GITA Congratulates 2009 Speaker Award Recipients

Recorded presentations will be available soon and abstracts for 2010 event are being accepted at

Aurora, Colo., June 5, 2009—GITA is pleased to 2009 Speaker Award winners from its recent Geospatial Infrastructure Solutions Conference in Tampa, Fla. The award recognizes the top five percent of session speakers, each of whom were rated by session participants in the areas of quality of presentation, content of session, visual aids, and relevance of topic.

Recognized as a leading educational association dedicated to geospatial information, GITA has developed a reputation for bringing together industry leaders to present papers, take part in panel discussions, and participate in seminars at the association’s flagship conference. Using their industry knowledge in addition to effective presentation skills, these speakers share their experience with GIS professionals.

The recipients of the 2009 GITA Speaker Award include:
• Bill Meehan, ESRI
Paper:  The Smart Grid Cannot be Smart Without GIS 
• Talbot Brooks, Delta State University
Paper:  Geospatial Technologies and the Emergency Operations Center
• Don Oliver, City of Wilson
Paper:  Providing Spatial Technology to Emergency Responders – At What Cost? 
• Andrew Zetlan, Oracle Corporation
Paper:  Evolving Markets and Their Business Process Solutions 
• Cynthia Salas, CenterPoint Energy
Paper: From Dark to Light – Service Restoration After Hurricane Ike 
• Geoff Zeiss, Autodesk
Paper: Convergence of CAD, BIM, GIS, and 3-D: Implications for Utilities 
• Talbot Brooks, Delta State University
Paper: Geospatially Preparing and Responding when Natural Disasters Strike

Join the ranks of these speakers—submit your abstract for GITA’s 2010 Geospatial Infrastructure Solutions Conference by visiting http://www.gita/org/cfp and submitting your abstract. The deadline is August 31, 2009, and the conference is slated for April 25-29, 2010, in Phoenix, Ariz.
About GITA
The Geospatial Information & Technology Association (GITA) is the professional association and leading advocate for anyone using geospatial technology to help operate, maintain, and protect the infrastructure, which includes organizations such as utilities, telecommunication companies, and the public sector. Through industry leading conferences—along with research initiatives, chapters, membership, and other programs—GITA provides education and professional best practices. Visit GITA on the Web at