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April 2009

Learn How to Meet the Mission using the Geographic Approach

The 2009 Esri Homeland Security GIS Summit

Organizations that play a role in homeland security must meet increasingly complex missions, especially since resources are stretched and public expectations remain high.

The 2009 Esri Homeland Security GIS Summit (HSSummit) will provide an excellent opportunity to learn how to fully leverage geographic information system (GIS) technology to accomplish these missions. The summit will be held at the San Diego Marriott Hotel and Marina in California, on July 11-14, the weekend before the 2009 Esri International User Conference.

Federal, state, and local government personnel, as well as public safety professionals and staff in the private sector, are encouraged to attend this event, the only geospatial conference dedicated to homeland security. Commanders, first responders, GIS specialists, executives, and anyone else interested in exploring geospatial technology, applications, and methodologies for mission-critical decisions will find the HSSummit to be an excellent resource.

"There's a broad range of sessions that cover many of the homeland security perspectives and discuss using GIS to enhance the ability to effectively address issues in this space," said Ronald Rasmussen, a Seattle Police Department lieutenant and attendee at the 2008 summit.

Attendees will find out how to apply the geographic approach in their organizations.

The sessions and activities will help participants return to work ready to implement proven strategies such as learning to use GIS to gain a tangible return on investment and increase information collaboration for improved decision making. The summit also offers excellent opportunities to connect with colleagues who use GIS such as representatives from other organizations, thought leaders, and industry experts.

"We'll work closely with attendees to support their needs and help them achieve success," said Russ Johnson, public safety manager, Esri. "Leading GIS experts will be on hand to demonstrate how they are using GIS as a solution framework that meets mission-specific requirements. Most important, the summit is a chance for us to learn from each other. The people at the conference make it successful."

The deadline to register is May 22. To learn more and register, visit or e-mail

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