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All Star Panel to Address the Future of GIS at the 2007 GIS in the Rockies Conference

August 27, 2007

Denver, CO – August 24, 2007 – The 2007 GIS in the Rockies Conference will feature an all star panel of innovators and leaders in the fields of GIS architecture, remote sensing, data management, and infrastructure. This group of six GIS all stars will address the past and future of geographic information systems in a ninety minute panel session on Wednesday, September 12th from 3:30pm – 5:00 pm. The panel is among several special events planned to celebrate the 20th Anniversary Year of GIS in the Rockies Conference in Denver, Colorado.

“We believe this outstanding group of speakers will be the high point of the 20th year celebration. The expertise of the panel spans from the earliest GIS system to the most cutting edge solutions available today,” said Chris Longo, 2007 GIS in the Rockies Program Committee Chair. “As this year’s conference looks at the past and present of GIS technology, we look forward to hearing the panel members’ opinions and predictions for the future of the evolving geospatial industry.”

The all star panel is comprised of:

Peter Batty, Former Chief Technology Officer of Intergraph Corporation
Joseph K. Berry, Keck Scholar in Geosciences, University of Denver and Principal, Berry & Associates
Jack Dangermond, President, Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI)
William Gail, PhD, Director, Strategic Development - Microsoft Virtual Earth
Geoff Zeiss, Director of Technology, Infrastructure Solutions Division, Autodesk, Inc.
Andy Zetlan, National Director of Utility Industry Solutions, Oracle Corporation

Speaker biographies are attached to this press release for additional information.

The 2007 GIS in the Rockies conference will be held September 12 – 14, 2007 at INVESCO Field at Mile High stadium in Denver, Colorado. The six sponsoring societies for the 2007 GIS in the Rockies conference have developed a series of program tracks with the theme “Celebrating 20 Spatial Years”. Presentations and workshops are designed to appeal to a broad community of GIS users, surveyors, and other interested technology professionals.

This year’s panel topics include:

Advanced Data Acquisition and Mapping
Utilities, Infrastructure, and Management
Surveying: Building GIS from the Ground Up
GIS for Urban and Regional Government
Emergency Management and Homeland Security
GIS for Managers
Sustainability and Renewable Resources
GIS Application Development
GIS for Communities
Federal Track: GIS in the National Picture
Geospatial Imaging: GIS Foundation & Layers of Value

Off-site visits and activities will take place in and around the Denver metro area on Sept 14th. Additional information on panel sessions, exhibits, and off-site activities can be found at the event website at www.GISintheRockies.org.

Questions about exhibiting at the conference should be directed to Kim Longo at vendors@gisintherockies.org or 303-250-0612.

About GIS in the Rockies

GIS in the Rockies is a technology conference providing community outreach, education and professional development for people interested in Geographic Information System (GIS) technology. Formed by several professional societies and organizations, the conference enjoys its 20th annual event at INVESCO Field at Mile High stadium in Denver, Colorado USA. The sponsoring societies include: the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Geospatial Information and Technology Association (GITA), the Colorado Section of the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping (ACSM), the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS), the Professional Land Surveyors of Colorado (PLSC), the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA) and GIS Colorado.

For more information about GIS in the Rockies and links to the sponsoring societies, visit www.gisintherockies.org.