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A Message From GITA's President, September 24th, 2013

Tuesday, September 24, 2013  

A Message From GITA's President (as a PDF)


September 24th, 2013

A Message From GITA's President

A hearty "Thanks!" to all those who have remained members of GITA through this transition period. We are immensely proud of our many accomplishments. Significant successes include:

1. Establishing a partnership with PennWell for the upcoming Oil and Gas Pipeline Conference October 28-30 at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in Houston, TX.  Please join us for the meeting!

2.  We are financially "in the black” for the first time in nearly three years!!!

3. Our membership base has increased at a rate of approximately 15% a month during the past 6 months!!!

4. Nearly 400 GIT professionals have participated in our GITA Webinar Series.  To meet demand, we are working to increase the frequency of presentations – we hear you!!!

5.  Our chapters are starting to take off again – check out the Pacific Northwest "More Than Just A Map” conference which starts on 30 September.  The Mid-Atlantic "ENERGIS” conference was a sellout!!!

Bigger and better things are on the immediate horizon, namely the release of our GITA Knowledge Portal which will provide unfettered access to all of GITA’s papers, workshop materials, webinars and more. This exciting new service will permit GITA members to request a "Report Card” which lists their professional education activities during the course of the year.  The "Report Card” may then, in turn, be used to support application for your GISP, serve as a record of professional development activities for annual performance reviews, and similar.  The system is in Beta testing now and we hope to have it live by the end of the year.

Also on the agenda are several efforts to help re-vitalize our chapters and the much anticipated Thought Leader Blogs.  This includes a grant process for providing chapters with event seed money, scholarship funds, and social networking support.  Stay tuned for more information as we work out the kinks.  The Thought Leader Blogs will feature entries from GITA members participating in GISCI, NGAC, FGDC, and other important representative positions.

Our continued success relies heavily upon you, the member.  Please share your needs with us and we will do our very best to see that they are met.  We sincerely appreciate those who have stayed with us through our transition and welcome our burgeoning group of new members.  We shall endeavor to serve you well!


Respectfully yours,

Talbot Brooks, GITA President


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