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MAPPS Celebrates 20 Years of National GIS Day on Capitol Hill

By Eric Van Rees - 18th November 2019 - 07:17

MAPPS along with four national geospatial, academic, engineering and science associations celebrated twenty (20) years of National GIS Day on Capitol Hill. Co-hosting with MAPPS was the American Association of Geographers (AAG), American Association State Geologists (AASG), American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC), and the National States Geographic Information Council (NSGIC).

The 2019 GIS Day event featured an announcement regarding the re-establishment of the bipartisan House GIS Working Group, which is being co-chaired by Reps. John Curtis (R-UT) and Pete Aguilar (D-CA).

The evening reception was attended by members of each co-host association, MAPPS Board of Directors, congressional staffers, federal agency officials, and other interested parties. Representative John Curtis, Co-Chair of the new House GIS Working Group, spoke about the importance of the advancement and promulgation of geospatial and GIS technologies across the country and in within federal agencies and the legislative branch. The bipartisan House GIS Working Group will serve to help educate Congressional staff of GIS and geospatial related technologies and their application within the federal government. The celebration took place in the Longworth Office Building Natural Resources Hearing Room.

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