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Award Number 08HQAG0014, Category 3: Fifty States Initiative

Statewide Geospatial Council Strategic Plan and Business Plan Development

This planning effort involved an open and inclusive process aimed at gaining direct geospatial stakeholder input on the need for and potential roles of a council. Toward this end, in the autumn of 2008 six geospatial stakeholder workshops - attended by over 150 stakeholders - were conducted across the state. Additional information gathering was achieved through an on-line survey and individual discussions and interviews. In addition, a multi-jurisdictional steering committee oversaw the strategic planning effort and helped interpret and organize the stakeholder input into a cohesive plan.

The end result is a plan that reflects extremely strong support for the creation of a council. For example, 70% of survey respondents "agreed" that a new geospatial coordination council should be formed. Further, existing geospatial organizations such as PaMAGIC have supported the idea of a new council. This plan presents a new vision statement for a new council: Complex geospatial technology decisions and investments will be simplified and improved through open communications, collaborative efforts and unified planning.

In addition, based on input gained through the workshops and the survey, the steering committee helped to identify the primary roles that a new council would fulfill. These are:

Advocate for statewide geospatial initiatives and programs
Generate and maintain a statewide geospatial strategic plan
Advise on the prioritization of statewide geospatial initiatives and programs
Advocate for sustainable funding for geospatial activity
Review and comment on legislation with geospatial provisions
Serve as the focal point for statewide geospatial communication and coordination

The plan goes on to identify an implementation path and a one year timeline for establishing a new council. This plan helps to document that the state has done its homework on council formation over the course of several years. It is now time to move forward to create the council.

Final Report -- Strategic Plan -- PA GIS Conference Presentation

Interim Report -- Attendance Summary for September Meetings -- Invitation to Upcoming Stakeholder Meetings

County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania

Primary Contact:

Melissia Hinton, County Commissioners Association of PA, Director GIS / Planning
717-526-1010
mhinton@pacounties.org

Other Contacts:

Jay Parrish, State Geologist/Director Topographic and Geologic Survey
717-702-5017
jayparrish@state.pa.us

Barry Hutchins, County GIS Professionals Association
570-433-4461
bhutchin@epix.net

Eric Jespersen, Acting President, PAMAGIC
717-475-7869
ecj@epix.net

Maurie Kelly, PASDA Director
814-863-0104
mck4@psu.edu

Stacey White, Director, Geospatial Technologies Office
717-783-4883
stwhite@state.pa.us

David Terrell, USGS Geospatial Liaison for Pennsylvainia
717-702-2027
dterrell@usgs.gov

Mike King, Director, Legislative Office for Research Liaison
717-787-8733
mikeking@legis.state.pa.us 

Ashis Pal, President, PA-MAPPS
717-399-7007
apal@geographIT.com 

Link to more information about the 50 States Initiative  

Last Updated: Nov 30, 2009 03:47 PM
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