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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.

The conference will take place at the brand new Grand Hotel Spokane (opening summer 2015).

Call for Presentations - Abstract Submissions - Extended until March 6, 2015 
(The abstract review team is still reviewing submissions in advance of their meeting at the end of the month. If you have a late proposal to consider, don't delay. Submit it NOW!)

Exhibit & Sponsorship Opportunities

Registration & Venue


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. 

Preliminary Schedule

Sunday, October 18, 2015

  • URISA Board, Division & Committee Meetings
  • NWGIS Courses
  • Evening Networking Event

Monday, October 19, 2015

  • NWGIS Courses
  • URISA Certified Workshops
  • User Group Meetings, Networking
  • IGNITE Session

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

  • Opening Keynote
  • Breakout Sessions
  • Exhibits
  • Lunch Presentations
  • Networking Reception
  • Esri-Sponsored DevMeetUp

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

  • Awards Breakfast
  • Breakout Sessions
  • Exhibits
  • URISA Chapter Leaders' Forum
  • URISA Annual Business Meeting
  • Evening Social Event

Thursday, October 22, 2015

  • Breakout Sessions
  • Closing Keynote
  • NWGIS Annual Member Meeting
  • URISA Board of Directors' Meeting


Undergraduate Student? Consider participating in the 2015 Geospatial Technology Skills Competition!

Important Note for Planners: In recent years, URISA was approved for well over 40 AICP-CM credits (including  law credit) by the American Planning Association for the GIS-Pro Conference. Click here for details.

"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

For budgeting purposes...

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. 

If registering by the early cutoff date (early July) and staying at the Grand Hotel Spokane: $400 for URISA and NWGIS members/$475 for nonmembers (also applies for local attendees, residing within 50 miles of Spokane).

Note that one-day and student registration options will be available.

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 with a limited number of government per diem rooms for those who qualify ($88 single/$98 double. Note that all rooms booked in the URISA block also included complimentary internet access! Reservations must be made by September 17, 2015.

Make your hotel reservations by September 17:

  • Call the Davenport Grand reservations toll-free number at 1-800-918-9344. Be sure to ask for the URISA Conference group rate.
  • Reserve your room through this convenient online form.

Important Note: In order to book your room at the government per diem rate, you must register for the conference and then request the instructions for securing a room at the per diem rate. The reservations toll-free number only works for the regular conference rate.

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
Connected Nation
eGIS Associates, Inc.
Geo Planning Services
GeoTech Vision
Hexagon Geospatial
Open Spatial
Planning Communities
Sani-International Technology Advisors
Spatial Focus
TGA inc.
Thomson Reuters
Valtus Imagery Services