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  • 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!

  • 30 Sep 2019 8:24 PM | Amber Shultz (Administrator)

    Are you an Exhibitor who specializes in all things geospatial? Then MAGIC 2020 will be your show! Hurry to reserve your spot now - space is very limited! At MAGIC 2020 you will engage with the best minds in the midwest! You don't want to miss out!

  • 4 Mar 2019 9:10 AM | Amber Shultz (Administrator)

    MAGIC would like to thank all the wonderful grant applicants received this 2018-2020 grant cycle. Such a broad base of Geographic Information Professionals submitting grants makes it hard to select only two winners, but alas, that is what we must do. 

    MAGIC congratulates the following 2018-2020 grant applicants. 

    • Western AR Planning and Development District, Inc. – Fort Smith, AR
    • Kansas University Endowment Association – Lawrence, KS 

    MAGIC is eager to watch & learn from these fantastic projects!

  • 30 Nov 2018 8:56 AM | Amber Shultz (Administrator)

    In our last news post, you may recall we announced the dates of MAGIC 2020:

    April 20-23, 2020 in Omaha, Nebraska

    Today we will end the mystery of where it will be held:

    Omaha Doubletree - 1616 Dodge Street - Omaha, NE

    Yes - we had such rave reviews in 2018 for this venue that we're going there again!

    Another announcement: REGISTRATION FEES WILL BE THE SAME AS 2018! That's right! $425!!

  • 6 Oct 2018 3:43 PM | Amber Shultz (Administrator)

    Save the Date!! MAGIC has announced our dates for the 2020 conference! April 20 - 23, 2020 in Omaha, NE! Stay tuned for more information!

  • 24 Sep 2018 9:30 AM | Stacey Roberts (Priest) (Administrator)

    Are you working on a project in your organization that would help other GIS professionals?  Have technical expertise you can share with others?  Would you like to start a dialogue on a current issue in your industry? The best way to continue to move our industry forward is to share those ideas and experiences.

    Why not consider presenting at the 2019 Missouri GIS Conference!  This conference will give you the opportunity to discuss your work, receive feedback, share and explore new ideas with other GIS professionals. We are looking for topics from everything from local government, utilities, education, private sector and more!

    Why present?

    • Share your knowledge with others who may be looking for ideas
    • Increase recognition for the work you and your organization are doing
    • Presenting at conference can be used for GISP Certification

    Submit a short abstract online at http://www.mogiscon2019.com/call-for-abstracts/. There are multiple presentation length options. All abstracts are due by March 1, 2019.

  • 27 Mar 2017 1:45 PM | Amber Shultz (Administrator)

    As you've probably noticed, we've been a little silent as of late. Well, we've spent the last several months in our dungeons completely revamping MAGIC and our branding. As you can see, we have a new logo and a new website. And we love both of them.

    This new website is a complete overhaul. We will begin (free) membership management, forums, blogs, group, AND event registration through this site. We've only begun to scratch the surface on this site - so if you have an idea - send it our way!

    Please pass the word along for folks to join MAGIC (for free)!

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