Pennsylvania GIS Hill Day Yields 55 Co-Sponsors for Statewide Geospatial Council Legislation
Monday, May 10, 2010
Posted by: Nick Palatiello
PA - Private firms and supporters of a statewide geospatial
council in Pennsylvania met with their State Representatives on Tuesday, May 4
to generate co-sponsors for HB 2300. The event, sponsored
by PA-MAPPS, gained 55 bi-partisan cosponsors for the bill sponsored by Rep.
Russ Fairchild (R-85th).
needs to do what other states have done and that is bring the best technical
minds together by forming a public/private working partnership. HB 2300 will
allow this to happen and I am very pleased with the bipartisan support this
proposal is generating," Rep. Fairchild said.
is one of only three states that do not have a geospatial coordination council.
Such a council would benefit the citizens of the Commonwealth by providing an
advisory panel from the public, private, non-profit and academic communities
that provide critical geospatial data, services, products, technologies and
applications to the Commonwealth. Geospatial data is the base for planning
purposes for land inventories, emergency preparedness, transportation,
environmental management, economic development, and many other critical
legislation will greatly benefit the citizens of the Commonwealth by
eliminating duplication, saving time and money, and allowing for greater
utilization of technology that is critical to moving Pennsylvania
forward," said Mike Shillenn, (Photo Science, West Chester, PA) PA-MAPPS
President. "We are thankful of the leadership of Rep. Fairchild and to the
geospatial professionals and organizations that have worked to secure
co-sponsors for HB 2300. I am also grateful to the 55 bipartisan members of the
Pennsylvania House of Representatives who have cosponsored the bill. We look
forward to its formal introduction and prompt passage by the legislature."
A study conducted in 2009 for the County
Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania (CCAP) called for a Statewide
Coordination Council. The study was supported by ten geospatial organizations
throughout the Commonwealth, including PA-MAPPS.
Formed in 1982, MAPPS is the only national association exclusively comprised of
private firms in the remote sensing, spatial data and geographic information
systems field in the United States. The MAPPS membership spans the entire
spectrum of the geospatial community, including Member Firms engaged in
satellite and airborne remote sensing, surveying, photogrammetry, aerial
photography, LIDAR, hydrography, bathymetry, charting, aerial and satellite
image processing, GPS, and GIS data collection and conversion services. MAPPS
also includes Associate Member Firms, which are companies that provide
hardware, software, products and services to the geospatial profession in the
United States and other firms from around the world. Independent Consultant Members
are sole proprietors engaged in consulting in or to the geospatial profession,
or provides a consulting service of interest to the geospatial profession.
MAPPS provides its 180+ member firms opportunities for networking and
developing business-to-business relationships, information sharing, education,
public policy advocacy, market growth, and professional development and image