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MAPPS Board Meets, Takes Action

Posted By Administration, Thursday, December 3, 2015

Yesterday, the MAPPS Board of Directors wrapped up two days of meetings in Reston Virginia.  On Tuesday, the Board reviewed and planned MAPPS programs, activities, finances and policies.

Among the actions taken:

  • Approval of a 2016 budget that includes no increase in dues;
  • Implementation of a “capture plan” or new member marketing and recruitment strategy;
  • Two incentive programs to attract new member firms to the association –
  1. If a principal of a non-member firm attends a MAPPS conference and pays the higher, non-member registration fee and then promptly joins MAPPS, the difference between member and non member conference registration fees will be credited to the firm’s first year dues; and
  2. When a new firm joins MAPPS, included will be a registration to one conference during the firm’s first membership year.
  • Just as the Board did this past Spring, an effort will be made to have every current MAPPS member firm called by a Board member in the coming weeks to hear about members’ interests and to assure that MAPPS is being responsive to the members needs;
  • In response to requests from members of Congress, re-establish a FEMA Task Force to provide Congress with recommendations for reform and improvement of FEMA Risk Mapping, Assessment and Planning (Risk MAP) in support of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), including potential privatization of the NFIP;
  • In response to requests from members of Congress, task the MAPPS Aerial Aviation Forum with developing legislative recommendations for the next Aviation bill;
  • Approved a revision to the MAPPS best practices guideline on geospatial data and individual citizen privacy, to include a provision on address data, as recommended and requested by the National States Geographic Information Council (NSGIC);
  • Approved conducting the triennial MAPPS Salary and Benefits Survey in 2016 based on member firms 2015 finances;
  • Began studying the feasibility of legislation to establish a National Parcel Data Coordination Office in a Federal agency;
  • Endorsed a recommendation to Congress that pipeline and underground utility legislation include a provision on the need for compliance with sufficient accuracy standards for location data; and
  • Reviewed the new format for the 2016 Winter Conference to be held January 31 through February 3 that will feature a more convenient and affordable destination (Las Vegas/Henderson, NV) with lower airfares, a lower hotel room cost, a reduced registration fee for principals, and an even lower fee for emerging leaders/middle managers of MAPPS member firms to participate in a track of program sessions especially designed for these “up and coming” professionals within your firm.

On Wednesday, the MAPPS Board hosted a roundtable dialogue session with several of our Federal agency partners.  Representatives of USACE, USGS, DHS, FEMA, NOAA and USDOT had a provocative and productive discussion on 3DEP, merging bathymetric/hydrographic data with coastal LiDAR data, privacy (including Patriot Act Title II and Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) regulations), UAS, 133 Cities, FEMA flood mapping, and parcels, as well as the Federal agency briefing to be hosted on Tuesday, March 15 by MAPPS at the Federal Programs Conference during the National Surveying, Mapping and Geospatial Conference, the week of March 14-18 in Crystal City (Arlington, VA).

There was agreement between MAPPS and our Federal agency partners on most of these issues.  In fact, MAPPS leadership on parcels and privacy were extremely well received by the agency officials and MAPPS was commended for its advocacy on these important policy matters.

MAPPS members will be hearing more about the initiatives in the coming months, and input as well as volunteer member participation in these activities will be solicited.

This dedication and leadership by the MAPPS Board of Directors is proof once again, as President Susan Marlow says, "MAPPS members do big things in the profession ... and for the profession."

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