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.

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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


QGIS Meeting in Chattanooga TN October 25th 2019

An announcement from Randy Hale of North River Geographic Systems, Inc. Please help spread the word.


October 25th 2019


Chattanooga State Technical Community College

Allbright Omniplex Building

4501 Amnicola Highway

Chattanooga TN 37406


We are seeking presentations on use cases centered around QGIS: Gov’t, programming, humanitarian relief, health, etc. Presentations must center around QGIS and related software. If you’re using QGIS with PostGIS – then that’s easy – talk about PostGIS with a QGIS intro. Drones? We’re easy – just make it tie into QGIS

Current Website:

There will be a more colorful website with more information coming very shortly. 



Sponsorships are available for $100 and for $50. I will scream your name out during the sessions. I will also try to include some information for attendees. 

If the cost is too much email me and you might qualify for the QGIS Chattanooga Big Meeting Scholarship (Details Pending).


There has been some talk about workshops. Right now I have nothing scheduled but email me and I will figure out something to make that happen if people are excited enough to either hold or attend a workshop.

Accommodations if you are spending the night: 

I’m working on some places to stay with discounts

GIS Manager – CRC – (Darien, Georgia)

Position Title: GIS Manager

Organization: Coastal Regional Commission 

Location: Darien GA

Closed Date: September 19, 2019

The Coastal Regional Commission is seeking a motivated Geospatial Information Systems Manager. The GIS Manager position is responsible for meeting the daily geospatial services 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 Manager works under the direct supervision of the Director of Information Services and provides supervision to GIS Analysts within the division

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: August 29th, 2019.

Job Type: Full-time

Work Schedule: Monday – Thursday 7AM – 5:30PM

E-Mail Cover letter and Resume to

Salary Starting Range: $50,000 – 60,000 /year

East Point — GIS Intern


City of East Point IT Department is currently seeking a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Intern to
work in our main offices at new City Hall (2757 East Point St., 30344). As part of the team this position
will be assisting interdepartmental projects by creating maps as well as providing geospatial analysis,
research, and customer service. This internship program provides students with an opportunity to gain
valuable experience in various fields such as City Management, Utilities, Planning, Emergency Services,
and Parks & Recreation. We welcome applicants that are passionate about GIS and community

The pay rate for the position is $15.00 per hour and is part‐time/temporary. The selected
applicant(s) may work up to 16 hours per week and the internship is funded until June 2020.
Qualified applicants should submit a letter of interest and resume to Dominic Maldonado, GISP at
DMALDONADO@EASTPOINTCITY.ORG. This position will remain open until filled. The City of East Point is
an Equal Opportunity Employer.

• GIS data creation and updates
• 3D cartographic visualization for web-GIS
• Geo-reference engineering maps/plans for digital archive
• Map data analysis
• Field data collection at various sites to include historic Sweetwater Creek.
• GIS customer service
• Develop mobile GIS applications
• Research 3D, AR, and real-time solutions
• Other duties as assigned

• High School Diploma or GED equivalent
• 2 semesters of related GIS experience or recent graduate with related coursework
• Current enrollment in an undergraduate or graduate degree program majoring in Geography, GIS,
IT, MIS, CIS, Engineering, Digital Media, Urban Planning, Forestry or closely related field
• Proficient with Esri suite of GIS tools particularly ArcGIS Pro and ArcGIS Online
• Proficient cartographic skills
• Knowledge and experience working with enterprise GIS databases
• Have a working knowledge of the Microsoft Office Suite especially Excel & Teams
• Knowledge of cartographic design principles and practices
• Experience with mobile GIS apps: Esri’s Collector, Survey123, Workforce, Ops-Dash, Insights
• Willingness to learn and contribute to a team environment

As an Intern this position is only expected to have 0-3 years of experience so there will be many
opportunities for training and immersive learning. High school diploma or GED required; two years of
experience in mapping, utilizing Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) software, or related field; or any
equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which provides the requisite knowledge,
skills, and abilities for this job.

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 and cc 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

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> 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

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