We have had a number of members of our association change places of employment over the Spring and Summer months. This week I caught up with Justin Conner.
What is your new role and place of employment?
I am the GIS Coordinator at the City of Wisconsin Rapids.
What is your favorite or most exciting thing about your new position?
I’m excited to apply what I’ve learned throughout my GIS career to the unique challenges of municipal GIS. The first month has been devoted to exploring the databases, scheduled scripts, servers, map services, AGOL apps, etc. that my predecessors, Chris Cantey and Alison Mynsberge, built. They built a solid foundation that also includes department heads that are knowledgeable and eager to expand their use of GIS.
What are the pros/cons related to your new commute?
I added about two minutes to my commute. I actually drive right past my old parking spot at the courthouse. Fortunately, there’s only been one morning where the habit of 13 years of parking in the same spot took over.
Anything else you are interested in reporting on work or personally?
I know some of you are wondering why I would move on from a great program at Wood County. After thorough debate and numerous conversations with people I trust both personally and professionally; it certainly wasn’t an easy decision. In the end I kept coming back to the word “challenge”. I felt the need to challenge myself to succeed as a GIS professional from a completely different angle. I’m proud of my time at Wood County and what was accomplished. I’m confident that I’ll be equally proud of my accomplishments here when that time comes.
I’m still planning on being an active WLIA member. I’m thankful for all of the professional relationships and great friendships made through WLIA. I’m sure I’ll be testing those relationships in the months ahead as I look for direction navigating municipal GIS.
I am sure that Justin is up for any of the challenges that he may encounter in the road that lies ahead. Check out this tremendous Story Map, Storms Not Soon Forgotten, that he completed in short order after Wisconsin Rapids was ravaged by severe thunderstorms. Justin is a past president of the WLIA, elected in 2014, and served on the board of directors from 2010 until the completion of his term as president in 2016. He remains an active member of the WLIA serving on our Legislative Committee. Justin, an avid Cubs & Bears fan, enjoys boating on Wisconsin’s waters in the Summer and snowmobiling its snowscapes all Winter.