2020 Annual Conference

WLIA is excited to welcome you to the 33rd Annual Conference at the Marriott Madison West, in Middleton, Wisconsin, February 19-21, 2020.

I would like to welcome all to register for the Wisconsin Land Information Associations (WLIA) 33rd annual conference in beautiful Middleton WI. The theme of this conference is “Building a Foundation for the Future”. Over the last several years the geospatial community in Wisconsin has accomplished several key milestones that will serve as the base for our profession for many years to come.

Some of these accomplishments include:

  • Successful administration of the Wisconsin Land Information Program (WLIP) which has resulted in the collection and publication of 5 versions of a statewide parcel layer (State Statute Change), and the updating of Imagery, LIDAR, and countless other county GIS layers. The WLIP has also supplied funds for county re-monumentation efforts.
  • Successful collection and integration of municipal ward geography (State Statute Change). These boundaries have been successfully collected 8 times since 2016. These boundaries are used to update Census TIGER geography and for administering state elections.
  • Successful partnership between local governments, tribes, utilities, state and federal agencies, universities and the private sector for the acquisition of digital orthoimagery through the Wisconsin Regional Orthoimagery Consortium (WROC).
  • The updating of the “Status of Selected Wisconsin Foundational Layers” and the creation of “Foundational Layers Completeness Discoverability Accessibility Scorecard”.
  • The creation of Address Point and Street Center Line Standards.

This conference is proving to be one of our biggest annuals, it will feature over 50 presentations, 15 workshops, several special interest groups (SIGs), a Map Contest, a Silent Auction (to support our scholarship fund), Esri’s Hands on Learning Lab, and a large vendor area. We will also hold our first K-12 Teacher Session on Friday, GIS in the Classroom. Plus there is The Opener on Wednesday. This social event will include a talk from our featured speaker and longtime friend of WLIA, Nancy von Meyer and Casino Night Round 2 – We’ve Upped our Game! Casino games at the event will include Texas Hold’em tables, roulette wheels, and a Euchre tournament, all games are free to play but extra chips will be sold to benefit our scholarship fund.

In addition, we are extremely honored to have 3 keynote speakers for this event.  

Roger Kain

Roger Kain

Roger Kain is a Fellow of the British Academy, the UK’s national academy for the humanities and social sciences and its Vice-President (Research and Higher Education Policy).  He is Professor of Humanities in the School of Advanced Study, University of London and previously its Dean and Chief Executive, 2010-17.  Roger is a Fellow of UCL and an Honorary Professor at University of Exeter (where he was Deputy Vice-Chancellor, 2002-10) and at University of Wisconsin-Madison where he is editor of Volume Five of The History of Cartography: Cartography in the Nineteenth Century,  funded by the US National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Science Foundation.

James Whitehorne

James Whitehorne

James Whitehorne is the Chief of the Census Redistricting & Voting Rights Data Office where he manages the Redistricting Data Program and the Section 203 language determinations required by the Voting Rights Act.  He began his career at the US Census Bureau as a geographer in the Geography Division working and eventually leading the effort on the geographic support to the redistricting data program as well as the statistical areas program, which includes census tracts and block groups.  Before joining the Bureau in 2006, James worked on contract for 5 years at the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, as a Geographic Information System specialist. James holds both a B.S. and a B.A. in Geography from the Pennsylvania State University.

Jack Dangermond

Jack Dangermond

A landscape architect by training, Jack Dangermond founded Environmental Systems Research Institute (Esri) in 1969 with a vision that computer mapping and analysis could help us design a better future. Under Dangermond’s leadership, that vision has continued to guide Esri in creating cutting-edge GIS and Geodesign technologies used in every industry to make a difference worldwide.
Dangermond fostered the growth of Esri from a small research group to an organization recognized as the world leader in GIS software development. Esri employs more than 4,000 people worldwide.; many who shared his passion for GIS in the early days are still with the company and remain dedicated to helping our users be successful.

We hope to see you at the 33rd Annual Conference!

Student Rates:
Full Conference – $50
Thursday Only – $45
Friday Only – $40
Workshops – $150 Full Day or $75 Half Day

Member Rates:
Full Conference – $250
Thursday Only – $225
Friday Only – $175
Workshops – $150 Full Day or $75 Half Day

Non-Member Rates:
Full Conference – $400
Thursday Only – $345
Friday Only – $250
Workshops – $180 Full Day or $90 Half Day