In one of his last presentations as president of the National States Geographic Information Council (NSGIC), Chris Diller announced a record number of awards during NSGIC’s recent annual conference in Indianapolis.

“Today, on GIS Day, it seems especially appropriate to recognize the many GIS professionals and partners in the geospatial community who serve, catalyze, champion and innovate,” said current NSGIC President Bert Granberg.

During the Oct. 24-28 conference, NSGIC unveiled a new award program designed to recognize leadership and innovation at the state level. The Geospatial Excellence Awards join NSGIC’s long-running program of Outstanding Service Awards that recognize individuals and organizations that advance the national spatial data infrastructure and promote NSGIC’s goals of efficient and effective government.

The 2016 Geospatial Excellence Award recipients include:

Catalyst Awards

  • Jim Dove, Allen Burns, Brent Lanford and Hunter Key, Georgia Association of Regional Commissions
  • Kenny Brevard, VITA Integrated Services Program
  • Joan Delos Santos, Hawaii Office of Planning
  • Sean McSpaden, Oregon Legislative Fiscal Office
  • Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium

Champion Award

  • Utah Mapping & Information Partnership, Executive Steering Committee; Amanda Smith, Utah Department of Environmental Quality, Robyn Pearson, Utah Department of Natural Resources

Catalyst Award and Champion Award

  • Alaska Geospatial Council

Innovator Awards

  • Jeff Ylvisaker and Tony Van Der Wielen, Wisconsin Legislative Technology Services Bureau

2016 Outstanding Service Award Recipients

  • Tony LaVoi, NOAA, Department of Commerce
  • Andy Rowan, State of New Jersey
  • Nathalie Smith, Esri
  • Kathy DeMarco, NSGIC Association Manager
  • Craig Johnson, Louisiana Geographic Info Center
  • Phil Worrall, Indiana Geographic Info Center
  • Randy Mayden, North West Geomatics Ltd.


The National States Geographic Information Council (NSGIC) promotes statewide geospatial coordination activities in all states and advocates for states in national geospatial policy initiatives that support a national spatial data infrastructure.  The council has a vision of all levels of government becoming highly effective and efficient through coordinated development and use of geospatial data and technologies. Members represent state Geographic Information Officers (GIOs), state agency GIS heads, leaders of the statewide coordination council, federal agencies, tribal government, local government, the private sector, academia and other professional organizations.