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Action and Advocacy - Woolpert Welcomes Congressman to Open House

Posted By Nick Palatiello, Monday, December 23, 2013

On November 22, MAPPS member firm Woolpert opened the door to its new Atlanta office to clients and other guests at an open house. The firm recently relocated its Atlanta operations to a new suite in the same building to accommodate growth. This open house provided a great opportunity to reach out to the local community and the firm’s Atlanta clients. Among those in attendance was Congressman Jack Kingston, First District of Georgia, who is also a candidate for the U.S. Senate seat that will be vacated in 2014 by Senator Saxby Chambliss. Woolpert staff met with Congressman Kingston and discussed some of the firm’s Federal geospatial policy interests. 
"Through outreach to Congressional representatives, we can continue to educate them on geospatial issues at the federal level and build on the support needed to preserve and advance the integrity of the profession, serve our clients, and grow the market. Our goal is for these efforts to not only benefit Woolpert, but promote MAPPS and the geospatial community at large,” said Jeff Lovin, Woolpert’s Director of Geospatial Services & Senior Vice President and a past president of MAPPS.

Lovin was a witness during a Congressional hearing on December 5 before the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources of the House Committee on Natural Resources. He presented views on H.R. 1604, the Map It Once, Use It Many Times Act, a bill by Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-CO) to enhance the use of geospatial data, products, and services and increase the efficiency of Federal geospatial activities, as well as H.R. 916, the Federal Land Asset Inventory Reform (FLAIR) Act, a bi-partisan bill by Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI) and Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT) to improve Federal land management by developing a multipurpose cadastre of Federal real property and eliminating duplicate and out of date land inventories. Lovin testified as the Chairman of the Coalition for Geospatial Organizations (COGO) of which MAPPS is a member.

"It is more important now than ever for members of Congress to understand the importance of geospatial data. Through engagement at the local level our firms help with the advocacy MAPPS conducts on our behalf in Washington, D.C,” said Lovin. Woolpert also hosted Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) at its Dayton, OH in August.

If your firm is interested in hosting a member of Congress, contact MAPPS Government Affairs Manager John "JB” Byrd. Have you recently hosted a member of Congress? Pass along photographs and a brief description to Nick Palatiello, Assistant Executive Director for External Affairs.

Jeff Lovin and Rep. Jack Kingston

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