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  • 8 Jan 2019 2:05 PM | Marketing WAGISA (Administrator)

    We are proud to welcome Bill Johnson, the "Carpe Geo" Evangelist with AppGeo, as the 2019 conference keynote speaker!

    "What is carpe geo?

    We have all heard the phrase carpe diem which translates to “seize the day.”

    Carpe geo is seizing the opportunity to do great things with GIS.

    A GIS project almost inevitably starts with a simple request, “Can you make me a map?”

    The requester may not even know what they are asking for beyond that they want a map.  A vague request is an opportunity to learn, teach, and explore the full potential of GIS.  The trail from this simple request may lead to a very different destination than the one originally envisioned.

    When you view this as a chance to experiment, mine ideas, and see where the exploration leads …"

    For more information on Bill Johnson, the "Carpe Geo" Evangelist, check out the Keynote webpage on the 2019 Washington GIS Conference website.

  • 2 Jan 2019 8:21 PM | Marketing WAGISA (Administrator)

    The Washington State Chapter of URISA (WAURISA) invites you to the 2019 Washington GIS Conference from May 20 – 23 in Tacoma, WA.


    Pre-Conference Workshops will be May 20 – 21, 2019 at the Hotel Murano. The Conference will be May 22 – 23, 2019 at the Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center.

    Are you interested in...

    Seeing what your colleagues are up to?

    Earning points towards your GISP?

    Networking with other GIS professionals?

    Then plan on joining us May 20-23, 2019 in Tacoma, WA!


    As always the conference will offer:

    Excellent training workshops!

    A passionate Keynote speaker!

    Dynamic presentations!

    Fun social events and more!


    Stay tuned for more information about the Conference Keynote, workshops, registration, and so much coming in the next few months! Stay up to date with the latest information from the Conference website, or WAURISA’s social media accounts – LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook, or join our email list.

  • 20 Sep 2018 1:16 PM | Josh Greenberg (Administrator)

    A Two-Day event to be held in downtown Spokane WA

          November 5-6, 2018

    Workshops / Presentations / Dinner (Social)

    All for only $85 ($10 for students)

    More details soon

  • 8 Aug 2018 3:32 PM | Josh Greenberg (Administrator)

    WAURISA’s annual Washington GIS Conference is a well-established annual event attended by an average of 300 professionals and students in the geospatial industry. This event has grown beyond the capacity of just volunteers and so for the second year the WAURISA board is looking to pay a Conference Coordinator to assist.

    The primary role of the conference coordinator is to work with all the conference subcommittee leads and the Board Conference Liaison to facilitate collaborative decisions.

    If you are interested in being considered for the  Conference Coordinator position please send a letter of interest to


    Conference Coordinator contract can be downloaded here:


    We will be accepting letters of interest until August 21, 2018 


  • 8 Jun 2018 3:07 PM | Conference WAGISA (Administrator)

    Conference materials are now available for download for members only.  

    Visit the conference event page for more details!

  • 21 May 2018 1:24 PM | Ann Stark

    MEMBERS - Please cast your vote for Board Members.  You must turn in your vote before Thursday at 10 AM.

    Find candidate biographies and details about voting by visiting

  • 16 May 2018 9:42 AM | Conference WAGISA (Administrator)

    If you are arriving Tuesday night or will be in town already from attending the workshops, be sure to join us at the Welcome Social from 5:15 pm to 7:30 pm, Tuesday, May 22 at the Red Lion Hotel in Olympia.  It's a great networking opportunity!  See you there!   

    For other schedule items be sure to see all the details here:

  • 14 May 2018 8:34 AM | Conference WAGISA (Administrator)

    We've had a great turn out and reached our capacity for attendees! The conference registration is now closed.  Looking forward to seeing you all soon!

  • 29 Mar 2018 2:07 PM | Conference WAGISA (Administrator)

    The conference is a labor of love and hard work!  More hands make it more fun for everyone.  Do you want to work behind the scenes while you learn the lay of the land? We've got those kind of jobs.  Want to stand out and be seen?  We've got those kind of jobs too! 

    Whether you're an introvert or an extrovert, we love your help and  your dedication to the profession.  Step up your participation and join us in planning the next conference!

    Did you know participating on a conference committee could earn  you GISP points!

    To sign up just complete the form and our Volunteer Lead will contact you.

  • 22 Feb 2018 8:49 AM | Conference WAGISA (Administrator)

    This year's keynote speaker will be Ty Wooten.   

    Ty Wooten is the Director of Education for the National Emergency Number Association (NENA). Ty is also the principal instructor for the Center Manager Certification Program (CMCP), a 40-hour course providing the essential tools for effective management of 9-1-1 centers. Before joining NENA in 2012, Ty was the President of Public Safety Consulting & Management.

    He also served as the first Director of both the Hancock County, Indiana 9-1-1 Center and the Indianapolis International Airport Communications Center. Throughout his 24+ years of experience in public safety, Ty has held various positions in law enforcement—as a firefighter, EMT, and hostage negotiator.

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