Subchapter Events

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 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

Southeast Georgia (SEGA) Subchapter Event

Please join us at our next event hosted by SAGIS.
Date: May 8, 2019 (Wednesday)
Time: 10:30am – 3:30pm
Location: Southwest Chatham Library (14097 Abercorn St, Savannah)
Topic:ESRI Workshop on ArcGIS Pro, ArcGIS Online, and Field Mobility (see Agenda)
Speaker: Rob Hathcock & Jason Schroeder (ESRI)
Attendees will get lunch on their own during the lunch break from noon to 1pm. Please note that seats are limited for the event.


For questions, please email us or contact Mandy Terkhorn at (912) 651-1458.

Northeast Georgia Subchapter Event

Please join us, along with Susan Miller, Georgia Geospatial Information Officer, Thursday, May 9th, 2019, 10:00 – 11:30, for the first meeting of the Northeast subchapter of Georgia URISA. Ms. Miller will be talking about the state’s next-generation E-911 initiative along with the rebooting of the Georgia Data Clearinghouse. We will also be discussing some of the goals and objectives of our subchapter.

The meeting will be held at the Bobby Snipes Water Resources Center, 780 Barber St, Athens, GA 30601.

Intown (Atlanta) Subchapter Social — March 7, 2019

Intown Subchapter’s Quarterly Happy Hour – Atlanta, GA
This event is FREE / No registration required / All Welcome
Light hors d’oeuvres provided.
Presentation: “Geo-Point: from Pen & Pad to Drag & Drop”
Decades of documents have left thousands of pounds of paperwork on East Point staff; literally weighing us down. Frustrated with this archaic 20th century ritual, the City of East Point decided to implement an enterprise GIS to streamline workflows and rid unnecessary clutter. Thus, Geo-Point was born and so began [our] next-generation data-driven local government.
Speaker: Dominic Maldonado, GISP