Local Organizations, Committees and Conferences supporting topical information exchange for Mid-Atlantic Geospatial and Transportation professionals:

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Delaware Geographic Data Committee (DGDC)
A cooperative effort among government, the academic sector, and the private sector to build a Delaware GIS Community and improve the coordination of the use of GIS tools and spatial data in Delaware. Quarterly meetings held on the second Thursday of February, May, August, and November in Dover, DE.
Website Link | Twitter: @DelawareGIS | Subscribe to Email News List or RSS Feed

Delmarva GIS Conference
Organized and supported by staff from state agencies and universities in the Delmarva area, as well as regional and national GIS-focused corporations. Conference is usually held in late April in Dover, DE.
Website: | Facebook: DelmarvaGIS | Twitter: @Delmarva_GIS

Delaware Hazus User Group (DEHUG)

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County Engineers Association of Maryland


Maryland Association of Counties


Maryland HAZUS User Group (MDHUG)

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Maryland State Geographic Information Committee (MSGIC)
This group provides a way for Geographic Information System users in the state of Maryland to connect with each other and acts to promote coordinated development and efficient use of resources among all entities involved in the collection and/or use of spatial data and GIS technologies in Maryland. The group meets quarterly at various locations throughout the State.
Website: | Twitter: @MSGIC_MD | LinkedIn: MSGIC | Subscribe to Email List

TUgis: Maryland’s Geospatial Conference
Each year, members of the Maryland GIS community have come together to connect, share ideas and products, and develop new relationships. From lightning presentations and hands-on workshops to engaging panels and paper presentations, TUgis conference offers practitioners and technologists multiple ways to present their work to large audiences eager to participate. Over 25 TUgis conferences have been successfully hosted. From the opening plenary to the evening social, TUgis Conference connects the Maryland GIS community to new ideas and trends and offers ample opportunities to find ways to collaborate. The conference is usually held in early August at Towson University.

Western Maryland GIS User Group
This group sponsored by Esri and many of the local governments in Western Maryland meets three times a year, typically the third Friday of May, August, and November.
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New Jersey

Burlington County GIS Users Group
The User group meetings and email list is open to any and all persons who live or work within Burlington County and use or have an interest in GIS. The organization fosters interaction, communication, and cooperation among GIS users in Burlington County including collaborative efforts and data sharing across municipal boundaries. A meeting is held most every year at the County government offices in Mount Holly, NJ.
Website Link | To receive informational announcements, contact Merrilee Torres

Cross County Connection Transportation Management Association (CCC TMA)
A non-profit organization providing the solutions to complex transportation problems in the southern New Jersey region encompassing Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem counties.
Website: | Facebook: CCCTMA | Twitter: @CCCTMA

Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Urban & Regional Information Systems Association

A volunteer organization with a longstanding reputation for providing quality educational programs to the GIS community. It’s mission is to promote the profession of GIS by providing access to networking, new information and technology. The organization holds 2 Symposiums each year at various location in New Jersey as well as bi-annual conference in Atlantic City, NJ.
Website: | Twitter: @MACURISA

New Jersey Geospatial Forum (NJGF)
An open organization from all sectors of government (Federal, State, County, and Municipal), Regional Authorities/Metropolitan Planning Organizations, University/Colleges/K-12 educators and students, non-profit and non-government organizations, and private industry (land surveyors and contractors) sharing a common interest in geospatial technologies. The Forum’s executive committee establishes topical task forces to meet a defined set of goals over a specific period of time to help to provide input into data sets or geospatial issues important to all its constituency groups. Anyone can volunteer to participate on one or all active task forces and subscribe to the task force email lists. General meetings are held four times a year usually in Trenton, NJ. Task forces meet separately, as often as needed.
Website Link | Subscribe to Constituency Group or Task Force Email Lists

New Jersey TransAction Conference & Expo
Each year transportation management, directors, planners, engineers, grant writers, operators, elected officials, municipal, county and state representatives, consultants and administrators to attend NJ TransAction.  Attendees come from more than 32 states and 4 provinces of Canada.  The Conference offers 5-6 concurrent workshop sessions throughout each day specializing in bus, rail, roads, bridges, goods movement. pedestrian/bicycle, paratransit, community transportation, ports and much more. Many workshops sessions will be designated with NJ Planning AICP Credits AND NJ Engineering PDH Credits and TransConOpps will offer NY State Professional Engineer credits. The Conference & Expo is usually held annually in mid-April.
Website: | Twitter: NJTransAction

North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA)
The federally authorized Metropolitan Planning Organization for 6 million people in the 13-county northern New Jersey region (Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union and Warren counties). Each year, the authority oversees $2 billion in transportation improvement projects and provides a forum for interagency cooperation and public input.
Website: | Facebook: NJTPA | Twitter: @NJTPA | LinkedIn: NJTPA

South Jersey Transportation Planning Organization (SJTPO)
The Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) covering Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland, and Salem Counties in southern New Jersey.

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North Carolina

NC GIS Conference
This conference brings together professionals from across the State to share in their experiences and learn about current trends and technologies affecting the GIS community. Attracting over 1000 registrants for the last 30 years. This is a bi-annual conference held in February on odd number years.
Website: | Twitter: @NCGISconference

North Carolina ArcGIS Users Group (NCAUG)
A non-profit organization created to provide a forum for the exchange and distribution of knowledge, techniques, and data for people across North Carolina using and/or associated with software produced by the Environmental Systems Research Institute (Esri).

North Carolina Geographic Information Coordinating Council (NC GICC)
The Geographic Information Coordinating Council meets quarterly to provide direction and oversight for policies, plans, data standards, data sharing, strategies, and technical issues. Meetings may include technical presentations, reports on initiatives and opportunities, discussion of issues, and reports from standing and ad hoc committees and working groups.
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North Carolina HAZUS User Group (NCHUG)
The Group is comprised of a wide variety of North Carolina HAZUS practitioners (ranging from the casual enthusiast to the power user) and representatives of diverse disciplines – such as planning, first response, local government decision making, GIS analysis, emergency management and software development. The Group holds quarterly conference calls focused on the latest software developments and news. The Group also hosts a guest speaker, who will present their HAZUS project or related work to the group.
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North Carolina State Mapping Advisory Committee (SMAC)
The Committee meets quarterly on the third or fourth Wednesday in January, April, July and October to discuss opportunities and issues related to development, maintenance and sharing of priority datasets for North Carolina, including data standards, data discovery and access, and collaborative projects.
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North and South Carolina Chapter of the Urban & Regional information Systems Association (Carolina URISA or CURISA)
A non-profit association of professionals using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and other information technologies to solve challenges in state / provincial, regional and local government agencies and departments. It serve a membership representing the Geospatial, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Information Technology industries.

Triangle Area GIS (TAG)
A social networking organization for professionals who work with GIS in the Triangle region of North Carolina. TAG members can drive to have lunch or coffee with each other, and refer each other for local opportunities. TAG will provide news and announcements that affect the Triangle area GIS professionals.
Website: | Twitter: @TriangleAreaGIS

Western Piedmont Council of Governments (WPCOG)
This Regional Planning Organization (RPO) and Greater Hickory Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) serves 28 local government members in Alexander, Burke, Caldwell and Catawba Counties with professional, cost-effective assistance on a variety of local, regional, state and federal issues and programs. A Transportation Advisory committee (TAC) and a Technical Coordinating Committee (TCC) participate in transportation planning for both the RPO and the MPO. Regular joint meetings are held with RPO and MPO representatives along with the North Carolina Department of Transportation and the US Department of Transportation.
Website: | Facebook: WPCOG | Twitter: @WPCOG

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3 Rivers HAZUS User Group (3RiversHUG)
A forum for southwestern Pennsylvania public, private, and academic organizations that use HAZUS software and related technologies to develop public policy and programs for building disaster-resistant communities.
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Intelligent Transportation Society Pennsylvania (ITSPA)
A non-profit society of professionals dedicated to the development and deployment of Intelligent Transportation Systems in Pennsylvania.
Website: | Twitter: @ITSPennsyvania

Northwest Pennsylvania GIS Conference
The 17 year strong annual conference especially encourages presentations are in Emerging Technologies / Web & Mobile GIS in support of land change detection (UAV/UAS, Survey, & GPS) and Emergency Management: GIS role in preparedness, mitigation and remediation. It is usually held in October at Clarion University of Pennsylvania.
Website: | Facebook: Northwest-Pennsylvania-GIS-Conference

Pennsylvania GIS Conference
Whether you work in government, academia or the private sector, there is something for you at the PA GIS Conference. Each year, more than 250 GIS professionals from all parts of the Commonwealth gather in one place to network, to share experiences, to learn from one another and ask questions of industry experts. Conference in usually held in mid-May in State College, PA.
Website: | Twitter: @PAGISConf

Pennsylvania HAZUS Network (PennHAZUS)
A collection of HAZUS User Groups in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania that will assist HAZUS users.
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Pennsylvania Mapping and Geographic Information Consortium (PaMAGIC)
A not-for-profit organization that provides leadership and guidance in the establishment of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The organization has Regional Activity Groups (RAC) are where members can connect with and learn from other members in their part of the state.  There are 3 RAC: Southwest PA (Pittsburgh), Southeast PA (Suburban Philadelphia), and the Capital Region (Harrisburg).
Website: | Facebook: PaMAGIC | Twitter: @PaMAGIC |
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Pennsylvania State Geospatial Coordinating Board (GeoBoard)
The Act 178 of 2014 established the State Geospatial Coordinating Board (GeoBoard) within the Pennsylvania State Office of Administration to provide advice and recommendations to the Governor and the public on geospatial issues, uniform data standards, coordination and efficiency in geospatial policy and technology across different sectors. Quarterly meetings usually held on the third Monday of February, May, August, and November in Harrisburg, PA.
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Southeast Pennsylvania HAZUS User Group (SEPAHUG)

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Loudoun County GIS Forum

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Virginia Association for Mapping and Land Information Systems (VAMLIS)
A professional association in Virginia designed to provide educational and networking opportunities for professionals who have an interest in the mapping sciences in Virginia.
Website: | Facebook: VAMLIS | Twitter: @VAMLIS | LinkedIn: VAMLIS

Virginia Association of Planning District Commissions (VAPDC)


Virginia HAZUS User Group (VAHUG)

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Washington, DC

DC GIS Steering Committee
The Committee fosters communication and cooperation among the DC GIS stakeholder community including District agencies, federal agencies, non-profit, and private sector GIS users in the District of Columbia. It serves as the primary decision-making body to establish and implement DC GIS policies and standards. The Committee takes into account needs and resources while seeking multilateral input, participation and support in defining and approving GIS projects, setting priorities and working through timelines.
Website Link | Subscribe to receive information about future meetings

Esri Federal GIS Conference

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Federal Geographic Data Committee
An organized structure of Federal geospatial professionals and constituents that provide executive, managerial, and advisory direction and oversight for geospatial decisions and initiatives across the Federal government.

National Capitol Region HAZUS User Group (NCRHUG)
With membership from federal, local governments, educational institutions and private industry, the primary goal of the Group is to provide a platform to share projects, offer local technical support, and opportunities for new partnerships. The Group usually holds monthly calls on the Last Thursday of each month at 11am.
Website Link | LinkedIn Link

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West Virginia

West Virginia Association of Geospatial Professionals (MVAGP)


West Virginia State GIS Steering Committee
The Committee, chaired by the WV GIS Coordinator, works in collaboration with the GIS Policy Council and West Virginia’s GIS user community to provide active leadership in enhancing the state’s use of geospatial technology. The Committee has a newly formalized membership of GIS representatives from West Virginia state agencies, local government, the academic, federal, and private sectors, and a representative from the West Virginia Association of Geospatial Professionals.
Website Link | Contact the WV State GIS Coordinator, Tony Simental

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Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC)
The federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization for a diverse nine-county Greater Philadelphia Region overlapping two states: Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia in Pennsylvania; and Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, and Mercer in New Jersey. The Commission dedicated to uniting the region’s elected officials, planning professionals and the public with a common vision of making a great region even greater. DVRPC builds consensus on improving transportation, promoting smart growth, protecting the environment and enhancing the economy.
Website: | Facebook: DVRPC | Twitter: @ DVRPC

Esri Mid-Atlantic User Group (Esri-MUG)
A multi-disciplinary organization with a membership base of users applying Esri Geographic Information System technology and applications in both private and public areas.  The group is committed to assisting members within its 121,000 square mile geographical extent (Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, Maryland, District of Columbia, Virginia, and West Virginia) to identify and educate users regarding GIS trends, Esri product development, local/regional applications, and events of interest.
Website: EsriMUG

Information Resources Exchange Group (IREG)
A forum to discuss the creation, use, and exchange of planning-related information in the Delaware Valley region, as defined by the 28-county extended data service area of the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (Kent and New Castle counties in the State of Delaware; Cecil and Harford counties in the State of Maryland; Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean, Salem, Somerset, and Warren counties in the State of New Jersey; and Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lancaster, Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia, and York counties in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania). Membership includes over 90 organizations representing local, county, state, regional and federal agencies and governments, data centers and affiliates, universities & academic institutions, regional utilities and not-for-profit organizations. Quarterly meeting are usually held on the 1st or 2nd Wednesday of March, June, September and December in Philadelphia, PA.
Website Link | To receive meeting announcements, contact Chris Pollard

Mid-Atlantic Section of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (MASITE)
This Section of Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) covers Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey, Delaware and West Virginia with over 600 active local section affiliate members. Like the parent organization, the Section facilitates the application of technology and scientific principles to research, planning, functional design, implementation, operation, policy development and management for any mode of ground transportation.
Website: | Subscribe to news and event email list

North East ArcGIS User Group (NEArc)
An independent, volunteer organization dedicated to helping users of Esri GIS software be more successful. The geographic area encompassed by the group includes New England and New York. NEARC hosts two conference annually; one in the Spring (usually May) and one in the Fall (usually October).
Website: | Subscribe to Email List

Wilmington Area Planning Council (MILMAPCO)
This is regional transportation planning agency for New Castle County, Delaware and Cecil County, Maryland.  As the federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), WILMAPCO is charged with planning and coordinating transportation investments for the region based on federal policy, local input, technical analysis, and best practices.
Website: | Facebook: WILMAPCO | Subscribe to Email List

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American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
A leading provider of technical and professional conferences and continuing education, the world’s largest publisher of civil engineering content, and an authoritative source for codes and standards that protect the public. The Society has Sections & Branches throughout Region 1 and 2 which encompasses the Mid-Atlantic states.
Website: | Facebook | Twitter | LinkedIn: ASCE |
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Cartography and Geographic Information Society (CaGIS)
The Society is composed of educators, researchers and practitioners involved in the design, creation, use and dissemination of geographic information. CaGIS provides an effective network that connects professionals who work in the broad field of Cartography and Geographic Information Science both nationally and internationally.
Website: | Facebook: CartographyGIS | Twitter: @CartographyGIS

Urban and Regional Systems Association (URISA)



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