BOO! Hopefully, that gets your attention. MAPPS has a lot going on, and you should be involved. At a minimum, you should have knowledge about MAPPS activities. The last MAPPS Legislative Report contained really good information on many of these activities.
MAPPS continues to become more active on Capitol Hill. Previously, we visited Capitol Hill once a year, during our Federal Programs Conference in March. MAPPS members are now walking the Hill four times a year so that we can keep our issues in front of congressional and committee staff. We visited in September and will return in November, before having our usual Hill Day in March. If you'd like to participate in the November 14th visits, please join the MAPPS Legislative Affairs Committee here for more detailed information coming soon.
The MAPPS Board of Directors conducts monthly meetings to discuss the business of MAPPS. Our latest meeting was a conference call where we covered MAPPS' finances, membership status and dues renewals, conference planning, and legislative affairs. Our next meeting will be at the Prime Policy Group offices in Washington DC on November 12th.
November 13th is GIS Day and MAPPS will be co-hosting a reception on Capitol Hill in Longworth House office building room 1334 from 5:00 – 7:00. Currently, NSGIC has agreed to also co-host the event and other associations are still considering their participation. Congressional staff and government agency personnel will be invited, and many have already confirmed attendance. Sponsorship opportunities are available for MAPPS member firms so that all can display the importance of geospatial data and GIS. All MAPPS members are invited, although we ask that each firm limit attendees to two principals due to space restrictions. Check out the GIS Day event page here. Keep an eye out for more information next week.
Registration for the MAPPS Winter Conference in Hawaii is scheduled to open next week. The conference will have some minor differences from past conferences. We're still starting the conference with a keynote on Sunday evening and ending with a banquet (Luau) on Wednesday. The major difference is that we will have a single networking event, which will be a cruise on Tuesday. The cruise will take much of the day, so we aren't planning any sessions on Tuesday. We may have committee meetings during the early portion of Tuesday morning before leaving for the cruise. Sessions on Monday and Wednesday will go into the afternoon. The Emerging Leaders participants will get out of the office and conduct a real-world project. Spouses and guests will have a single event on Monday due to the networking cruise on Tuesday. This schedule is expected to give attendees ample time to network with other members and provide on-your-own time for more focused meetings with your partners and for experiencing Honolulu.
During the Winter Conference, MAPPS will also be announcing our Geospatial Excellence Awards winners. The due date for submission of a project is October 31. Please review the MAPPS website for instructions on how to get your project submitted.
MAPPS is conducting a workshop at the Commercial UAV Expo in Las Vegas on October 30th. A number of MAPPS experts have been hard at work putting together the workshop where attendees will learn about practical UAS project specifications, contracting/risk issues, RFP's, optimal project size, assessing positional accuracy, photogrammetry/GIS deliverables, FAA UAS Policy and much more. Please consider sending someone from your organization to this event. Information and registration details can be found here.
Finally, MAPPS staff have received really good feedback about the changes to our dues process. We thank the many firms that have already paid their dues for 2020. This process will allow MAPPS to better manage our finances and plan our activities.
Thank you for your continued support of MAPPS. Please feel free to reach out to any of the MAPPS Board of Directors with your suggestions or comments on how we can make our organization better.