WAURISA announces the 2014 Washington GIS Conference!

Washington URISA invites you to the 2014 Washington GIS Conference (http://www.waurisa.org/conferences/2014_Conference_Index.php), on May 12-14 in Tacoma at the Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center.

Come join us for Communicating Our World at the only statewide GIS conference in Washington State. We are thrilled to be returning to Hotel Murano for the 2014 Conference hotel. Hotel Murano is located at: 1320 Broadway Plaza Tacoma, WA 98402 Phone: (253) 238-8000 or (877) 986-8083 toll free Reserve your room online using this special link for our group.

WAURISA invites you to submit a proposal to conduct a workshop for the 2014 Washington GIS Conference. We are seeking instructors to give educational workshops on a wide range of GIS topics. All submissions are welcome and will be evaluated as a potential workshop focus. Proposals are due February 10th, 2014. Click here for more information on submitting a proposal for a workshop. The Washington State Chapter of URISA (WAURISA) invites you to submit a proposal to present a paper or coordinate a session, either a panel or a session of lightning talks, for the 2014Washington GIS Conference. We are seeking presenters to address a wide range of GIS topics incorporating this year’s theme of “Communicating our World” into their presentation.

All submissions are welcome and they will be evaluated as potential contributions. Proposals are due March 10th, 2014. Click here for more information on submitting a proposal for a presentation or session. Businesses near and far are invited to become a vendor/exhibitor at the 2014 Washington GIS Conference. This is a unique opportunity to reach many Northwest GIS managers, directors, analysts, educators, and policy and decision makers. You will also get the opportunity to evaluate industry trends in our regional market, present your company in the popular vendor track, be recognized as a sponsor at the Tuesday vendor social, and much more! Don’t delay! Be the FIRST to choose a booth! Remember first come, first served.

Also, NEW this year is the Mt. Olympus sponsorship level. We are offering this phenomenal deal to small businesses that have less than 3 employees and an annual gross of 150k or less. If you meet these criteria don’t wait, at just $350, which includes one conference attendee, these spots will go fast. To learn more please go to the exhibitor information page. Vendor Registration is OPEN! If you have any questions, concerns or suggestions don’t hesitate to contact vendorsupport@waurisa.org. We are elated to welcome Breece Robertson as this year’s keynote speaker! Breece Robertson is the National Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Director for The Trust for Public Land. Robertson joined The Trust for Public Land in 2001 to create a comprehensive, coordinated GIS program. Today she provides leadership for the organization's Conservation Vision and GIS service - the leading provider of "Land for People" science in the country-managing a cutting-edge team of GIS staff and consultants nationwide. Click here for more information on Breece and her work.

The Complete Guidelines and Competition FAQs have been released for the 8th annual Richard "Dick" Thomas Memorial Student Competition and Award. This award was established to honor Washington State GIS pioneer and mentor Richard “Dick” Thomas, who passed away in 2006. The intent of this award is to honor Dick by continuing his work of encouraging students to excel in their studies and to transition successfully into careers in the field of GIS. Entries for the Dick Thomas Student Competition will be accepted in January. Stay tuned for more details.

Be sure to check out the conference webpage for upcoming information for the Call for Maps, The Summit Award, and so much more! Stay up to date with all WAURISA news by following WAURISA on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook. The hashtag for the 2014 Washington GIS Conference is #wagis14. About WAURISA The Washington State Chapter of URISA (WAURISA) exists for the purpose of recognizing, supporting and encouraging professional growth through continuing education, communication, technical development and service to its members and others in the field of geospatial and information technologies. It is a non-profit association of GIS professionals using geospatial technology to solve problems in state, regional and local government.

Washington URISA is also the premier organization for the use and integration of geospatial information technology to improve the quality of life in urban and regional environments. Our members are from many disciplines and are dedicated to advancing the effective application of GIS technology in decision making and streamlining government operations and services. Other areas in which our members use this technology for problem solving include planning, transportation, public works, the environment, emergency services and utilities.

Published Tuesday, December 24th, 2013

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