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A Message From Jennie Byron, 2022 NEURISA President:

NEURISA Community,

Happy New Year and welcome to 2022 at NEURISA!

As this year’s NEURISA President, I’d like to extend a huge thank you to our members, sponsors, volunteers, and NEURISA Board of Directors for another successful year as we virtually navigated our many events and gatherings in 2021. We have great things planned for 2022 and we’re looking forward to reconnecting in person with fun events to bring our GIS community together. The best way for us to engage with you is to know your thoughts and comfort level and we would love to hear from you to help plan NEURISA 2022. Our annual board meeting is coming up in February and we will be sending a survey along to gauge your interest. If you have ideas and would like to reach out sooner, please email us at neurisa@gmail.com to let us know how you would like to spend the year and meet with your fellow NEURISA members. Our geospatial community is strong and can only become stronger with your involvement!

We hosted another successful NEURISA Day as well as other events such as Mappy hours and brought several key geospatial leaders together to share valuable knowledge and insight with the community at large. We were honored to hear Adam Carnow’s inspiring keynote presentation on navigating a path from GIS manager to GIS leader, now available on our YouTube channel. Our networking, career guidance, and interview Mappy Hour was incredibly informative for our members providing tips and tricks for all stages of their career by panelists Danielle Caron, Kayla Burks, and Chris Akin. NEURISA Day 2021 offered insightful opportunities to learn about Open Source technologies with Guido Stein and Carl Anderson, a live discussion with Thad Dymkowski on the URISA GIS Leadership Academy, and a panel discussion on transforming GIS across different industries with Jessica Cigna, Matt Deal, Shannon Donovan, and myself. Visit our YouTube channel to enjoy these presentations as they are made available.  Attendees also gained new skills from David McKittrick from Blue Marble Geographics with a workshop on site planning tools and a GIS Corps Mappy Hour hosted by Clark University.

Our committees remain busy and are getting more involved in the New England community.  We continue to support the 2020 National Geographic global education initiative “Support Your Teacher” with help of NEURISA’s Immediate-Past President Jodie Gosselin and local state volunteers. This initiative will continue to grow and if you’re interested in learning more about the Education Committee please reach out to us! We established a Diversity and Inclusion committee in 2021 which was led by Esri’s Jessi Echevarria. Jessi stepped down from this role at the end of the year and we are looking for someone to lead this committee in 2022. A heartfelt thank you to Jessi for your wonderful leadership! If you are interested in participating in any of our committees, let us know to join in and contribute.  

We continued to connect with our members through their Aha Moments which NEURISA spearheaded as an initiative in 2020 after speaking with Jack Dangermond. Each month in 2021 we highlighted a geospatial story from our valued members, and we are continuing this tradition based on its success. It has been an inspiring way to reaffirm our GIS roots and demonstrate the many paths we can all take in our lives and careers as geospatial professionals. If you’d like to share your Aha moment visit https://arcg.is/zGf4q or visit our website to see other stories people have contributed.

I’m honored to be this year’s President under the leadership of our Immediate Past President Jodie Gosselin and offering support to Emily Pettit as President-Elect and future President in 2023. There were other changes to the Board this year with long standing members Fran Hutton-Lee and Matt Barrett finishing their tenure, and the addition of newly elected At-Large Board members Lynn Carlson, Katie Walker, and Tim Woodfield. I look forward to working with the new Board members and express a sincere thanks and appreciation to Fran and Matt for their generous contributions to NEURISA over the years, we will miss you. A huge shout-out and thanks to Jay Metzger who finished his Immediate-Past Presidential role last year and is now an At-Large Board member continuing to offer his valuable wisdom and enthusiasm. To learn more about our Board, visit “Meet the Board” on our website.

NEURISA has great things planned for this year and the Board is looking forward to reaching our goals with you.  This year’s goal and focus is on community and as President my hopes for 2022 are that we see each other in person, offering a reconnection through valuable interactive events that inspire us, demonstrate our geospatial expertise, and generate enthusiasm here in New England. Stay tuned through our newsletter, website, and events to learn more about how we are going to make this happen!

Sincerely,

Jennie Byron
NEURISA President, 2022


The New England Chapter of the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (NEURISA) is the professional association of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) practitioners in New England. NEURISA is a nonprofit 501(c)6 organization whose mission is to advance the effective and appropriate use of GIS and related information technologies to solve challenges throughout the region.

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