MAPPS Launches State Chapter in Colorado
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Posted by: Nick Palatiello
Denver, CO, August 31, 2011 - A state chapter of MAPPS, the
association of private sector geospatial firms, was announced today at
the GIS in the Rockies conference in Denver, CO.
Speaking at the conference, MAPPS Executive Director John Palatiello and
Gary Outlaw, Merrick & Company (Aurora, CO), the first President of
CO-MAPPS, said the chapter will, "Promote the significant cluster of
geospatial firms and organizations in Colorado and its contributions to
the state's employment base and economy as well as work with the State
of Colorado to leverage that synergy for further business growth."
On May 23, more than 30 MAPPS member firm principals from firms based or
with offices in Colorado gathered at the offices of CompassData in
Centennial, CO for an "interest meeting" to discuss the establishment of
a MAPPS chapter in Colorado. At that meeting, it was agreed that a
CO-MAPPS chapter was desirable. As a result, a task force was formed to
begin implementation of a Colorado chapter.
The task force developed bylaws, established an initial Board of
Directors, and organized the launch of the chapter at GIS in the
The initial Board of Directors will be Mr. Outlaw (President), Llana
Hines, Sanborn (Colorado Springs, CO), Hayden Howard, CompassData
(Centennial, CO), Mark Schubert, Aerial Surveys International (Watkins,
CO) and Layton Hobbs, Woolpert, Inc. (Denver,CO).
"MAPPS has achieved significant success with its first state chapter in
Pennsylvania and we are pleased to be able to launch an additional local
organization in Colorado," said Dick McDonald, PLS, CP, (T3 Global
Strategies, Bridgeville, PA). "MAPPS looks forward to adding additional
state chapters in the coming months in order to expand our member's
ability to grow their businesses, raise awareness of the important role
geospatial technologies play in our society, affect public policy, and
empower our member firms to network and work together toward common
The goals of CO-MAPPS will be to --
Chapter dues will be just $250 per firm. In order to be a member of
CO-MAPPS, a firm must be a member of the MAPPS national association.
Promote the significant cluster of geospatial firms and
organizations in Colorado and its contributions to the state's
employment base and economy
Work with the State of Colorado to leverage that synergy for further economic growth
Strengthen and broaden relationships with the educational community
Provide a voice for the private sector and the community at large in governmental processes
Pursue public/private partnerships as well as promote skilled
workforces, market innovation & development and competitive market
Provide a forum for private firms in the state
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, mobile mapping, LIDAR,
building information models (BIM), 3D mapping, 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 enhancement.
For more information on MAPPS, please visit www.MAPPS.org.