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  • 04 Dec 2014 1:26 PM | Stephen Sharp (Administrator)

    2015 NEURISA Board Nominees


    The New England Chapter of URISA’s (NEURISA) Nominating Committee recommends the

    following nominees for 2015 NEURISA Board.  NEURISA is fortunate to have an excellent group of professionals willing to serve.


    NEURISA’s 2014 Annual Meeting has been scheduled for December 11th at 10:30AM (via conference call).  The NEURISA Board will be voting on these nominees at that time.  


    If you have any comments regarding any of these nominees please submit using this form.




    Thank you - NEURISA Board of Directors



    Nominees for Officer

    • President: Chris Akin, GISP - Chris Akin, GISP, is the Senior GIS Specialist at FM Global, a global commercial and industrial property insurance company focused on engineering-driven underwriting, loss prevention research, and risk management solutions. Chris focuses on the development and oversight of FM Global’s Enterprise GIS endeavors, including international hazard data research and development, internal and external geospatial web tools, and the corporate Geospatial Enterprise platform. Chris received a Bachelor’s in Geography with a GIS emphasis degree from Texas A&M University and a Master’s in GIS for Business and Service Planning from the University of Leeds, England. He chaired the GIS Corporate Coordinate Committee at FM Global for 3 years and, has been an elected RTM town representative in North Attleboro, MA since 20111.  Chris was the NEURISA President-Elect and became President in April 2014.


    • President-Elect: Brian DuPont - Brian DuPont is a career public servant with over 12 years of experience in project management and GIS. Brian currently serves under the IT Department of Wellesley, MA as the Town’s GIS Manager, and is also responsible for content, design, and navigation on the Town’s website. Brian holds a BA in Geography from Clark University, and a Graduate Certificate in Local Government Leadership and Management from Suffolk University. In addition to his work activities in Wellesley, Brian volunteers as a member of the Planning Board in the City of Marlborough, MA. Brian has served on the NEURISA Board of Directors for 2 years, including this past year as Treasurer.


    • Past-President: Steve Sharp, GISP - Mr. Sharp is a certified Geographic Information Systems Professional (GISP) with nearly 20 years of experience in the GIS industry.  Mr. Sharp is currently Director of Enterprise GIS Services at the Vermont Center for Geographic Information (VCGI). Mr. Sharp provides supervisory, technical, and consultative work in the development and oversight of State's geospatial databases, and manages a wide range of projects and initiatives for the State.  Mr. Sharp was the President of the New England Chapter of URISA (NEURISA) in 2013.


    • Treasurer: Jeff Olson - Jeff Olson is a GIS Analyst with Unitil, a regional Gas & Electric Utility in Hampton, NH.  Jeff has worked in the GIS field for ten years in a variety of areas with the majority being in the Utility sector.  At Unitil, Jeff works as part of a team of GIS Analysts overseeing the maintenance and integrity of company Enterprise GIS datasets.   Jeff works with both gas and electric datasets across the company territory in Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts, while directly supporting the regional office in Fitchburg, Mass, with map creation, GIS assistance and deployment of data updates. Additionally Jeff administers the company gas construction GPS database and has experience in the collection and correction of GPS data, data dictionary creation and geodatabase design.  Through his past experience Jeff has gained a thorough knowledge of stormwater and sewer mapping, municipal tax mapping, environmental datasets mapping and military infrastructure mapping.  Jeff has a BA in Geography with a specialization in GIS and cartography from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and has served as an At-Large Board Member for the Geospatial Information Technology Association (GITA) Southeast chapter.


    • Secretary: Jodie Gosselin, GISP - Jodie Gosselin is a certified Geographic Information Systems Professional (GISP) and is currently the GIS Manager at Dawood Engineering in Sturbridge, MA. At Dawood, Jodie is responsible for the creation and maintenance of GIS for the company. Jodie supports GIS for a wide range of engineering applications for offices throughout the United States. Jodie has over 10 years of experience in the GIS industry with her focus being primarily on the Natural Gas industry. Jodie received a Bachelor’s Degree in Geography with a GIS emphasis from West Virginia University. In addition, Jodie became an ESRI Certified ArcGIS Desktop Professional in 2013. Jodie was previously a member of the Young Professional’s Committee and represented the GIS group for the Pipeline Unit advancement committees for her past company.


    • Communications Coordinator: Erin Jacque - Erin Jacque is GIS Analyst with Tighe & Bond in Worcester, MA and Middletown, CT.  At Tighe & Bond Erin is responsible for environmental and utility mapping for Federal, State and local permits in Connecticut.  In addition Erin works with Connecticut municipalities and regional planning organizations/councils of governments to develop and maintain municipal data, including parcel, wetlands, and zoning data.  Erin has a great deal of experience with stormwater infrastructure mapping, natural resource mapping, and wetlands mapping (integrating ecology and GIS).   Erin is a Graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with a BA in Geography.  Erin has also completed work towards a Masters Degree at UMass Amherst in Fisheries and Wildlife Conservation.  She is currently a part-time Masters student at Northeastern University in the Geographic Information Technology program.  Erin has served as a NEURISA Board member for two years, serving on the Board of Directors as Communications Coordinator in 2014.


    • Events Coordinator: David dosReis - David dosReis is the GIS Manager for the City of Providence, Department of Planning and Development.  In this role, David is responsible for designing and implementing the City’s GIS strategic vision, managing the City’s Enterprise GIS, and developing custom web applications for both internal and external parties. David has worked in the GIS field for 11 years providing decision makers with geospatial data, tools and strategies needed to address municipal, state and regional planning issues.  He is a GISP and is also the co-chair of the Rhode Island Municipal GIS User Group.  


    Nominees for At-Large Board Member

    • Shane Bradt - Shane Bradt is an Extension Specialist in Geospatial Technologies at the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension. Shane’s job is to educate everyone on the potential uses of geospatial technologies and provide hands-on training to specific audiences to help them adopt geospatial approaches in their work and personal life. He became a certified GIS Professional in 2011 and received his PhD in 2012 in the use of remote sensing to monitor lake water quality. Shane has been on the NEUIRSA Board since early 2014 and served as the event coordinator in his first year.


    • Jamie Carter - Jamie Carter is a Senior Remote Sensing Analyst with The Baldwin Group on contract with NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management. Jamie supports coastal managers throughout the United States with tools, training, and information necessary to increase the resilience of coastal communities, ecosystems, and economies. He provides outreach, training, and technical assistance to agencies and organizations, and performs technical analyses of coastal hazards using lidar and high-resolution imagery and derived products. Jamie specializes in lidar analysis, including data validation, product development, and spatial analysis. Jamie graduated from Tulane University with a B.S. in Ecology and from Oregon State University with a M.S. in Physical Geography, and now has over ten years of applied GIS and remote sensing experience with NOAA.


    • Liz Crutcher - Liz Crutcher is GIS Coordinator at the Southeastern CT Council of Governments, a regional planning organization based in Norwich, CT serving 20 municipalities. She applies GIS technology to a range of disciplines including transportation, land use, and parcel mapping.  Liz has a B.A. in Political Science from Simmons College and an M.S. in Environmental Science with a concentration in GIS from the University of New Haven.  Prior to joining SCCOG, she worked as a consultant to various municipalities and state agencies. Her background includes science and technology editing and writing for a national engineering association, research and preparation of federal legislative initiatives, and project management for a  state program to encourage the development of alternative energy, energy efficiency, and energy conservation.


    • Patrick Cunningham, GISP - Patrick Cunningham offers nearly two decades of experience in software development, marketing, sales, consulting, and project management.  As CEO of Blue Marble Geographics Cunningham has enabled the company to become the leading software vendor in geomatics and coordinate conversion.  He was responsible for the acquisition of Global Mapper in 2011 and now directs the product to everyday GIS users as a low cost GIS solution that resonates with all types of GIS professionals, both government and commercial.  Cunningham is Vice Chair of the Maine GIS Users Group and holds a masters in sociology from UNH.


    • Helenmary Hotz - Helenmary Hotz is the GIS Lab Manager for the Geospatial Information Technology (GIT) labs within the School for the Environment at the University of Massachusetts Boston. She is also the site license administrator for all GIT software used on campus. Over the past ten years, she has encouraged and facilitated the dispersal of GIS campus wide. She consults with departments and institutes using GIS and teaches both undergraduate and graduate GIS courses at UMass Boston. She is the President of the Northeast Geographic Information Society (NEGIS) and is on the Board of Women in Science (WINS) at UMass Boston. She has an MS in Environmental Science and is currently pursuing a PhD in Environmental Science at UMass Boston.


    • Raj Singh - Raj Singh is a platform advocate for Cloudant, an IBM company. He pioneered Web mapping-as-a-service in the late 1990s with a startup he co-founded. After that he finished his PhD at MIT, which explored the potential of web services to power urban information systems. Prior to joining Cloudant in 2014, Raj work on geospatial data interoperability challenges for the Open Geospatial Consortium, an international standards body. He's a frequent speaker on interoperability and geo-location services, and contributed to O'Reilly's 2005 book, "Mapping Hacks".



  • 18 Jun 2014 9:00 AM | Anonymous

    URISA 2014 Salary Survey Data Collection Period is Now Open

     

    Click here to access the online questionnaire.

     

    Announcement from URISA:

    The entire GIS community is asked to help develop an important profile of GIS professional activities and compensation by participating in the 2014 URISA GIS Salary Survey. URISA conducts a periodic comprehensive Salary Survey for GIS Professionals. The first Survey was conducted in 1998, with subsequent editions published in 2003, 2007 and in 2011.

     

    The data is currently being collected for the 2014 survey with results expected later this year. As in the past, an Executive Summary will be available on the URISA website for FREE and a comprehensive analysis of the results will be available for purchase.

     

    In addition to salary data presented according to job title, employer type and geographical region, the survey delves into:

    • How have salary levels changed over the years?
    • Have GIS departments increased in size?
    • What non-technical skills are required?
    • What GIS software proficiencies are necessary?
    • What benefits do organizations typically offer?
    • How frequent do GIS professionals change jobs and are job changes within the same sector?
    • How long is the average workweek?
    • How has GIS certification impacted salaries?
    • Are GIS professionals actively pursuing continuing education?
    • ... and much more

     

    The online questionnaire will be active until July 31 and the entire GIS community is invited to participate. The information collected will not be used for additional purposes, nor will URISA seek to personally identify participants nor connect any individuals with specific responses. Results will be presented according to various groupings (by job title, region, type of organization, etc.).

     

    Participants may elect to enter a drawing for one of TEN $100 discount coupons good for any URISA event or product purchase, upon completion of the questionnaire.

     

    Click here to access the online questionnaire.

     

    Quick Hits from 2011:

    • GISPs, on average, earned $10,000 more than non-GISPs
    • The average salary of survey respondents was $61,540 - an increase of 2.5%
    • GIS Managers saw a 3.8% increase in salary in 2011 – from $67,302 to $69,842
    • Over 65% of respondents are employed within some level of government-- from local to federal agencies
    • Most respondents to this survey hold GIS-related titles, with many possessing management responsibilities

     

    For an Executive Summary of the 2011 Salary Survey results, click here.

     

     

    We appreciate your input!

    -Chris Akin, GISP

    NEURISA President

  • 16 Jun 2014 2:38 PM | Anonymous

    RIGIS User Group Meeting: Catastrophe Planning

    June 24, 2014

    The Rhode Island GIS Users Group (RIGIS) and NEURISA are happy to bring you the next RIGIS User Group Meeting on June 24, 2014. The event will be hosted by FM Global at their Research Campus, 743 Reynolds Road, Glocester, RI 02814.

     

    More Information on the Event:

    http://neurisa.org/Default.aspx?pageId=1861827

     

    Registration

    You can register for the event here. There is no registration fee for this event but space is limited! Priority is given to RIGIS Members and those who live or work in Rhode Island.

    Hurry, registration closes on Thursday, June 19th at 5pm! Register today!

  • 04 Jun 2014 1:50 PM | Anonymous

    New President's Message

    Chris Akin

    As the newly appointed president of the New England Chapter of the Urban & Regional Information Systems Association (NEURISA), I am honored and privileged to be part of such a great organization.  I invite you to join me in helping to further NEURISA as the professional association of GIS practitioners in New England.

     

    Our outgoing president, Diana Maties, has decided to move back to Chicago to be closer to family and has had to step down as President.  Diana deserves an enormous thank you from all of us for leading the chapter the last few months.  She will be missed here in New England, but keep an eye on her - I see a future Chicagoland Chapter President in her future.  Thanks again, Diana!

    To introduce myself, I am the Senior GIS Specialist at FM Global, a global commercial and industrial property insurance company.   FM Global’s GIS endeavors include international hazard data research and development, internal and external geospatial web tools, and developing a corporate Geospatial Enterprise platform.   I received a BA in Geography with a GIS emphasis degree from Texas A&M University and a Master’s in GIS for Business and Service Planning from the University of Leeds, England.

    NEURISA continues to have an enthusiastic Board of Directors who are passionate about all things mapping and GIS.  The amount of time and energy they put forth is truly impressive.  It often goes unsaid, but thank you to each of the Board Members for your time, energy, and devotion to NEURISA!

    We have an exciting time in front of us.  Together, we have the opportunity to build an even stronger organization by capitalizing on our past accomplishments and recognizing the opportunities that are before us.  We hosted the recent URISA GIS-Pro conference in Providence, RI, in September 2013, and completed a member feedback survey that same year.  I’m proud to say that our chapter also received the 2013 URISA Outstanding Chapter Award for sponsoring particularly effective activities and otherwise excelled in serving its membership.  This is a great honor for NEURISA, and we plan to keep pushing forward in 2014 and beyond.

    In order to look forward, we have formed a Strategic Planning Committee to take a look good at our chapter – where are we, where do we want to be, and how do we get there.  In the last few months, we’ve revamped our organizational mission statement, goals, and strategies.  We’re currently prioritizing future activities, as well as reaching out to other regional GIS organizations in the hopes of increased collaboration.

    And of course, we’re always working on more GIS activities for our New England members.  Check out below for the Save the Date for the 2014 NEURISA Day Conference to be held on November 3rdin Sturbridge, MA.  We’re excited to announce that we will be having a second concurrent track in order to offer you even more opportunities.  We’re also looking into more webinars and networking events throughout the year.  And don’t forget that the URISA 2014 GIS-Pro conference will be held in New Orleans on September 8th-11th, 2014.  You don’t want to miss out on this great conference for GIS Professionals!

    Although much hard work has been as put into the organization, NEURISA still needs your help.  We are always looking for volunteers, future Board Members, At-Large members, event hosts, sponsors, or anything else you think you can offer.  We’re always open to new ideas for events and opportunities, as well as your feedback and input.  If you’re interested in getting more involved in NEURISA, please do not hesitate to contact me or anyone else on the Board directly.  With your help can we continue to accomplish our organizational mission, and goals to better serve GIS practitioners in New England. 

    Thank you all for your interest and investment in this great organization, and please don’t hesitate to let me know what you think will make NEURISA even better.  I look forward to an exciting future for NEURISA and its members.

     

    Chris Akin, GISP

    NEURISA President

    @ChrisAkin98

     

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  • 18 Oct 2013 3:21 PM | Stephen Sharp (Administrator)

    2014 NEURISA Board Nominees


    The New England Chapter of URISA’s (NEURISA) Nominating Committee recommends the

    following nominees for 2014 NEURISA Board.  NEURISA is fortunate to have an excellent group of professionals willing to serve.


    NEURISA’s 2013 Annual Meeting has been scheduled for November 14th at 10:30AM (via conference call).  The NEURISA Board will be voting on these nominees at that time.  


    Please use the form below to submit any
    comments or thoughts you may have regarding any of these nominees.

    Thank you - NEURISA Board of Directors


    Nominees for Officer

    • President: Diana Maties - Diana Maties graduated in the summer of 2010 from DePaul University, where she majored in Geography with a concentration in Metropolitan Development and a GIS Certificate. Ms. Maties is a GIS Specialist and has been with CDM Smith for three years. As a GIS Specialist, Ms. Maties has experience with FEMA’s map modernization and RiskMAP programs and has been involved in collection, production, and review of products and data for the FEMA projects. Currently Ms. Maties is the GIS Lead at FEMA Region 1 Regional Service Center (RSC) helping with quality reviews of various products and any additional support the region may need. Ms. Maties was the New England Chapter of URISA (NEURISA) Events Coordinator in 2013. Ms. Maties has also been part of the URISA Vanguard Cabinet from 2011-2013 and has been involved with the conference planning of GIS Pro 2013 and will be helping with GIS Pro 2014 - New Orleans.

    • President-Elect: Chris Akin (GISP) - Chris is the GIS Technical Supervisor at FM Global, a global commercial and industrial property insurance company focused on engineering-driven underwriting, loss prevention research, and risk management solutions. Chris provides supervisory, technical, and consultative work in the development and oversight of FM Global’s GIS endeavors, including international hazard data research and development, internal and external geospatial web tools, and the corporate Geospatial Enterprise platform.  Chris received his BA in Geography with a GIS emphasis degree from Texas A&M University and a Master’s in GIS for Business and Service Planning from the University of Leeds, England. Chris also chairs the GIS Corporate Coordinate Committee at FM Global, and is on the Board of Directors New England Chapter of URISA (NEURISA).

    • Past-President: Steve Sharp (GISP) - Mr. Sharp is a certified Geographic Information Systems Professional (GISP) with nearly 20 years of experience in the GIS industry.  Mr. Sharp is currently Director of Enterprise GIS Services at the Vermont Center for Geographic Information (VCGI). Mr. Sharp provides supervisory, technical, and consultative work in the development and oversight of State's geospatial databases, and manages a wide range of projects and initiatives for the State.  Mr. Sharp was the President of the New England Chapter of URISA (NEURISA) in 2013.

    • Treasurer: Nate Dansereau (GISP) - Nate has been working with Geospatial Technologies for over twenty years having worked in state and local government and private consulting.  He has spent the last eight years working for Green Mountain Power, Vermont’s major electric utility.  Nate has been on the NEURISA board for three years and is seeking a second term as treasurer.  Nate has experience in database design, project management, and photogrammetry, among other technical skills.  Nate has worked with a wide variety of GIS applications in many industries ranging from agricultural, forestry, public safety, recreation, and transportation.

    • Secretary: John Hangen (GISP) - ·John Hangen is the GIS Coordinator for the City of Milford, CT.  He has served in a variety of private, local, and regional government GIS positions during his 19 year GIS career.  John received Geography and History degrees from Central Connecticut State University and an MA in Geography from the University of Connecticut.   He currently holds a GISP certification and has previously served on the GIS Certification Institute’s Outreach Committee, the CT GIS User to User Group’s Communications subcommittee, and Cadastral Standards Working Group subcommittee.   John begins his term as Secretary for the NEURISA Board of Directors in January 2014.   Before being appointed to this role, John spent a year as an at-large member for NEURISA, where he coordinated the entertaining July 2013 NEURISA Lightning Talk event in New Haven, CT.   He has conducted numerous GIS outreach presentations for grade school students and for Boy Scouts of America.  John is convinced he could still launch an ArcEdit or ArcPlot session using command line Workstation or PC Arc/Info.

    • Communications Coordinator: Erin Jacque - Erin Jacque is GIS Coordinator/Wetland Scientist with BSC Group, Inc. in Worcester, MA.  At BSC Group Erin is responsible for environmental and utility mapping for Federal, State and local permits in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New Hampshire.  Erin regularly completes maps for impact analysis on wetlands, tree removal, residential sensitive receptor proximity analysis (electromagnetic field), and visual impact assessments.  In addition Erin has experience collection and analysis of GPS data, delineating wetland resource areas, and state wetlands regulation and permitting.  Erin has a great deal of experience with stormwater infrastructure mapping, natural resource mapping, and wetlands mapping (integrating ecology and GIS).   Erin is a Graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with a BA in Geography.  Erin has also completed work towards a Masters Degree at UMass Amherst in Fisheries and Wildlife Conservation.  She is currently a part-time Masters student at Northeastern University in the Geographic Information Technology program.  Erin serves as an At-Large Board Member on the New England Chapter of URISA, and serves as the Web Master for Society of Ecological Restoration, New England Chapter.


    Nominees for At-Large Board Member

    • Brian Stice (LandVest) - Brian Stice is a geospatial professional at LandVest, in Boston, MA. He received his M.S in Geographic Information Technology from Northeastern University, and is currently completing a Graduate Certificate in Remote Sensing Technology. Brian specializes in demographics mapping/analysis, database management, environmental land use/renewable energy GIS, and remote sensing/imagery analysis. Brian has more than 5 years of experience with GIS, is actively involved in GIS professional organizations, and keeps LandVest on the cutting edge of GIS software and technology. He currently lives in Watertown, MA, with his wife Dr. Camilla Stice and his dog Jesse James.

    • Shane Bradt (UNH Extension) - Shane Bradt is an Extension Specialist in Geospatial Technologies at the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension. Shane’s job is to educate everyone on the potential uses of geospatial technologies and provide hands-on training to specific audiences to help them adopt geospatial approaches in their work and personal life. He became a certified GIS Professional in 2011 and received his PhD in 2012 in the use of remote sensing to monitor lake water quality. Shane has presented at several NEURISA events, including NEURISA Day in October 2012 and the lightning talk event held at Dartmouth College in April 2013. Shane also helped coordinate, advertise and sponsor the Dartmouth lightning talks. In cooperation with the NEURISA board, he offered intro-level, hands-on training on basic GIS concepts and open source GIS in Worcester, MA, also in April 2013. Shane recently attended the GIS-Pro conference in Providence, RI in September 2013. During the conference, he attended a workshop, gave a presentation, and participated in several NEURISA activities.






  • 26 Sep 2013 8:56 AM | Stephen Sharp (Administrator)

    NEURISA Awarded Outstanding Chapter of the Year

    PRESS RELEASE

    9/26/2013



    The New England Chapter of URISA (NEURISA) is pleased to announce that it was awarded the 2013 Outstanding Chapter Award at URISA’s annual GIS-Pro Conference in Providence, RI (September 16-19, 2013).  Each year URISA recognizes an outstanding Chapter that has sponsored particularly effective activities or has otherwise excelled in serving its membership. The Outstanding Chapter Award criteria include: Innovation, Outreach, Education, and Community Impact.


    The NEURISA Board of Directors (www.neurisa.org) is honored and pleased to have received this award from URISA International (www.urisa.org).  This award recognizes the vision, commitment, and hard work of current and past Board members and the NEURISA community.  These individuals have committed themselves to advancing the GIS Profession by putting their time, energy, and creativity behind the “association for GIS professionals” (URISA).  NEURISA will continue to work with URISA and GIS professionals throughout New England to support the advancement of our profession.


    Board of Directors

    New England Chapter of URISA (NEURISA)




  • 23 Sep 2013 12:08 PM | Stephen Sharp (Administrator)

    NEURISA 2013 Awards

    Press Release

    9/23/2013


    The New England Chapter of URISA (NEURISA) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2013 NEURISA Awards.  The awards were presented at GIS-Pro 2013 (URISA's Annual Conference) in Providence, RI on September 18, 2013.


    NEURISA Special Achievement Award


    Criterion: Through the use of geospatial or other information technologies, the individual has made a significant contribution that greatly enhances the efficiency and effectiveness of an organization; or realizes a significant return on investment; or greatly improves the quality of services. This contribution may be a single act or a cumulative performance.


    2013 Recipient - Michael Howser

    Congratulations to Michael Howser, UCONN - University Libraries - Map and Geographic Information Center (MAGIC), for receiving the 2013 NEURISA Special Achievement Award!  Michael has transformed the way GIS data is organized and made available in CT.  He has facilitated the growth and innovation that has transformed CT’s Map and Geographic Information Center (MAGIC) over the past five years.  He has had a role in creating a seamless statewide 1934 aerial data set of CT.  He helped to establish the CT State Data Center, a collaboration of academic and state organizations that serve as a liaison to the US Census.  He has helped to digitized a wealth of historical information through a massive scanning and metadata project of over 200,000 documents.  The comprehensive collection of digital GIS datasets available through MAGIC has exploded in the past five years, yet still remains easy to navigate and simple to use.


    NEURISA Superior & Dedicated Service Award


    Criterion: A NEURISA member or a member of the NEURISA Board of Directors who has made a significant contribution to the organization and its activities.


    2013 Recipient - Neil MacGaffey

    Congratulations to Neil MacGaffey, past NEURISA President and Assistant Director at MassGIS, for receiving NEURISA’s Superior and Dedicated Service Award for 2013.


    Mr. MacGaffey exemplifies the meaning of superior and dedicated.  He was a key player helping to sustain NEURISA when it was struggling to survive.  He understood the importance of establishing and documenting procedures and protocols necessary to mature and sustain the organization.  He realized that leadership starts with a “vision”, but is nothing without hard work, team building, speed and authenticity.  He understood the importance of recruiting good people to the Board.


    • Feng Yang (NEURISA Past-President): “He dedicated a great deal of his time to running this organization for many years. He was instrumental in laying down the foundation for this organization to grow to where it is now.  NEURISA benefited from his vision, excellent communication and outreach skills, his ability to identify talented people, his management skills and his solid technical understanding of the profession.”

    • Paul Samara (NEURISA Past-President): “He is the consummate collaborator and defender of both needed and defined processes. He has been unwavering with his commitment to this organization and his efforts have been nothing short of stellar.  He exemplifies this award and I cannot think of any person more deserving!”


    More than anyone else he brought discipline, focus, and dedication to NEURISA.  He was (and still is) committed to making NEURISA a great organization!

  • 06 Sep 2013 11:11 AM | Stephen Sharp (Administrator)

    Dear NEURISA Member,


    GIS-Pro 2013 is only 1 week away (Sept 16-19)!  Don’t have the time to attend the entire conference?  No problem.  URISA is offering discounted one-day registrations for NEURISA members (if you’re getting this email you’re a NEURISA member)!


    Tuesday or Wednesday are the best options for one-day registrants.


    • If you register for Tuesday, there is the GovGirl keynote, presentation luncheon, access to the exhibition hall, networking reception, 18 breakout sessions, and NEURISA’s evening social at Rí Rá Irish Pub (free drinks/food/prizes)!


    • If you register for Wednesday, there are 12 breakout sessions, the UNH keynote, the awards breakfast, and the main GIS-Pro social event.  You can attend the sessions on Thursday morning too!


    Here is the schedule: http://gispro2013.sched.org/


    Register online to take advantage of your NEURISA discount.


    We’ll see you there!


    New England Chapter of URISA (NEURISA)
  • 22 Aug 2013 1:45 PM | Stephen Sharp (Administrator)

    The New England Chapter of URISA (NEURISA) is excited to help bring GIS-Pro 2013 (http://www.urisa.org/education-events/gis-pro-annual-conference/) to Providence, RI this year (September 16-19).  GIS-Pro is an excellent opportunity to reinforce or introduce your company’s presence to GIS professionals who help drive the adoption of technology within their organizations.


    NEURISA is looking for sponsors to help us host a fun GIS-Pro evening social at Ri Ra’s Irish Pub (http://www.rira.com/providence/about-ri-ra/) in downtown Providence Tuesday night (September 17th).  We’ll have live entertainment, food, free drinks, and raffle prizes for GIS-Pro participants.  It will be an excellent opportunity for GIS-Pro attendees to mingle and network in a relaxed setting, and an opportunity for your company to showcase its presence and support.


    Your company can be a sponsor for only $250.  As a sponsor you’ll receive the following benefits

    • You will be identified (logo) as a sponsor on the event flyer, which will be inserted into the GIS-Pro program.

    • You will be recognized for your support during the event.

    • You will receive a list of all event attendees (name, organization, email).


    Please contact Diana Maties (alexandramaties@gmail.com) or myself (steves@vcgi.org) if your company would like to sponsor this event or if you would like more details.


    Thanks again for your support.


    Steve Sharp

    President

    New England Chapter of URISA
  • 17 Jul 2013 7:51 AM | Stephen Sharp (Administrator)

    The New England Chapter of URISA (NEURISA) is dedicated to providing quality workshops and webinars on topics relevant to you.  We have created a brief survey to gather your feedback so we can improve our chapter, our events, and the topics covered.  Your feedback is important to us!

    The survey can be found here:  http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/GYXLRWS

    This survey should only take about 5-10 minutes of your time, and your answers will be completely anonymous.  A survey summary will be published in our Fall NEURISA Newsletter.

    Please fill out the survey by Friday, August 2nd.

    Thanks in advance for completing the survey!


    Steve Sharp

    President, NEURISA
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