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MAPPS Minute: Federal Programs Conference Preview

Posted By Nick Palatiello, Friday, March 28, 2014

Next week MAPPS will host the annual Federal Programs Conference on Tuesday and Wednesday, April 1-2 in Washington, D.C.

MAPPS member firm principals will hear presentations by Federal agency officials on programs, budgets, and upcoming geospatial contracts. We’ll also host a series of liaison meetings with key agencies.

Members gain valuable insights into business opportunities with the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Departments of Interior, Energy, Agriculture, and Homeland Security, as well as USGS, US Army Corps of Engineers, NOAA, Forest Service, BLM, Census Bureau and Small Business Administration.

Our luncheon address will be presented by Randy Willis of the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Integration Office of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). He will discuss the plan for the safe integration of UAS into the national airspace, the opportunities available to private sector firms for system and safety procedure testing through the six national test sites, and how private geospatial businesses can become authorized to engage in commercial UAS operation.

 MAPPS members will be on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, April 2, visiting some 200 Congressmen and Senators. We will advocate for the geospatial profession in Congress and have a significant and positive impact on public policy by educating elected officials on geospatial technologies and the professional services available from the private sector.

Among the members of Congress who will speak to MAPPS members during the two-day conference will be Senator David Vitter of Louisiana,  Rep. Jack Kingston of Georgia, Rep. Ted Poe of Texas, Rep. Bill Huizenga of Michigan and Rep. Todd Young of Indiana.

It is not too late to register for the conference or make a contribution to the MAPPS PAC and join the Inner Circle to attend Tuesday's PAC Dinner.

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