Kentucky GIS Conference a Great Success!
COT GIS Employees Receive Award from Kentucky Association of Mapping Professionals (KAMP)
Comments from nearly 300
attendees at the annual Kentucky GIS Conference in Bowling Green (August 22-24) were overwhelmingly positive! The conference began with several successful workshops and a Geocaching event that took place in historic downtown Bowling Green on Monday, Aug. 22, 2005. The theme of this year's conference was "A Spatial Commonwealth."
The highlight of the conference was the keynote address by Jeremy Harris, former mayor of Honolulu. His inspirational message, entitled "A Vision of Better Government Makes a Difference," described how to utilize GIS to help create and maintain a sustainable economy and environment. Mr. Harris challenged the attendees, in their capacity as GIS professionals, to act on his message within their own communities.
On the second and third days of the three-day conference, many of Kentucky’s GIS professionals gave a variety of presentations. The sessions were well attended and the topics well received. The Sloan Convention Center was well suited for the event and provided ample room for the map and poster gallery, exhibitors, luncheons, the reception and other conference events.
COT Husband and Wife Team Receives GIS Award
Kent and Kim Anness
On the final day of the conference, Kent and Kim Anness, both from the Division of Geographic Information within the Commonwealth Office of Technology, were presented with the Service to the GIS Community Award from the Kentucky Association of Mapping Professionals. The husband and wife team were honored for their contributions to Kentucky's GIS community and their many accomplishments that have helped elevate Kentucky's GIS efforts to the enterprise level.
Kent and Kim joined the Division of Geographic Information (DGI) in December 2004 and began to make an immediate impact. Since that time, DGI has assumed a much more prominent role in providing leadership, GIS policy direction and enterprise GIS services. The award recognized the dynamic husband and wife team's leadership and high-level technical skills, which are responsible for much of the success the DGI office currently enjoys.
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