2009 GIS Conference Banner February 19-20, 2009
Raleigh Convention Center
Raleigh, NC
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The 2009 NC GIS Conference was held at the new Raleigh Convention Center in downtown Raleigh, NC on Thursday, February 19 and Friday, February 20. The theme, Capitalizing on Spatial Data, was a perfect fit for bringing the practitioners and users of GIS data together at this, our Eleventh, biennial conference..

Enjoy a guided photo tour of the conference.

To view individual session PowerPoint presentations, click on the “Proceedings” page from the menu.

To view the “NCGeoGraphics“ comic that was featured at the Friday luncheon, click here. “NCGeoGraphics” shows six fascinating examples of GIS return on investment in local, state and tribal government.

Thank You
More than 800 people attended...even in difficult budget times the NC GIS community gets together. Nine tracks with a wide range of offerings suited everyone, and 44 vendors participated to showcase their services. Map of conference participants, by county.

Conference Firsts: Use of an online registration service which could accept credit card payments. Poster Session voting was conducted online during the Thursday social.

The 2009 G. Herbert Stout Award for Visionary Use of GIS by Local Government in North Carolina was presented to:

City of Asheville (Jason Mann and team) for mapAsheville. MapAsheville involves twenty specific map services with source code that is reusable, has applications that are aligned with long-term system architecture plans, and encourages ongoing user and community input.

Mecklenburg County (Tobin Bradley and team) for integrating GIS throughout the enterprise. Using a open source approach for deploying web services, the county increased its reach across departments, lowered costs and development times, and crafted a new foundation for integrating GIS into traditional information technology applications.

The Poster Session was judged by peers in attendance at the social. The Winner ...
“Foreclosed: Is it Really That Bad,” Forsyth County GIS/Mapping (Jason Clodfelter and Carlo Frate)

Honorable Mentions ...
“The Alexander County Mapbook,” Alexander County Administration and Alexander Central High School (George Brown, Eric Walker, Tyler Stafford, Jake Lowman)

“Historic Maps and Genealogy,” Pasquotank County (Julie Stamper)

“GIS Analysis of Geomorphology to Improve Groundwater Modeling and Well Yield Estimates in Watauga County, NC,” Appalachian State University (Williams Gandy, Christopher A. Badurek, Michael Mayfield, and William Anderson)

The G. Herbert Stout Award for Innovative Student Papers was awarded to the following students:

  • Ray Aull, Appalachian State University, undergraduate
  • Austin Chamberlain, Appalachian State University, graduate
  • Paul Robinette, Elon College, undergraduate
  • David Shaeffer, East Carolina University, graduate
  • Perry Aycock, NC State University, undergraduate
  • Damian Maddalena, NC State University, graduate
  • Jamaar Hosier, Shaw University, undergraduate
  • Clay Tabor, UNC-Asheville, undergraduate
  • Cameron Taylor, UNC-Chapel Hill, undergraduate
  • Jessica Edwards, UNC-Charlotte, undergraduate
  • Thi Hong Diep Dao, UNC-Charlotte, graduate
  • Leanne Sulewski, UNC-Greensboro, graduate
  • David Johnson, UNC-Wilmington, undergraduate
  • Holly Gabries, UNC-Wilmington, graduate
  • Christopher Fusting, Warren Wilson College, undergraduate
  • Staci Melton, Western Carolina University, undergraduate

The conference is sponsored by the North Carolina Center for Geographic Information and Analysis (NC CGIA) and the Carolina Chapter of the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (Carolina URISA).

NC Center for Geographic Information & Analysis
301 N. Wilmington St., Suite 700
Raleigh, NC 27601
Tel: (919) 733-2090
Fax: (919) 715-0725