GIS in Action 2019 has ended
Welcome to the 27th annual GIS in Action Conference!

GIS technology and professionals are at work around the clock to support our basic needs and our livelihoods. From directing emergency responders to the scene of an accident, to synchronizing trading on Wall Street, to building 5G networks that support self-driving cars, geospatial data and technology helps us understand our environment and improves the quality of our lives.

Whether you are a LiDAR analyst working on risk mitigation, a wildlife biologist conducting habitat assessment, or an economic policy advisor modeling for financial stability, the geospatial approach provides a lens to illuminate and advance our diverse interests and goals.

We are excited to have you join us at this year’s GIS In Action conference. For our keynote, Sisinnio Concas, Ph.D., Program Director for the Center for Urban Transportation Research, will share his insights into autonomous and connected vehicles and how new data sources are critical to developing smarter cars and smarter roads. Through the conference’s diverse sessions, workshops, and socials, you will have opportunities to learn and share with your colleagues and make new professional connections.

GIS in Action is a collaborative effort between the Oregon and Southwest Washington chapter of URISA and the Columbia River Region chapter of the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS). The value of the geospatial industry grows greater every year, and every year GIS In Action brings together talented, creative people to share what they’re working on. Let’s share our collective IQ, learn from one another, and build a stronger, more vibrant community. We look forward to meeting you!

Camille Westlake, President, ASPRS Columbia River Region
Molly Vogt, President, Oregon & SW Washington URISA

The conference takes place Monday, April 22nd and Tuesday, April 23rd in the 3rd floor ballroom at Smith Memorial Student Union on the Portland State University campus (1825 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97201 ).
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Monday, April 22 • 10:30am - 11:00am
The Road to the 2020 Census

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The Road to the 2020 Census 
Emily Day, U.S. Census Bureau
The U.S. Census Bureau’s Geographic Partnership Programs provide tribal, state, and local governments an opportunity to review and update the addresses and boundaries the Census Bureau has for their communities. This authoritative local data completes the Census Bureau’s geographic framework for data collection, tabulation, and dissemination, and is vital to the success of the 2020 Census, the American Community Survey, and many other censuses and surveys. This session will provide an overview and update of the 2020 Local Update of Census Addresses (LUCA) Operation, the 2020 Participant Statistical Areas Program (PSAP), the 2020 New Construction Program, the annual Boundary and Annexation Survey (BAS), and the 2020 Boundary Validation Program (BVP).

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Alexa Todd

GIS Specialist, Oregon Metro


Emily Day

Geographer, U.S. Census Bureau
Emily Day is a Geographer in the Partnership Communication and Outreach Branch at the U.S. Census Bureau headquarters in Suitland, MD. She focuses primarily on outreach for the Census Bureau's Geographic Partnership Programs. She holds a B.S. in Geography and Environmental Planning... Read More →

Monday April 22, 2019 10:30am - 11:00am PDT
Room 296/298