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PA-MAPPS Elects New Officers, Creates Committees

Saturday, November 20, 2010   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Nick Palatiello
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PA-MAPPS, the Pennsylvania chapter of MAPPS, named officers and directors for the association's Board of Directors and set priorities for the chapter for 2011.

The board of directors of PA-MAPPS consists of the following members and positions:

  • President: Con Sweeney, Michael Baker Jr., Inc. (Harrisburg, PA)
  • President-Elect: Stephen Ellis, GISP, GeoDecisions a divison of Gannett Fleming, Inc. (Camp Hill, PA)
  • Secretary: Rob Rowe, GISP, Herbert, Rowland & Grubic, Inc. (State College, PA)
  • Treasurer: Ashis Pal, GISP, geographIT (Lancaster, PA)
  • Director: Michael Shillenn, CP, Photo Science, Inc. (West Chester, PA)

In addition to the board positions, Pete Quigley, Keddal Aerial Mapping, a division of Kucera International, was appointed as the membership chair.

"I am grateful for the support of the members of PA-MAPPS and those working with me on the board," said Con Sweeney, PA-MAPPS President. "During the last year we strengthened our partnership with the other geospatial practitioner groups in Pennsylvania to give voice to the need for greater utilization of geospatial data for the benefit of the citizens of the Commonwealth. We plan to continue this message with the newly elected Governor and legislature over the next year."

The board of directors also announced the creation of programs and legislative committees. The programs committee will work to provide greater content to the membership, including business development and networking, as well as support the professional geospatial conferences within the Commonwealth. The legislative committee will work closely with other stakeholders in Pennsylvania to continue to make a geospatial coordination council a reality.


PA-MAPPS, the first state chapter of MAPPS, is open to private firms in in photogrammetry, satellite and airborne remote sensing, hydrography, aerial and satellite image processing, surveying, GPS, and GIS data collection and conversion services in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. PA-MAPPS has two membership categories; Member Firms: geospatial service firms with offices and employees based in Pennsylvania and Associate Members: companies that do business in but not having a physical office or businesses in the Commonwealth, or those that provide hardware, software, products and services to the geospatial profession in the Keystone State. Firms in PA MAPPS are also members of MAPPS.

Formed in 1982, MAPPS is the only national association exclusively comprised of private firms in the remote sensing, spatial data and geographic information systems field in the United States. The MAPPS membership spans the entire spectrum of the geospatial community, including Member Firms engaged in satellite and airborne remote sensing, surveying, photogrammetry, aerial photography, LIDAR, hydrography, bathymetry, charting, aerial and satellite image processing, GPS, and GIS data collection and conversion services. MAPPS also includes Associate Member Firms, which are companies that provide hardware, software, products and services to the geospatial profession in the United States and other firms from around the world. Independent Consultant Members are sole proprietors engaged in consulting in or to the geospatial profession, or provides a consulting service of interest to the geospatial profession.

MAPPS provides its 180+ member firms opportunities for networking and developing business-to-business relationships, information sharing, education, public policy advocacy, market growth, and professional development and image enhancement.

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