May 23th, 2016 1:30 - 5:00

WAURISA is proud to host a 2016 Washington GIS Conference Special Interest Group:

Washington Local Government GIS Leaders

All too often city and county GIS managers have to make decisions isolated from their peers. The purpose of this free half day work session is to break down those silos and explore ways to better support our local GIS managers and leaders in their work goals. This session is intended for GIS department heads and managers who work at County and City offices. We will start with some presentations that introduce current resources available to GIS managers. These include presentations from our State GIS Coordinator, the Chair of the WA Geographic Information Council (WAGIC), the Past Executive Board Member of the Association of County & City Information Systems (ACCIS), and the creator of the URISA GIS Capability Maturity Model. The rest of the afternoon will be a working session to discuss goals and objectives, and to brainstorm to identify how we can leverage our GIS network across the state. The participation of our City and County GIS leaders is crucial to building this community cooperation and involvement.

Our starting Goals are:

  • Create a communication link between local government GIS leaders;
  • Determine and share best management practices;
  • The representation of County and City GIS interests to state officials, calling attention to legislation that affects data processing operations and technologies; and
  • Opportunities to provide education/training for City and County GIS managers on roles, responsibilities, and requirements of GIS departments

Moderator: Joshua Greenberg, WAURISA President
Guest Presenters:

  • Greg Babinski - King County GIS
  • Joy Paulus - WA Geospatial Policy & Program Manager, Office of the Chief Information Officer
  • Ian Von Essen -Spokane County GIS Manager
  • David Wallis - IT/GIS Director Cowlitz County


  • Welcome and Introductions
  • Review of agenda, process for discussions and afternoon goals (&: report)
  • Existing resources and opportunities within Washington:
    • GeoSpatial Program office (Joy Paulus)
    • WAGIC (Ian Von Essen, Chair)
    • URISA's GMI GIS Assessment resources(Greg Babinski)
    • ACCIS organizational model (David Wallis)
  • Group discussion for ideas
    • Goals
    • Tasks
    • Organization
  • Data building….(enter info or fill out info?)
  • Outline "Report" to be presented Tue- Wed
  • Next Steps

PLEASE RSVP and direct questions to: president@waurisa.org