Aurora, Colo., May 9, 2006-The Geospatial Information & Technology Association (GITA) is pleased to announce that it will co-locate its 2008 Annual Conference with the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping (ACSM), of Gaithersburg, Md. The combined conference is set for March 9-12, at the Seattle Convention Center in Seattle, Wash.
The two organizations plan to merge their exhibit halls and combine selected networking events while running their educational programming separately.
"Each conference will retain its unique identity, but we will share elements of common interest and build a bridge between the geospatial and surveying communities," said Bob Samborski, GITA's executive director. "This will provide us opportunities to establish cross-cutting educational programming to attract people from both constituencies, and to assess the trend toward consolidation in the geospatial industry."
GITA and ACSM decided to strengthen their partnership with this co-location during GITA's Annual Conference 29 and the 2006 ACSM Conference, which were both held in Florida in April 2006.
ACSM Executive Director Curt Sumner said he chose to co-locate with GITA because the two organizations successfully worked together on the GIS/LIS Conferences from the mid-1980s to the late 1990s, along with three other national associations.
"We have benefited from working together in the past, and I'd eventually like to expand and include more organizations," Sumner said.
GITA's Annual Conference 30 is set to take place March 4-7, 2007, at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas. ACSM will host its 2007 Conference and Technology Exhibition in conjunction with the Illinois Professional Land Surveyors Association and the Missouri Society of Professional Surveyors March 8-13, at the America's Center in St. Louis, Mo.