The NYS GIS Association

Regional Map represents the interests of the entire geospatial community within New York and is the premier statewide professional organization for GIS and related industries. The Association is uniquely positioned to advocate in the state and nationally on issues of importance to the GIS industry (e.g., legislation and funding), reach out to sister organizations in other professions in building strong collaborations, and provide a statewide forum for advancing our profession through shared experiences, learning and training. Downloadable brochure (PDF).

NYGeoCon 2015

nygeocon2015logo100SAVE THE DATES: October 28-30, 2015 at the Hilton Albany in Albany, NY. Registration now open on website During NYGeoCon – Oct 29, 1:10 – 2:30 PM NYS GIS Association Annual Meeting (Voting – must be a member in good standing for at least 30 days prior to meeting to vote)


Individual Awards Program is OPEN!

blue_ribbon_150x214 As in the past the Association is soliciting nominations in three categories:

  • Lifetime Achievement
  • GIS Champions
  • Annual Contributions to the Profession

Nominations should not take more than 30 minutes. All submissions will be recognized and all nominators will receive a small token of appreciation for participating. Download a Nomination Form today. Questions about the formal procedures can also be found in the Procedure Document.  Don’t hesitate to contact any member of the Awards committee or directly to the Committee Chair directly or check out our Committee page for more information. The deadline for submissions is Tuesday September 15, 2015.

GIS Applications Sought for Award

Gold TrophyThe NYS GIS Association is running a new award program this year – the GIS Applications Award.  Writing up an application should not take more than 30 minutes!

We are not looking for extended documentation, and the applications do not need to be brand new ones. We encourage the submission of oldies but goodies as long as they are still in use.

Your GIS application can be anything from improving a workflow using out-of-the-box tools to a detailed web application for data viewing or collecting. It might be used by any number of people, from a single individual to an entire enterprise. So an application is not just something you download or code you install, it’s the use of geospatial technology that matters.

All nominations must be made using the official submission form which can be downloaded from the Awards Committee page. You can also find more guidance there on the program and preparing a submission. All nominators will receive a small token of appreciation from the Association for participating.

IMPORTANT: If you would like some help getting your submission put down in writing, the Awards Committee members are available to assist you. Don’t hesitate to contact the Committee Chair Ben Houston or any one of the members of the committee with questions or for help with the form.

The deadline for submissions is Tuesday September 15, 2015.

Emerging GIS

oldMapThe NYS GIS Association is pleased to announce that it has received a generous $10,000 grant from the Fund For the City of New York to determine the GIS needs and resources in local government throughout New York State. We look forward to furthering our mission to support development of GIS throughout New York State by embarking on this new endeavor. If you are interested in participating as an active volunteer on the project team, please contact Susan Nixson, president NYS GIS Association, at with Grant Project Team in the subject line.

Latest Association News

NYS Geospatial Advisory Council strategic planning session

Hello NYS GISers! The NYS Geospatial Advisory Council is preparing for our upcoming strategic planning session, and we would like to know what issues are important to you. The Council exists to guide activities at the state level, by providing input from New York... read more

New Jobs Added!

New jobs have been added to the NYS GIS Association website.  Visit the GIS Job Postings page to view GIS jobs.  The NYS GIS Association is your source for GIS jobs! read more

Jobs in New England

Looking for a job in New England?  New jobs have been added to the NYS GIS Association website. Visit the GIS Job Postings page to view newly posted jobs in VT and MA. read more

UNA Offers Online GIS Analyst Certificate Program

University of North Alabama Continuing Education is proud to offer the UNA Online GIS Analyst Certificate Program. Registration is now underway! Call 256-765-4862 to register by phone or register online at (select GIS Analyst Certificate... read more
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New Member Benefit

Tuition Discount! Association membership now entitles members to a 10% registration discount on classes associated with the new GIS Certificate Program at Purchase College starting Fall 2015. For more information, contact Sam Wear at

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Upcoming Events


September 2015

ArcGIS Pro Demystified: A Seminar

09:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Come find out what the fuss is all about Fountains Spatial 137 Jay Street Schenectady, NY 12305 You’ve been an ArcGIS for Desktop user for…

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With the rapid pace of developments and changes in Geospatial Technologies, it is very hard to stay current. I appreciate that the NYS GIS Association provides many ways to stay informed with webinars, tutorials and meetings such as the NYGeoCon and NY GeoSpatial Summit. As someone who is the sole GIS support for my organization, this helps me to feel connected to the larger community of geospatial professionals. As an educator, I appreciate the opportunity students are given to present at the NYS GIS Association’s professional meetings. Carol Cady

St. Lawrence University

Becoming a member of the NYS GIS Assoc. is one of the best things I’ve done for my career! Events such as the summit and annual conference help provide critical professional connections as well as some good friendships while keeping me up-to-date with recent developments in the industry and across the state. Mike Schifferli