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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.

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GA URISA News

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
charper@crc.ga.gov

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: Terminal Station

  • Georgia Forestry Commission Headquarters Auditorium
    5645 Riggins Mill Road

Register:
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Cost

  • 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)

JOB SUMMARY:

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.

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.

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

[Building Plan / Room Location]

When: December 4, 2018 (Tuesday) @ 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Lunch (optional): Broomelli’s Pizza; $12/person
                              Email link for lunch payment will be sent to those who registered
                              Deadline: November 30 (Friday) at 5pm

Contact: segaurisa@gmail.com

 

SEGA URISA Officers

Mandy Terkhorn, Chair
Wincy Poon, Vice-Chair
Lisa Fulton, Treasurer
John Centeno, Secretary

Middle Georgia Subchapter October Luncheon

What: Lunch Speaker Series: “GIS for Local Governments” Jimmy Nolan

Where: Historic Terminal Station, Downtown Macon (4th floor)

  • 200 Cherry Street, Macon, GA 31201

When: Thursday October 25th, 2018 @ 11:30am – 1:30 pm

Registration ends Monday, October 22nd, 2018. 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. You may also pay via the PayPal links included. Lunch for this meeting will be catered by Chick-fil-a. See registration links for lunch options.

Register:

Cost:

GIS for Local Governments

Topic Summary:
GIS is a field that revolves around finding solutions. Local governments all over the country are using GIS as a tool to create solutions to challenges faced by their offices every day. If you are experiencing a challenge, there is a good chance that you are not the first to have done so. This presentation will cover some of the innovative solutions to those challenges that local governments have discovered as well as some of the things that are going on with data development, coordination, and how local data is being used for regional and statewide projects. Upcoming projects important to local governments will also be highlighted.

Speaker Bio: 
Mr. Nolan began working with GIS in 1994 when he was the chief appraiser for Morgan County. In 1999 Jimmy went to work as the GIS specialist for the Georgia Department of Revenue. In 2001 he became the local government project manager for the Information Technology Services division of the Carl Vinson Institute of Government at the University of Georgia. Since joining ITOS he has been instrumental in helping develop GIS in approximately 50 counties and has worked with local officials in many more counties and cities to enhance data or provide advice and training. Jimmy is the Cadastral Coordinator for the state of Georgia and was on the Federal Geographic Data Committee technical working group that developed the parcel data content standards for the eastern 31 states. He is a past chairman of the Georgia GIS coordinating committee and a former Ga. URISA board member. He has extensive knowledge of how Computer Assisted Mass Appraisal systems model property values and how the data used in these models is organized as well as how these systems integrate with GIS.


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