A coalition, managed by NSPS lobbyists John M. Palatiello & Associates, met February 15 at the Capitol Hill offices of the National Association of Realtors to develop a strategy for securing funding for the USGS LiDAR data elevation initiative known as 3DEP – 3D Elevation Program.

Representatives of a broad cross section of stakeholders, including groups from surveying, mapping and geospatial; real estate; home building; flood management; science; mining; insurance; and agriculture and infrastructure met to plan activities seeking an increase in appropriations from Congress for the program authorization legislation tied to major applications and state legislation.

The group received a briefing by USGS and the office of the Secretary of the Interior on the current status of the program, applications and the funding request in President Trump's proposed fiscal year 2019 budget.