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MAPPS Summer Conference Highlights Business Opportunities and Innovative Financing Ideas

The 2011 MAPPS Summer Conference, which will be held June 26-30 at The Sagamore Resort in Bolton Landing (Lake George), N.Y., promises to provide thought-provoking content for business owners and geospatial professionals at all levels. The conference will open with a keynote address by John Rowland, former governor of Connecticut, with a talk on “Overcoming Adversity and the Arrogance of Power.” Important federal agency updates will include a talk by Dennis Morgan of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), who will provide a briefing on procurement under NGA’s GEOINT Data Services (GDS) contracts, which are expected to exceed $100 million annually. Vicki Lucas of the USGS and Dr. Joe Fontanella of the Army Geospatial Center will also provide updates on federal agency activities.

An anticipated highlight of the conference is a session titled, “Brother Can You Spare Me a Dime? An Innovative Idea for Financing Government Geospatial Data Activities.” The session will be led by the MAPPS board of directors, including Jeff Lovin, Woolpert, Inc.; Dick McDonalrd, T3 Global Strategies; Bob Hickey, Photo Science; Mike Tully, Aerial Services Inc.; Eric Andelin, Woolpert Inc.; Brant Howard, CompassData Inc.; Craig Moldander, Surdex Corp.; Scott Perkins, Wilson & Co.; and Mark Safran, BAE Systems.

Other topics that will be addressed at the conference include cloud computing, university cooperation, GIS, UAVs, data verification and validation, the need for immersive LiDAR standards, the Broadband Mapping Program, and strategic planning.

To view a full conference schedule or to register for the conference, visit the MAPPS website.

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