Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is a technology that is set apart from other information technologies by the need to identify 'where' or location. Our members have diverse interests, but share similar geospatial challenges. ILGISA brings together the GIS community of the State of Illinois through biannual conferences and the publication of Illinois GIS Notes. 

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Illinois GIS Association Annual Conference
Registration Open

It is our pleasure to announce that Early Bird registration for the ILGISA 2014 Annual Conference is now open!  There are many exciting changes this year including:

A two-day instructor-led training course from ESRI, the first one offered at an ILGISA Conference,
Four certified URISA workshops,
Fun social events including Student Night and ESRI night (returning for the second year in a row),
A Tuesday workshop for K-12 educators, designed by our friends at the Illinois Geographic Society, and
Two full days of technical sessions from your peers and colleagues.

The 2014 conference promises to be one of your best yet. We look forward to seeing you all in October!

Andrew Vitale, Conference Chair
Lucy Stanfield, Conference Co-Chair

The Esri two-day instructor-led training course is full.  To be placed on a wait list, please email

The Annual Conference will be held October 27 - 29, 2014 at the Hilton Lisle/Naperville, 3003 Corporate West Drive, Lisle, Illinois.

Monday Afternoon Workshop Added:

An afternoon session of the Community Maps - Building a Living Atlas of the World Workshop - Morning Half Day has been added to Monday, October 27, 2014 from 1:30 - 4:30 PM. The afternoon session is a repeat of the morning session.

Keynote Speaker

Danielle DuMerer, Director of Planning, Policy and Management at the City of Chicago's Department of Innovation and Technology will be the Keynote Speaker at the ILGISA Annual Conference Luncheon on Tuesday, October 28, 2014. Ms. DuMerer's keynote speech, GIS in the City of Data, will provide an overview of Chicago's innovative new uses of data and GIS's critical role in two major initiatives: the city's Data Portal and WindyGrid, a geospatial situational awareness application.

Plenary Speaker

Dr. Rich Schultz, Administrator and Faculty Member at Southern New Hampshire University will present Providing for the Future Geospatial Workforce: Building the Pipeline at the ILGISA Annual Conference Breakfast on Wednesday, October 29, 2014. 

Click here for the Conference Schedule, Workshops and Sessions descriptions, Lodging, and Registration Forms.  

Request for Silent Auction Items

The Illinois GIS Association is hosting a Silent Auction at the Annual Conference.  Proceeds from the Silent Auction benefit the Student Scholarship Fund.  To donate items, contact the ILGISA office at or 630-942-6584.

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ILGISA Regional Meetings 

Illinois GISday and ILGISA Champaign Regional Meeting

SAVE THE DATE for the worldwide celebration of the annual salute to geospatial technology and its power to transform and better our lives.
November 19, 2014
iHotel and Conference Center, Champaign, IL

Registration is limited so reserve your spot now at


Read more about the May 28, 2014 Regional Meeting held in Effingham...

Interested in presenting at the Regional Meetings, complete the Call for Content form at

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Breaking New Ground in 2014

As spring is coming around the corner, we have received a few questions from the membership about moving to a single conference and overall program offerings from the Association.

As announced last October, the ILGISA Board of Directors strategically decided to move to a single annual conference.  As part of the decision making process, the Board of Directors sought input from the membership through the Membership Survey released last spring, the Vendor Involvement Program meeting last summer, the Membership Conference Preferences Survey in the fall, and from our new association management firm CM Services.  Directors also closely evaluated conference attendance, levels of satisfaction, diversity of session and workshop offerings, and overall membership benefits.

We are excited about this change, as it will allow us to systematically improve program offerings to GIS professionals throughout the state.  As a result, the Board of Directors is focusing on three core programs; an annual conference, regional meetings, and webinars.  The annual conference will grow to a 3-day event and offer increased training opportunities, networking programs, and a more fluid schedule.  Regional meetings throughout the state will partner with local colleges and universities, the business community, and GIS professionals to generate local networks of GIS communities.  The webinar series is under redevelopment to offer an expanded selection of training workshops and will be broadcast in the months between the conference and regional meetings.

Together, these programs are designed to provide year round benefits with the flexibility needed by the GIS professional of Illinois.  Keep a close eye on the monthly ILGISA Association News email for details on these events.  We look forward to seeing you there!


Keith Nightlinger
ILGISA President

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ILGISA Board of Directors Adopts 2014-2016 Strategic Plan

During their December 11, 2013 meeting, the Board of Directors approved the 2014-2016 Strategic Plan for ILGISA.  The Board updated the ILGISA mission to state:
ILGISA advances the understanding, communication, and effectiveness of geospatial technology in Illinois.

Three-Year Priorities in the Strategic Plan are

1. Improve member programs and services.
2. Enhance and increase frequency of communication with and amongst membership.
3. Create a diverse membership.
4. Foster a sense of community and shared knowledge among geospatial technology users.
5. Build on partnership with CM Services, Inc.

Read more . . .

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Webinar Submissions Being Accepted  

Anyone interested in presenting a webinar can complete the following SUBMISSION FORM


Check out the committee page to see if you are interested in working on a committee.  If duty calls, contact the chair of the committee or submit your name to the Executive Director.

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Building C Suite 312
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
Phone: 630-942-6584 

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