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SAVE THE DATE - WAURISA announces the 2016 Washington GIS Conference!

Washington URISA invites you to the 2016 Washington GIS Conference, on May 23-25 in Tacoma at the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center. Come join us for GIS Evolved: Transforming Our World at the only statewide GIS conference in Washington State.

Are you interested in...
Seeing what your colleagues are up to?
Networking with other GIS professionals?
Earning points towards your GISP?
Being a sponsor? Contact Jennifer Patterson

Then plan on attending May 23-25, 2016!

We are returning to Hotel Murano for the 2016 conference hotel. Hotel Murano is located at:
1320 Broadway Plaza
Tacoma, WA 98402
Phone: (253) 238-8000 or (877) 986-8083 toll free

WAURISA invites you to submit a proposal to conduct a workshop for the 2016 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 November 20, 2015. Click here (PDF) for more information on submitting a proposal for a workshop.

Be sure to check out the conference webpage for upcoming conference information! Stay up to date with all WAURISA news by following WAURISA on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook. The hashtag for the 2016 Washington GIS Conference is #wagis16.


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.

6/18/2014 - URISA President's Letter to Washington State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers & Land Surveyors

The full letter on the proposed changes to (CR-102) WAC 196-29-105 that could affect GIS Professionals in Washington State can be viewed here.

12/6/2010 - Washington's New GIS Strategic and Business Plans Supported by Key GIS Professional Organization

Washington's New GIS Strategic and Business Plans Supported by Key GIS Professional Organization

The Washington State Information Services Board - Geographic Information Technology Committee (ISB-GIT) recently approved the state's new Geographic Information Systems Strategic Plan and the companion Geographic Information Systems Business Plan (See: These documents lay out a future vision for progressive geographic information system (GIS) technology in Washington State, along with an action plan to achieve that vision.

The Board of Directors, Washington Chapter of the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (, recently voted to support the full funding and implementation of the recommendations outlined in these plans. WAURISA is a 501(c)(6) professional organization that provides broad support, encouragement and recognition for government, academic, and private development and dissemination of accurate and complete spatial data, relevant software, and geospatial products.

Implementation of the recommendations outlined in the State of Washington's newly endorsed GIS plans will provide efficiencies to state government and benefit GIS users in the federal, state, regional, local, academic, and private sectors, WAURISA believes. The Strategic Plan vision is to "…utilize geospatial technology to facilitate decision-making to benefit Washington State citizens." The companion Business Plan identifies five strategic goals: 1) establish access mechanisms for geospatial data, 2) staff a GIS program office and recruit a Geographic Information Officer (GIO), 3) strengthen coordination across the state GIS community, 4) develop statewide data standards and service guidelines, and 5) increase awareness of the benefits of geospatial technology.

WAURISA President Don Burdick stated:

"The plans were the outcome of four regional listening sessions, an online survey, and various focus groups. The Geographic Information Technology Committee solicited input from a broad cross-section of respondents. These included state, federal, city, county, regional agencies; tribal, academic, and private sector representatives; and other interested parties from across Washington. It is likely that this is the most comprehensive statewide analysis of Washington's GIS-related needs ever undertaken, reviewed, and published."

"These plans support development of the National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI); reorganize and enhance the state's GIS infrastructure, organization, capacity, and capability; and deliver direct benefits to local agencies, the private sector, and the general public."

"There is a growing body of evidence that investment in geospatial technology and dissemination of data and applications by government agencies deliver significant return on investment (ROI). Despite the state's challenging economic environment, we believe adoption of the state's GIS Strategic Plan and implementation of the Business Plan represent a modest, and judicious, investment of taxpayer dollars that will yield substantial benefits to the state's citizens, businesses, and government entities in an increasingly global economy and society."

For more information, contact Don Burdick, WAURISA Past President at 360-778-7835,; or Greg Babinski at 206-263-3753,

People on the Move

If you have a new hire or promotion to announce of someone who works with GIS in Washington State, send The Summit an announcement limited to no more than two sentences and 50 words.

No links to email addresses, phone numbers, or company, agency, or personal websites will be permitted. Those wishing to be listed in the 'People on the Move' section must be willing to have their email address included in the WAURISA email mailing list. The Summit reserves the right to edit or reject submissions at its discretion. Send submittals to: SummitGISNews@WAURISA.ORG.


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