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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2013 - 2014 Regular Session


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:
  • The Secretaries of Administration, Environmental Protection, Conservation and Natural Resources, Transportation and General Services or their designee;
  • The Director of the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency or a designee;
  • Four legislative appointees (one from each Caucus)
  • Three members appointed by the Governor, including a current County Commissioner and two local elected officials (one representing an urban or suburban area and one representing a rural area);
  • A designee of the County GIS Professionals Association of Pennsylvania;
  • A designee of the Pennsylvania Mapping and Geographic Information Consortium;
  • A designee of the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania; and
  • A designee of the Pennsylvania Chapter of the Management Association for Private Photogrammetric Surveyors.
I welcome your co-sponsorship of this important legislation. Please contact my office if you have any questions.

Introduced as SB771