MAPPS, the association of geospatial firms, was a part of the cooperative efforts that facilitated the passage of the Geospatial Data Act (GDA). On behalf of MAPPS, Brian R. Raber, CMS, GISP, GLS, MAPPS president, would like to thank Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Congressman Bruce Westerman (R-AR) for not only their sponsorship of this legislation, but also for their leadership and commitment to see it through a complex legislative process and signed into law.

Additionally, Raber would like to thank all the different associations and special interest groups that came together under a shared vision of elevating the work of geospatial professionals.

Continuing on, he would like to thank Ed Cox, MAPPS political affairs director, who made a positive impact by active listening and collaborative problem solving within the geospatial community and advocated for policies important to MAPPS. Raber is grateful for the many MAPPS members who responded to the association’s call to action by connecting with their representatives on Capitol Hill. 

Evidence that MAPPS made a difference in the legislative process has also come from many partners such as the two below:
"Thank you, and MAPPS, for everything you've done to advance the Geospatial Data Act and partnering with us on this effort," says Vivian Moeglein, chief of staff to Congressman Bruce Westerman

"I just wanted to send you a quick note to say thanks for your partnership and cooperation to make the GDA a reality. Truly commend the MAPPS Board for your new direction with advocacy – it certainly paid off!" says Molly Schar, executive director, National States Geographic Information Council (NSGIC).

According to Raber, MAPPS is alive and growing, and they’re looking forward to the next legislative challenge and opportunity where they can support and serve the geospatial community.