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Annual Conference
October 4-6, 2004

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Past Conferences
2003 St. Paul, MN
2002 Duluth, MN

2001 Duluth, MN


MN GIS/LIS Conference Outstanding Keynote Speakers!

In the current business environment, we are all concerned about delivering more and better services to our customers, often with fewer resources. GIS/LIS provides rich possibilities for more efficient service delivery if we can coordinate the technology, the people, and the policies. Former Wyoming Governor Jim Geringer has extensive experience integrating these three aspects of modern business processes.

Former Wyoming Governor Jim Geringer is a native of Wyoming and received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Kansas State University. He took a regular commission with the United States Air Force serving from 1967 until 1989 in both active and reserve capacities. From 1983 to 1994, Geringer served in the Wyoming Legislature. Jim was first elected as Wyoming’s 30th governor in 1994 and completed his second term in January 2003. During his time in office. Geringer focused on improving education through standards, accountability and technology, modernized economic planning to extensively include technology, changed how natural resource agencies among state, federal and local governments worked together, implemented strategic planning tied to performance based budgeting and when he left office, provided Wyoming state government with a budget surplus, one of very few states to make that claim early in 2003.

Former Wyoming Governor Geringer is a past chair of the Western Governors' Association. He has participated extensively in policy development for all levels of education, including work with the Education Commission of the States (which he chaired), Senator John Glenn's National Commission on Mathematics and Science Teaching for the 21st Century, the National Commission on Service-Learning, the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future. In addition, he is a charter member of the board of trustees of the Western Governors’ University, the first of its kind to certify competency-based education.

His interests in technology issues include chair of the National Governors Association Technology Task Force, participation in the Policy Roundtable at the 1999 National GeoData Forum, appointment to the GeoSpatial One Stop Board of Directors, appointment to the Mapping Sciences Committee under the National Academy of Sciences, establishment of the Western GIS Council and presidential appointee to the Western Interstate Energy Board.

Geringer’s advocacy for technology has centered on the end result of how technology enhances services, emphasizing the benefits of integrated service delivery and enterprise-wide solutions. That advocacy led Jim to join Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI) in the summer of 2003 as Director of Policy and Public Sector Strategies.

During our Wednesday Lunch, Paul Morin of the Geology and Geophysics Department at University of Minnesota will give us an introduction to a new technology called GeoWall. A good understanding of spatial relationships is a fundamental requirement in the study of the Earth Sciences. Traditional teaching methods have strongly relied on 2D representations through maps and profiles that are occasionally augmented by physical models. Although most Earth Scientists have been trained to understand the 3D structure from such representations, the extrapolation requires spatial thinking skills that are difficult to learn and often form a stumbling block for students at the introductory level. The GeoWall mission is to broaden the use of scientific visualization tools for Earth Science research and education by the use of low-cost virtual reality visualization devices. The program promises to be both educational and entertaining.


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