Annual Conference

29th Annual Conference

February 10-12, 2016

Osthoff Resort – Elkhart Lake, WI

It is my pleasure to invite you to the Wisconsin Land Information Association’s 29th Annual Conference!

Our theme the year is the Illusion of Simplicity. We come together each year to share lessons we’ve learned, describe hurdles we’ve jumped, identify new technologies we’ve implemented, and promote innovative ideas that advance all aspects of our field.  We acknowledge that, often, what we do is not simple, but we can look to the WLIA community to help foster an environment that helps us design, develop, and create with the ultimate goal of achieving simplicity for our users.

We welcome our plenary speakers including Rep. Adam Neylon discussing his efforts in supporting the development of the unmanned aerial systems technology in Wisconsin, Dr. Ian Muehlenhaus who will speak on the topic of “why do maps matter?” and Aurelia Moser who will grab your attention speaking on the subject of “Storytelling with Maps using Open Source.”  Alan Rudnick, Village of Elkhart Lake President, will provide a welcome for us. We will also hear from Wisconsin Geographic Information Officer Jim Giglierano.  Sen. Tammy Baldwin has also been invited.

This conference will provide you with compelling speakers, educational sessions, and technical workshops to help develop a vision specific to your organization. The program also includes the annual map contest, the exhibit hall, GeoLounge, Esri “Hands on Learning Lab” and the WLIA Town Forum.  And new this year is our “Opening Event” Wednesday evening featuring a reception and music by Dead Horses.

If you have ideas or concerns you wish to see addressed, please do not hesitate to contact me via e-mail ( or at 715-836-4709.

Thank You,
Martin P. Goettl
2016 WLIA Conference Chair