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Upper Midwest Geospatial Conference 2016: Registration Open, Program Announced

Thursday, March 17, 2016  

 As detailed in the joint press release below, the GITA Board of Directors proudly promotes its participation in the 2016 Upper Midwest Geospatial Conference (UMGEOCON), La Crosse, Wisconsin, May 25-26, 2016.



   Press Release


For Immediate Release
Contact: Heather Albrecht
763-494-6387 •


Upper Midwest Geospatial Conference 2016: Registration Open, Program Announced


La Crosse, Wisconsin, March 17, 2016 – The event committee for the Upper Midwest Geospatial Conference (UMGEOCON) is pleased to announce it has recently opened event registration and released the program for this first of its kind geospatial conference which will span borders and encourage collective learning. Scheduled to take place May 25-26, 2016 at the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse, UMGEOCON is a collaborative endeavor of six geospatial nonprofits with a total active membership of over 2,500.

With a focus on mid-level, career-minded GIS professionals, the event committee has put together a program which will allow attendees to broaden their GIS knowledge, expand community connections, and explore emerging trends and technologies in a peer-to-peer learning environment. Some of the program highlights include:

  • Keynotes delivered by top-tier representatives of the Open Geospatial Consortium, U.S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation and National States Geographic Information Council,
  • The 2016 National Geodetic Survey (NGS) annual conference incorporated as part of UMGEOCON,
  • Seven (7) diverse pre-conference workshops, all available for free,
  • Up to eight (8) tracks of learning available during each event time block - thereby giving attendees an effective way to tailor their schedules for personal interests and needs, and
  • A ticket price that is the bargain of the year – UMGEOCON admission is 85% off what some other GIS conferences are charging in 2016.

The event committee encourages anyone interested in attending UMGEOCON to purchase their ticket as soon as possible.  The venue is capacity limited to 350 attendees, and ticket sales to date have been brisk and accelerating.  

To find out more about the conference visit:

UMGEOCON is the collaborative endeavor of the following geospatial nonprofits:


About ASPRS-WGLR: The American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing - Western Great Lakes Region (ASPRS-WGLR) is comprised of public, private, and academic professionals dedicated to the advancement of the geospatial imaging sciences. ASPRS-WGLR is one of sixteen regions nationwide and consists of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Indiana, and northern Illinois. There are currently four universities with ASPRS student chapters in the Western Great Lakes Region: Indiana State University, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, University of Minnesota, and Michigan Technological University.


About GITA: The Geospatial Information & Technology Association (GITA) is a member-led nonprofit professional education association and leading advocate for anyone using geospatial technology to help operate, maintain, and protect North America’s infrastructure. Through industry leading conferences, research initiatives, chapters, and outreach programs, GITA provides ongoing learning and engagement opportunities for its members.


About IGIC: The Iowa Geographic Information Council (IGIC) is a member driven nonprofit organization that works to foster an efficient GIS environment through cooperation and coordination with public and private entities that access, collect, provide, and share data, metadata, applications and educational opportunities.


About MN GIS/LIS: The Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium (MN GIS/LIS) is a collaborative, volunteer-based organization with a long standing and dedicated mission to develop and support the GIS professional in Minnesota for the benefit of its state and citizens.


About SharedGeo:  SharedGeo is a nonprofit dedicated to helping government, nonprofit, education, and corporate entities use mapping technologies and share geographic data for the public good. Past and current project partners include federal, state, tribal, county and municipal entities.


About WLIA:  Founded in 1987, the Wisconsin Land Information Association (WLIA) is a grassroots organization representing a collection of concerned professionals working to develop, maintain, and apply a network of statewide land information systems. Its members are united by an interest in land records modernization, GIS, and related technologies, and by the need for government policies and programs that support their efficient and effective application.  WLIA is a registered 501(c)(6) non-profit organization, and is open to individual, non-profit and corporate members.


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