MidAmerica GIS Consortium

We believe geospatial technology creates value far reaching from ourselves. We are a network of dedicated leaders in the fields of mapmaking, location services, & data management.


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  • 2 Jun 2020 11:37 AM | Amber Shultz (Administrator)

    Unfortunately, MAGIC is announcing that MAGIC 2020 is canceled.  This announcement comes with great disappointment. We were very hopeful rescheduling MAGIC 2020 from April to August would provide some clarity on the situation. The Board came to the consensus late last week that no conference is worth risking the health of our community and uncertain budgetary scenarios will likely impact our participants’ education and travel.  

    MAGIC wants to extend our appreciation to all the pre-conference workshop instructors and presenters who volunteered in 2020. Also - a heartfelt thank you to our Symposium Planning Committee who poured a lot of time and passion into MAGIC 2020.  

    A couple of pieces of good news. First – be on the lookout for the MAGIC 2022 announcement soon. Secondly, we hope to announce a series of online workshops very soon!

    Below is information on logistics:


    MAGIC will automatically cancel your registration.


    • If your invoice is unpaid, we will simply mark it void;
    • If you paid by check, MAGIC will issue a refund check;
    • If you paid by credit card within the last 6 months, refunds will be issued to the card on file;
    • If you paid by credit card more than 6 months ago, MAGIC will issue you a check. Unfortunately our credit card processor will not allow refunds for transactions over 6 months old.

    Travel & Hotel Accommodations:

      You will need to cancel your own travel arrangements including hotel reservations. The Omaha Doubletree can be reached at 866-238-4218.

    • 28 May 2020 10:13 AM | Amber Shultz (Administrator)

      As an advisory organization to the Coalition of Geospatial Organizations (COGO), MAGIC has added our name to a letter to presented to the U.S. Senate and House Committees on Armed Services. See the letter here. 

      It is important to note that COGO only communicates on policy matters where there is  complete unanimity among its members. 

    • 17 Mar 2020 1:29 PM | Amber Shultz (Administrator)

      UPDATE AS OF MARCH 17, 2020: 

      MAGIC 2020 is still on, just with new and improved dates - August 10-13, 2020. Same location at the Doubletree in downtown Omaha. 

      Thank you so very much for your patience.  This has been a challenging few weeks for all of us.  

      The MidAmerica GIS Symposium is moving to August 10-13, 2020.  We will follow the same pattern of Monday (8/10) and Tuesday (8/11) morning workshops and the Symposium will run Tuesday (8/11) noon to Thursday (8/13) noon.  Our hope is that very little will change with the exception of the dates.  

      More instructions will follow and we hope you can still attend.  Our plan is evolving but for attendees we hope to simply roll registrations forward for those can still attend and refund those that cannot.  We will do everything we can to make the transition easy on you. 

      MAGIC is a not-for-profit organization and for us the loss of the Symposium could be catastrophic.  We appreciate your patience as we work through this and appreciate all the support you have given us over our 30+ years.  We will continue to notify you of any changes via email.  You can also visit www.magicgis.org for updates.  

    • 16 Mar 2020 4:35 PM | Amber Shultz (Administrator)

      UPDATE AS OF MARCH 16, 2020: The MidAmerica GIS Symposium understands the current limitations of mass gatherings and travel. We are looking at postponing MAGIC 2020 until this situation is stabilized. 

      Here is the MAGIC 2020 situation as we know it. We are working with the venue to see what our options are. As soon as we know something, you will know something. 

      We appreciate your patience as we work through this. We are planning a formal update very soon! 

      We will notify you of any changes via email.  You can also visit www.magicgis.org for updates. 

    • 5 Mar 2020 1:20 PM | Amber Shultz (Administrator)

      Conference Update!

      UPDATE AS OF MARCH 5, 2020: The MidAmerica GIS Symposium is proceeding as planned, April 20-23 in Omaha, NE. The MAGIC state, local, and collaborative partners and sponsors believe in geospatial teams as essential personnel. We know what you do every day to support policy decision makers and first responders.  It is the business of MAGIC to prepare you to meet these challenges through the collaboration with peers and educational opportunities offered at the Symposium.

      We promise to bring you the latest information should the current outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) persist. We are actively monitoring the situation and will implement illness prevention measures onsite so that we can best protect the health and safety of our conference attendees. And most importantly, we believe the MidAmerica Symposium will prepare you to protect your communities as you return with new knowledge as the geospatial professionals your communities depend upon.

      We will notify you of any changes via email.  You can also visit www.magicgis.org for updates.   

      Sponsor Highlight

      MAGIC Sponsors provide our attendees with knowledge they can use today and a vision of what is to come. Without these sponsors, there would be no Symposium. But because we do, we can have our Symposium, and other opportunities like grants, webinars, and seminars. Today, we highlight DATAMARK:

      DATAMARK the public safety GIS team of Michael Baker International, is the go-to authority on GIS data needs for public safety, addressing authorities, PSAPs and GIS analysts in E9-1-1 and in the successful transition to 

      NG9-1-1. The DATAMARK team works with clients to solve complex public safety needs, from data quality checks to addressing workflows to support the requirements of any NG9-1-1 system.

      Early-Bird Registration Ending Soon

      Just a couple of more weeks to take advantage of our early-bird pricing! $425 for an experience of learning, sharing, and networking! Need some help justifying your trip? We have a handy letter you can hand to your boss!

      Register here now!

      Don't forget to add a pre-conference workshop (or 3). At $125-a-pop it is a deal you cannot beat!

      Early-bird ends Mar 20!
    • 27 Feb 2020 3:42 PM | Amber Shultz (Administrator)

      What Are People Saying?

      Why should you attend MAGIC 2020? Here's a few tidbits you should consider from our previous conferences:

      • 100% of our attendees (who responded) would recommend MAGIC to others.
      • "A valuable opportunity to share information and network" is the #1 reason people attend MAGIC.
      • Keynotes described as "the best I have seen in years".
      • Quotes from attendees on why they attend:
        • The amount of accumulated knowledge that is readily shared by instructors and participants.
        • Networking:Being with people who speak the same geek language I do.
        • It's great to see friends and colleagues every two years. A reunion of sorts.
        • The social events were awesome!

      Not Too Late To Participate

      Do you know who makes the most captivating, fascinating, and engaging Program Schedule? No - not us (but thanks *wink*).

      YOU DO! Your presentations are just one of the many aspects that has made MAGIC successful since the 1980s!

      Submit your presentation today and be a part of what makes MAGIC magical :) 

      Deadline is Mar 1!

      Pre-Conference Workshop Highlight

      Are you finding it a challenge to know what Esri ArcGIS Online tools are right for your data and your organization? Sign up for "Configuring ArcGIS Online Applications for Data Collection, Visualization, and Analysis" and learn hands-on skills as well as tips, tricks, and recommendations for a variety of ArcGIS Online solutions! Taught by Jesse Adams & Ethan Borgen of North Point Geographic Solutions. This instruction team earned 3 out of 4 stars in 2018! 

      Register here now!

      View all Pre-Conference Workshops

    • 11 Feb 2020 9:28 AM | Amber Shultz (Administrator)


      Each Symposium we strive to bring you the most engaging and innovative keynote speakers to open and close the conference. This year is no different. We are incredibly excited to bring you Bill Johnson and Keith Masback. Read their entire bios here. 

      Bill Johnson, Carpe Geo Evangelist

      Bill is a seasoned GIS professional with more than 34 years of experience.  

      His initial work involved converting the mapping program from photo-mechanical to state-of-the-art digital production.  He rose through the GIS ranks in New York State government, culminating in being named New York’s first Geographic Information Officer in 2013.

      He retired from state service in 2016.  In April of 2018, Bill joined Applied Geographics, Inc where he is applying his carpe geo philosophy of building trust through collaboration, of effecting fundamental change through thoughtful investment, and of consistent attention to excellence, as AppGeo’s carpe geo evangelist.

      Keith Masback, Owner Plum Run LLC

      Mr. Masback is the Owner of Plum Run, LLC, providing advisory and consulting services to leading-edge companies and government organizations working in geospatial intelligence and related fields. 

      Prior to founding Plum Run, Mr. Masback spent over a decade as the President / Chief Executive Officer of US Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF).  

      Before joining USGIF, he spent over 20 years combined as an officer in the U.S. Army and as a government civilian employee, culminating as a member of the Defense Intelligence Senior Executive Service at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA). He held a variety of positions at NGA primarily focused on strategic planning and programming and most recently served as the Director, Source Operations Group where he was responsible for 24/7/365 tasking of the Nation’s space-based imagery collection systems, including contracted commercial assets.

      Sponsor Highlight

      MAGIC Sponsors provide our attendees with knowledge they can use today and a vision of what is to come. Without these sponsors, there would be no Symposium. But because we do, we can have our Symposium, and other opportunities like grants, webinars, and seminars. Today, we highlight Surdex:

      Surdex Corporation...

      is a full-service photogrammetric mapping firm in St. Louis, Missouri that has served public and private sectors for over 60 years. We strive to be your strategic geospatial partner and our mission is a successful mapping project the meets your needs and exceeds your expectations.  These projects include aerial image acquisition, lidar acquisition and processing, digital orthoimagery, planimetric / topographic mapping, and disaster mapping.  Surdex owns a fleet of 10 aircraft, 8 digital image sensors and 3 lidar sensors. In addition to completing scores of county and municipal government projects annually, Surdex is a prime contractor on national programs such as USACE, USDA-NAIP and the USGS GPSCIII program.

    • 4 Feb 2020 9:25 AM | Amber Shultz (Administrator)

      Talk At MAGIC 2020

      Do you like to talk? Super! It's not too late to submit a presentation for 2020 - Deadline is Mar 1. Click here to submit now!

      Do you not like talking? It's ok...we understand. But, you know - they say exposure is the best way to get over a fear. MAGIC 2020 has a wide array of session times starting at just 10 minutes. What a great way to not only get over your fear of speaking, but show off all that cool stuff you're doing!

      You think people won't be interested? Wrong! Our geospatial fandom loves to learn. Whether it's a cool scripting tip or a story where your boss actually listened to you - we want to know how you did it! Sign up now!

      Chiefs Win the Super Bowl!

      This obviously has nothing to do with MAGIC, but according to our sources*, the 9-state MAGIC region was rooting for the Chiefs and we like maps**. So - thank you.

      super bowl LIV map updated

      * Aka quick Google search

      ** Normally we make our own maps-being professional geospatial practitioners, but this one came from https://fox4kc.com/2020/01/31/its-official-this-sunday-the-chiefs-are-americas-team/

    • 28 Jan 2020 9:08 AM | Amber Shultz (Administrator)

      Exhibitor Deadline Approaching

      Are you looking to engage with hundreds of geospatial practitioners across the Midwest region? Yes? Great! Then you should make sure to sign up as a MAGIC exhibitor or sponsor. We have lots of options to fit any budget. The deadline is approaching fast - February 1! You can find all the information you need here. Questions, please contact Tony Spicci

      Justify Your Trip

      We get it - money is tight and unfortunately educational opportunities are the first to get cut. MAGIC is a steal for only $425 and pre-conference workshops for only $125. And, Omaha is within driving distance of the majority of our membership (duh - that's why we picked it). Help justify your trip with this handy letter you can provide with your pre-travel authorization. 

      Pre-Conference Workshops Filling Up Fast!

      Register for MAGIC 2020 here!

      We know we've said this before - and we are not kidding. At $125 for classes like these, they are filling up incredibly fast:

      • Python Scripting (beginner, intermediate, advanced)
      • Data Management, Analytics, Visualization
      • Program Management
      • ArcPro
      • ModelBuilder
      • Precision Editing
      • Geospatial Law
      • And More...

      Dates to Know

      February 1, 2020: Exhibitor Registration Deadline

      March 1, 2020: Presentation Submission Deadline

      March 20, 2020: Early Bird Registration Deadline

      March 30, 2020: Hotel Reservation Deadline

      April 20-23, 2020: MAGIC 2020!

      Omaha Doubletree

      1616 Dodge Street, Omaha, NE

    • 30 Sep 2019 8:25 PM | Amber Shultz (Administrator)

      Could it be your time to shine? If so - submit your work for MAGIC2020 now!


      Could it be someone else's time to shine? That's right - you know someone doing amazing things. Take 10 minutes to nominate them for a MAGIC 2020 award! You both will feel good!

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