Georgia Urban and Regional Information Systems Association
Georgia URISA is a proud chapter of the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA). The Georgia URISA Chapter is an organization of professionals using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and other information technologies to solve challenges at the state, county, and local government levels. In addition, we collaborate with various private sector agencies that utilizes GIS.
URISA is a non-profit professional and educational association that promotes the effective and ethical use of spatial information and information technologies for the understanding and management of urban and regional systems. It is a multidisciplinary association where professionals from all parts of the spatial data community can come together and share concerns and ideas.
For more information about URISA, go to www.urisa.org.
Georgia URISA holds networking lunches the second Tuesday of every month. More details can be found here. Click on the event below to reserve your space now.
GA URISA News
Georgia URISA Members will receive email notifications to cast their vote for an important change to member dues under the current OneURISA proposal.
- Beginning Sunday, January 20th and ending January 27th at 11:59PM, GA URISA members who are current on dues as of the end of the voting period, as well as active Student members, will have the opportunity to participate in an important vote on membership dues.
- This vote will be online. Active members will be receiving a voting link via each individual’s registered email. This link will remain active throughout the voting window.
About this vote:
Under the current proposal of a unified membership between URISA International and its Chapters called “OneURISA,” Georgia URISA chapter members would be required to be members of URISA International and then add-on the Georgia URISA chapter membership. This represents an increase in dues for Georgia Chapter members who are not currently members of URISA International; however, current members who are already members of both International and the Georgia Chapter would see no change in dues. The sum total of the International rate of $195 and Georgia Chapter rate of $40 is $235.
Vote at Issue:
- Do you approve of a Georgia URISA individual membership increase from $40 to $235 (which includes URISA International membership)?
Only Georgia URISA members in good standing (current on dues) may cast ballots for this vote. Student members are also eligible to vote. If you have not received the email notification or to verify your membership, search the membership directory or please contact email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org
Important Resources and Additional Information
OneURISA FAQ: This vote represents a response to the current proposal for OneURISA by URISA international. You can learn more about the initiative from URISA International here: https://www.urisa.org/chapters/oneurisa/
Georgia URISA “Where do we go from here?” Presentation:
Tim Poe, President of Georgia URISA provided a review of the OneURISA proposal and its implications for the Georgia chapter on Tuesday, January 15th at the Atlanta metro luncheon. The presentation can be found here.
Chapter Affiliation Agreement:
Describes the proposed relationship between Chapters and URISA and can be viewed here. The clause, “Membership in URISA is a prerequisite to Chapter Membership.” (Section II. A) is pertinent to this vote.
Model By Laws:
Describe the rules for Chapters under OneURISA, view the by laws here.
Opinion of the Board of Georgia URISA & Letter from Georgia URISA President: Tim Poe, President of Georgia URISA wrote a letter to Georgia URISA membership outlining the opinion of the board below.
- A chapter vote for an increase to our professional membership dues to $235 a year ($195 for URISA International professional membership plus $40 for GA URISA) payable directly to the International. This represents a choice for Georgia to go forward with the OneURISA plan.
- A chapter vote to not increase our dues. This would be a vote to not move forward with the OneURISA plan.
Correspondence between URISA and Chapters regarding OneURISA
- Letter from URISA President to Chapters announcing OneURISA proposal July 2017
- Response from URISA to Alabama Chapter regarding concerns about OneURISA May 1, 2018
- Oregon URISA review of OneURISA benefits and impact to its members June 27, 2018
- Response from URISA to Mid-Atlanta Chapter (MAC) of URISA regarding questions about OneURISA July 7, 2018
Starting a City’s UAV (Drone) Program
Ross Brewer, GISP GIS Analyst, City of Marietta, Georgia &
Tunan Hu, GIS Analyst, City of Tucker, Georgia (InterDev, LLC)
The City of Marietta started a UAV (drone) program in January 2017. Since then, the program has been a positive investment for the City’s GIS team as well as other City departments. Ross Brewer, Marietta GIS Analyst will share the City’s drone experiences – from the evaluation of program benefits to following FAA regulations, plus other high-flying considerations.
The City of Tucker, Georgia will also present its newly created UAV program headed by Tunan Hu, GIS Analyst. After initial flights of city parks including 3D mesh models built from aerial photography, the City of Tucker plans to expand its use of UAVs to economic development, tourism, and other city functions.
When: Tusday, February 12, 2019 | 11:30 – 1:30 PM
Where: City of Marietta Fire Station 51 Conference Room (adjacent to City Hall see image below)
205 Lawrence St, Marietta, GA 30060
- Georgia URISA Member cost: $12.00
- Non-member cost: $15.00
Registration: Details to follow
The Southern Georgia Regional Commission is seeking qualified candidates for the position of GIS Technician. This position involves interaction with local governments throughout an 18 county region. Position responsibilities include cartography, data creation and maintenance, GIS project planning, and spatial analysis. The GIS technician will also assist the GIS Program Director and VALOR Project Manager in a variety of GIS initiatives. These will include projects in desktop and online environments that will cover a wide array of practical GIS uses.
The successful candidate will possess a working knowledge of many of the following: Windows XP/7/8, Microsoft Office software, ESRI’s ArcGIS Desktop software, Creation and editing of spatial datasets, Spatial analysis and geoprocessing, ModelBuilder or Python, and ArcGIS Online. The successful candidate will be able to work flexible and extended hours if needed, possess professional interpersonal skills, an ability to follow written and oral instructions, and have good oral communication skills.
This is a short term, hourly- paid position based in the Valdosta SGRC office. This position is temporary for a minimum period of 5 months that may be extended to June 30th, 2020. 15-20 hours per week availability required. Hourly pay range of $10 – $15, dependent upon experience. Candidates may apply before February 1st, via resume to: GIS Program Director, Southern Georgia Regional Commission, 327 W Savannah Ave, Valdosta, GA 31601, or via email to: email@example.com. Driver’s license, MVR, and drug test required. EOE 60+
The Coastal Regional Commission is seeking a motivated Geospatial Information Systems Analyst. The GIS Analyst position is responsible for meeting the daily information technology requirements of the Coastal Regional Commission and assisting member local governments and partner agencies with service requests of a technical nature. These duties typically include the application of GIS technology, website and/or web application design and support, network administration, and general system maintenance. The GIS Analyst works under the direct supervision of the Director of Information Services.
Requirements: Qualified applicants should, at a minimum, possess an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university as well as have previous experience in relevant information technology fields; or five to seven years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience. This position requires advanced computer application skills.
The Coastal Regional Commission provides services to 10 counties and 35 cities in Coastal Georgia through its offices located in Darien GA. The Information Services Division provides a range of technical services including spatial data maintenance, geospatial web applications, systems administration and cartography.
Salary: DOE, with a competitive benefits package. Deadline: Open until filled.
Submit a resume and cover letter to:
Coastal Regional Commission
1181 Coastal Drive SW
Darien, GA 31305
Growth of GIS at Chick-fil-A
Chan Lee, Director of Strategy and Analytics for Chick-fil-A
Have you ever wondered how Chick-fil-A picks such great locations for its new restaurants? Please join the MeGA subchapter of Georgia URISA for our January luncheon as we welcome special guest Chan Lee, Director of Strategy and Analytics for Chick-fil-A, and learn how one of the fastest-growing restaurant chains in the US uses GIS technology to improve decision-making based on predictive analytics on location and market analysis. You won’t want to miss this exciting event.
Chan Lee is a Strategy and Analytics Director at Chick-fil-A Inc. whose main duties include development of Geospatial Analytics platforms with a focus in parallel and distributed computing. He works in the Real Estate Department, but his work is leveraged across the entire Chick-fil-A organization. He has been featured in Stores Magazine and Tech Republic describing the value of GIS and digital transformation in the company’s successful market expansion.
When: Thursday, January 31st, 2019 @ 11:30am – 1:30 pm
Where: Georgia Forestry Commission Headquarters Auditorium
- 5645 Riggins Mill Road
Click Here to Register
- Georgia URISA Member cost: $12.00
- Non-member cost: $15.00
Registration ends Monday, January 28th, 2019. Walk-ins are welcome, but you will need to pay $15.00 cash or check at the door. Credit Cards are not accepted at this time. Lunch for this meeting will be catered by Chick-fil-A. See registration above for lunch options.
***We only order enough food for those that pre-register.***
InterDev, LLC is now seeking to add two talented, motivated, and experienced professionals to our GIS team.
These are full-time positions located at two Atlanta metro cities: the City of Canton and the City of Sandy Springs. Through the public-private partnership model of government, InterDev , LLC provides IT and GIS Services to the many local governments in the Atlanta area and we’re offering an opportunity for a GIS Analyst I and GIS Analyst II to join our team to build on the enterprise GIS at each of these municipal governments. Our focus is on providing an engaging GIS environment where staff and community are encouraged to participate and contribute. Full details for each position, benefits, and company are provided in the links below.
GIS Analyst I: City of Canton, GA ($50,000 – $60,000)
GIS Analyst II: City of Sandy Springs, GA ($55,000 – $62,000)
Learn more about us here: https://www.interdev.com/about-us/careers/
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
- Perform spatial analysis and create information products (maps, reports, etc.) using advanced GIS geoprocessing tools and processes
- Publish content to and administer ArcGIS Online and enterprise spatial databases
- Develop GIS tools and applications that engage staff and community
- Maintain key datasets such as addresses, roads, and city assets
- Develop, implement, and improve GIS standards, policies and procedures
- Provide GIS training and support to City staff and GIS users as necessary
- Prepare project plans and direct vendors (consultants) and internal project teams to accomplish tasks in order to meet user requirements
- Provide support services for City-provided GIS software and systems including diagnosing and troubleshooting problems
Classification: Full Time, Exempt
Performs technical work in the updating and duplication of official Authority maps using Geographic Information System (GIS) software and Global Positioning System (GPS) equipment for field data collection and survey, and computer-aided design (CAD) and drafting.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
All candidates to fill a vacant position in this classification must submit to and pass a drug-screening test, criminal background, and three-year driving record after meeting the following minimum requirements:
Education and Experience:
Associates degree from an accredited college or technical school in Geography, Cartography, Public Administration, or a related field; and,
Three years of related experience; or,
Fulfills minimum requirements of education, training and experience, which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the essential functions of the job.
- What: Intown Subchapter’s Quarterly Happy Hour
- Where: Fado Midtown @ 933 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30309
- When: Tuesday, December 11, 2018 / 6pm to 8pm (Presentation starts @ 6:30pm)
Many thanks to our very own Sara Yurman (Spatial Focus) for her excellent presentation on open-source options available to the GIS community!
Southeast Georgia URISA (SEGA) Subchapter Event
Year-end/Regional Projects Review & Open Forum
Speaker & Moderator: Hunter Key, Coastal Regional Commission
Where: Casino Bldg Rm 118 or Rm B @ Saint Simons Island
550 Beachview Dr, Saint Simons Island, GA 31522
When: December 4, 2018 (Tuesday) @ 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
SEGA URISA Officers
Mandy Terkhorn, Chair
Wincy Poon, Vice-Chair
Lisa Fulton, Treasurer
John Centeno, Secretary