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PA-MAPPS Elects New Officers, Adopts Strategic Plan

June 18, 2009

Harrisburg, PA - Members of the Pennsylvania chapter of MAPPS (PA-MAPPS) elected a new slate of officers and directors and adopted a strategic plan at its annual membership meeting on Thursday, June, 11.

The board of directors of PA-MAPPS consists of the following members and positions:

President: Michael Shillenn, CP, Photo Science (West Chester, PA)
President-Elect: Con Sweeney, Michael Baker Jr., Inc. (Harrisburg, PA)
Secretary: Mark Safran, CP, GISP, BAE Systems (Mount Laurel, NJ & Pittsburgh, PA)
Treasurer: Stephen Ellis, GISP, GeoDecisions division of Gannett Fleming, Inc. (Camp Hill, PA)
Director: Ashis Pal, GISP, geographIT (Lancaster, PA)

"I am grateful for the support and confidence of the members and am humbled by the honor of serving this organization," said Mike Shillenn, PA-MAPPS President. "In just two short years, PA-MAPPS has become a well-known and respected organization within the Commonwealth and I look forward to continuing to promote the benefits of geospatial data to the citizens of Pennsylvania and improving the opportunities for the private geospatial community with the other stakeholder groups in Pennsylvania."

At its annual membership business meeting, PA-MAPPS formally adopted a five-year strategic plan, which outlines the goals for the chapter. Included in the plan is to continue to advocate for a favorable business climate for the private geospatial community, work for effective education programs for workforce development and create a geospatial coordination council to serve the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.


About PA-MAPPS and MAPPS
PA-MAPPS, the first state chapter of MAPPS, is open to private firms in the geospatial community including those in photogrammetry, satellite and airborne remote sensing, hydrography, aerial and satellite image processing, surveying, GPS, and GIS data collection and conversion services in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. PA-MAPPS has two membership categories; Member Firms: geospatial service firms with offices and employees based in Pennsylvania and Associate Members: companies that do business in but not having a physical office or businesses in the Commonwealth, or those that provide hardware, software, products and services to the geospatial profession in the Keystone State. Firms in PA MAPPS are also members of MAPPS.

MAPPS is the only national association exclusively comprised of private firms in the spatial data and geographic information system field in the United States. Formed in 1982, MAPPS is the voice of private U.S geospatial firms. Its membership also includes and numerous internationally-based companies. For information, visit
www.mapps.org.