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A Message From Your MAPPS President - May 2018

Friday, May 18, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Kristin Grove
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MAY 2018

I trust that your businesses are seeing growth in project opportunities. One of our goals at MAPPS is to create an environment in the geospatial field for members and the overall community to realize positive gains from our legislative agenda and thought leadership. Below is an update on the many topics pursued by your Board of Directors, various committees, and MAPPS staff to realize this goal.

See you in Charleston!

Brian Raber, CMS, GISP, GLS

The MAPPS staff, led by Jennifer Miller, recently mailed a letter to all firms with the status of their membership. These letters are being followed by personal phone calls to assist members with updating their firm’s information that appears on our website. This process is important so that designated personnel from each firm receive the many MAPPS benefits.

Speaking of the website, Kristin Grove from the MAPPS staff continues work on the website. Our short-term focus is to better organize content, archive outdated information, and facilitate faster navigation. This is tedious, but necessary to allow member firms to receive their benefits, and the community to recognize MAPPS for its leadership.

MAPPS staff also drafted a communication plan to create a predictable and efficient rhythm of distributing valuable information to members. The plan suggests about one eblast each week with concise material on specific subjects such as legislative affairs, events, MAPPS business, and more. Additional communication and calls to action will be sent as needed. To maximize membership benefits, the primary contact of each firm must periodically update their company profile to include the email of each person that should receive correspondence with MAPPS. Please don’t hesitate to ask MAPPS staff for assistance to keep our membership list robust and accurate. 
Advocacy and Legislative Affairs

Several MAPPS members attended NOAA’s National Spatial Reference System Modernization (NSRS) update May 8-9. Stephan Clancy of Michael Baker International had the opportunity to present the MAPPS Project of the Year (DFW Pavement Management), while others including Riegl, GPI, Woolpert, GeoCue, HERE, Trimble, ESRI, Leica, and Trimble/Applanix also actively participated. 

MAPPS Legislative Director Ed Cox and Legislative Affairs Committee Chair John Copple of Sanborn have been active evaluating 3DEP budgets, funding and future advocacy. The LAC is also planning short- and long-range advocacy campaigns for 3DEP, Digital Coast and the Farm Bill of which involves all members connecting with their representatives. A detailed LAC report will follow later this month.


MAPPS supported the Digital Coast Act briefing hosted by NOAA and the Digital Coast Partnership. The briefing featured honorary hosts, Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger and Congressman Don Young.  A number of MAPPS firms attended the briefing.  A special thank you goes to Kurt Allen for being the MAPPS representative speaking about the role of the private sector and geospatial. 

Member Action
 Members in Alaska have been busy forming the Alaska Chapter of MAPPS. Coordinated by Tom Newman of TerraSond, Con Sweeney of Michael Baker International, Nathan Wardwell of JOA Surveys, and Vern Lee of Merrick, the new State Chapter is ready to begin its advocacy work. Others from Fugro, Quantum, and Dewberry are also participating in the new chapter. Prospective member firms Frontier Precision, Alaska Aerial Media, and Resource Data are interested in joining MAPPS.

We are hearing that some firms are not consistently receiving MAPPS communication due to their internal internet security and spam blocking. To ensure that you are an active part of the new MAPPS, we will be mailing instructions on how to whitelist MAPPS emails. We also recommend sharing this information with your colleagues who are MAPPS members to ensure they also receive MAPPS communications.

As previously mentioned the Board is reorganizing the many MAPPS Committees. We are reducing the number of committees by disbanding those which are inactive and combining others.  A significant part of the reorganization is to have co-chairs for each forum and committee. Additionally, each forum should have both small and large business leaders. This brings up an important request by asking members, especially from small business firms to lead one of our strategic committees or forums. Please contact Bob Hanson of Michael Baker International if you are interested in serving on a committee. 

Upcoming Events

Registration is now open for the 2018 Summer Conference. Please make your reservations today to attend the conference in Charleston, SC at the Belmond Charleston Place Hotel from July 22-25. Mike Tully from Aerial Services and the program committee have created a powerful slate of topics providing business and technology insight. The Emerging Leaders program also continues with a tract to help build the next generation of geospatial leaders in your firm.


Welcome New Members to MAPPS

Thank you to the current members who are encouraging firms to join MAPPS. It is satisfying to know that firms are now taking pride in their association. Because of everyone’s recruiting efforts I am pleased welcome our newest members:

Berntsen International, Inc.
The Atlantic Group


Be sure to register for the Summer Conference and meet all the new members in a Speed Dating session taking place on the first day of the conference.

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