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March 3rd, 2009
Homeland Security GIS Summit Is a Forum for Meeting the Mission with Geography

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As mission requirements in homeland security become more complex—with resources stretched and public expectations high—it’s essential to learn how to meet the mission and bridge these challenges. The 2009 ESRI Homeland Security GIS Summit is a tremendous opportunity for people tasked with meeting these requirements to learn how to fully leverage geographic information system (GIS) technology. The summit will take place at the San Diego Marriott Hotel and Marina in California, July 11–14, the weekend before the 2009 ESRI International User Conference.

Federal, state, and local government personnel, as well as public safety professionals and staff in the private sector, are encouraged to attend. Commanders, first responders, GIS specialists, executives, and anyone else interested in exploring the latest in geospatial technology, applications, and methodologies for mission-critical decisions will find the summit to be an excellent resource. As the only geospatial conference dedicated to homeland security, the event is a must.

Ronald Rasmussen, a lieutenant with the Seattle Police Department and attendee at the 2008 ESRI Homeland Security GIS Summit, said “There’s a broad range of sessions that cover many of the homeland security perspectives and discuss using GIS to enhance the ability to effectively address issues in this space.”

Attendees will find out firsthand how to leverage the geographic advantage in their agencies. From discovering how to use GIS to gain a tangible return on investment to seeing how to increase information collaboration for improved decision making, the broad range of sessions and activities is geared to helping participants return to work ready to implement proven strategies. The summit is also a great way to connect with colleagues using GIS including representatives from other agencies, thought leaders, and industry experts.

“We’ll work closely with attendees to support their needs and help them achieve success,” said Russ Johnson, public safety manager, ESRI. “Leading GIS experts will be on hand to demonstrate how they are using GIS as a solution framework that meets mission- specific requirements. Most important, the summit is a chance for us to learn from each other. The people at the conference make it successful.”

The deadline to register is May 22. A limited number of special group rate rooms are available through the ESRI Housing Bureau. These special rates are only guaranteed through June 8 or until the room block sells out. To find out more and register for the ESRI Homeland Security GIS Summit, visit www.esri.com/hssummit.

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