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Register for Free GITA Webinar -- FEMA and GIS: The Role of Technology and Data in Disaster Management

Posted: March 8, 2018


Webinar Date: Tuesday, March 19, 2019
Webinar Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EST

About: In 2017 the United States experienced some of the most significant disasters in its history in terms of their social and economic impact. FEMA is the key federal agency tasked with addressing disasters. In recent years they have made it a strategic priority to develop GIS data and cutting edge technologies that now enable them to more effectively support communities before, during and after disasters. In this webinar you will see demonstrations of the tools now available from FEMA and learn how they are being used around the nation.

Speaker: Chris Vaughan - Geospatial Information Officer
Federal Emergency Management Agency

Chris Vaughan serves as the FEMA Geospatial Information Officer where he champions and coordinates geospatial technologies across multiple response and recovery programs.  In order to meet strategic goals and priorities, Chris works effectively across federal, military, state, local, and tribal communities to promote geospatial programs, technology, and institutional structures and share best practices.

Mr. Vaughan has a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology from Lee University and is a graduate of American University’s Key Executive Leadership Certificate Program.



CGA 811 Excavation Safety Conference & Expo - March 26-28

Posted: Feb. 7, 2019

The CGA 811 Excavation Safety Conference & Expo is the premiere international event dedicated to providing educational content and resources to help protect buried assets.

This event will include a GIS industry track. The Conference is the largest event in the underground damage prevention industry, drawing nearly 1,700 participants and offering 80+ hours of educational content. Attending a GITA session at the Conference can contribute to GISCI Course Points, a mandatory requirement for certification or renewal of your GISP.

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How Does Someone From The Mississippi Delta Become GITA President? 

Posted: Jan. 21, 2019

GITA President Drew Fioranelli writes in his first blog since becoming president:

Growing up in a small town, though you’re told you can be anything you want to be and do anything you want to do, I’m not sure you ever really think that is a possibility, because those words are not reinforced with action. Everyone that was around while you’re growing up is still there. I get why we are told at a young age we can be anything we want to be. It’s encouragement that's supposed to help you strive to be greater.

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6 Joined Or Renewed Memberships in GITA Last Week

Posted: Jan. 19, 2019

Six people joined GITA or renewed their memberships in the past week. Join them by joining us!

  • Brianne Constable, Equitrans Midstream Corporation
  • Martha Feazell, Polk County BoCC
  • Steven Menefee, Enertech
  • Christopher Nourry, French & Parrell
  • Perry Perritt, Williamson County
  • Chris Shuma, City of Frisco
  • Jeremy Williams, Zion Engineering, LLC

The Geospatial Information & Technology Association is a member-led nonprofit professional association and leading advocate for anyone using geospatial technology to help operate, maintain, and protect the infrastructure.Through industry-leading educational events - along with research initiatives, chapters, membership, and other programs - GITA provides education and professional best practices. 


EnerGIS 2019 Call for Papers Open Through Feb. 8

EnerGIS 2019 is looking for presenters to share their success stories at its conference April 25-26. The deadline for submissions is February 8th. Some thoughts to consider with regard to presenting: 

  • You are NOT required to write a paper.
  • Presentations are 20 minutes.
  • Presenting at EnerGIS counts towards your GISP - either initial or renewal.
  • You can co-present with another team member or a consultant.
  • There are a wide range of topics to choose from. Presentations do not need to be of a technical nature.

All papers should be non-commercial in nature and will be posted on GITA's website after the conference as an on-line archive and proceedings of EnerGIS 2018.  Submit your paper here! 

Join EnerGIS 2019 in April!

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