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Thursday, February 26


Open Source, Open Discussion
Open Source, Open Discussion will follow an open Q&A format. The panelists will speak briefly about their background and experience with open source technology and data, then the floor will be open for general or technical discussions. If you are just getting started with open source solutions or curious about all of the open source buzz, this discussion should be on target and informative. Attendees with more open source experience may be interested in exchanging development or implementation recommendations.

         Ralph Dell GISP
         Randal Hale
         Jason Hibbets
         Dr. Helena Mitasova GISP

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Jennifer Moore Myers

Resource Information Specialist, USDA Forest Service
Jennifer Moore Myers is a Resource Information Specialist with Eastern Forest Environmental Threat Assessment Center in the USDA Forest Service Southern Research Station. Her work includes geospatial analysis, database management, web development, and technology transfer activities... Read More →

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Dr. Helena Mitasova, GISP

Professor at the Department of Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences, and Center for Geospatial Analytics, North Carolina State University
Dr. Mitasova is a Professor in the Department of Marine, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences and a member of the Geospatial Science and Technology Faculty at the Center for Geospatial Analytics at the North Carolina State University. She is a member of the OSGeo Foundation and the Open... Read More →

Ralph Dell, GISP

Programmer/Analyst, Catawba County GIS
One of my responsibilities is the design, development and maintenance of our GIS web pages. We use Open Source software tools on our pages. For our mapping sites we use OpenLayers and jquery on the client side, and Goeserver postgis and Apache web server on the server side. We started... Read More →
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Randy Hale

Owner, North River Geographic Systems, Inc.
Randy is the owner of North River Geographic Systems. Specializing in all this geospatial. He enjoys long walks on the beach, laughter, and working with the Free and Open Source GIS Community. NRGS is also business partners with Fulcrum. So - if you've ever had a question on Mobile... Read More →
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Jason Hibbets

Senior community architect, Red Hat
Jason Hibbets is a senior community architect at Red Hat. He is a mash-up of a community manager and project manager and can be found on Twitter: @jhibbets.Jason is the author of a book called The foundation for an open source city--a resource for cities and communities interested... Read More →

Thursday February 26, 2015 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Room 305 A/B


Unmanned Aircraft Systems: What the GIS Community Needs to Know (AICP)
There’s a new technology we have to race to catch up with – what are the policy decisions we need to be thinking of?

Local government and commercial interests see opportunity for using UAS to assist with all sorts of activities - emergency management, damage assessment, economic development, land use planning, property tax assessment, etc. When does this become an invasion of privacy and how can we balance the competing interests? As with mineral rights, who "owns" the airspace above my home? Add the public awareness - what you can't see from the ground, what's your neighbor doing? Why are you looking over my fence?

         Kyle Snyder
         Krissy Culler
         Gary Thompson
         Bobby Walston
         Craig Mix

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Tim Johnson

Director, NC Center for Geographic Information and Analysis
Tim is the Director of the North Carolina Center for Geographic Information and Analysis (NC CGIA). NC CGIA is the lead state agency for GIS under the NC Department of Information Technology. He manages agency operations and provides staff support to the NC Geographic Information... Read More →

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Krissy Culler

Deputy State CIO for Administration and Finance, State of NC
Krissy oversees the Administration & Finance Division (AFD), which focuses on the day-to-day business of running OITS, including Finance, core IT functions, and administrative activities. She was most recently a division director for Navy Cyber Forces, where she led cross-functional... Read More →
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Col. Craig Mix

Director, Homeland Security, Trimble Navigation
Craig Mix is the Dir. of Homeland Security for Trimble Navigation.  Trimble was one of the first companies to attain its 333 Exemption from the FAA and is a leader in the UAS field.  COL Mix is currently a US Army Reservist, a former Blackhawk pilot and a Desert Shield/Storm Ve... Read More →
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Kyle Snyder

Director, NCSU NextGen Air Transportation
In 2012 Kyle returned home to North Carolina to lead the development of an Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Ecosystem as part of an effort to transition the state to a modern air transportation system.  Through his experiences in industry, academia, government, and the non-profit... Read More →
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Gary Thompson

Chief, North Carolina Geodetic Survey
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Bobby Walston

Director of Aviation, NC Dept. of Transportation
Mr. Walston is responsible for all aviation functions regarding state system planning, airport and aviation system development, and programs that provide funding and resources to communities for constructing and improving airports throughout North Carolina.  He also oversees the... Read More →

Thursday February 26, 2015 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Room 305 A/B
Friday, February 27


Open Data: Public and Personal Perspectives (AICP)
Local governments build and supply many datasets that are used commercially. Private industry, utilities, and commercial mapping companies are large consumers of local data. A better system of public/private data sharing is needed to benefit all users of GIS data. This will be a guided panel discussion on data sharing between public and private organizations.

  • Utilities Perspective
             Rob Floyd, Amy Barron

  • Commercial Perspective
             Travis Franz

  • Local Government Perspective
             Julie Stamper, Ralph Forbes


John Gallimore

GIS and Public Safety Administrator, Davie County GIS

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Ralph Forbes

GIS Manager, Pitt County
Mr. Forbes has been employed with Pitt County Government for the past 29 years, serving as Pitt County’s GIS Manager for the last 24 of those years. He was instrumental in helping to create one of the first centralized GIS county governments in the State of North Carolina and in... Read More →
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Travis Franz, GISP

Project Lead, HERE
Travis has been with HERE (formerly known as NAVTEQ) for 10 years and has spent the bulk of his time there involved in map maintenance activities and strategies related to third-party data acquisition and ingestion. He currently oversees core map local data acquisition activities... Read More →
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Rob Floyd, GISP

GIS Landbase Administrator, Piedmont Natural Gas
I have been working as the GIS Landbase Administrator at Piedmont Natural Gas since 2011. I’m originally from Lexington, NC and I got my BA in Geography from East Carolina University. I currently live in Stallings, North Carolina with my wonderful wife and 3 kids.

Amy Barron, GISP

GIS Strategist, Duke Energy
For undergraduate and graduate school Amy attended the University of South Carolina. She has worked in both the public and private sector before landing at Duke Energy in Charlotte. She spent the first five years at Duke Energy in the Transmission Engineering Group where she used... Read More →

Julie Stamper

GIS Coordinator, Pasquotank County
Julie has been the GIS Coordinator for Pasquotank County for 14 years. She has a BS in Computer Science from Purdue University and won the G Herb Stout for Visionary Use of GIS in 2007 and was named one of the 50 Leaders to Watch by GPS World.

Friday February 27, 2015 8:30am - 10:00am
Room 305 A/B


Statewide Master Address Database
This panel will discuss the main aspects and challenges in North Carolina for address data consolidation at the State and Local Government levels. This session will also explore avenues for improved address data processing and sustainable maintenance in accordance with new addressing standards and current needs. Panelists will provide their experience and views from NC CGIA’s AddressNC 2014 consolidation and Forsyth County’s address management system.

         Luis Carrasco
         Joseph Sloop


Benjamin Shelton

GIS Analyst, NC Center for Geographic Information and Analysis


Luis Carrasco, Ph.D., GISP

Spatial Analyst, NC Center for Geographic Information and Analysis
Dr. Luis Carrasco has extensive professional and academic experience in geospatial analysis and environmental impact assessment. In an earlier life, Luis conducted environmental studies for energy projects in Peru before starting graduate studies at North Carolina State University... Read More →

Joseph Sloop

Geographic Information Officer, Forsyth County

Friday February 27, 2015 8:30am - 10:00am
Room 301 A/B


Professional Groups
A panel of representative from a number of different GIS related professional groups and organizations will speak about their group, what they do, who they are for, and how to join.

         Doug Newcomb, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo)
         Kevin Locklear, NC Property Mappers Association (NCPMA)
         Amy Barron, NC ArcGIS Users Group (NCAUG)
         Kristin Michel, Carolina chapter of the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (CURISA)
         Chris Koltyk, NC Local Government Information Systems Association (NCLGISA)
         Nancy Ross, Charlotte Metro GIS User Group
         Bryan Townsend, Geospatial Administrators Assoc. of SC (GAASC)


Dawn Perry

GIS Project Coordinator, Orange County Tax Administration
Dawn Perry has been working in the GIS mapping world for the last 17 years, mostly as a local government employee. She has been an active member of the NCPMA, serving on the Program Committee, Location Committee, and Certification Committee. 


Amy Barron, GISP

GIS Strategist, Duke Energy
For undergraduate and graduate school Amy attended the University of South Carolina. She has worked in both the public and private sector before landing at Duke Energy in Charlotte. She spent the first five years at Duke Energy in the Transmission Engineering Group where she used... Read More →

Kristin Michel, GISP

Crime Analysis Unit, Management Analyst, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department
Kristin Michel is an analyst for the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department. Previously, she was a GIS Analyst for the City of New Orleans and worked in the Emergency Operations Center through the Hurricane Katrina recovery.

Chris Koltyk, GISP

CIO, City of Jacksonville
Chris Koltyk has MPA from Appalachian State University and MSE in International Trade from Gdansk University, Poland. Koltyk is currently serving as a CIO for the City of Jacksonville, NC. He has worked in Catawba County and Moore County, NC where he was involved in GIS development... Read More →
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Nancy Ross, GISP

Planning & GIS Specialist III, City of Gastonia
Nancy Ross is a GIS Specialist with over 27 years of experience in local and regional GIS. She has been with the City of Gastonia for almost 10 years and specialized in using GIS in Planning but works with every City department and the public. She has been the Chairperson for the... Read More →
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Kevin Locklear

Property Mapping Supervisor, Wake County GIS
Kevin is the 2015 President of the North Carolina Property Mappers Association.  He has served on the NCPMA executive committee as Treasurer, Secretary, Vice President and President Elect.  Kevin has also served on various committees throughout the organization including chairing... Read More →
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Doug Newcomb

Cartographer, US Fish and Wildlife Service
Lidar, Open Source Geospatial Software, Endangered Species
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Bryan Townsend

GIS Manager, York County
As GIS Manager of York County since 2001, I am responsible for all things GIS in County Government. This role includes fostering the vision and strategies for the GIS division (while aligning with the County strategic plan), managing the division’s daily operations, serving as... Read More →

Friday February 27, 2015 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Room 305 A/B