2019 GITA Is On Stronger, More Stable Footing

2019 GITA Is On Stronger, More Stable Footing

Dear members and colleagues:

As I close out my fourth (and final) year of leading GITA, I wanted to drop you a note expressing my gratitude for your support of GITA and its mission.

2018 has been extremely challenging for the the association, but I believe that as we roll into 2019 GITA is on a stronger and more stable footing than it has been in years.

Notable achievements for 2018 include;

  • Returned to Phoenix for the first time in many years by hosting a GITA event in conjunction with the Common Ground Alliance’s Excavation Safety Conference & Expo  Currently we are making plans to collaborate on the 2019 Tampa event!
  • The 6th Annual EnerGIS Conference was held in suburban Pittsburgh focusing on geospatial issues within the energy industry.
  • GITA contracted with Gulf Energy Information to produce the 27th edition of the GITA Oil Gas & Pipeline Conference, the conference would be rebranded the “Pipeline Technology Forum”
  • The board of directors contracted with Civica Associations Conferences & Exhibitions to manage the association, replacing SharedGeo of St. Paul Minnesota.
  • GITA assisted in producing the second edition of UMGEOCON; focusing on geospatial issues of concern to the Upper Midwest geospatial community.
  • The Pipeline Technology Forum, held in Houston in October, was a great success.  The directors received many thanks for carrying on with the conference in spite of the short lead time.  Many Thanks to Gulf Energy Information for their efforts to keep this conference an ongoing success!
  • Recruited several high quality candidates for an expanded board of directors; we received many great nominations and the ballots are currently in the hands of our membership.  I am looking forward to serving with those elected!  Winning candidates will be announced in the very near future.

With that I’ll close out my last message as president, again it has been honor to serve the association and the geospatial community.  Best wishes to my successor Drew Fioranelli, who I know will bring great passion and enthusiasm to the association.

Best wishes for a healthy and prosperous 2019!


Mark E. Limbruner, GISP



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