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MAPPS Winter Conference Announces Keynote Speaker

January 17, 2013

Reston, Va. - Congressman Joe Garcia, a democrat from Florida's 26th District, will be the keynote speaker for the MAPPS Winter Conference, held Jan. 27-31 at the Trump International Resort in Sunny Isles Beach, Fla., MAPPS announced.

Rep. Garcia was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives on Nov. 6, 2012. His district spans from West Miami-Dade to Key West. He serves on the House Committee on the Judiciary, and the Committee on Natural Resources.

"It is a privilege to have Congressman Garcia give the keynote address at the MAPPS Winter Conference and provide the membership insight on the new congress," said John Palatiello, MAPPS executive director. "MAPPS strives to connect members of congress with private sector geospatial professionals in an effort to showcase the products and services utilized by federal agencies to benefit the citizenry of the United States."

Prior to being elected to congress, Rep. Garcia served as director of the Office of Minority Economic Impact for the United States Department of Energy. He will speak on the 113th Congress and issues under the jurisdiction of the committees on which he serves. Of particular interest to MAPPS members, the Judiciary Committee oversees federal prison industries, reform of which MAPPS has long supported in order to prevent unfair competition with private firms. The Natural Resources Committee has responsibility for the FLAIR Act, Map It Once, Use It Many Times Act and the Digital Coast Act.

Sessions at the MAPPS conference will focus on education and continuing professional development, networking to build business-to-business relationships and ways to better manage a surveying, mapping or geospatial company. Topics on the conference program will include:

Mergers and acquisitions; human resources: performance evaluations and 360 reviews; health care reform: implementation in your firm and family; wealth management; National Geospatial Advisory Council (NGAC) update; indoor mapping; sensor fusion; automated feature extraction; thermal mapping; asset management; Florida market for geospatial services; Federal agency updates; location/mobile mapping; ethics; privacy issues and geospatial firms; legislative issues roundtable; geospatial excellence awards; CFO issues panel; and an important session on "big data" with Microsoft, Amazon, Esri and Google all presenting.

MAPPS is offering a special membership promotion for firms that are not current members. The association invites principals of firms to attend the Winter Conference at the non-member rate, but if the firm joins MAPPS prior to the end of the conference on Jan. 31, the firm will be credited with the difference between the member and non-member rate. The reimbursement will be credited toward the firm's 2013 membership dues in MAPPS.