Essential education and valuable professional connections will be the takeaways at GIS-Pro 2013: URISA's 51st Annual Conference for GIS Professionals.

GIS-Pro 2013 will take place Sept. 16-19 at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence.

Keynote speakers include Kristy Fifelski (aka GovGirl), new media director for Government Technology magazine, David Salzer and Patrick Santoso of the University of New Hampshire Technology Transfer Center, and John (Jack) Mustard, professor of geological sciences at Brown University.

Concurrent educational sessions cover topics include GIS communication, organizational best practices, ethics in GIS and mobile mapping.

For conference details, including registration, hotel and travel information, visit http://www.urisa.org/gispro2013.