URISA's Annual Conference in Vancouver, BC was one of the best-attended and most favorably reviewed URISA conferences in years. More than 700 people attended the conference which included twelve pre-conference workshops, two keynote speakers, seventy sessions and more than 200 presenters. There was even a "˜conference within a conference' with URISA's 2006 Public Participation GIS (PPGIS) Conference running concurrently with the regular conference sessions. The networking and social events were enjoyable and re-instilled the sense of camaraderie that URISA is known for.

"The content of the workshops and presentations was well-organized, relevant, and professional in every respect. No other conference I've attended comes close in quality. This was my first URISA international conference and I'll make an effort to attend from here out."
- Warren Roe, GIS Analyst, Lane Council of Governments, Eugene, Oregon

The Professional Development track (new this year) was a huge success with sessions ranging from "How to Influence Decision-Makers" to the interactive panel discussion "Career Coaching: What you can learn from successful GIS professionals." The first-time attendee orientation meeting and the speed networking session served to strengthen URISA's commitment to new/young professionals in the field.

URISA was honored to have so many URISA Past Presidents and former Board members in attendance; and URISA GIS Hall of Fame recipients Gary Hunter (2006), Jack Dangermond (2005) and Nancy Tosta (2005) all effectively communicated the importance of URISA in their very esteemed careers.

Vancouver was the ideal host city with a never-ending list of attractions and beautiful weather.

Attendees thanked four Board members for their amazing contributions to URISA during their terms of service on the Board of Directors: Dianne Haley, Kathrine Cargo, Steve Kinzy, and Lisa Lubeley. Cindy Domenico passed the URISA President's gavel on to Ed Wells, who will be the URISA President until the close of our 2007 annual conference. And the Board welcomed Susan Johnson (President-Elect), Al Butler, Juna Papajorgji, and Geney Terry to their new positions on the Board.

URISA's 45th Annual Conference will take place August 20-23, 2007 in Washington, DC.

Contact:

URISA - Urban and Regional Information Systems Association
wfrancis@urisa.org, www.urisa.org
847/824-6300

Mark Your Calendar:

Integrating GIS & CAMA Conference - March 4-7, 2007, Las Vegas
Geospatial Integration for Public Safety Conference - April 15-18, 2007 - New Orleans
GIS in Public Health Conference - May 20-23, 2007 - New Orleans
URISA's 45th Annual Conference - August 20-23, 2007 - Washington, DC