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More than 10,000 Attendees Expected in June 2000!

20th Annual Esri International User Conference Around the Corner

As you are reading this, the 2000 User Conference is less than five months away!

San Diego Convention CenterFollowing the pattern of significant increases in conference attendance each year, more than 10,000 GIS professionals from around the world are expected to gather at the San Diego Convention Center in beautiful San Diego, California, for the Twentieth Annual Esri International User Conference, June 26-30, 2000.

Sharing real-world experience is what the User Conference is all about. Users share a wealth of practical information, offer ideas for creative problem solving, and help each other achieve GIS goals. Many users prepare and display maps, demonstrate user applications, and present papers that offer everything from how they solved specific problems to big picture concepts.

Phenomenal Changes

While the 2000 User Conference will include all the programs and activities that have proven popular over the years--the technical workshops, Exhibit Pavilion, user paper presentations, and much more--the focus will be on the phenomenal changes seen in the last five years in the GIS industry. New software, faster machines, and the Internet have all worked together to bring GIS to more people around the world than ever before.

Preconference Seminars

Get warmed up for the User Conference! More than 1,800 are expected to attend more than 30 preconference topical seminars the weekend prior to the conference week at the Westin Hotel at Horton Plaza and Marriott Hotel Saturday and Sunday, June 24-25, 2000. You may choose from several half-day or full-day workshops on specific areas of interest. The registration for these seminars is separate from User Conference registration and requires additional action. Sign up for one or more seminars by visiting our Web site at www.esri.com/events/uc. The registration deadline is May 5, 2000.

Traditional Elements

The Map Gallery and evening reception will feature an amazing collection of maps created by Esri users for display during conference week. All attendees are invited to the Esri Map Gallery and reception.

During the user presentations and Esri workshops, more than 750 papers will be presented by Esri's user community. Paper sessions address more than 30 industry areas and countless applications of GIS in real-world situations. The moderated sessions and individual presentations make up one of the most comprehensive collections of GIS papers in the world.

The Exhibit Pavilion is one of the more visible components of the User Conference; a complete trade show with nearly 200 hardware, software, and technology companies.

In addition, there are many social events, local tours, a special GIS Kids Camp with sessions for elementary school and junior high school children, and sports activities.

So mark your calendars now! For more information, visit our Web site at www.esri.com/events/uc or contact User Conference information (tel.: 909-793-2853, ext. 1-1363; fax: 909-307-3128; e-mail: uc2000@esri.com).

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