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
08/19/19 - 08/20/19
All Day
Summer 2019 Workshops
Holiday Inn Express – Savannah Historic District, Savannah Georgia


Newton County — GIS Analyst

Newton County is currently seeking applicants for a GIS Analyst position in the GIS Department. The GIS Analyst performs professional level work related to the development, implementation, and maintenance of the County’s geographic information system (GIS). The GIS Analyst works within the GIS Department and helps maintain numerous map layers and databases, performs geospatial analysis, and produces high-quality cartographic products for the general public, elected officials, and County staff.

For a full job description, please click here.

To apply, please click here.

Posting End Date: 8/16/19

Newton County — GIS Internship

Newton County is currently seeking applicants for a GIS Intern position in the GIS Department.  Interns are needed to help support the GIS Department’s professional staff with some of the duties listed below.  An internship with Newton County will serve as an excellent opportunity for a current college/university student to gain valuable, on-the-job experience while assisting with the development and advancement of the County’s GIS program.

The pay rate for the position is $12/hour and the internship is part-time/temporary.  The selected applicant may work up to 20 hours per week and the internship is funded until June 30, 2020.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Operates global positioning system (GPS) equipment and mobile devices to collect field data.
  • Produces maps for internal customers and the general public.
  • Scans/digitizes paper maps and plans.
  • Drafts and updates metadata and other support documentation.
  • May edit map layers and geodatabases.
  • May design, develop, and deploy web and mobile GIS applications.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • High School Diploma or GED equivalent.
  • Current enrollment in a Bachelor’s degree program with a major in Geography, GIS, or closely related field. Graduate students are also encouraged to apply.
  • Knowledge of cartographic design principles and practices.
  • Experience using Esri ArcGIS Desktop software (ArcMap or ArcGIS Pro).
  • Experience with web or mobile GIS applications, such as: ArcGIS Online, Esri’s Collector app, or Trimble GPS.
  • Willingness to learn and contribute to a team environment.

Selection Process:

A Letter of Interest and Professional Resume listing relevant job experiences and time worked in each position MUST BE RECEIVED for consideration by JULY 29, 2019. Please submit all required documents to hr@co.newton.ga.us and cc tlawrence@co.newton.ga.us with the subject line GIS INTERN POSITION.  You may also bring in or mail your letter of interest and professional resume to Human Resources at 1113 Usher Street, Suite 203, Covington, GA 30014.  An application does not need to be submitted for this position.

We will contact by phone or email only those applicants whose qualifications meet our minimum requirements and are selected to move forward in the process. We comply with the Drug Free Workplace Guidelines.

Newton County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

July MeGA Georgia URISA Subchapter Luncheon

Please join us for this very special Subchapter Member’s Appreciation Lunch by the Lake, July 25, 2019 at beautiful Lake Tobesofkee in Macon, Georgia.

July 25, 2019  11:30am -1:30pm

No Cost to Georgia URISA or MeGA Georgia URISA Subchapter Members for this cook-out with hamburgers, hotdogs and all the fixin’s

RSVP required so that we order enough food. Location of event will be sent after registration.

To register, click here.


You Can’t Spell Georgia Smart without GIS

Presentation Outline: 

If you work in state or local government, you have by now heard about the Smart Cities and Smart Communities movement. Hopefully, you are even planning your submission for the next Georgia Smart Communities Challenge. The more we learn about Smart Cities and Communities, the more we’ve observed that all of the most successful projects and initiatives have GIS at their core. Please join us as we discuss how Macon-Bibb GIS is leading the Smart City Strategy at Macon-Bibb Government SmarterTogetherMBC and how that led to our being named to the Georgia Tech’s Georgia Smart Communities Challenge Class of 2019.

Speaker Bios:

Joe Nabhan

For over 15 years, Joe Nabhan has been a noted professional in the GIS industry. His career has spanned public and private sector applications of GIS including government, utilities, Sanborn Map Company and even a ski resort. In these roles, Joe brings a unique combination of technical proficiency and originality to provide value to those organizations and the GIS community.

Most recently, Joe’s work at Macon-Bibb County Government along with GIS Manager Jeff Griffin has received numerous awards. In recognition of their community engagement process, Macon Insights, in 2018 this team received the Georgia Government Management Information Systems (GMIS) Project of the Year Award, the GMIS International Best Practices Award and the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) Excalibur Award for the Education/Government/Non-Profit Category. This year, they received the 2019 Georgia GMIS Best Practices Award for the Macon Insights Data Academy. Joe personally received the 2019 Spirit of Georgia GMIS Award.

Jeff Griffin

Jeff Griffin is the GIS Manager at Macon-Bibb County Government in Macon, Georgia and a multiple award-winning technology leader.  In 2019, he was named the GMIS (Government Management Information Sciences) Outstanding Professional of the Year , his agency’s project, MaconInsights Data Academy was also named GMIS 2019 Project of the Year.  In  2018  he led the creation and implementation of MaconInsights the GMIS Project of the Year for Georgia, as well as GMIS International Best Practices Award. Finally, MaconInsights received the 2018 Excalibur Award by the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG). 

A 2005  graduate of the University of Georgia’s Carl Vincent Institute for Local Government Management and 2017 graduate of the URISA Leadership academy,  Jeff champions collaboration, self-awareness and continuous process improvement as hallmarks of effective leadership in government.


Intown Chapter Happy Hour – June 20th, 2019

Thursday June 20th from 6-8pm @ At Fado Irish Pub (933 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30309)! Hosted by the GA URISA In-Town Sub-Chapter.

Guest Speaker: Jennifer Lana, Cobb County GIS Manager

Improving Emergency Response on Trails with GIS and USNG “   We are implementing a marker system using the US National Grid (USNG) Emergency Location markers (ELMs) standard. This project involves the installation of over 1000 markers throughout the County. ELM’s are placed every ¼ mile along the trails, informational signs installed at trail heads and each location added to our GIS system, as an address point. The ELM’s allow quick communication because the injured caller does not need to know what city they are in nor what trail section they are on.

Jennifer Lana is the current GIS Manager for Cobb County. Jennifer has 20 years of professional GIS experience from the technician level to the management level. With a BS Degree from Salisbury University (Maryland) and a MS Degree from Mississippi State University.    In her current position, Jennifer oversees Cobb County’s geospatial strategy in collaboration with a great group of GIS professionals.

GIS Analyst I – City of Woodstock

City of Woodstock: GIS Analyst I

Salary: $18.33/hourly, $38,136/annually
Application: To apply, please visit www.woodstockga.gov/644/Employment

The City of Woodstock is seeking qualified individuals to apply for consideration for the position of GIS Analyst I. This position performs technical work associated with the development and maintenance of the city’s Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

-Producing, maintaining, and updating city geospatial data, customizing data, assuring accuracy of data, and maintaining metadata.
-Providing operational support to City departments through the production of maps, reports, spatial analysis, and other geographical-related information.
-Developing and maintaining web and/or mobile mapping applications for use by city departments and the public, publishing GIS web services, and assisting in maintaining GIS website.
-Digitizing maps, plats, plans, surveys, and similar paper documents into GIS format.
-Assisting with design and development of databases, creating and editing data, researching problems to find solutions, and documenting procedures.
-Providing assistance to end-users of GIS applications and technology, troubleshooting issues, and providing basic training as needed.
-Operating GPS equipment to collect data on city resources and infrastructure, and performing other related work as requested or assigned.

Education and Experience
(A) Graduation from a four-year college or university with a degree in geographic information science, geography, computer science, or related field OR
(B) An undergraduate or graduate certificate from a college or university in Geographic Information Systems and one ( 1 ) year of relevant experience, OR
(C) Any equivalent combination of education and experience which yields the following knowledge, skills and abilities to include, but not be limited to the following:

Necessary Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
(A) Working knowledge of Esri ArcGIS software, including ArcDesktop and ArcCatalog; understanding of data creation, GIS database schema, and spatial analyses.
(B) Working knowledge of the Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, etc)
(C) Understanding of cartographic design principles; datums, projections, and coordinate systems; and other relevant geographic principles.
(D) Ability to work and learn independently; skill in researching problems to find solutions.
(E) Ability to interact with and aid city employees and the public in person, over the phone, and through email.

All applicants tentatively selected for a position will be required to submit to pre-employment drug testing and background investigations prior to hire.

Geospatial Analyst I – (Rincon, Georgia)

Who:  Spatial Engineering is a small GIS services company located just northwest of Savannah in Rincon, GA.  Our customers vary from small municipalities to the Department of Defense.  Every customer’s needs are different and we can provide them with ‘A-Z’ GIS support; starting from GIS/GPS data collection to building customized Enterprise GIS platforms and anything in-between.

What:  Position: Geospatial Analyst I

MUST be a US citizen.

Experience: 1 year or less experience with Bachelor degree (see Education below);

Functional Responsibilities:  Supports design and implementation of GIS projects that involve multiple data sources, including vector and raster data in multiple CADD and GIS formats.

Essential Qualifications: Possesses working knowledge and experience of ESRI, Bentley or Autodesk geospatial software (school projects are applicable).

Preferred Qualifications:  Knowledge and experience in Spatial Data Standards, Facility, Infrastructure, and Environmental (SDSFIE) standards, enterprise spatial databases (esp. Oracle and Oracle Spatial); experience in working with open source GIS technologies: QGIS, and GeoServer; programming experience with Python, C#, or JavaScript.

Education:  Bachelor degree in Geography, Cartography, Planning, Geographic Information Systems, Remote Sensing, Computer Science, Information Systems, Mathematics, Engineering, or related field.

Where: Position located in Rincon, GA (approximately 25 minutes north of Savannah, GA)

When: Applications being accepted until thru 5/31/2019

How: Anyone interested can submit their resume and or questions to “contact<at>spateng.com and have “Geospatial Analyst-I Position” in the subject line

GIS Learning Opportunities (Middle Georgia URISA Subchapter)

GIS Learning Opportunities!

Are you looking to migrate from ArcGIS Desktop to ArcGIS Pro? The change is inevitable. ArcGIS Desktop will be entering mature support by the early 2020s and will be retired within the next decade. Functionality is being added to ArcGIS Pro at a rapid pace, so now would be a great time to jump in and begin learning all you need to transition from sleepy, old 32-bit ArcMap to lightning-quick 64-bit ArcGIS Pro. eGIS Associates can help you get started with their course on ‘Migrating to ArcGIS Pro’! This two-day course begins on June 19th and runs from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm both days. To register click here.

For those of you that have already made the leap into ArcGIS Pro and are looking to spread your wings a bit, we also have the ‘Introduction to Programming in ArcGIS Pro’. Starting with absolutely no programming knowledge, this course will lead you to create your own geoprocessing tools using Python. Automate the boring stuff with Python! This course, (also two days) begins on September 4th and runs from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm both days. To register click here.

Both courses will be held at the Middle Georgia Regional Commission Training Lab located at 175 Emery Highway, Suite C in Macon, Georgia. There are only 11 seats available for each class, so act fast if you are interested. As a special offer, eGIS Associates are offering a 10% discount to Georgia URISA members at checkout using the code ‘GAURISA’.

We hope to see you there! Stay tuned for more educational announcement by Middle Georgia URISA.

-Middle Georgia URISA Officers

City of Covington: GIS Technician

The City of Covington is currently accepting applications for the position of GIS Technician in the Engineering Department with an annual entry-level rate of $35,859 to an annual maximum level of $54,308 depending on qualifications. The person in this position will collect and process geospatial data and will provide basic to intermediate level geographic information system (GIS) support to the water & sewer maintenance department. Minimal education and experience qualifications include Bachelor’s degree required with a major in Georgraphy, GIS, or closely related field. Preferred experience in operating ESRI software, GPS equipment, AutoCAD map, Microstation, Microsoft Access and Excel; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Qualified applicants may apply via our website by downloading an application packet at www.cityofcovington.org or may apply in person at the City of Covington, 2194 Emory Street, Covington, Georgia, 30014. The position will remain open until 4:00 p.m. on Monday May 13, 2019. The City of Covington is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

City of Covington: GIS Analyst

The City of Covington is currently accepting applications for the position of GIS Analyst in the Engineering Department with an annual entry-level rate of $45,614 to an annual maximum level of $69,104 depending on qualifications. The person in this position will perform advanced level work related to the development and implementation of systems, networks, databases to create, maintain and display a citywide and local government geographic information system. This person will be the lead GIS representative for the city and will coordinate all work activity with the County GIS manager. Minimal education and experience qualifications include Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a degree in geography, computer science, civil engineering or related technical field. A GISP Certification and/or Esri Technical is required. Four years of progressively responsible related experience and training that provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities. Supervisor experience and managing projects is highly desirable. Qualified applicants may apply via our website by downloading an application packet at www.cityofcovington.org or may apply in person at the City of Covington, 2194 Emory Street, Covington, Georgia, 30014. The position will remain open until 4:00 p.m. on Monday May 13, 2019. The City of Covington is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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