Regional Mini-conferences

  • Major Points
    • 1 day in each region
      • NEPam Kelrick
      • NWJim LaScala, Tye Parsons
      • SEFrank Wideman, Stan Balsman, Steve Duke, Van Ayers
      • SW Curtis Copeland (City of Branson), ccopeland@cityofbranson.org
    • Schedule
      • Mornings – presentations
      • Afternoons – round table discussions
    • Mini-Conference needs to be specific to the individual regions
      • Discuss with local rep. what they want / need – We may be able to use information from the Data Development Survey to determine some of this
    • Roles
      • Local Gov will provide the lead for this project – Outreach and Education will provide support. Roles based on definitions of lead and support to be established before the next meeting.
      • Data Development subcommittee and Geospatial Extension (Nathan) want to be involved with conferences (possible others?)
  • Steps
    • Identify regions
      • Done
    • Identify local rep
      • Done, except for SW
    • Contact local rep.
      • Not done
    • In conjuction with LGov reps decide on
      • date
      • location
      • theme / focus for their mini-conference
    • Begin recruiting people to present / sit on round table
      • MGISAC, Local gov., Local agencies, Private companies, Educational institutions, etc.
    • Promote, Promote, Promote!
  • Notes
    • GIO should speak at all Regional Mini-Conferences if possible
    • Need to establish if there will be a cost for attendance
  • Questions for Local Reps to Consider
    • What are your goals for this conference?
    • When?
    • Potential attendance?
    • Where will it be held?
    • What do you want the theme / focus to be?
    • Food?
      • Snacks? Breakfast? Lunch?
    • Estimated cost? (less is better)
      • For participants and / or for hosting party
    • What audience do you want to play to / focus on?
    • Invitations? Yes
      • Format (paper, email, both, fliers)? yes
    • Round table? Format important here
      • Specific Issue? Our issue is – how to best illustrate where they can get assistance on a broad range of GIS issues – everything from technical solutions to training. They will hopefully have several issues of their own.
      • Who sits on it?
      • How many?
    • Any specific speakers / talks you want presented? See specific issue

I think that we would get better participation from the Advisory Committee if they aren’t all lumped close together. We’ll see if that’s possible once the individual regions begin to set timelines (better we set the general timeline ie one event per quarter and offer a quarter to each region likely well be working with NE and SW first whove already expressed interest).