The Wisconsin Land Information Association held its 33nd Annual Conference February 19-21, 2019. As part of the conference, WLIA recognized individuals and organizations for their significant achievements or service to the land information community.
Jack Dangermond, Founder and President of Environmental Systems Research Institute (Esri), was our Thursday keynote speaker at the Annual Conference in Middleton, WI. After delivering a killer keynote, WLIA named Jack Dangermond this year’s Friend of Land Records – an award given to an individual or organization that is not a WLIA member but has contributed to the success or advancement of land records modernization in Wisconsin.
This year’s winner was unique. Sure, he sells software, but that software has enabled so many of us to do truly inspiring work. In Wisconsin, this work recently included opioid epidemic tracking in West Allis, emergency response to flooding in Bayfield, and, when we finally ‘Just Did It’, creating statewide datasets.
In short, he has inspired us in practice, action, and vision for many years.