URISA Announces GIS-Pro 2014 Virtual Conference Agenda

For those unable to travel to New Orleans for the conference due to budget or time constraints, there is a unique opportunity to participate remotely. 

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Leveraging Spatial Technology to Support Sustainable and Resilient Communities

URISA is pleased to announce GIS-Pro 2014: URISA's 52nd Annual Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana, September 8-11, 2014!
Conference Venue: Sheraton New Orleans on Canal Street

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Explore best practices and techniques to put your organization on the map. Participate in thought-provoking keynotes, intense workshops, important breakout sessions and invaluable discussions. Earn continuing education points (GISP)  and credit (AICP*) toward professional designations and credentialing. Build and nurture business relationships and discover solutions being offered by exhibitors and sponsors.  Find your answers in a collaborative and exciting environment! There's no place like New Orleans for fostering long-term and productive professional connections.

Important Note for Planners: URISA has been approved for 45.0 AICP-CM credits (including 2.5 of law credit) by the American Planning Association for the GIS-Pro 2014 Conference.
Click here for details.

Conference Program

Spend some time wandering through the conference program, filled with essential education (from full-day comprehensive URISA Certified Workshops to quick-hit Lightning Talks), professional development and networking events, and opportunities to explore Best (and Next) Practices. Learn from your peers, whether you are a young professional, or a path-breaking leader, or one of the many professionals that make things work every day.

Join us for the discussions to leverage spatial technology in support of sustainable and resilient communities, aligning with the “3 Pillars of Sustainability”: Society, Environment, and Economy.  Resiliency is defined as the capacity of a system to absorb disturbance and retain its basic structure and viability.  What better place to learn about resiliency than New Orleans?

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

Link to our Program App using the QR Code.

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Virtual Conference

URISA is pleased to once again offer a virtual conference in association with GIS-Pro 2014.  Travel budgets restricted?  Attend the URISA Connect virtual conference and keep up to date on all of the happenings at GIS-Pro.

For more information on content and to register click on the link below! 

Virtual Conference

Featured Speakers

   Tuesday - Catherine Bracy, Director of Community Organizing at Code for America and Jill Bjers, Code for Charlotte Brigade Co-Captain

   Wednesday - Allison Plyer from The Data Center, New Orleans 

Thursday - Steve Ressler, GovLoop

Exhibitor & Sponsor Opportunities

There is still no substitute for face- to-face meetings between two individuals. In addition to presenting within the Solution Central program track, GIS-Pro invites the vendor community to participate as an exhibitor and/or sponsor. Click here to download the Exhibitor & Sponsor Prospectus and reserve your opportunity today.

GIS-Pro 2014 Reserved Booths - Only 9 booths left!!!!!!!!!!!

Esri - Diamond Sponsor - Booth #309

Applied Field Data Systems – Booth #206

Data Transfer Solutions – Booth #125

CycloMedia Technology – Booth #106

GroundPoint Technologies - Booth #226

Intergraph/Hexagon Geospatial – Booth #224

Latitude Geographics Group – Booth #225

Tyler Technologies – Booth #207

U.S. Census Bureau - Booth #202

Valtus Imagery Services – Booth #124

Loqate Inc - Booth #205

University of West Florida - Booth #204

GIS Data Resources, Inc - Booth #230

Blue Marble Geographics - Booth #107

South Central Arc Users Group (SCAUG) - Booth #103

GIS Certification Institute - Booth #105

EagleView/Pictometry - Booth #227

HERE - Booth #203

GeoNorth - Booth #101

National Historical GIS - Booth #200

LizardTech - Booth #229

AmigoCloud - Booth #127

eGIS Associates, Inc - Booth #104

Pond & Company - Booth #126

Vestra - Booth #228


 Exciting Marketing Opportunity for GIS-Pro 2014 Exhibitors - Record Your Conference Message or New Product on Video! 
URISA has partnered with V1 Media and GeoSpatial Stream to offer GIS-Pro exhibitors the opportunity to record their Exhibit Hall marketing message and broadcast it (for eternity) to V1 Media's 60,000+ subscribers. You'll also receive the digital files to be used at your discretion across future marketing efforts. In addition, V1 Media can create an onsite product video to showcase your new offerings in a modern way. Click here to access the registration form and learn more details.

Diamond Conference Sponsor:


"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)

Registration & Venue


Full registration includes attendance at one preconference workshop (normally an additional fee of approximately $200). Best value for URISA and LaURISA members staying at the Sheraton New Orleans: 

  • URISA International or LAURISA (Louisiana Chapter) Member  $475
  • Non-member $550  
  • Student and one-day registration options are also available. 
  • Register in advance (by September 4)...onsite registrations will incur an additional $50.00 fee.

Downloadable Registration Form 

All participants must read and abide by the URISA Event Code of Conduct to promote a respectful experience for all.

Use this attendance justification letter template to help persuade your supervisor to approve your participation.

Conference Venue - Sheraton New Orleans (500 Canal Street)

The conference will take place at the Sheraton New Orleans. Check out the amazing street level imagery of the Sheraton and surrounding area using CycloMedia and Esri technology. You'll quickly see that all New Orleans has to offer is right outside the doors of the Sheraton New Orleans! Wander over to the Chart Room or Jackson Square or the French Market! So cool! CycloMedia will be at the conference so you can learn more!

Click here to start your trip!


  Image courtesy of Pictometry

The entire city is easily accessible from the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel.  Exit the hotel's front doors, cross historic Canal Street and you're in the French Quarter, home to famous restaurants and nightclubs, live music, fantastic shopping, museums and historic sites, unique architecture and a one-of-a-kind, spirited atmosphere. You are just steps from the Aquarium of Americas and the IMAX Theatre, the National World War II Museum, Harrah's New Orleans Casino, and popular shopping destinations including the new Outlet Collection at Riverwalk New Orleans.  The hotel is located on the New Orleans Streetcar line, so you can catch a breezy, relaxing ride up Canal Street to City Park and the New Orleans Museum of Art. For those of you who attended URISA's 2008 conference's the same hotel, though substantially renovated and upgraded since then! Perfect venue!

URISA GIS-Pro Conference room rate: $165 single/double with complimentary in-room Internet for those who reserve within the URISA block. The GIS-Pro room rate will be available until August 18 or until the group block is sold-out, whichever comes first.

Click the link below to make your hotel reservations online or call (888) 627-7033 and reference URISA to gain access to the group discounted rates:

Be sure to make note of your hotel confirmation number as you'll need that when registering for the conference!

Transportation from the Louis Armstrong International Airport (MSY)

Taxis are available outside of baggage claim and the average fare to the Sheraton is $33 one-way.

Or arrange your transportation through Airport Shuttle New Orleans, shared ride service. URISA has arranged a discounted fare for GIS-Pro attendees ($35 for roundtrip travel which is a $3 discount; or book one-way travel for $20).

Note that you must book at least 24 hours prior to your flight’s arrival time in New Orleans and you must make your shuttle reservation online in order to receive the discount. Note that you can change an existing reservation via phone (866-596-2699) but you will need to make your original reservation online or the discount doesn’t apply. Click the link below to make your reservations.

URISA's GIS-Pro 2014 Annual Conference Official Discounted Airport Shuttle

For more ground transportation options please visit the Louis Armstrong International website at

Everything You Need to Know About GIS-Pro 2014 and New Orleans

Click here to start exploring our conference microsite with tons of information about New Orleans and links to GIS-Pro specific items!

Coming early? Staying Late? Book a swamp tour, a plantation tour... or any number of sightseeing adventures in advance here.


Images courtesy of Pictometry


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