Count on URISA for your GIS Professional Education

There is an abundance of education on the URISA calendar. Be sure to note the important deadlines and start planning today.

Presentation Proposals Invited for 2016 URISA Caribbean GIS Conference

Submit your presentation proposal by December 1.


GIS-Pro & NWGIS 2015

October 18 - 22, 2015

GIS/CAMA Technologies Conference

February 22 - 25, 2016

URISA Leadership Academy

August 1 - 5, 2016

URISA GIS-Pro & NWGIS 2015 Conference


URISA and the Northwest GIS User Group Proudly Present:


Geography at the Nexus of Collaboration
October 18-22, 2015
Spokane, Washington

In cooperation with the Northern Rockies and Washington URISA Chapters.

Online Conference Program 

Exhibit & Sponsorship Opportunities

Registration & Venue

Planners: 52 AICP-CM Credits Approved (including legal and ethics)



There is an abundance of conferences for the geospatial community. That is why we're working together for GIS-Pro & NWGIS 2015. The goal is to complement, not compete with, each organization's community of members. Take advantage of one place, one time for important vendor-neutral education and networking. 

Conference Education & Schedule

Important Note for Planners: Approved for 52 AICP-CM credits (including  .5 law credits and 1.0 ethics credits)! 

Our Online Conference Program details all of the preconference workshops, breakout sessions, meetings, networking events and keynotes. Start reviewing the abstract submissions and speaker biographies. Connect with your fellow attendees!


Call for Presentations - Abstract Submissions - We still have space for luncheon presentations and Ignite talks, etc. Submit your proposal TODAY

Undergraduate Student Opportunities:  Volunteer at the conference

Competition Opportunity
: Esri has announced a Story Map Contest for GIS-Pro & NWGIS 2015 attendees! Entries are due by October 6. For details click here.

Registration & Venue

Full Conference Registration: includes one URISA workshop, access to all educational sessions, proceedings, conference tote bag, networking reception, luncheon, breakfast, and evening social event. Northwest GIS User Group members are also offering preconference classes as part of the conference. Those one and two-day offerings will require an additional fee.

Those individuals who are URISA and/or NWGIS members and reside locally or have a reservation at the conference hotel receive the best registration rates. This long-standing policy, common among associations, ensures the contractual obligations of the association with the hotel and encourages optimal networking among the attendees.  

Review the online registration and/or downloadable form for specifics:

  • Full registration: $450 - $650 (dependent on membership status and reservation at conference hotel)
  • Student registration: $75-$125 (dependent on membership status and reservation at conference hotel)
  • One day registration:$125-$375 (dependent on membership status and reservation at conference hotel)
  • NWGIS workshops: $75-$600 (with full registration); $75-$795 (without full registration)
  • Conference T-shirt: $10


All attendees are expected to read and acknowledge that they will abide by the Code of Conduct.


The conference will take place at the brand new Grand Hotel Spokane (opening summer 2015), part of the Marriott Autograph Collection.

The URISA conference has arranged for a very economical sleeping room rate for conference attendees: $139 single/double. Note that all rooms booked in the URISA block also included complimentary internet access! Reservations must be made by September 17, 2015.

Update, September 21: the hotel is just about sold out. You are encouraged to call to see if, by chance, there have been cancellations in order to reserve your room. Call the Davenport Grand reservations toll-free number at 1-800-918-9344. Be sure to ask for the URISA Conference group rate.

Otherwise there are a few alternate options within a short walk. 

Update, August 6: the government per diem rooms have all been spoken for.

"For me, it is the opportunity to network with people who use GIS in a wide range of industries and disciplines, and to discover unique applications of GIS in this range of disciplines that I might not have known about otherwise. Not only does GIS-Pro host GIS practitioners from a wide range of disciplines, but it's also home to a healthy discussion of open-source GIS alternatives and how they're used to assist with natural resource management, urban planning, environmental science, and everything in between. Not to mention, geographers know where it's at and know how to have a good time. These are good people, and that's a reason to go in its own right!" - Andy Hayslip, Environmental Specialist/GIS Analyst, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC)

About Spokane

Proceed to the GIS-Pro & NWGIS 2015 Spokane Microsite for information on transportation, attractions, dining... start Mapping your Run and plan your Inland NW Ale Trail experience in Spokane!


Take some time to start exploring this vibrant city, a roaring river, a gateway to the American west. Since its first days as a rail hub, Spokane has stood as a destination city immersed in natural beauty. Plan a whitewater adventure, shred fresh powder, bike the beautiful Centennial Trail or hike through countless nature preserves. But it’s not just about the outdoors! Taste Washington’s renowned grapes and hops at any number of local wineries and craft breweries. Or tour the arts with Broadway shows, live music and stunning exhibits. 

Getting to Spokane is easier than you think. There are direct flights into the Spokane International Airport from around the country and one-stop service to destinations globally. Even better than that, it’s only seven minutes from the airport to downtown Spokane.


Photos courtesy of Visit Spokane.

Conference Partners

  The Northwest GIS User Group is a non-profit organization that provides a forum  for training, exchange of knowledge, techniques, and data among the users of ESRI software and related GIS products and services. URISA and NWGIS partnered most recently on GIS-Pro 2012, which took place in Portland, Oregon.

 The Urban and Regional Information Systems Association: Founded in 1963, URISA is an international geospatial organization that provides geographic information system (GIS) education and training, advocacy for the profession, and essential resources to foster excellence in GIS.


Conference History

GIS-Pro 2015 will be the 53rd annual conference hosted by URISA.

Annual Conference Site History

GIS-Pro 2014 in New Orleans: Leveraging Spatial Technology to Support Sustainable and Resilient Communities

September 8-11, 2014

Check out the Video Re-cap of the Conference from GeoSpatial Stream

Click on the logo below for all of the details about GIS-Pro 2014:

Onsite Program Brochure (PDF)

GIS-Pro 2013: Videos... see what you missed!

Blue Marble
eGIS Associates, Inc.
GeoTech Vision
Hexagon Geospatial
North West Geomatics
Open Spatial
Planning Communities
Sani-International Technology Advisors
TGA inc.
Thomson Reuters