As the popularity of spatial technology grows, it offers new challenges and opportunities to GIS professionals. Advances in the geospatial industry now provide tools and information to help solve complex problems in society. However, more data, more software, more users, and more government programs that promote or rely on the technology presents state professionals with complicated new issues. The National States Geographic Information Council (NSGIC) is extremely helpful in addressing the myriad of issues associated with statewide GIS initiatives.
The National States Geographic Information Council (NSGIC) is one place where state Geographic Information System (GIS) professionals go to elevate issues, discuss the alternatives and define solutions surrounding GIS and GIS implementation. NSGIC is a small but influential group of GIS leaders representing the interests of the states providing value to our members, sponsors and partners in supporting our goals and our objectives.
We are a fairly exclusive organization dedicated to the coordination of spatial initiatives and focused on strategies for collaboration. NSGIC was created as a forum to exchange information and develop consensus on issues impacting the states. NSGIC consists of 50 state coordinators and approximately 75 state officials, sponsors and partners. The strength of NSGIC is our ability to speak as a single voice, representing the best interests of our member states as well as our ability to communicate effectively and efficiently to 1) the NSGIC membership, 2) our existing sponsors, partners and collaborators, and 3) our potential partners and collaborators. It is through this communication that NSGIC creates and provides a mechanism for coordination and collaboration.
NSGIC provides a mechanism for facilitated discussion and interaction on issues impacting state government within the membership. Our sponsors play a significant part in discussions and with assisting in the resolution of issues. NSGIC also interacts with other national organizations such as the National Associations of Counties (NACO), National Governors Association (NGA) and the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) and look for ways to complement each other and our efforts.
NSGIC has two major gatherings a year – our Mid-Year Meeting and our Annual Conference. The NSGIC Mid-Year Meeting is held in March or April and our Annual Conference is held in September. Participating in NSGIC events exposes our sponsors to an exclusive group of state directors and coordinators dealing with policies, standards, statewide GIS initiatives and developing partnerships with federal agencies, local government and ultimately firms to advance the National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI).
NSGIC sponsorship provides a sense of the spatial pulse of the nation. It allows our sponsors to stay in touch and in tune with the needs, concerns and issues impacting states and all levels of government. It allows our sponsors to participate in discussions on issues and obtain a full and enriched view on issues and their potential impacts. NSGIC sponsorship provides a vehicle for bi-directional communication, the facilitation of issues and the opportunity to access this progressive state GIS community.
There are significant long-term benefits to NSGIC sponsorship. Our state coordinators are key contacts for understanding their states' major GIS issues. Our members are in decision-making positions and are recognized leaders within the spatial community of their respective states. In speaking and conveying a sponsors' message to them, you are in effect speaking to their state council or coordinating body and the spatial community within their respective states. This allows our sponsors to effectively "get the word out" on new technologies and ideas. Our sponsors stay ahead of the game regarding what they have to offer and what will impact the states.
Please take a moment to review the information about NSGIC sponsorship levels and associated benefits. The benefits of NSGIC sponsorship are far reaching and will position your firm to be more proactive to the needs of state government and statewide GIS activities. We look forward to hearing from you regarding your interest in NSGIC membership and sponsorship in the very near future. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact any of our NSGIC Officers or Board Members for assistance. Thanks again for your consideration and we hope to hear from you soon.