It is my pleasure to inform you of an exciting new activity in MAPPS.
In November, the MAPPS Board of Directors met for two days to engage in a 360 degree review of the association. Given the economy, government budgets and shutdowns, generational changes, emerging markets and technologies, and the rise of social media, the Board met with a representative group of members, former members, prospective members, and government partners to get feedback on what the association is doing right, and where MAPPS can improve.
As a result, one new program is already being launched.
The Board has reorganized MAPPS committees, task forces, and working groups.
We are launching a new series of MAPPS "Forums
" to replace several previous committees and task forces. Forums are communities within MAPPS that address issues affecting firms, their products and services, and markets. Each member firm of MAPPS is encouraged to join at least one forum. The forums will not only meet at MAPPS conferences, but host conference calls, organize webinars, and engage in communications using the features of the MAPPS web site.
The forums will provide members an even greater sense of "belonging” and add value to being a member firm in MAPPS. Forums are a way for you to share and gain information and knowledge, network, solve problems, and work with your peers to improve your business and contribute to the well being of the geospatial profession at and apart from attendance at MAPPS meetings and conferences.
Our initial forums
will be on:
Commercial Remote Sensing & Licensed Data
Emerging Markets & Technologies
Government & University Competition
Ocean & Coastal Mapping
Each forum meet at the W
inter Conference in San Diego.
A description of each is on the MAPPS web site, along with a way for you to enroll. This is a wonderful opportunity to get even more benefit from your membership in MAPPS, as well as a great way to give back to your profession.
Finally, if there is something in which you have an interest that is NOT part of one of these forums, the MAPPS Board would welcome your ideas for additional forums. Please email me
with your thoughts and suggestions.
Once again, in an economy where you’re counting every dollar, it’s good to know you can count on MAPPS.