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MAPPS Launches Legislative Issues Webinar Series

Posted By Nick Palatiello, Friday, February 28, 2014

Want to learn more about the four issues MAPPS will be taking to Congress as part of the 2014 Federal Programs Conference? Register for one of our three remaining webinars! Each issue will be discussed Thursday afternoons at 3:00 PM (Eastern) through March 20. Register today!

The Federal Programs Conference is open to MAPPS members only. MAPPS members April is at the peak of the Cherry Blossom festival in Washington, DC. Reserve your hotel room and register today!

Tags:  Congress  Digital Coast  Federal Programs  FLAIR Act  Geospatial  GIS  Highway Bill  Land Inventory  Reauthorization  Webinars 

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MAPPS Participates on Digital Coast Panel Focus on Coastal Resiliency for Planning Professionals

Posted By John "JB" Byrd, Thursday, September 26, 2013
Updated: Monday, October 7, 2013
On September 30, I participated on a panel of experts focused on "Federal Agency Support for Resilient Communities" during the American Planning Association (APA)'s Federal Policy Conference. My presentation focused on Federal programs, such as NOAA's Digital Coast and 3DEP within USGS, as well as legislation impacting "Resiliency" such as MAP-21, WRDA, and how accurate elevation and geographic data generated by geospatial technology, services, products can benefit planning for resiliency at the local, state and Federal levels of government. Also participating with MAPPS on the panel were Kathy Nothstine (NACo), Samantha Medlock (ASFPM) and moderator Kara Drane (APA)-- each of these organizations are members of the Digital Coast Partnership.
Original Post - Sept 26, 2013

MAPPS staff continues to advocate for the Digital Coast Act (H.R. 1382) before Congress in collaboration with members of the Digital Coast Partnership. This past July, MAPPS participated in a Congressional briefing on Capitol Hill before a packed room of Congressional staff (House & Senate) and stakeholders. During this briefing, MAPPS HSIA/Oceans and Coastal Mapping Committee and Legislative Affairs Committee Chair Kurt Allen, discussed the benefits of the Digital Coast program that can be realized through the utilization of the private sector’s capabilities. 
One member of the Digital Coast Partnership is the American Planning Association (APA). I have been invited by the APA to participate on a panel before their DC Policy Conference, where I will discuss the capabilities of the private geospatial profession to support community "resiliency”.. This will also provide an opportunity to advocate for MAPPS legislative policies and explain how communities benefit from MAPPS’ members expertise. 

The state floodplain managers (ASFPM) and National Association of Counties (NACO) will also participate on my panel.
To prepare for this presentation, I am seeking examples, applications and imagery to highlight capabilities and benefits provided by private sector geospatial firms. The audience will be professional planners, mostly in local and state government. Again, I am asking for images for a PowerPoint presentation that depict geospatial data, products, services, and applications related to  Digital Coast to showcase how planners can use geospatial products and services in their coastal communities to  support  "resiliency”.

Please contact me directly prior to the close of business on Friday, September 27.

Tags:  Congress  Digital Coast  Geospatial  Planning  Resiliency 

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MAPPS to Testify Before House Subcommittee on Hydrographic Services Improvement Act

Posted By Nick Palatiello, Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Dick McDonald, CP, PLS, (T3 Global Strategies, Bridgeville, PA) President of MAPPS, the national association for private sector geospatial firms, will testify tomorrow, Thursday, June 13 before the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs

Mr. McDonald will testify on H.R. 1399, a bill to reauthorize the Hydrographic Services Improvement (HSIA) Act of 1998, sponsored by Rep. Don Young (R-AK). HSIA authorizes the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to acquire hydrographic data, provide hydrographic services, conduct coastal change analyses necessary to ensure safe navigation along the coastal areas of the United States, and improve the management of coastal change in the Arctic. The legislation also directs the Comptroller General (GAO) to compare the cost of NOAA conducting hydrographic surveys compared to contracting with the private sector. 

In relation to H.R. 1399, Mr. McDonald will discuss the Digital Coast Act, H.R. 1382.  

The hearing will take place at 10:00 AM (EDT) in Room 1324 of the Longworth House Office Building on Capitol Hill and will be webcast live on the Committee's website. 

Tags:  Congress  Digital Coast  HSIA  Hydrographic  NOAA 

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