities do more with less, the citizens of New Orleans leveraged GIS technology in rebuilding one of the world’s most fascinating cities following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. Not only has reconstruction of New Orleans been a great example of applying geospatial tools in community recovery, the city also remains one of America’s most culturally and historically-rich destinations.  GIS-Pro 2014 is proud to be hosted in this great city of full of Joie de vivre, and limitless opportunities for indulging in unique food, entertainment and culture.

With “Community Resilience” as our theme, the GIS-Pro conference committee has organized the program topics into categories of the ‘Three Pillars” of Sustainability: Society, Environment and Economy. More than two-dozen sessions and panel discussions will cover regionally relevant topics such as “Improving Coastal Resilience”, “Foundations of Successful Transit Systems”, “Managing and Exchanging Open and Crowd Sourced Data”, and much more. Review the extensive list of speakers and instructors who are generously sharing their ideas and good work – the program is offered online and in the mobile Sched app (

The ‘GIS Supporting Community Resiliency’ hands-on Workshop will include field data collection in the Black Pearl neighborhood to support revitalization efforts, followed with an afternoon workshop working with data sets collected for the Treme neighborhood of New Orleans - focusing on generating recommendations for community revitalization and redevelopment. 

Featured keynote speakerswill focus on inspiring citizen and local government collaboration, how to use GIS to support informed decision-making in New Orleans, and latest innovations and key technology trends to watch in government:

  • Tuesday, September 9 — Citizens and Government Making Our Cities Better Together - Jill Bjers, Code for Charlotte Brigade Co-Captain and Catherine Bracy, Director of Community Organizing for Code for America, will discuss Code for America and the Brigade program. Code for America is a non-profit organization that works to enhance the connection with citizens and their government with the use of technology. The Brigade is a citizen volunteer program that focuses on collaboration between residents and local government to address civic problems with technology. The City of Charlotte, North Carolina was one of only 10 governments selected for the 2014 Code for America Fellowship program and initiated the active, fast growing Code for Charlotte Brigade. You will want to hear the exciting work they've already accomplished in a very short time.
  • Wednesday, September 10 — Using GIS to Disseminate Date in New Orleans -Allison Plyer, Executive Director of The Data Center will discuss how GIS is used to support informed decision-making in New Orleans: from repopulation, post-Katrina, improving upon the spatial displays of small area data from the American Community Survey, to exploring the growth of jobs outside of population centers or documenting the vulnerability of coastal populations, the Data Center's work is awe-inspiring and vitally important to the region.
  • Thursday, September 1120 Government Innovations That Matter - Steve Ressler, Founder and President of (the ‘Knowledge Network for Government’) will discuss the latest ‘20 Government Innovations That Matter’ – a report based on surveys and interviews with thousands of government employees across the globe. He will discuss key top technology trends in government - from the ‘Internet of Things’ to ‘Mobile Service Delivery’, and how you can apply these innovations at your agency.

Esri, our Diamond Conference Sponsor this year, is sponsoring ‘Learning Labs’ and workshops during the conference. Take part in one of the six Learning Labs and work through up to twenty Esri hands-on lessons!

Our exhibitors and sponsors will ‘spark’ your interestin their solutions on the main stage during the hosted luncheon, and during the many ‘Vendor Solution’ sessions, which are woven throughout the conference program.

Here are a few more examples of the many exemplary education and professional development opportunities offered throughout our conference program:

  • 45.0 American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) credits, including 2.5CM for Law
  • Technology specific sessions for mobile users
  • Using Big Data: Management and exchanging of open/crowd sourced data
  • Return on investment techniques for GIS
  • Full-day comprehensive workshops on topics such as Public Participation GIS to GIS Program Management and the GIS Capability Maturity Model led by the GIS Management Institute
  • A revolutionized Student Competition and a “career path” panel organized by the URISA Vanguard Cabinet

For those of you who can’t make it to New Orleans, we’re offering a virtual conference experience starting with a two-hour workshop on NextGen 911 and GIS Workflows. Check out the virtual content and register here.

The GIS-Pro 2014 conference is an unprecedented opportunity for you to discover leading-edge technologies, acquire new skills, strengthen your professional network and just have fun. In New Orleans they say, “Laissez les bons temps rouler”(meaning “Let the good times roll”), and this September the good times will definitely be rolling at URISA’s GIS-Pro Conference. See you there!

Important GIS-Pro 2014 Notes:

  • Many preconference workshops are nearing capacity. Register soon for your best selection!
  • Our Sheraton New Orleans room block is also nearly full. Don’t wait another minute to reserve your room at the discounted URISA rate!
  • Only a handful of exhibit booths are still available. Grab your opportunity to promote solutions to this highly informed and influential URISA audience!

More URISA Conference News:

  1. Seats are still available for the URISA GIS Leadership Academy in Louisville, Kentucky, October 13-17. Grab one today!
  2. URISA’s 2014 Caribbean GIS Conferenceearly registration and early exhibit rates are available until September 1. Register early and save $$$.
  3. Abstract submissions for the 2015 GIS/CAMA Technologies Conference will be accepted until September 22.

Published Thursday, August 14th, 2014

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