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Each year, URISA recognizes members for their contributions to the association and the community at large.  URISA also recognizes Government agencies that have demonstrated extraordinary achievements in the use of geospatial information technology that have improved the delivery and quality of government services (Exemplary Systems in Government Awards) and the URISA GIS Hall of Fame recognizes and honors esteemed leaders of the geospatial community. Each award is summarized below and includes a link to the awards history.

The URISA GIS Hall of Fame







The Urban and Regional Information Systems Association has established the GIS Hall of Fame to recognize and honor the most esteemed leaders of the geospatial community. To be considered for the GIS Hall of Fame, an individual’s or an organization’s record of contribution to the advancement of the industry demonstrates creative thinking and actions, vision and innovation, inspiring leadership, perseverance, and community mindedness. In addition, nominees must serve as a role model for those who follow. URISA Hall of Fame Laureates are individuals or organizations whose pioneering work has moved the geospatial industry in a better, stronger direction.

Proceed to URISA's GIS Hall of Fame 

Hall of Fame nominations are due by May 1. Click on the link above for nomination instructions.

2016 Inductees: Alex Miller, Mark Monmonier and Waldo Tobler

Tripp Corbin, Alex Miller and Rebecca Somers

Nancy Obermeyer, Tripp Corbin, Mark Monmonier, and Rebecca Somers

Waldo Tobler with his award in California!

(no 2017 inductees)

Exemplary Systems in Government ™Awards

The EXEMPLARY SYSTEMS IN GOVERNMENT AWARDS, inaugurated in 1980 by the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association, recognize extraordinary achievement by government agencies in the use of automated information systems. This achievement is defined as the effective application of computer technology that can be measured in terms of improved government services and increased benefits to citizens. The award competition is open to all public agencies at the federal, state/provincial, regional and local levels. 

2017 Enterprise Winners

Exemplary System: IndyVitals
Submitted by: Sharon Kandris, Associate Director, The Polis Center at IUPUI, Indianapolis, Indiana

Exemplary System: Racine County Land Records Management
Submitted by: Tyson Fettes, Register of Deeds, Racine County, Wisconsin

Distinguished System: Maintenance IQ
Submitted by: Shawn Crane, Section Chief, Maintenance Systems and Reporting, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

2017 Single Process System Winners:

Exemplary System: GIS in the Emergency Operations Center (EOC)
Submitted by: Langdon Sanders, GIS Analyst II, Information Technology, City of Sandy Springs Public Works, Sandy Springs, Georgia

Distinguished System: City of New Bern NC - Finding New Homes for Abandoned Properties
Submitted by: Alice C. Wilson, AICP, GISP, GIS Coordinator, City of New Bern, North Carolina

Distinguished System: Geographic Information Gateway (Gateway)
Submitted by: Jeffrey L. Herter, Gateway Project Manager, New York Department of State, Albany, New York

Proceed to the Exemplary Systems in Government™ Awards

URISA Service Awards

Each year, URISA recognizes members for their contributions to the association and the community at large. Check out the descriptions of each award and thoughtfully consider the individuals who have made an impact on the association. Nominations are due May 1.

Horwood Distinguished Service Award

2016 Recipient: Dianne Haley

(no 2017 recipients)

An occasional award given for long-term service to URISA and the profession. This award is URISA’s ultimate award for service and leadership to URISA and within the geospatial industry. Awardees will have demonstrated significant contributions to both URISA and the geospatial technologies industry. The Horwood Distinguished Service Award is named after founding member and first URISA President, Edgar Horwood. Horwood was an early pioneer in the field of information systems for local government and admired by all for his intellectual and organizational contributions to URISA. Horwood was the Chair of the constitutional drafting committee, giving URISA the "open membership" model that has led to our inter-disciplinary organization.

Proceed to Horwood Distinguished Service Awards

Nominate an individual for a 2018 Horwood Distinguished Service Award by May 1 via this form.

Leadership Award

2017 Recipients: 

  • Kathrine Cargo, GISP, ENP - Orleans Parish Communications District, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Ashley Hitt, GISP - Connected Nation, Louisville, Kentucky
  • Martin Roche, GISP - Avineon, Orlando, Florida

Presented to members who have demonstrated exemplary leadership to URISA, creativity, innovation, and dedicated support of URISA programs. The recipient should be a member of URISA for enough years to show a pattern of leadership. Typically the recipient will have been responsible for new programs or activities, or significantly enhanced an existing activity or program, so that it takes URISA in a new direction and/or enhances our standing in the professional community.

Proceed to the Leadership Award

Nominate an individual for a 2018 URISA Leadership Award by May 1 via this form.

Service Award

2017 Recipient: Doug Adams, GISP, Baltimore County Department of Public Works, Baltimore, Maryland

Presented to members who have demonstrated faithful service to URISA and participation in its program over a period of several years. This award is for specific service to URISA. It should require a significant number of years of (not necessarily consecutive) service in a number of programs or committees, and a willingness to take on challenges without regard to the potential for recognition.

Proceed to the Service Award

Nominate an individual for a 2018 URISA Service Award by May 1 via this form.

Barbara Hirsch Special Service Award

2017 Recipients: Core OneURISA Committee

  • Amy Esnard, GISP - Elevon Solutions, Hood River, Oregon
  • Thomas Fisher, GISP - Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District, New Philadelphia, OH 
  • Cindy Post, GISP - City of Leduc, Alberta, Canada
  • Cy Smith, GISP - State of Oregon, Salem, Oregon

(no 2016 recipients)

Presented to members or staff who have made special contributions to URISA. This award was created (in 2004) to honor URISA’s former Chief Financial Officer, Barbara Hirsch. Barb made her mark at URISA by being an exceptional professional who would always step forward when a point needed to be made, but never stepped to the front for recognition. It is in the spirit of this dedication that the Board of Directors has created an award for special service to URISA. This award will be given to individuals or committees who have shown a similar consummate level of service to URISA through an ongoing commitment to our success as an organization.

Proceed to the Barbara Hirsch Special Service Award

Nominate an individual for a 2018 Barbara Hirsch Special Service Award by May 1 via this form.

Outstanding Chapter Award

2017 Recipient: URISA Texas Chapter

Each year, URISA recognizes an outstanding Chapter that has sponsored particularly effective activities or has otherwise excelled in serving its membership. Outstanding Chapter Award criteria include:

  • Innovation 
  • Outreach 
  • Education 
  • Community Impact 

Proceed to Outstanding Chapter Award

Each year, chapters may apply for consideration as the Outstanding URISA Chapter. Nominations are coordinated by the URISA Chapter Advisory Board.

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