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MAPPS Launches State Chapter in Colorado

August 31, 2011

A state chapter of MAPPS, the association of private sector geospatial firms, was announced at the GIS in the Rockies conference in Denver, Colo.

Speaking at the conference, MAPPS Executive Director John Palatiello and Gary Outlaw, Merrick & Company (Aurora, CO), the first President of CO-MAPPS, said the chapter will, "Promote the significant cluster of geospatial firms and organizations in Colorado and its contributions to the state's employment base and economy as well as work with the State of Colorado to leverage that synergy for further business growth."

On May 23, more than 30 MAPPS member firm principals from firms based or with offices in Colorado gathered at the offices of CompassData in Centennial, CO for an "interest meeting" to discuss the establishment of a MAPPS chapter in Colorado. At that meeting, it was agreed that a CO-MAPPS chapter was desirable. As a result, a task force was formed to begin implementation of a Colorado chapter.

The task force developed bylaws, established an initial Board of Directors, and organized the launch of the chapter at GIS in the Rockies.

The initial Board of Directors will be Mr. Outlaw (President), Llana Hines, Sanborn (Colorado Springs, CO), Hayden Howard, CompassData (Centennial, CO), Mark Schubert, Aerial Surveys International (Watkins, CO) and Layton Hobbs, Woolpert, Inc. (Denver,CO).

"MAPPS has achieved significant success with its first state chapter in Pennsylvania and we are pleased to be able to launch an additional local organization in Colorado," said Dick McDonald, PLS, CP, (T3 Global Strategies, Bridgeville, PA). "MAPPS looks forward to adding additional state chapters in the coming months in order to expand our member's ability to grow their businesses, raise awareness of the important role geospatial technologies play in our society, affect public policy, and empower our member firms to network and work together toward common goals."

The goals of CO-MAPPS will be to --

- Promote the significant cluster of geospatial firms and organizations in Colorado and its contributions to the state's employment base and economy

- Work with the State of Colorado to leverage that synergy for further economic growth

- Strengthen and broaden relationships with the educational community

- Provide a voice for the private sector and the community at large in governmental processes

- Pursue public/private partnerships as well as promote skilled workforces, market innovation & development and competitive market within Colorado

- Provide a forum for private firms in the state

Chapter dues will be just $250 per firm. In order to be a member of CO-MAPPS, a firm must be a member of the MAPPS national association.

For more information, visit www.MAPPS.org.