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.


Monthly Lunches

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.

Date/Time Event
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
GIS and Emergency Management at the Super Bowl
Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC), Atlanta GA


City of Covington Job Announcement: GIS Technician I

The City of Covington is currently accepting applications for a GIS Technician I in the GIS Department with an annual entry-level rate of $35,859 to an annual maximum rate of $54,308 depending upon qualifications. This position is responsible for providing Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technical support and assistance to the City of Covington with the implementation, design, and support of geospatial data. Other duties include processing of geospatial data, equipment maintenance, map creation, the collection of GIS data utilizing GPS (Global Positioning System) equipment, electronic data recorders, and digitizers. Required training and experience include graduation from an accredited two-year college or university with an associate’s degree or equivalent. Experience in operating ESRI GIS software, Trimble GPS equipment, AutoCAD Map, and Microsoft Office (Access, Excel, and Outlook); or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Must possess a valid State Driver’s License (Class C) and good driving record. Qualified applicants may apply by downloading an application via our website at www.cityofcovington.org or may apply in person at the City of Covington, 2194 Emory Street, Covington, Georgia 30014.  Position will remain open until 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, 20 February 2019.  The City of Covington is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Member Vote: Change in Dues (OneURISA)

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 membership@gaurisa.org and webmaster@gaurisa.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.

Happy New Year Colleagues,
Georgia URISA is at a significant fork in the road for our organization and we need your input on which direction you as a chapter member want to move forward. Our January 15th lunch and learn at GEMHSA is a public chapter discussion about our choice of paths prior to opening voting to select a path.
The diverging paths boil down to these options:
  1. 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.
  2. A chapter vote to not increase our dues. This would be a vote to not move forward with the OneURISA plan.
There are different ‘sale prices’ and other things being discussed by URISA International that we will also discuss.
Opinion of the Georgia URISA Board
Your chapter leaders have had extensive conversations with many international past presidents, many international board members, presented in-person at the International Board meeting at GIS Pro this year on this topic, conversations with other chapter leaders, and a considerable amount of due diligence by the GA URISA Board members. The Georgia URISA board does not recommend adopting OneURISA and believes it will severely impair the ability of the chapter to provide you the value proposition to which you are accustomed while eliminating the flexibility to increase that value proposition in the future.
Rest assured a no vote is not an end to this organization. Georgia URISA has provided an excellent value proposition to our members in the form of education, outreach, advocacy, and service since 1990. Regardless if you are in leadership roles or a student just beginning your career, Georgia URISA has something to offer you. It is this board’s intention to increase that value proposition to you for many years to come.
We do ask that you attend our January lunch and learn to hear more about this topic to make the most informed decision for our future as an organization. Voting is scheduled to be online the week of January 20th. You will need to be a current member of Georgia URISA to vote. Your vote will be confidential. This vote is very significant and sets a path for our organization. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to me or any board member to ask us questions. We are here to serve the Geospatial professional community in Georgia and its citizens.
President Georgia URISA

Correspondence between URISA and Chapters regarding OneURISA

Atlanta Metro Luncheon – Feb 12

 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


Directions to Marietta Fire Station 51 conference room
Directions to Marietta Fire Station 51 conference room


  • Georgia URISA Member cost: $12.00
  • Non-member cost: $15.00

Registration: Details to follow

Southern Georgia Regional Commission: GIS Technician

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: rstrom@sgrc.us. Driver’s license, MVR, and drug test required. EOE 60+

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT: Coastal Regional Commission GIS Analyst

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:
Colletta Harper
Coastal Regional Commission
1181 Coastal Drive SW
Darien, GA  31305

Middle GA Luncheon – Jan. 31

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.

Speaker Bio: 
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 Seeks Two GIS Analysts: City of Sandy Springs, GA & City of Canton, GA

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


GIS Technician (Newton County, GA)


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.


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.

Apply by completing an application at:  11325 Brown Bridge Road, Covington GA  30016, fax resume to:  770-786-4536 or email resume to: tc@ncwsa.us.

Intown (Atlanta) Subchapter Social – Dec 11, 2018

Intown Subchapter’s Quarterly Happy Hour – Atlanta, GA
This event is FREE / No registration required / All Welcome
Light hors d’oeuvres provided.
Presentation: “An Overview of Linear Referencing”
A linear referencing system (LRS) is a method of storing geographic features, like points or line segments, along a measured linear element. It is a concept and method that every DOT in the US and almost the entire developed world uses in some form. This presentation will provide a brief overview of linear referencing and its foundational concepts. It will also briefly explain how the Georgia Department of Transportation’s (GDOT) linear referencing system is set up. 
Speaker Bio – Danielle Mallon
Danielle is a GIS Program Manager with the Office of Transportation Data at GDOT in Atlanta, GA. She graduated from SUNY (State University of New York) at Albany with an MA in Geography. In her free time, Danielle enjoys traveling, and spending time with her cat and friends.

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