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May 31, 2013

First sitting U.S. governor to address geospatial industry


Maine Gov. LePage to keynote MAPPS’ summer conference July 22-26 in Rockport, Maine

The Management Association for Private Photogrammetric Surveyors (MAPPS), the U.S. geospatial industry’s trade group, Friday announced Maine Governor Paul LePage will be the first sitting governor to speak at its annual summer conference, when he gives the keynote to kick off the event, running July 22-26, at the Samoset Resort in Rockport, Maine.

MAPPS, based in Reston, Va., has 160 member firms and is the only trade group exclusively comprised of private firms using spatial data and geographic information systems including LIDAR, photogrammetry, aerial and satellite remote sensing and image processing, and GPS and GIS data collection and conversion. 

LePage will discuss how Maine invests, coordinates, and utilizes geospatial technologies and services, MAPPS said in a press release. He will also provide a synopsis of Maine’s business climate and talk about how states and the private sector can work together to promote economic growth and government reform.

“We are honored that Governor LePage will address the MAPPS membership and provide the insight of a state executive on geospatial data and services and the overall business climate,” said MAPPS Executive Director John Palatiello.

The weeklong conference will focus on the business of the geospatial market, which includes: surveying, photogrammetry, aerial photography, satellite and airborne remote sensing, lidar, hydrography, bathymetry, charting, aerial and satellite image processing, BIM, mobile mapping, GPS, and other GIS data collection and conversion services.

MAPPS said it wants private geospatial firms that are not members to register as a non-member and attend the conference. If the firm joins by the end of the conference on July 26, the difference between the member and non-member rate will be credited toward the firm’s membership in MAPPS. Check out more here.

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