Below is the current list of NYS GIS Association Committees. If you would like to volunteer for a committee, please contact the appropriate Committee Chair.  The NYS GIS Association also supports Professional Affiliations, see detailed description below.

Awards To manage an annual awards program on behalf of the New York State GIS Association in order to recognize achievement, innovation, and contributions to our profession, and help foster a strong community of GIS Professionals in New York State.

Communications The Communications Committee manages and disseminates information that represents part of the public face of the New York State GIS Association (NYSGISA).

Education Supports the NYS GIS Association in meeting the educational needs of its membership and fostering GIS education across New York State.

External Development To establish external relations with professional associations, universities and colleges, private firms, public entities and vendors by working to develop a better public image for their GIS work.

Geospatial Summit 2014 To put on the best and most informative Geospatial Summit for GIS Professionals in New York State.

Governmentnew To engage government entities on behalf of the NY State GIS Association to promote and influence GIS employment standards and education in the public sector, and to elevate GIS and GIS professionals in government service.



To protect and promote the interests of the State’s geospatial community by reviewing proposed legislative initiatives and providing appropriate input.

Membership Encourage users of Geospatial technology from all backgrounds to join and participate in the Association. To ensure member’s user experience is of the highest quality and benefit. Also, in conjunction with other committees of the Association, strive in all efforts to continue membership growth.

NYGeoCon 2015 To put on the best and most informative state conference for GIS Professionals in New York State.

Professional Development Provide training, guidance, and assistance to the members of the NYS GIS Association at all levels of expertise in an effort to further their knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of the many geospatial technologies and solutions that are available.

Regional Coordination Work to improve collaboration, cooperation and mutual support between the NYS GIS Association and NYS Regional GIS Groups. The NYS GIS Association recognizes that its regional partners are critical to the success of GIS in the State and understands that by helping to strengthen them, it will also be strengthened.

Professional Affiliation Groups

Professional Affiliation Groups (PAGs) are groups of NYS GIS Association members in good standing who wish to join together to pursue professional interests focused on areas where GIS technology is employed. While NYS GIS Association members are always free to join together for any purposes they desire, the formation of an officially sanctioned and recognized PAG requires approval by the NYS GIS Association Board of Directors.

Who May Join: Members in good standing in the NYS GIS Association. Members are free to join as many affiliation groups as they wish.
Organization of Affiliation Groups: A PAG may be formed in a number of ways including through the organizing efforts of a NYS GIS Association Board Member or the initiative of one or more NYS GIS Association members. Those seeking to form an affiliation group may reach out to the entire NYS GIS Association membership to identify those who might be interested in joining.

Leadership: After NYS GIS Association members interested in joining a PAG are identified, those members will come together to elect, by majority vote, a Point of Contact (POC) – or interim leader – to the Association Board. Following formal recognition of the PAG by the NYS GIS Association Board, the PAG will elect a Chair. Elections of a Chair for each PAG will take place annually. At this time the Board places no limits on how many annual terms a PAG Chair may serve.

Formal Recognition of PAG: Once members interested in joining a PAG are identified and a POC is elected, the group may formally apply for official status with the NYS GIS Association by submitting the following:

  1. Name and contact information for elected POC.
  2. Names of NYS GIS Association members who have indicated their interest in forming a PAG.
  3. Statement of Purpose that outlines the goals, objectives and planned activities of the PAG of no more than two pages in length.
  4. Once these items are submitted to the President of the NYS GIS Association, they will be distributed to Board Members for review and vote.

Obligations of PAG to NYS GIS Association: Each PAG will be expected to do the following as recognized entities within the NYS GIS Association.

  1. Democratically elect a Chair to work with other NYS GIS Association leadership.
  2. Maintain a page on the Association website where their statement of purpose, membership and leadership will be kept up to date.
  3. Post their activities on their web page and on the Association calendar.
  4. Hold at least two conference calls with members annually and post minutes of those meetings.
  5. Provide an annual report to the Board.
  6. PAGs will collaborate with other Association Committees. For example: PAGs should monitor legislation affecting their area of interest and work with the Legislative Committee as necessary.
  7. PAG Chairs must regularly attend meetings called by the Chair of the PAG Committee who will be appointed by the NYS GIS Association President.
  8. PAGs will offer to provide at least one educational webinar annually to the membership of the Association on a subject of general interest.
  9. PAGs will support NYS GIS Association efforts to increase NYS GIS Association membership by working collaboratively with the Association’s Membership Chair, and will encourage attendance at NYSGISA Summits and Conferences.

Obligations of NYS GIS Association to PAG: PAGs can expect the following support from NYS GIS Association

  1. The NYS GIS Association will form a Committee of all PAG Chairs and appoint a Chair of the PAG Committee. The Committee Chair will conduct at least two conference calls annually to coordinate PAG activities and to identify ways to better support PAGs.
  2. PAGs will be entitled to all the services now being offered to NYSGISA Regional Groups. By June 2015, the NYS GIS Association will have produced a Resources Guide customized to the needs of PAGs based on input from PAGs. Resources available to PAGs will include:
    1. Free access to Association webinar, conference call, survey monkey and other tools.
    2. Presence of NYS GIS Association leaders on PAG calls and at PAG meetings as requested.
    3. Consideration by NYS GIS Association leaders of policy recommendations made by PAGs.
    4. Consideration by NYS GIS Association leaders of requests for financial support for key PAG initiatives.
    5. Support for PAG efforts involving collaboration with other Association committees and groups.
    6. Assistance in posting information to the NYS GIS Association website, and provision on the website for a PAG page.

Withdrawal of Recognition from a PAGs: The NYS GIS Association Board of Directors may vote to withdraw its recognition a PAG if it finds the PAG has been seriously deficient in meeting its obligations to the NYS GIS Association, or if the PAG operates in a way that is determined by the Board to be detrimental to the Association as a whole.