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URISA Workshops

One-Day Workshop
7.5 hours

Registration & fee required

Continuing education units (CEUs): 0.75

GISCI educational achievement points: 0.1875


Greg Babinski and Dennis Higgins, KCGIS Center



Today most government organizations have some type of GIS program in place. They vary from being in their early stages, to the rebuilding or tuning-up phase, to being completely transformed as new technologies and applications emerge. This workshop is designed to provide guidelines for managing your GIS program. It will look at the various organizational and technical issues program managers must address in order to develop a successful GIS program.

The discussions will include managing all aspects of a GIS program, from staffing and budgeting to procuring technology and working with vendors. A variety of real-world examples will be presented to illustrate a range of GIS programs and their implementations. This workshop presents an overview of successful, as well as unsuccessful, techniques for implementing GIS.


GIS Program Management is a must for anyone embarking upon a new GIS program, trying to turn around a less-than-successful program, or seeking ways to improve an already successful implementation.

Topics Covered

  • Program development
  • Project management techniques
  • Budgeting
  • Staffing
  • Sustaining program support
  • Managing consultants and vendors

Prerequisites and Recommendations


What You Will Receive

  • 7.5 hours of instruction from our URISA-certified instructors who are subject-matter experts and workshop authors.
  • A copy of the workshop presentation.
  • Upon completion, a signed completion certificate which will indicate the CEUs (0.75) and GISCI points (0.1875) earned.

Our Students Speak

“I particularly enjoyed the comparisons with King County GIS and how they conducted themselves against the course material.”

“Both the content and conversation were good.”

“Great workshop overall.”

“The workbook reinforced many of the concepts I've learned about project management. I crammed several weeks of a college course into 8 hours.”