Reston, Va. – MAPPS, the national association for geospatial firms, announced the Honorable Paul LePage, governor of Maine, will provide the opening keynote at the association's annual Summer Conference on July 22.

Governor LePage will discuss how Maine invests, coordinates and utilizes geospatial technologies and services, provide a synopsis of the business climate in his state, and his views on how states and the private sector can work together to promote economic growth and government reform.

"We are honored that Governor LePage will address the MAPPS membership and provide the insight of a state executive on geospatial data and services and the overall business climate," said John Palatiello, MAPPS executive director.

LePage was elected in 2010 and is serving a four-year term. Prior to being elected, he served as general manager of Marden's, a surplus and salvage retail chain in Maine. He grew the company from a handful of stores to 15 Maine-based locations. He was first elected to public office as mayor of Waterville, Maine. The governor worked across party lines to reduce taxes annually, improve the city's credit rating, increase the rainy day fund and maintain strong support for local education - all without cutting services.

Governor LePage will be the first sitting governor to speak at a MAPPS conference. Three former governors, Jim Geringer (R-WY), Richard Lamm (D-CO) and John Rowland (R-CT) have been previous MAPPS speakers.

The conference to be held July 22-26 at the Samoset Resort in Rockport, Maine will focus on business, management, marketing, technical, policy and workforce issues relevant to the geospatial market, which includes surveying, photogrammetry, aerial photography, satellite and airborne remote sensing, LiDAR, hydrography, bathymetry, charting, aerial and satellite image processing, BIM, mobile mapping, GPS, and other GIS data collection and conversion services. The program is designed of, by and for private geospatial firm principals, owners, partners and senior professional executives.

MAPPS extends a special offer to private geospatial firms that are not members of the association. A firm can register as a non-member and attend the conference. If the firm joins by the end of the conference on July 26, the difference between the member and non-member rate will be credited toward the firm's membership in MAPPS.

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