MN GIS/LIS Lifetime Achievement Award Winner
Jeffrey L. Grosso (2003)
Jeff Grosso began his career in the spatial information profession in 1963, when he started working at the Minnesota Highway Department in the Duluth District. In 1971, he was selected to attend the three year program initiated by the Highway Department and Jesse Fant of the University of Minnesota, to prepare 35 employees for becoming registered as Professional Surveyors. Jeff completed the program in 1974, and obtained his professional surveyor's license in 1977.
In 1981, Jeff left the Minnesota Department of Transportation (name changed in 1976) to accept the County Surveyor position in Goodhue County. Throughout the 1980's, Jeff was active in the initial efforts to introduce the concepts and build the foundation for a GIS/LIS in the Twin City Metro Area. He participated in the first Metro Area strategic planning meetings for GIS/LIS, and in 1987, began building the Goodhue County GIS/LIS. In 1983, Jeff became a charter member of the Minnesota Association of County Surveyors (MACS), and served as the second President of that organization in 1984. In 1996 Jeff was responsible for densification of the High Accuracy Reference Network (HARN) in Goodhue County. While MnDOT was densifying to 25 Kilometers, Jeff densified down to 12 kilometers, which gave the County the ability to highly control the survey network for Base Mapping.
In 1993, Jeff became a charter member of the Land Records Modernization Committee, working under the Governor's Council on GIS. He joined the Governor's Council on GIS in 1995 and served as the Chair of the Land Records Modernization Committee from 1995-1999. It was also in 1995, that Jeff, as the Project Director for the Needs Analysis and Implementation Study (NAIS) Group, obtained a $60,000 grant from the Intergovernmental Information Systems Advisory Council (IISAC). As a result of this effort, two studies were produced in October of 1996: a statewide Implementation Guide for Parcel-Based GIS, and a Report of Findings Needs Assessment and Implementation Study. The project was one of the first to receive a major grant for statewide GIS activities.
In 1998, Jeff left Goodhue County and accepted the position as Chief Surveyor for the City of St. Paul. During the past five years he has played a role in developing the Base Map and has led the efforts for the acquisition of a citywide Digital Elevation Model (DEM) and high resolution digital orthophoto data sets. Jeff has been an active member of the State of Minnesota GPS User Group and has implemented the use of GPS and LiDAR technology to collect and use GIS data for citywide applications in St. Paul. In April of this year, Jeff agreed to serve as the Co-Chair of the newly formed LiDAR Users Group to assist others in using this new technology to acquire digital elevation data. He has also served on the working committee the past two years for the " Developing a High Resolution DEM and Floodplain Mapping Program " for the state of Minnesota.
Throughout his 40 year career, and continuing after his recent retirement (June, 2003), Jeff has been a leader in the data acquisition, development and use of spatial information. He has been a pioneer in advancing the field of GIS/LIS in Minnesota and is truly deserving of this award.
Jeff's Lifetime Achievement Award plaque reads: " Jeffrey L. Grosso, PLS, Charter Member MACS; Champion of LIS; Local Voice in State Affairs ".
For more information on this award, see http://www.mngislis.org/displaycommon.cfm?an=1&subarticlenbr=43.