Aurora, Colo., May 16, 2006-The Geospatial Information & Technology Association, Aurora, Colo. and The Association of American Geographers (AAG), Washington, D.C., announced the completion of Phase I of the GITA/AAG Department of Labor grant, Defining and Communicating Geospatial Technology Industry Workforce Demand.

Aurora, Colo., May 16, 2006-The Geospatial Information & Technology Association, Aurora, Colo. and The Association of American Geographers (AAG), Washington, D.C., announced the completion of Phase I of the GITA/AAG Department of Labor grant, Defining and Communicating Geospatial Technology Industry Workforce Demand.

Phase I was focused on defining industry components, characteristics, and skills required to fill geospatial occupations. The major work efforts involved in this phase were two thought-leader roundtables held in Washington, D.C., in October 2005 and January 2006; development of on online feedback mechanism to gather responses to critical issues in defining the industry; and analysis of those responses.

A detailed report on the findings of Phase I of the grant can be found at http://www.aag.org/giwis/. Appendices documenting some of the more detailed analyses can also be accessed. All geospatial professionals are encouraged to read the findings and provide comments based on their unique perspective of the industry. A link is provided to submit responses to Mary Ann Stewart, the GITA Project Manager for the grant, at mstewart@gita.org.

"GITA and the AAG ask that all interested geospatial professionals review the report and provide comments, reactions, supporting information, or ask questions," said GITA Executive Director Bob Samborski. "We'd like to obtain input from as many geospatial industry professionals as possible."

In order to best support the analysis of comments, respondents are asked to provide their name, company name, address, and phone or e-mail contact information. All responses must be submitted by June 30, 2006.

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