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Professional Development Committee

About the Professional Development committee

The Professional Committee will identify, organize, and implement educational events that may, or may not, coincide with the annual conference. This committee will also be responsible for outreach to educational institutions and develop any annual GIS Day activities.

This committee is focused on professional educational opportunities for our members, and promotes the GISP credential. Where possible, the committee will seek opportunities for members to connect with professionals in related technologies.

Suggested activities:

  • Develop professional education workshops
  • Support networking with other industry groups – e.g., combine twice-yearly with King County GIS User group for a meeting, present about WAGISA and GIS at events such as Green Drinks and ASPRS.

Recent Activities

2020 Census data and OFM county-city population estimates

Date: 2/26 Cost: Free

Presenter: Mike Mohrman, WA State OFM

Description: Join us as we learn about the upcoming US Census Bureau data release for the 2020 Decennial Census, the new Census Privacy Protection process and how WA State OFM (Office of Financial Management) works the US Census data into annual population estimates.

Recording of the presentation with permission by Mike Mohrman can be found here.

Additional Resources provided by Mike Mohrman:


Census DAS main page: Disclosure Avoidance and the 2020 Census

Census DAS Data and information page: Developing the DAS: Progress Metrics and Data Runs (


2020 Census Data Quality and Accuracy

2020 Census Data Quality and Accuracy GovDelivery List

OFM version of Census geographic files


Note that NHGIS is a fantastic resource for historical data and GIS files.


OFM Forecasting Email: OFMForecasting@OFM.WA.GOV

Professional Development Committee Members

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