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Tuesday, October 20 • 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Hosted Lunch, Vendor Spark & Lunch Presentations

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Enjoy a lunch buffet while we begin with the Vendor Spark session. It’s an opportunity for you to hear highlights from each exhibitor at the conference. What sets one company apart from another? Why should you stop by their booth? What cool giveaways do they have? You won’t hear long-winded sales pitches during this session. Short but sweet is the name of the game!

are then pleased to present a stellar line-up of luncheon presentations. Individual presentations (15-20 minutes in duration) will be made a bit more informally at a lunch table instead of at a podium. The format offers the opportunity for in-depth discussion, Q&A about the topic being presented. There are still opportunities to present in this session. Share your project successes, tips and trips, in this comfortable venue. Email Pat Francis with your presentation idea!

  1. What's in the Neighborhood?  Juvenile Reoffending and Supportive Organizations 
    Kendra ThompsonDyck, University of Arizona, Sandpoint, ID
  2. IDFG Interactive Map Applications Created using Esri StoryMaps & Javascript API
    Pam Bond , Idaho Fish and Game, Boise, ID
  3. Creating HAZUS User Defined Facilities with Assessor Data 
    Danielle Favreau, GISP, Idaho Department of Water Resources, Boise, ID
  4. High Accuracy GNSS Alongside iOS and Android Devices for GIS Data Collection
    Jackson Beighle, Electronic Data Solutions, Jerome, ID
  5. Young GIS Professionals & the URISA Vanguard Cabinet
    Kari Chael, CDM Smith, Chicago, IL
  6. Visualizing Potential Land Use Conflicts in Mining Regions with Integrated GIS
    Abdul-Wadood Moomen,Curtin University of Technology, Australia
  7. Expriences from the 2015 Research Experience for Teachers Program
    Keota Silaphone, MCP, GISP, Salisbury University, Salisbury, MD 
  8. Master Plan Updates and GIS
    Donna Phillips, GISP, City of Hayden, Hayden, ID
  9. Where the Sidewalk Ends: GIS as an agent of Community Development
    Stephen M. Berry, GISP, Clark County GIS, Winchester, KY

    Or connect with like-minded attendees at a discussion table: 

  10. URISA’s GISCorps – Volunteer GIS expertise around the globe
  11. Advocacy – What is our role?
  12. NWGIS  Happenings
  13. Chapter Chatter
  14. ULA Alumni – what was your best takeaway and what’s next? 
  15. Women in GIS
  16. Strategies for student outreach
  17. Certification – why do it?
  18. Outreach with Social Media 
  19. Professional Practices – developing best practices
  20. GIS Maturity – GMI to the rescue
  21. Boundaries of Professional Practices

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Jackson Beighle

GPS/GIS Specialist, Electronic Data Solutions
Jackson Beighle is a GPS-GIS Specialist at Electronic Data Solutions where he has worked for the past 9 years. Jackson received his undergraduate degree in Geography from the University of Montana in 1994. In 1996, he completed his graduate studies at Oregon State University with... Read More →
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Pam Bond

GIS Analyst, Idaho Fish and Game
Pam has been working with Idaho Fish and Game since 2007, when she began as a wildlife technician in McCall. In 2009, she followed her passion for GIS to graduate school at Idaho State University Boise Center Aerospace Lab where she received her Masters of Since in Geographic Information... Read More →
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Danielle Bruno-Favreau

GIS Analyst, Idaho Department of Water Resouces
Danielle has been working in GIS for over 20 years. Currently, she supports GIS and GPS applications throughout the Department of Water Resources. Danielle obtained her GISP in 2008. She served as a Board Member and Conference Planning Committee Member and Chair for Northern Rockies... Read More →
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Kari Chael

GIS Specialist, CDM Smith
I am on the Vanguard Cabinet, Mentoring Committee and GIS-Pro Conference Planning Committee. Come talk to me about joining the URISA VC Mentoring Program as a mentor or mentee!
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Bruce Joffe, GISP

Principal, GIS Consultants
Founding Principal of GIS Consultants, Bruce has been providing GIS planning and implementation management services, public policy formulation, and organizational therapy to cities, counties, and utility companies for over 40 years. Bruce was Chair of URISA's Policy Advisory Committee... Read More →
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Stephen Berry, GISP

GIS Coordinator, Clark County GIS
Stephen Berry, GISP, is a 1995 Graduate of the University of Georgia with a B.S. in Geography. Stephen has been a Certified GISP since 2007 and has over 25 years of work experience in the GIS Profession. He has worked with GIS in industries ranging from utilities and transportation... Read More →
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Keota Silaphone, MCP, GISP

Lecturer, Salisbury University
Keota Silaphone has 10 years of practical working experience in the public sector as a Natural Resources Planner and GIS Analyst for the Worcester County Government on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. From 2003 to 2012, she worked within the Department of Comprehensive Planning (7 years... Read More →

Donna Phillips

GIS/Engineering Services Coordinator, City of Hayden
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Kendra Thompson-Dyck

Doctoral Candidate, University of Arizona
I am a doctoral candidate in sociology at the University of Arizona. I recently moved to Spokane, Washington and am thrilled to have this dynamic conference in my own backyard! I am engaged in research projects that integrate spatial analysis and GIS mapping to examine community... Read More →

Tuesday October 20, 2015 12:00pm - 2:00pm PDT
Grand Ballroom

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