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2020 GISCI Map Contest

The GIS Certification Institute is once again happy to announce their annual map contest, and for 2020, the topic and style are up to you!

The use of Esri products is encouraged, as winning maps will be displayed at the Esri User Conference Map Gallery in San Diego. Map submittals may qualify for 1 point under the Contributions to the Profession category towards your GISP certification or recertification, and this contest is a great way to showcase your cartographic and geoanalytical skills.

For more information on prizes, contest rules, specifications, and judging criteria, please visit the GISCI map contest page. The deadline for your submittal is April 30, and yes, many up and coming young professionals consider this contest a great opportunity to gain recognition and add to your resume.

Little Hoover Commission Report – Regarding GIS in the State of CA

This is from October 2019 – but needs to be posted here as well (this is important stuff).

The full report is linked below, but the THREE key points they came to were:

    • Designate a state Geographic Information Officer
    • Create a GIS Advisory Council of governmental leaders and other stakeholders
    • Use GIS to evaluate regional disparities in funding and the delivery of services

Hoover Commission GIS Report 248

This was posted on SoCal GIS last week as well – click here.

L.A. County GIS Manager Positions Re-Posted (Nov 2019)


The Geographic Information Systems Manager I and II examinations are posted now.  Application filing will begin on Monday, November 25, 2019 at 8:00 a.m. (PT) and filing will end one Tuesday, December 10, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. (PT). Please see detailed information below.


EXAM NUMBER:        R4417D-R
FILING TYPE:        Open Competitive Job Opportunity
SALARY:        $9,448.14 – $14,300.52 monthly
FILING START DATE: Monday, November 25, 2019 at 8:00 a.m. (PT)
FILING END DATE: Tuesday, December 10, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. (PT)
(213) 738-2125



EXAM NUMBER:        R4418D-R
FILING TYPE:        Open Competitive Job Opportunity
SALARY:        $10,156.54 – $15,372.70 MONTHLY
FILING START DATE: Monday, November 25, 2019 at 8:00 a.m. (PT)
FILING END DATE: Tuesday, December 10, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. (PT)
(213) 738-2125

L.A. County’s GIS Day 2019 A Big Success!

Thanks to everyone that helped make L.A. County’s GIS Day 2019 a big success!  We had over 50 booths, a map gallery, a speakers series, emergency vehicles, two GIS Day games, prizes, coffee and cookies!  Wow!  We did a lot!  Thanks again to everyone that attended…

We have posted some pictures, our speakers presentations and our apps from our App Gallery.  Take a look when you have some time.

2019 GIS Day Event  – Updates
GIS Day 2019 Pictures
GIS Day 2019 Speakers Presentations – added 11/20/2019
GIS Day 2019 App Gallery – created 11/18/2019

Hope to see you all again next year!

CalGIS 2020 Registration Opens

The California URISA Chapters and the California Geographic Information Association (CGIA) are pleased to announce that registration & sponsor opportunities are open for CalGIS 2020, taking place February 9-11, 2020 at the Hilton Long Beach. Continue reading CalGIS 2020 Registration Opens

Registration is Closed for L.A. County’s GIS Day 2019

***REVISED 11/14/19 (The day after GIS Day 2019).  We had a great event!  Pics will be up soon.  Speakers presentations will be up soon.  Links to the apps in our App Gallery will be up soon.  Thank you to our sponsors and those that attended.  ***


The County of Los Angeles is hosting its 12th GIS Day event on November 13, 2019 and is welcoming you to sign up for a booth, present a map, or give a presentation in our speaker series.

This year’s theme is: GIS Counts! The event is designed for county residents, students, GIS professionals, and other members of the public to learn more about:

  • How county and city governments use GIS to make better decisions;
  • Opportunities for studying GIS at local universities and colleges; and
  • How GIS technology is improving our daily lives.

LA County GIS Day will showcase more than 50 agencies and include speakers, demonstrations, GIS-equipped emergency response vehicles, map gallery, GIS games with prizes, and a GIS Day cake.

There are two ways to join in the fun – as an Attendee or Participant.


You do not need to register to attend this free event; you may simply come and enjoy.


Register to reserve a booth for your organization, make a presentation, or post maps in the gallery.

We are actively soliciting your abstracts for presentations and maps for the map gallery.

  • Booth and map gallery registration: HERE  (link not active)
  • Speaker registration: HERE (link not active)

Please visit our main GIS Day page if you need more information – HERE.

Geographic Information Systems Specialist – .NET/SQL Developer @ Los Angeles County Development Authority

Under the supervision of the e-Services Supervisor within the Information Technology Unit, to maintain and enhance a computer-based Geographic Information System (GIS) and other assigned information systems for the Los Angeles County Development Authority (LACDA). This position is primary responsible for creating maps and images used for community development planning, housing projects, generating reports, geocoding addresses for mapping purposes, and maintaining in-house developed systems.

Please view the job posting for complete details.

NG911 GIS Workshop Details



You are Responsible for NG9-1-1

When: September 24th 2019 – 10:00 am – 2:30 pm

Where: 330 Olympic Drive Santa Monica, CA 90401

Click here to view the flyer!

LA County Office of Emergency Management Seeking GIS Intern

The County of Los Angeles Chief Executive Office, Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is seeking undergraduate or graduate student(s) who are pursuing GIS coursework, especially a GIS degree or certification, for its Fall/Winter Season volunteer/unpaid internship opportunity.

Potential tasks and/or projects you may be requested to do include the following, but not limited to:

  • Create/Edit/Update geographic data
  • Research GIS solutions for specific project needs
  • Publish various map layers as services in ArcGIS Online
  • Assist GIS staff with creating map products, web maps and apps for internal and external audiences

If you are interested in utilizing and strengthening your GIS skills working in the emergency management profession, focusing on emergency/disaster preparedness, response and recovery, please refer to this notice to learn more about the County OEM volunteer/unpaid internship opportunity.

CalGIS 2020 — February 9-11, 2020

CalGIS will be back in SoCal this spring!

Hilton Long Beach

Share your success stories, lessons learned, and research with the California GIS Community during #CalGIS2020 in Long Beach!

We invite you to share your work using GIS and geospatial methods in all application areas and disciplines. As geospatial tools and technology have permeated our world, geospatial applications are present in all aspects of our lives ranging from “traditional” uses in government, industry and academia to emerging fields of location analytics, big data, drone mapping across disciplines as diverse as journalism, tourism, marketing and many others.  Regardless of how you implement geospatial technology in your work, we encourage you to share.

CalGIS provides a forum for GIS practitioners from students to seasoned professions to share their experiences, lessons learned, and tips and tricks with colleagues across the state. Participation in CalGIS can be submitted in multiple formats, including presentations (individual or panel), posters and interactive maps, workshops, town halls, or any other means you’d like to suggest for best sharing your work.

Workshop and presentation proposals are invited and submissions are due on or before September 23, 2019. Review the details, suggested topics and submit via online proposal forms.

Learn more today!