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November 2009

The 2010 Esri Federal User Conference

A Geographic Approach to Guiding the Federal Government

By Aly Lawson, Esri Writer

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Esri president Jack Dangermond will talk about the upcoming ArcGIS 9.4 software release at the FedUC.

Find out how GIS is being used for economic recovery and government initiatives in areas such as renewable energy, environmental protection, and climate change during the Esri Federal User Conference (FedUC) in Washington, D.C. The conference will be held February 17-19, 2010, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Register today.

The event will bring together a wide cross section of government leaders, managers, and GIS professionals to talk about the role geospatial technology plays in achieving these initiatives. Esri President Jack Dangermond, in his address during the plenary session, will explain how using a geographic approach can improve decisions when tackling these challenges.

"Regardless of your GIS experience, the FedUC will give you a strong framework and the tools you need to achieve your agency missions," said Christopher Thomas, Esri's government industry solutions manager. "The event will address the issues of our times, ranging from green government and the smart grid to health care reform and our nation's recovery efforts. While significant emphasis will be placed on tackling the issues of the day, Esri will present a glimpse into the future of delivering Government 2.0 solutions."

Participants will hear about what's coming in ArcGIS 9.4 and learn about new ArcGIS Desktop tools that wil make tasks easier and users more productive. "We will also be looking at the new ArcGIS Server platforms and ArcGIS Online—and how they get integrated to provide a new platform for GIS on the Web," said Dangermond. ArcGIS 9.4 is scheduled for release in the second quarter of 2010.

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Hundreds of government employees and officials gather for the FedUC.

Additional plenary sesssion presentations by Esri staff specializing in GIS applications for government will address how GIS supports transparency and accountability in the implementation of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and can help meet missions, cut costs, manage data, and plan projects.

The conference will offer Concepts of GIS sessions, paper sessions, technical workshops, a Map Gallery, a Hands-on Learning Lab, a GIS Solutions EXPO, and more.

Lightning Talks are a new event this year. These informal presentations on ArcGIS Server applications will pack a lot of clear information into 10 minutes or less. Presentations will include "gold-standard" ArcGIS Server demonstrations, compelling Web and creative mashup applications, and Web 2.0 concepts.

GIS users, whether new or experienced, and government decision makers will benefit from networking with colleagues, discovering resources, and learning about the latest developments and trends in GIS technology.

"It was extremely easy to fill my schedule with sessions I was interested in," said Gregory Hildreth, GIS specialist for Allegany County, Maryland, about last year's FedUC.

Learn more about or register for the FedUC.

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