The unique challenges faced by local governments implementing a geographic information system (GIS) will be addressed at the Geospatial Information & Technology Association's (GITA's) Annual Conference 26, set for March 25, 2003, in San Antonio, Texas.

An entire conference track, "Municipal Perspective," will be devoted to the issues and trends faced by local governments. Eight educational sessions over two days will address funding for the rollout of new technologies, system maintenance, resource issues, and other critical topics. "Attendees will learn how to gain executive and political support, in addition to securing financial alternatives, to fund their projects," said Powell.

In addition to the "Municipal Perspective" track, Conference 26 offerings for local government attendees include a seminar entitled "GIT-Enabling Public Works and Municipal E-Government and Operational Initiatives," which will help attendees learn how geospatial information technology can be used to support vital operational aspects of their organizations.

A panel discussion, "Homeland Security," will look at the issues surrounding the threat of terrorism to facilities belonging to utilities, cities, transportation providers, and federal and state agencies. The discussion will examine measures to preserve essential services throughout large geographic areas.

Also, the conference's popular "Birds of a Feather" user forum will provide an opportunity for peers to discuss geospatial issues that are specific to local government.

For more information on GITA's Annual Conference and Exhibition, which is expected to draw 3,000 attendees to San Antonio over the course of the event, visit GITA's Web site at, call GITA at (303) 337-0513, or email