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A community of gis professionals in nys



A Community of GIS Professionals in NYS

A message from the nys gis association president
A Message From the NYS GIS Association President

“The Geospatial profession is highly collaborative and practitioners, to be most effective, need to work with their colleagues across government levels, geographies and private/public/institutional divides. NYS GIS Association strives to create that kind of cooperative environment while also providing many professional development opportunities. We have dozens of members who volunteer to provide you with services maximizing the value of your dues. Please join us.”

-Al Leidner

Who we are
Who We Are!

  • Board of Directors and Committee Chairs

    • President: Alan Leidner, New York City

    • Incoming President, Regional Committee: Julie Tolar, Rochester

    • Past President, Conference & Legislative Committees: Bruce Oswald, Albany

    • Board member & Communications: Carol Zollweg, Rochester

    • Board member & Professional Development: Verne LaClair, New Hartford

    • Board member: Dale Morris, Buffalo

    • Board member and Education Committee: Amy Work, Auburn

    • Professional Development Committee: Richard Quodomine, Albany

    • Legislative Committee: Joseph Jones, Long Island

    • Private Sector Committee: Michael Zoltek, Pictometry

    • Education Committee: Ann Deakins, Western NYS

    • Membership Committee: Razy Kased, Rochester

    • Secretary: Michelle Debyah, Pittsford

    • Treasurer: Christa Hay, Latham

    • And 450 members!!!

Nys gis association develops
NYS GIS Association Develops!

  • Professional development

    • Past Public Events:

      • NYS Summit in Skaneateles, New York, November 2012

      • “New GIS Horizons in Emergency Response” at Google HQ in NYC, February, 2013

    • Past Webinars:

      • “Predicting Disaster” Dr. Christian Renschler, State University at Buffalo

      • “Election and the Impact of Redistricting in NY State” Steven Romalewski, CUNY

      • “Making Use of Federal Homeland Security GIS Resources” Julia O’Brien, FEMA; Alan Leidner, HIFLD

      • “New Features in ArcGIS 10.1” ESRI

      • “NOAA Online Resources” Hosted by Ed Levine, NOAA

    • Past Lunchtime Geospatial Chats:

      • “GIS & the State of the State” William Johnson, NYS GIO

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NYS GIS Association Develops!(con’t)

  • Upcoming Professional Development events

    • “Huntington Sandy Debris Removal Application” Mike Naughton, LIGIS, July, 2013

    • “Westchester Enterprise GIS: Practical Applications” Sam Wear, Sept. 2013

    • “NYGeoCon 2013” Saratoga NY, November, 2013

Nys gis association advocates
NYS GIS Association Advocates!

  • Advocating on behalf of GIS Professionals across the State!

    • Letter to Governor on AAG Resolution: Geography in K-12 Education

    • Letter to Board of Regents opposing State Ed’s recommendations to make global history & geography exams optional

    • Responding to Surveyors Legislation

      • Voicing GIS concerns and actively negotiating with NYSAPLS and the NYS Department of Education

Nys gis association supports
NYS GIS Association Supports!

  • Supporting education with GIS in K-12

    • Established Statewide agreement with Esri for all K-12 educators in New York State

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NYS GIS Association Supports!(cont.)

  • GIS in Higher Education through...

  • fostering research and development opportunities for faculty with members from other institutions, governmental agencies, not-for-profit organizations, and private companies

  • facilitating student involvement both as a learning tool and as a means of connecting to future employers and graduate schools,

  • showcasing faculty and student expertise through training opportunities in the form of webinars and pre-conference workshops.

  • GIS in informal educational settings such as 4-H, Girls and Boys Club, Boy Scouts, and Girl Scouts, among many others.

Nys gis association communicates
NYS GIS Association Communicates!

  • Providing a conduit for communication

    • Association web site: www.nysgis.net

      • Regular updates

      • Find:

        • Meetings

        • Conferences

        • Training

        • Jobs

        • Calendar & more

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NYS GIS Association Communicates! (cont.)

Stay Connected

Featured Items

Join/Log In/ Member Map

Upcoming Events and General GIS News

News Updated Often

Association News

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NYS GIS Association Communicates! (cont.)

  • Providing a conduit for communication

    • Twitter account: twitter.com/NYS_GISA

    • Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/NYSGISA

    • LinkedIn account (link on website)

    • RSS feed for addition to News items

    • Association Blog

Nys gis association networks
NYS GIS Association Networks!

  • 2012 GIS Summit in Skaneateles

    • We celebrated the 50th Anniversary of GIS with Roger Tomlinson, great sessions and terrific networking

  • 2013 NYGeoCon

    • To be held in Saratoga Springs on Nov 12-13th

    • Format includes:

      • Outstanding Keynotes & the “State of the State in GIS”!

      • Work Shops

      • Special Spatial Spotlights

      • Volunteer presentation tracks

      • App Garden & Technology Petting Zoo

Nys gis association collaborates
NYS GIS Association Collaborates!

  • The NYS GIS Association Regional Committee works to network with NYS Regional, County and Municipal GIS Groups

  • Close working relationships with GIS SIG, LIGIS, Westchester GIS, Western NYS GIS, Adirondacks GIS, Etc.

    • NYC GISMO has a formal affiliation with NYS GIS Association that includes dual membership

  • Locally developed presentations and webinars are shared across the State

The benefits of membership
The Benefits of Membership

  • Protecting the interests of GIS professionals by actively monitoring legislation affecting our jobs

  • Reduced prices to attend the NYGeoCon & future Summits and Conferences

  • Informative professional development webinars and training events!

  • Networking with colleagues

  • GISP and education credits

  • Resume’ postings & job opportunities

  • Keeping abreast of the latest GIS developments!

The benefits of membership roi
The Benefits of Membership: ROI

  • Value of time volunteered on your behalf: $130,000/450 members = $290/member

  • Value of professional development webinars = $285/member (assumes attendance at 3 events)

  • Cost of membership: $10 annually

    • Does not include cost or value of Conference attendance

  • ROI = $290 + $285 = $575/year or 57x Cost


Nys gis association grows
NYS GIS Association Grows!

  • Membership at record levels!

    • About - 450+

      • Up 10% from last year!

    • Membership year – July 1st – June 30th

    • http://www.nysgis.net/joinus/join

Nys gis association answers
NYS GIS Association Answers!

  • If you have any questions about our organization or would like more information about being a member please contact:

    • Razy Kased – Chair Membership Committee

    • E-mail - [email protected]

    • Call at 585-454-0190 x20

    • Visit us at www.nysgis.net

Thank you



Thank You!

  • NYS GIS Association 2013