Fifteenth Annual CalGIS Conference
April 6– 9, 2009
Sacramento Convention Center

California's Geospatial Future: Opening Doors to New Opportunities

Next month, the California GIS community will meet in Sacramento for the 15th Annual CalGIS Conference.

This long-standing annual educational event is presented by the four California URISA Chapters: BAAMA, Northern California, Central California and Southern California. The conference includes preconference training, SIXTY presentations, exhibit hall demonstrations and discussions, and networking events, all at a great value. Conference Presentations – Dozens of GIS professionals will share their success stories and challenges with important not-to-be-missed presentations. Here are just a few presentations on the schedule:
  • The California Atlas Geospatial Clearinghouse
  • Implementing a CAD/GIS Asset Management System for the San Francisco Airport
  • Land Use Conflicts in California: The Intersection of Urban Growth, Agriculture, and Natural Resource Conservation
  • Locating Vulnerable Populations in San Diego County During a Disaster
  • Creating Incentives and Venues for Sharing Public GIS Data
  • Census 2010 Geographic Programs
  • Planning for California’s Future: Regional Blueprints and GIS Modeling
  • Report on Positive Correlation Between Open Records & Property Tax Base Growth
  • Integrating Digital Photos with your GPS Field Data Collection and GIS Database
Opening Keynote Address – California GIS Tackles Global Issues
  • Michael Anderson (California’s State Climatologist) will discuss California's unique climate challenges and GIS.
  • Mark Aubin (Cofounder of Google Earth) will talk about the history and future directions of Google Earth.
  • Mitch Grout (Solutions Engineer for Dataquick Information Systems) will the business of aggregating tax and deed information at a nationwide level.
Closing Plenary Session –
The conference will close with Ed Carubis, Senior Program Manager for ESRI, who was the CIO for New York’s Health Department during 9/11, followed by California’s State CIO, Teri Takai. Ms. Takai will present important information about California State Government's GIS and the Governor's backing of GIS.

* If schedules work, Ms. Takai will also introduce California’s new State Geographic Information Officer to the community!

Pre-Conference Training on April 6th
  • FEMA HAZUS Training by PBS&J
  • Using ArcGIS Extensions to Analyze and Visualize data (ESRI)
  • Working with the Geodatabase Data Model (ESRI)
Note that ESRI is also generously extending a 10% discount on ArcGIS Desktop training courses to registered CalGIS Conference attendees, offered in the Sacramento Satellite Office training lab the week of March 30:
  • 3/30/09-4/1/09, 8:30am - 5:00pm, ArcGIS Desktop II: Tools and Functionality
  • 4/2/09-4/3/09, 8:30am - 5:00pm, ArcGIS Desktop III: GIS Workflows and Analysis

Hotel – There is still space available at the conference hotel…but you must book right away. Visit the link below to secure your discounted hotel room at the Hyatt Regency Sacramento at the conference rate of $149!

Reserve your hotel room online here: or call (916) 443-1234 and make your reservations for CalGIS.

Registration – Full, student and one-day registrations are available to help meet budget and time constraints.

Visit for complete conference information and register today!

Christopher Grace, Conference Manager (cgrace@urisa)
Barbara Simpson, CalGIS Chair 2009 (calgischair@surewest)