Greetings MAPPS Members,
As I write this sitting on my back porch, away from the office, I wonder how many of you are doing the same. I was in the nearly empty Optimal GEO corporate office earlier today, participating in the April MAPPS Board of Directors meeting.Your Board covered a lot of ground today, as we usually do.We spent time on our finances, reviewed our legislative initiatives, discussed membership and recruitment, swotted our webinars and other training programs, and assessed upcoming conferences. Our one-hour agenda took much longer.
Last week, MAPPS sent a letter to congressional leaders requesting the consideration of a number of priorities for our country, which include geospatial programs, as Congress moves forward with additional COVID-related legislative measures.This request included:
- Enhancing the Coronavirus Relief Fund enable all state and local governments to meet the unique needs of their local communities;
- Consideration of addressing the nation’s comprehensive infrastructure needs and the significant role played by state and local governments in the nation’s infrastructure network;
- Prioritizing existing programs that allow for broad-based uses and are instrumental in making sound decisions on infrastructure investment, such as the 3D Elevation Program (3DEP);
- Increasing funding and financing for local water infrastructure;
- Eliminating the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) non-federal cost share currently required under the Presidential Disaster Declaration;
- Restoring advance refunding bonds;
- Establishing mandatory funding for payments in-lieu of taxes (PILT); and,
- Ensuring broadband is available to communities across the nation.
MAPPS members can read the entire letterHERE
. I’d like to thank John Copple of The Sanborn Map Company and Stefan Bailey of Prime Policy Group for their continued efforts in keeping MAPPS at the forefront of activities on Capitol Hill.
Speaking of Capitol Hill, MAPPS unfortunately had to postpone our Federal Programs Conference planned for March.In preparation for Hill Day,xyHt
published the magazine’s annual Heights Edition, which would have been hand-delivered to all congressional offices.Many MAPPS firms wrote articles promoting their successes, as well as the geospatial profession.If you haven’t read any of our members’ stories, you can review the magazinehere
Along those same lines,xyHtwill be developing a “virtual trade show” to begin May 26.If you’ve missed a couple shows this year and would still like to talk to 25,000 geospatial professionals, the xyHt program consists of:
- Booth Space in print spread (June issue), which includes company information, photo and web links
- Similar booth space on newly-designed web page for the virtual trade show (posted through August)
- Video of your product manager sharing 5-10 minutes of latest solution
- Appearance on Measure This! podcast
You may have noticed that MAPPS has been promoting a six-part webinar series.The first two webinars were focused on relief packages and have been reported as being very informative for our members.
Registration for the remaining four webinars is still open.Based upon our success so far, the MAPPS Board of Directors is considering additional webinars, including bringing our Emerging Leaders program into the virtual world.All members are invited to participate in the production of future webinars.
Finally, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the MAPPS Board of Directors have been reviewing our conference plan for the remainder of 2020 and into 2021.We are still planning our Summer Conference, our postponed Federal Programs Conference, and all of our 2021 conferences.More information on all of these events will be coming in the next month.
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.