Legislation to Establish a Pennsylvania Geospatial Coordination Council Introduced
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Posted by: Nick Palatiello
Harrisburg, PA - Legislation
to establish a statewide geospatial coordination council, in Pennsylvania, was
introduced June 8 by Rep. Russ Fairchild (R-85). The bill, HB 2300, was
introduced with 59 cosponsors and referred to the Veterans Affairs and
Emergency Preparedness committee.
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. Geospatial is the base data for mapping, planning, land
inventories, emergency preparedness, transportation, environmental management,
economic development, critical infrastructure and many other applications.
are thankful for the leadership of Rep. Fairchild and the support of the many
organizations that have supported HB 2300. I am also grateful to the 59
bipartisan members of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives who have
cosponsored the bill upon introduction of the legislation," said Mike
Shillenn, (Photo Science, West Chester, PA) PA-MAPPS President.
study conducted in 2009 for the County Commissioners Association of
Pennsylvania (CCAP) called for a Statewide Coordination Council. The
Federally-funded study was supported by ten geospatial organizations throughout
the Commonwealth, including PA-MAPPS.
PA-MAPPS, the first state chapter of MAPPS,
is open to private firms in the geospatial community including those in
photogrammetry, satellite and airborne remote sensing, hydrography, aerial and
satellite image processing, surveying, GPS, and GIS data collection and
conversion services in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. PA-MAPPS has two
membership categories; Member Firms: geospatial service firms with offices and
employees based in Pennsylvania and Associate Members: companies that do
business in but not having a physical office or businesses in the Commonwealth,
or those that provide hardware, software, products and services to the
geospatial profession in the Keystone State. Firms in PA-MAPPS are also members
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