WLIA welcomes you to the 33rd Annual Conference at the Marriott Madison West, in Middleton, Wisconsin, February 19-21, 2020. 

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Wednesday, February 19

12:30pm CST

Wednesday Lunch
Wednesday lunch ($20)

Note: Lunch is automatically included at no extra charge if you register for two half-day paid workshops or one full-day workshop. 

Wednesday February 19, 2020 12:30pm - 1:30pm CST

12:30pm CST

WLIA Board and Board Nominees Lunch
Wednesday February 19, 2020 12:30pm - 1:30pm CST

6:00pm CST

The Wednesday opening event will include welcoming remarks from the City of Middleton Mayor Gurdip Brar followed by our “Casino Night” social event!

Casino Night Round 2 - We've Upped our Game!

Of course it wouldn’t be Casino Night without a Texas Hold’em Poker tournament, Euchre Tournament, and 2 Roulette tables available for the main games of the night. If interested in taking part in the Euchre tournament, please be sure to make note of this when registering for the conference or contact Ann Barrett. See the Rules for Casino Night for more details.

As part of the event, there will be raffle prizes offered. Everyone has a chance to win a prize, you’ll receive a raffle ticket & $1000 in poker chips upon entry to the event. Throughout the evening you have the opportunity to turn your poker chips into raffle tickets, along with purchasing additional raffle tickets

We welcome donations for raffle prizes. If you, your business or someone you know is able to donate prizes for the event, we would greatly appreciate your generosity!

Participation is free but extra chips will be sold to benefit the Damon Anderson Memorial Scholarship fund.

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Gurdip Brar

Mayor, City of Middleton

Tony Van Der Wielen

WLIA President-Elect

Wednesday February 19, 2020 6:00pm - 9:00pm CST
Thursday, February 20

8:00am CST

New Member Session
Who should attend?
First time conference attendees and anyone looking to learn more about WLIA are invited to this brief session.

Seasoned WLIA members will share their tips on how to get the most out of the conference experience as well as explain the various roles WLIA serves in the land information and GIS community.

Thursday February 20, 2020 8:00am - 8:30am CST
La Crosse & Milwaukee

8:00am CST

Registration (Lobby)
Thursday February 20, 2020 8:00am - 10:00am CST
Center Lobby

8:30am CST

Welcome and Keynote
Welcome and Awards recognition.
Keynote from Roger Kain

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Roger Kain

British Academy; University of London
Roger Kain is a Fellow of the British Academy, the UK’s national academy for the humanities and social sciences and its Vice-President (Research and Higher Education Policy).  He is Professor of Humanities in the School of Advanced Study, University of London and previously its... Read More →
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Peter Strand

WLIA President, Eau Claire County
My first encounter with GIS was as an undergraduate Environmental Studies & Biology major at Carthage College. I was blown away by this new technology. I knew immediately that GIS would dramatically grow in the future and I wanted to be a part of that growth. In 2005, I completed... Read More →

Tony Van Der Wielen

WLIA President-Elect

Thursday February 20, 2020 8:30am - 10:00am CST

12:00pm CST

Lunch and Scholarship awards
Thursday's lunch will also include recognition of the 2019 winners of the WLIA Foundation Damon Anderson Memorial Scholarships as well as an announcement about the WLIA Foundation Endowment Fund.

Thursday February 20, 2020 12:00pm - 12:30pm CST

12:30pm CST

It is a great honor to announce that Jack Dangermond, Founder and President of Environmental Systems Research Institute (Esri), is going to be our Thursday keynote speaker at WLIA’s 33rd Annual Conference in vibrant Middleton, WI.
Jack is a visionary, a leader and a philanthropist. He is the keystone of the digital mapping industry and his continued contributions have led to a ‘Geospatial Revolution”! Many of our careers trace back to Jack and his ability to think spatially to solve problems and achieve efficiencies that were never thought possible.
A landscape architect by training, Jack Dangermond founded Esri in 1969 with a vision that computer mapping and analysis could help us design a better future. Under Dangermond’s leadership, that vision has continued to guide Esri in creating cutting-edge GIS and Geodesign technologies used in every industry to make a difference worldwide.
Dangermond fostered the growth of Esri from a small research group to an organization recognized as the world leader in GIS software development, employing more than 4,000 people worldwide.  Many who shared his passion for GIS in the early days are still with the company and remain dedicated to helping their users be successful.
He is also well known for his charitable contributions. In 2017, he and his wife made the largest private donation to The Nature Conservancy ever, allowing for the purchase and protection of 24,000 acres of undeveloped California coastline.
I hope that you will join us in Middleton, the good neighbor city, to welcome Jack back to Wisconsin. I truly believe you will not want to miss this opportunity to hear him speak.

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Jack Dangermond

A landscape architect by training, Jack Dangermond founded Environmental Systems Research Institute (Esri) in 1969 with a vision that computer mapping and analysis could help us design a better future. Under Dangermond’s leadership, that vision has continued to guide Esri in creating... Read More →

Thursday February 20, 2020 12:30pm - 1:45pm CST

3:30pm CST

Map Gallery Opening
Please join us in the Convention Lobby on Thursday, Feb 20 at 3:30 PM for the Map Gallery Opening!

The WLIA Map Contest is a great opportunity to share your best work with others who appreciate quality cartography and innovation. On Friday at lunch, awards will be presented in each category, in addition to special awards.

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Colter Sikora

Broadband Mapping Coordinator, Public Service Commission of Wisconsin
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Grace White

Senior GIS Analyst, Legislative Technology Services Bureau

Thursday February 20, 2020 3:30pm - 4:00pm CST
Center Lobby
Friday, February 21

8:30am CST

Announcements and Keynote
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James Whitehorne

Chief, Census Redistricting & Voting Rights Data Office, US Census Bureau
James Whitehorne is the Chief of the Census Redistricting & Voting Rights Data Office where he manages the Redistricting Data Program and the Section 203 language determinations required by the Voting Rights Act.  He began his career at the US Census Bureau as a geographer in the... Read More →

Friday February 21, 2020 8:30am - 9:30am CST

12:00pm CST

Lunch, Awards, and Association Town Hall
The WLIA Annual Town Hall meeting will be conducted during Friday's lunch. The meeting will include the Annual Reports from WLIA Committees on actions of the Association and Task Forces, as well as discussion about activities and WLIA's future direction.

Friday's lunch will include recognition of the Map Contest winners, Awards winners, and announcement of the incoming WLIA Board of Directors.

Friday February 21, 2020 12:00pm - 1:30pm CST