Monday, August 19, 2019, 8 a.m.
Friday, August 23, 2019, 2 p.m. EDT

Toronto, ON, Canada

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Geospatial data and GIS are an essential and integrated aspect in the planning industry. GIS is often housed and managed within the Planning Department. Many planners are also GIS professionals and leaders within both the planning and geospatial sciences and are subject matter experts in the development of current planing application and tools that help our agencies and our communities in extraordinary ways, from community outreach, site planning, emergency managment and hazards, to organizational/operational dashboards, and much more.

The URISA GIS Leadership Academy was designed to build managers and leadership for GIS professionals and users of GIS. Strong leadership is necessary to establish a solid program, operate efficiently and effectively, coordinate participants, adapt to change, and move a program forward. 

The Leadership Academy is a week-long training in which participants will learn:

  • GIS leadership and management techniques
  • Strategic planning
  • Successful team development
  • Organizational capacity building and sustainability strategies (ROI, innovative funding ideas)
  • Program investment and justification
  • Change management
  • Situation assessment and organizational performance evaluation
  • Ethics and professional challenges
  • Problem solving


Rebecca Somers, GISP

Rebecca is a GIS Management Consultant specializing in GIS management and organization, program review and application of best practices, and strategy development. A GIS leader for more than 25 years, she has helped dozens of organizations successfully develop their GIS programs both as an in-house GIS manager and as a ... Read More

Allen Ibaugh, AICP, GISP

Allen Ibaugh, AICP, GISP CEO Data Transfer Solutions, LLC Professional Experience: • 2004-Present: CEO of Data Transfer Solutions, LLC • 2000-2004: Urban and Regional Domain Manager, Space Imaging, LLC • 1996-2000: GIS Specialist, Camber Corporation • 1995-1996: GIS Specialist, Wilbur Smith Associates Education: • 1995: M.A. in Urban Planning, University of Iowa • 1995: M ... Read More

Carl Anderson, GISP

Carl is a Senior Solutions Architect for New Light Technologies, supporting Federal and State clients. In his career he has developed geospatial systems for small and large data systems using both open source and proprietary software. Previously he has worked with the U.S. Census Bureau as a geospatial data ... Read More

Randal Krejcarek, GISP, PE

Randal Krejcarek has 30 years experience implementing and managing Enterprise GIS in local government. He currently works for Spatial Focus. LLC. Prior to joining Spatial Focus he Krejcarek lead Delray Beach, FL Environmental Services Department as its Director and City Engineer, where he successfully championed the development of an enterprise ... Read More

Brett Horr, GISP

Dir. Of GIS and Technology Town of York, Maine

Ashley Hitt, GISP

Ashley Hitt, GISP, is the Director of GIS Services at Connected Nation, a national leader in broadband expansion programs. She develops methodologies for using broadband data to provide solutions that impact policy, economic development, and the Digital Divide. Read More

Contact Info

Wendy Nelson, wnelson@urisa.org