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  • February 21, 2024 12:00 AM | Marvin Davis (Administrator)

    Nominations Now Accepted for WVAGP 2024 Board of
    Directors Election

    It’s WVAGP election season, and we want your input on nominations for the Board of Directors! Please fill out this 2-minute survey to share the names of colleagues and friends that you see as leaders or future leaders in the WV GIS community, and yes — self-nominations are welcome. This is a great opportunity to step up and get involved!

    This year, there are six members that are up for re-election. Eric Bess, Hussein Elkhansa, Aaron Ferrari, Meryl Friedrich, Jessica Gormont, and Jennings Starcher. 

     

    Submit Your Nomination

     

    Nominations Due March 1, 2024

    What is the Board of Directors?
    An 11-member group elected by the WVAGP membership to actively pursue the association’s mission to bring together and build the geospatial community into a cohesive, recognized coordinating body that facilitates the use, development, sharing, and management of geospatial data, and communicates the value of geospatial information to citizens and decision-makers.

    What does a board member do?
    Attend a monthly virtual meeting to discuss and vote on association affairs and participate in committee service such as conference planning, scheduling GIS training courses, communication and outreach, organizing elections, strategic planning, and more. The membership term lasts from July 1, 2024 to June 30, 2026.

    Didn’t we just do this last year?
    Yes! In order to keep the WVAGP leadership dynamic and engaged, elections are open for five members in odd-numbered years and six members in even-numbered years. Our association values new voices and perspectives, and welcomes the nomination of anyone with an interest to get involved.

    What’s in it for me?
    Board membership is a great way to serve the GIS community in West Virginia and help make the WVAGP the best that it can be. And if you’re working on your GISP certification, board service earns points towards your portfolio!

    Questions or feedback may be submitted in the Elections Feedback Form.

    Additionally, the WV GeoCon Program Committee would like to remind all members that registration is now open for WV GeoCon 2024! Early Bird Registration ends April 15, click here to learn more!


  • January 24, 2024 7:49 PM | Marvin Davis (Administrator)

    Today, we had a solid turnout to our first GIS Day at the Capitol in 5 years. There were lots of photos taken along with a great write-up by WVPBS. Links below!

    Photos: https://westvirginialegislature.zenfolio.com/p497405067

    Article from WVPBS: https://wvpublic.org/geospatial-professionals-raise-awareness-about-their-field/

    WV PBS has yesterday's "Legislature Today" program posted on YouTube and it has the interview with our State GIS Coordinator, Taryn, and Vice President, Meryl. The segment begins at about 8:14 into the program.

    https://youtu.be/Z23qSxy2rYc

    We found this to be a very positive experience today and hope to do it again in 2025. If you are interested in leading the effort for next year, please contact Secretary Ferrari at wvagpsecretary@gmail.com.

  • January 20, 2024 6:16 PM | Marvin Davis (Administrator)

    Link to Obituary Page

    Craig Allan Neidig obituary, Charleston, WV

    Craig Allan Neidig of Charleston, WV passed away unexpectedly from natural causes on Sunday, January 14, 2024. He was 67. Craig was born on November 27, 1956, and grew up in Northumberland, PA. He was the son of Howard and Betsy (Hendershot) Neidig, who both preceded him in death.

    A 1974 graduate of Shikellamy High School in Sunbury, PA, Craig excelled in academics, was an outstanding art student, and performed in the musical South Pacific. After graduating, he moved to Harrisburg to work at Bell Telephone before heading to college at the University of Pittsburgh, beginning at the Bradford campus. At Pitt, he obtained his certificate in Latin American Studies and went on a cultural trip to Guatemala as a research assistant, an experience he always remembered fondly. He earned a BA in Anthropology from Pitt and obtained his MA in Geography and a non-degree PhD in Anthropology from the University of Illinois - Urbana Champaign.

    After graduating with his MA, Craig worked in the construction engineering research lab for the Army Corps of Engineers in Champaign before relocating to West Virginia in 1995. While working for the Army Corps of Engineers, he had the opportunity to participate in an archaeological excavation in Mississippi as part of a mapping project. Craig served as the state's first Geographic Information Systems Coordinator. He was named Chairman of the WV Statewide Addressing and Mapping Board, a governor-appointed board, for 5 years. Craig left his position with the state of WV in 2007, to work for the federal government at the US Geological Survey as a National Map Liaison. As a liaison, he promoted communication and coordination between the USGS national geospatial program with state and other federal agency programs. He retired from USGS in 2021 after almost 17 years.

    Craig and his wife Shelly were married on May 30, 2004. They shared an enjoyment of music and travelled frequently to attend concerts by their favorite artists. He loved good coffee, appreciated great food, and liked to cook. His favorite meals consisted of foods that reminded him of the Pennsylvania Dutch and Amish dishes he grew up eating. Craig enjoyed bird watching and had feeders in his yard to observe the different birds: his favorites were the pileated woodpeckers. Craig loved Evie, the family cat, who spent lots of time cuddling on his lap, providing much joy and comfort.

    Those left to cherish his memory include his loving wife Michelle "Shelly" (Mollett) Neidig; sister Laurie Neidig Adams and her husband Craig; brother Clay Neidig and his wife Jacque; stepson Ian Davis; niece Carrie Adams; nephew Trevor Adams; nephew Sean Neidig and his wife Blaine; nephew Evan Neidig and his wife Rebekah; other relatives, and many friends.

    A memorial service is planned for January 27 at 3 PM at The Cottage at Northgate, 400 Patterson Lane, Charleston WV.

    In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The American Heart Association (www.heart.org); the American Cancer Society (www.cancer.org); the National Audubon Society (www.audubon.org); or the National Park Foundation (www.nationalparks.org).

    To plant trees in memory, please visit the Sympathy Store.


  • January 17, 2024 9:39 PM | Marvin Davis (Administrator)

    Craig Neidig, a long-time colleague of many in West Virginia, passed away on January 14, 2024 in Charleston. He was the first West Virginia GIS Coordinator and instrumental in the beginning and growth of WVAGP. He will be missed by everyone who knew him and his family is in our thoughts.

    There will be a memorial service on January 27th at 3pm at The Cottage at Northgate (400 Patterson Ln, Charleston, WV 25311).

    Link to Craig's Obituary

    WVAGP plans to honor Craig at the 2024 WV GeoCon and would like to collect photos and stories about Craig for this effort. If you have anything you would like to share, please send them to President Marvin Davis or Secretary Aaron Ferrari.

  • November 14, 2023 9:23 PM | Barbara Maclennan (Administrator)

    APUS NAEP Chapter Celebration of GIS Day Each year our professional organization gets together to discuss ongoing and new applications of remote sensing and GIS in support of student learning and chapter projects.

    Host: American Public University System (APUS) National Association of Environmental Professionals (NAEP) - Environmental Science, Policy, and Management; School of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)

    Date: November 15, 2023

    Time: 13:00 - 14:00

    https://apusnaepstudentchapter.wordpress.com/

    This event is public.

    Online or in person: Online

    Event type: Webinar

    Intended audience: Adults (18 and older)


  • November 14, 2023 9:16 PM | Barbara Maclennan (Administrator)

    GIS Day to share the work of the GIS Section of WV Department of Transportation 
     Host: WVDOT - GIS Section

    Date: November 15, 2023 
    Time: 08:30 - 15:30  
    Website

    This event is public. 
    Online or in person: Online 
    Event type: Webinar 
    Intended audience: Adults (18 and older) 


  • November 10, 2023 8:00 PM | Marvin Davis (Administrator)

    We have the recording of our 2023 Fall Meeting morning session posted to YouTube. If you would like to rewatch it, click here.

    Recap

    • All four proposed bylaw amendments were passed by the membership during the Special Business Meeting. The changes are: 
    1. Dues will be set by the Board of Directors annually going forward by January 1st, applicable for April 1st to March 31st. The student discount is now applicable to any student taking 6 or more credit hours per semester, and the discount has been increased to 75% off of the Professional dues rate.
    2. Failure to pay membership dues by 90 days after April 1 (which will be June 30th) will result in the member being dropped from the roster. This changes from the start of the annual membership meeting, which was never held on the same date.
    3. The Board of Directors has framework to temporarily reduce or eliminate dues for future emergencies that would cause a hardship on members, along with how those reductions or eliminations will end.
    4. The Strategic Operations Committee is now upgraded to Standing Committee status. This committee had existed as a Special Committee for roughly two years.
    • WVAGP released the logo and branding for the 2024 WV GeoCon. The branding is shown in the recording, and will be distributed in the next mass email.
    • The WV State GIS Steering Committee had its first gathering as new GIS Coordinator, Taryn Moser, wanted to get feedback on how to best proceed with the Steering Committee, Policy Board, and Strategic Plan.

    We hope to see you in May 2024 for WV GeoCon!

  • November 10, 2023 9:35 AM | Barbara Maclennan (Administrator)

    The free National Academy of Sciences webinar "The Geospatial Workforce CRISIS: A Diversity of Pathways Forward" will focus on barriers & opportunities to preparing government + industry for the geospatial careers of the FUTURE. Registration, virtual or in person: https://lnkd.in/gpqum-uF

  • November 10, 2023 9:28 AM | Barbara Maclennan (Administrator)

    Celebrate GIS Day with the first showing of Gene Del Greco's newest GIS in the Movies and TV.  

    2 P.M. - 3:30 P.M. | Ruth Ann Musick Library, Room MMA and Virtual

    Free and Open to the Public 

    Link to be provided at: LIBRARY.FAIRMONTSTATE.EDU/GEOSAVVY

    First showing of GIS in Movies and TV: A deeper dive into geospatial technologies as depicted in the movies

    Created by: Gene Del Greco, GISP WVAGP, retired and Todd Tucky, Owner and Senior Consultant, Heartland GIS. Presented by Gene Del Greco, GISP.

    Moderated by Josh Revels, Education Outreach Specialist Katherine Johnson NASA IV&V ERC, and Fairmont State University.

    Discussion by Dr. Barb MacLennan, Assistant Professor of Geography, Department of Behavioral Sciences, Fairmont State University

  • October 26, 2023 9:04 PM | Marvin Davis (Administrator)

    We are currently accepting submissions for presentations for WV GeoCon 2024, to be held at the Embassy Suites in Charleston from May 13-16, 2024! This year's theme is "Bridging the Gaps" with a focus on Society & Culture, Environment & Conservation, Infrastructure & Technology, Planning & Economic Development, and Education & Engagement. We are soliciting for 15 and 30 minute presentations that fall into these areas of focus. Click here to submit your presentation!

    Presentation slots are open to all GIS users and related fields working within WV, including public and private sectors as well as academia! Submitters are welcome to submit multiple presentations for our proceedings. 

    The WVAGP Spatial Student Awards

    WVAGP is considering students age 18 or over and attending a higher education institution for the Spatial Student Awards. Candidates for the awards must present an exceptional presentation on a topic where geospatial technology played a role in solving a problem or issue that affects West Virginia. Award(s) will be revealed closer to the conference.

    Eligible candidates must meet the WVAGP Student Member criteria listed in the bylaws, present on their topic without a co-presenter, and can only submit one presentation for consideration. If you are interested in participating, follow the directions in the form to submit the required information.

    The top students selected via a panel of judges will be eligible for the following awards:

    First Place: Paid travel, lodging, and attendance to the 2024 ESRI User Conference in San Diego, California

    Second Place: $200 cash prize

    Third Place: $100 cash prize

    If you have any questions, please reach out to WVAGPConf@gmail.com. We look forward to your submissions!


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