Washington URISA was named 2006 Chapter of the Year by URISA International.
The Washington State Chapter of URISA (WAURISA) exists for the purpose of recognizing, supporting and encouraging professional growth through continuing education, communication, technical development and service to its members and others in the field of geospatial and information technologies. It is a non-profit association of GIS professionals using geospatial technology to solve problems in state, regional and local government. Other areas in which our members use this technology for problem solving include planning, transportation, public works, the environment, emergency services and utilities. We are a local assembly originally formed from the Computer Aided Mapping Association (CAMA) and later in 1997, converted to a URISA state chapter.
The national group Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA) is a nonprofit association of professionals using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and other information technologies to solve challenges in state/provincial, regional and local government agencies and departments. URISA is considered to be the premier organization for the use and integration of spatial information technology to improve the quality of life in urban and regional environments.
Washington URISA is the regional organization for the use and integration of geospatial information technology to improve the quality of life in urban and regional environments. Our members are from many disciplines and are dedicated to advancing the effective application of GIS technology in decision making and streamlining government operations and services.
We support and encourage professional growth by hosting an annual conference each year. Our conference is attended by about 300 professionals from all over the state. In includes low-cost workshops and several days of presentations. We meet in different locations each year. See a list of our past conferences, with links to materials from the past conferences as well.
We also host occasional 1- or 2-day workshops which are topic based and bring regional leaders to speak on that topic. In the past we've hosted workshops about emergency preparedness and making beautiful maps among others. Browse our list of past workshops and let us know if you have an idea for the next topic or are willing to host the next event at your workplace!
We thank you for visiting our website and hope that you find it informative and useful. We also hope that you'll consider joining Washington URISA, as our strength is in our ability to share information with one another. Our belief is that the more input we have from GIS professionals representing a variety of fields, the more effective we will all be in implementing this technology.