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MAPPS Member/Guest Breakfast October 31 to Focus on MAP-21 Act Implementation

Posted By John Palatiello, Friday, October 26, 2012

MAPPS will host a timely, informative, and important breakfast during the MAPPS-ASPRS Joint Specialty Conference in Tampa, Florida.  The breakfast is from 7:00 to 8:00 am on Wednesday, October 31 in Meeting Room 8, Third Floor of the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel.

The 'Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act', or MAP-21, passed by Congress and signed into the law by the President in July, includes some of the most significant provisions of law ever benefiting the geospatial community and creating market opportunities for MAPPS member firms. 

These include:

The Restore Act, providing for restoration of the gulf coast, including mapping, in the aftermath of the Deepwater horizon incident;

A FEMA flood mapping reform title, with numerous provisions creating a demand for new data, including elevation data through LIDAR and other technologies;

The Highway bill portion includes:

Section 1103, clarifying that state DoTs expending Federal highway funds must use the qualifications based selection (QBS) process for all architecture, engineering, surveying or mapping contracts,  NOT just those related to construction projects;

Section 1111, creating a location-based national bridge and tunnel inventory;

Section 1112, enhancing the Highway Safety Improvement Program, including the geolocation of attribute data on a roadway;

Section 1517, strengthening law requiring State DoTs to use the private sector for surveying and mapping; and,

Section 53001. Use of Funds for Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) activities.

At this breakfast, I will  brief members on these provisions and discuss a strategy for how MAPPS can influence their implementation.

Additionally, we are honored that Dr. Jerry Johnston, Geospatial Information Officer of the Department of the Interior and Vice-Chairman of the National Geospatial Advisory Committee (NGAC) will discuss how the FEMA provisions on flood and elevation mapping will work in concert with the USGS's proposed 3DEP Program.

This is a member-guest breakfast. MAPPS members should register themselves  and the principal, owner, partner, or senior executive professional of a private firm NOT currently a MAPPS member firm as a guest for FREE to help recruit a new members to MAPPS and build our profession and organization. Please contact MAPPS to provide the name and contact information for your guest.

The cost of the breakfast is $50.00 and payment must be made on-site. If you are planning to attend,  please contact Sally Palatiello, 703-501-4367 now. If you have already registered, we have you covered.

The MAPPS-ASPRS Joint Conference is  October 29 - November 1, 2012  at the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel, Tampa, FL  For information and registration, click here.

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