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GIS-Pro 2020: Registration & Venue

Of course, we're evaluating options for hosting the conference virtually if it is determined that an in-person event is not feasible or safe. In that case, the registration options will be revised to make it easier for the community to participate. Stay tuned.

Venue: Hilton Baltimore Inner Harbor

About Baltimore  


Registration coming soon

Registration options range from single day to full conference, with substantial discounts for full-time students, young professional members (35 or younger) and members of URISA.

  • Full Registration includes attendance at one full or half-day workshop on Monday (normally an additional $200 fee). Register early as classroom size is limited.
  • Full Registration also includes access to all educational sessions, proceedings, Tuesday awards luncheon and networking reception, Wednesday breakfast, Exhibit Hall access, and evening social events.
  • The best value for registration is for URISA members who are staying at the conference hotel or who reside locally. Significant discounts are offered to URISA members. 
  • All participants must read and abide by the URISA Event Code of Conduct to promote a respectful experience for all.
  • We know it can be challenging to gain approval to attend training and conferences. But we also know that organizations that invest in their employees' professional development benefit from  better retention and improved operations from knowledge gained.

Registration Fee Table for Budgeting Purposes



  • PDF Registration Form 
  • Online Registration 

Note that all registrations must be paid in full before you receive your name badge and registration materials onsite.  

Cancellation & Refund Policy: All cancellations must be received in writing at URISA Headquarters on or before August 31 in order to receive a refund, less a $100 processing fee (a $25 fee for cancelled workshop registrations). No refunds after August 31, 2020. 

Venue: Hilton Baltimore Inner Harbor

Events will take place at the Hilton Baltimore Inner Harbor (401 W. Pratt Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21201 USA). The Hilton is located in a prime place in the Inner Harbor, an iconic seaport area of restaurants, museums, shops, sports complexes, nightclubs and historic ships. It is right next door to Camden Yards (Baltimore Orioles) and across the street from M&T Stadium (Baltimore Ravens). It's a short walk to the National Aquarium, Maryland Science Center and a waterfront concert at Pier Six Pavilion.

Hilton overlooking Camden Yards. (Visit Baltimore)

URISA negotiated an amazingly affordable $179 single/double occupancy room rate at the Hilton for GIS-Pro 2020, including wifi access.  The group rate will be available until August 26 or until the room block is depleted.  (Note that in New Orleans last year, the block filled extremely quickly so make your plans early!). A limited number of rooms are also available in our government per diem block. 

Hilton Parking: Self parking $32.00 or Valet parking $46.00 per night.

Please note:

  • Reserve your room first as your Hotel reservation number is required to receive the registration best value rate. 
  • The hotel rates shown above are final.  If you happen to receive an email or phone call from an outside organization about booking hotel rooms for GIS-Pro 2020, it is a SCAM. Please do not give your credit card information or make any reservations with any other housing bureau or convention housing appearing to represent URISA . These companies, often based out of Las Vegas go by names such as Exposition Housing, Expo Housing Group, Convention Housing, appear to offer lower rates for hotel rooms and are a scam. Do not respond. Rooms for the conference are only available through the Reservations Link above.  

Getting to BaltimoreSo many options!

By Air: Three international airports to choose from: Baltimore/Washington International (BWI), 10 miles from the Hilton; Washington National Airport (DCA), 41 miles; and Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD), 70 miles. 

From BWI to the Hilton, it couldn't be any easier and inexpensive than taking MTA Light Rail from the airport. You can reach the Hilton Baltimore (Camden Yards Stop) within 30 minutes and for only $1.70 each way. The Light Rail terminal is at the far (north) end of BWI Terminal E.  The Convention Center Station lets you off at the front door of the Hilton's meeting rooms facility where you can walk through to the main hotel. 

By Train:

  • Amtrak- 80 trains per day stop at Baltimore’s downtown Penn Station, approximately two miles from the Hilton. 

About Baltimore:

So much to do and see and eat!
Baltimore is a major city in Maryland with a long history as an important seaport. If you're a history buff, take advantage of an abundance of sites and attractions connected to the Civil War from the USS Constellation, to the Fort McHenry National Monument, birthplace of the U.S. national anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Today, this harbor area offers shops, upscale crab shacks and attractions like the the National Aquarium, showcasing thousands of marine creatures.

Courtesy of Visit Baltimore

Steamed crab, crab cakes, crab feasts . . . If there’s one thing that Marylanders are universally proud of, it’s Maryland blue crabs. The meat is sweet, tender and in abundance in Baltimore’s restaurants. But the food scene in Baltimore is so much more than crab! From Food Halls to fine dining, Baltimore has you covered. 

Common sight in Baltimore (Visit Baltimore)

Get started: 

Getting around: 

  • Charm City Circulator:  With a stop just outside the lobby entrance, The Charm City Circulator provides complimentary transportation throughout downtown Baltimore. Access the Inner Harbor shops and restaurants, Historic Fells Point, Johns Hopefkins, Penn Station as well as Fort McHenry and Federal Hill. 
  • Baltimore Water Taxi: The Baltimore Water Taxi is the oldest of its kind in the country, offering one price for all-day, unlimited on-off service to more than 30 attractions and neighborhoods.


Water Taxi in the harbor and Fifi at the American Visionary Art Museum. (Visit Baltimore)

Detailed GIS-Pro 2020 Conference Agenda 

Exhibit & Sponsor Details 


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