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URISA News March/April 2009

URISA News March/April 2009

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Issue 230 • March/April 2009The severe worldeconomic crisisthat began last year has resultedin fnancial chal-lenges or URISA.The budget belttightening thatmany agencies and companies have im-plemented in response to the crisis hasalready resulted in reduced attendanceat URISA events.The URISA Finance Committee hasbeen working with Executive Director  Wendy Nelson, headquarters sta,and the URISA Board to help ensurethat your Association’s inances canweather this economic downturn. Theobjective o this behind the scenes workis twoold: to ensure the long-term inancial health o the organizationwhile continuing to oer cost eectiveprograms and services that deliver exceptional value to our members.
URISA Budget
Recently the URISA Board approved the Association’s 2009 budget. This bud-get made very conservative orecasts or 2009 revenue, and trimmed expens-
URISA Rspds Fiacia Chags
Greg Babinski, GISP, URISA Treasurer
es accordingly. Examples include:
Not illing a current vacantheadquarters sta position.
An increase in sta healthinsurance premiums was split 50-50 between URISA and sta.
The URISA Leadership Academy willbe oered only once in 2009.
For the irst time in ive years,membership dues were raisedslightly or 2009 to generateadditional revenue.
All o the URISA conerencesin 2009 will have conservativebudgets, in anticipation o reducedattendance levels.The Finance Committee reviewsthe Association budget against actualdetailed inancial reports during itsmonthly conerence call to help inormthe ull Board o any issues that warrantdiscussion or action.
Additional Financial Actions
Separate rom the 2009 budget, URISAis pursuing various strategies to urther strengthen our Association’s fnances:
URISA is looking into the possibilityto reduce headquarters oice space
The Association for GIS Professionals 
3 President’s Column5 Parcel MaintenanceBacklog Overcomewith Enterprise GIS byTippecanoe County,Indiana7 URISA 2009 AnnualConference Tidbits8 Book Review10 Welcome New URISAMembers11 Welcome New URISABusiness Members
rental costs by taking advantageo the depressed commercial realestate market in the Chicago area.
URISA specialty conerences(CAMA, Public Health, Transit) willpartner with other organizationsor look or additional undingto mitigate risk and encourageattendance.
URISA HQ sta will targetcorporate sponsors, both tosupport conerences and tobecome corporate members.
URISA HQ sta is working with theCRC to encourage new chapters aspart o a ‘Fill in the Map’ initiative.
Several new innovative revenuesources are under development tohelp ill in the gap.
Our annual independent outsideaudit will occur soon, which will bean additional opportunity to gaugeour current inances and beneit rom an external analysis o our  uture threats and opportunities.In addition, the Finance Committeerecently submitted a report on
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Important URISADates to Remember
ConFeRenCeS Ju 5–8, 2009
URISA’s GIS in Public Health ConerenceProvidence, RI
August 4–6, 2009
URISA/NENA Addressing ConerenceProvidence, RI
Sptmbr 29–octbr 2, 2009
47th Annual URISA Conerence &Exposition Anaheim, CA
nvmbr 16–18, 2009
GIS in Transit ConerenceSt Petersburg, FL
Dcmbr 7–11, 2009
URISA Leadership AcademySeattle, WA
GIS Hall o Fame Nominations – May 1Student Paper Competition – May 1ESIG Awards – May 11The Urban and Regional InormationSystems Association (URISA) is thepremier proessional association or those involved in improving our urbanand regional environments through theeective use o inormation technology.Proessionals in planning, economicdevelopment, inormation systems,emergency services, natural resources,public works, transportation, and other departments within state and localgovernment have depended on URISA or proessional development andeducational needs since 1963. Throughits international, national and localchapter operations, URISA serves nearly8,000 proessionals.
Hilary Perkins, GISP AICP-East-WestGateway Council o Governments, St. Louis,MOhilary.perkins@ewgateway.org
Kathrine Cargo, GISP-Orleans ParishCommunication Districtkcargo@911nola.org
Susan Johnson-Charlotte Mecklenburg Schoolssusanm.johnson@cms.k12.nc.us
Cynthia Braddock-Boulder County (CO) Assessor's Ocecbraddock@co.boulder.co.us
Greg Babinski, GISP-King County (WA) GISCenter 
greg.babinski@kingcounty.govClare Brown, GISP-Montgomery WatsonHarza, New Orleans, LAclare.brown@us.mwhglobal.comJ. Allison Butler, GISP, AICP,MilePost Zero, Orlando, FLabutler@mpzero.comMichael W Lovett, GISP-CDM Camp Dresser & McKee, Maitland, FLlovettm@cdm.comSandra K Majewski-Las Vegas Metro PoliceDepts6370m@lvmpd.comJuna Papajorgji, GISP - Alachua County (FL)Growth Managementjpapajorgji@alachua.f.usKaren RM Stewart, GISP-ESRI Canada, Vancouver, BCkstewart@esricanada.comGeney Terry, GISP-El Dorado County (CA)geney.terry@edcgov.us
URISA Headquarters
1460 Renaissance Drive, Suite 305Park Ridge, IL 60068Phone: 847-824-6300Fax: 847-824-6363ino@urisa.orghttp://www.urisa.org
Wendy NelsonExecutive Director
Article submissions, calendar items and industry news should be sent townelson@urisa.org 
March/April 009URISA News
Hilary E. H. Perkins,GISP, AICP, East-West Gateway Council of Governments 
PReSIDent’S ColUmnUsig Scia mdia  Cvy Yur mssag
By Hilary E. H. Perkins, GISP, AICP
Social media and social networkingsites have been around or long enoughthat most o us have at least heard o LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, MySpace,Second Lie, etc. Social media are havinga substantial impact on society, business,and associations by changing the waypeople communicate, collaborate, andnetwork. Some o us, mysel included,are active and involved users o thesetools. Humans are hard-wired tocommunicate with each other – it’s a undamental part o what it means tobe human. Because o the exponentialgrowth o several o these sites, there isa body o research developing that triesto explain their rapid growth and societalacceptance, ocusing on our basic needto communicate and to orm “tribes.”So why should we get involved insocial networks? What would motivate you to participate? This is where the linksto tribal cultures arise. In a tribal society, your identity is based on how peopleknow you, and in turn, who you know.The key similarity between tribal culturesand modern social networks is thatpeople are projecting their identities byproviding evidence o their relationshipswith one another. The stimulus then or sustained participation in a socialnetwork arises rom one o the earliestand most universal ways o shapingcultural status through the strength andnumber o your relationships, and our need to communicate that status.Social media are here to stay,but the sheer number and typeso opportunities to jump in can beoverwhelming. Eective social mediaare all about conversations. It’s talkingwith people through the vast array o sites and services online. It’s blogging,it’s twittering, it’s bookmarking, andupdating your status. So how about abreakdown o some o these sites so as tothink about your personal online brandand how and where to communicatedierent kinds o inormation? Drawingheavily on colleague Chris Spagnuolo’sblog post on the subject (edgehopper.com/ twitter-acebook-and-linkedinoh-my/), social media tends to divide into our main segments: extended content(blogs), proessional connections(LinkedIn), personal connections(Facebook), and quick hits o inormationand conversation (Twitter).I’ll start with a conession: I don’tblog. I have never been much o adiarist, and I’m a busy working mom. Which doesn’t leave much time or thinking the big thoughts and writingthem out succinctly (on a regular basis)that a blog can require. However, i I didblog, it would be a place where I wouldpost more in-depth and researcheddiscussions, where thoughtul postswould be ollowed up with thoughtulcomments (hopeully). A blog is apersonal orum or whatever you wantto talk about. Were I to blog, I wouldprobably write about GIS and ood– sometimes as separate discussionsand sometimes linked. I am ascinatedby ood policy rom a geographicperspective. I also love how geographyimpacts regional cuisine and that oodis always so much more interesting atthe edges o a region, rather than in themiddle.Proessional networking sitessuch as LinkedIn provide a orum or presenting your proessional sel. Itis a place to reconnect with ormer colleagues and ind other proessionalsin your ield. While URISA’s networkingopportunities are legendary, LinkedIn isalso indispensable or job searching andstaying in touch. It also oers discussion orums or a variety o connected andtangential topics. Searching or GIS onLinkedIn yields 174 groups, and URISAhas a group on LinkedIn that grows daily.Be sure to check out URISA’s GISCorpsgroup too.Facebook is a mixture o personaland proessional connections, tendingtowards personal. On Facebook, I am riends with old high school classmates,extended amily, neighborhood riends,other riends (real and virtual), ando course many URISA members. OnFacebook, I am comortable beingserious or irreverent, political or oodie,proessional or mom. Besides URISA andGISCorps groups on Facebook, there isalso a URISA Student Network.Twitter is one o those tools thatwhen you irst hear about it, it soundssilly and superluous. But once you getstarted with it, it can be become a greattool or quick conversation, as well asproviding help and ideas on a variety o topics. I use Twitter to get quick answersand to brainstorm with others. And yes, Isometimes tweet about stu that is inaneor irreverent. That part is un! Whether it be getting news items across, providingupdates on speciic inormation, or usingit or social networking with riends andcolleagues – Twitter is here and it lookslike it will be staying or a while.Social media is moving rom the“why” to the “how.” What are someother ways URISA and her members cantake advantage o these opportunities?URISA is an organization that places apremium on teaching and learning. Atour conerences, we are moving rom a“stand behind a podium” ormat to onethat is more interactive and collaborative.Social media can help in that regard. Asmentioned previously, URISA alreadyhas networking opportunities on many
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