|Posted:||February 15, 2013 02:06 PM|
|From:||Senator John R. Gordner|
|To:||All Senate members|
|Subject:||Geospatial Coordinating Council|
|In the near future, I will be introducing legislation to amend the Administrative Code to establish the State Geospatial Coordinating Council.
The use of digital mapping, geographic information systems and geospatial technologies (collectively known as GIS) is on the rise among all levels of government, business, education, emergency responders and the private sector. Pennsylvania citizens are daily users of these technologies as they utilize navigation systems, smartphones and websites. While the Commonwealth has one of the strongest communities of GIS professionals in the nation, these great resources are uncoordinated. Therefore, we are not fully utilizing them to the advantage of our citizens. In fact, Pennsylvania is one of only four states that do not currently have a geospatial coordinating council of any type.
The Council will serve as an advisory board within the governor’s office to provide advice and recommendations on Geospatial issues, uniform data standards and the coordination and efficiency of geospatial policy and technologies among federal, state and local government agencies, academic institutions and the private sector.
The Council would consist of 17 voting and 8 ex-officio (non-voting) members. Voting members would consist of leaders in various areas of GIS usage or design. They include:
Introduced as SB771