US SUMMIT The National Geospatial Ecosystem of the United States

15 May 2024 | 1600-1900


1600 - 1700 Panel 1: Government's Impact on the Adoption of Geospatial Information and Technologies

Session Highlight

Government plays a crucial role in guiding the national geospatial ecosystem through forward looking strategies that encourage the innovative use of geospatial information and technologies. By establishing policies, regulations, and standards, they ensure responsible and effective data use. This includes addressing national priorities like climate resilience, national security, emergency management, census and survey data collection, and public health. Such efforts demonstrate the government's commitment to leveraging geospatial technologies for societal improvement.
  • Pioneering the development of policies, regulations, and standards that shape the future geospatial ecosystem and geospatial data use and dissemination
  • Spearheading investments in cutting-edge infrastructure to collect, manage, and share geospatial information
  • Harnessing the power of geospatial technologies to address critical national priorities, from climate resilience and national security to emergency management and public health

Joshua J. Delmonico

Executive Director
Federal Geographic Data Committee, U.S. Geological Survey

Deirdre Dalpiaz Bishop

Chief Geography Division
U.S. Census Bureau

Daniel Gall

Deputy Chief Strategy Officer
U.S. Veterans Health Administration

Todd Johanesen

Director, Foundation GEOINT
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency


Geographer, U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics
National Spatial Data Infrastructure, Transportation Theme Lead

1700 - 1800 Panel 2: Academia's Role in Advancing Geospatial Science and Technology

Session Highlight

Through pioneering research and education, academia is shaping the future of geospatial science and technology. By fostering partnerships and training experts, solutions to major issues such as sustainability and health are being implemented. Geospatial science is transforming the landscape, and academia is at the forefront.
  • Cutting-edge research and breakthroughs in geospatial technologies and methodologies
  • Innovative education and training programs, nurturing the next generation of geospatial experts and problem solvers
  • Dynamic partnerships and collaborations across sectors, harnessing the power of geospatial techniques to tackle complex challenges

Hamed Alemohammad

Director, Center for Geospatial Analytics, Associate Professor
Graduate School of Geography
Clark University


John P. Wilson

USC Professor and Founding Director
Spatial Sciences Institute, University of Southern California


U-Spatial Associate Director
University of Minnesota


Director, Spatial Analysis
IPUMS, University of Minnesota

Miriam Olivares GISP

GIS Librarian Computational Methods and Data, Yale University Library
Yale University

1800 - 1900 Panel 3: Non-profit Organizations and the Private Sector: Driving Geospatial Innovation

Session Highlight

Session 3a. - Non-profit Organizations Description:

Non-profit organizations are leading geospatial innovation, advocating for open access to geospatial data and promoting data transparency and accountability to ensure geospatial data is freely available and used responsibly. Additionally, non-profits implement geospatial projects that address pressing social, environmental, and humanitarian challenges, leveraging the power of geospatial technologies for positive change.
  • Championing open access to geospatial data and advocating for data transparency and accountability
  • Leading the charge in implementing geospatial projects that tackle pressing social, environmental, and humanitarian challenges
  • Providing comprehensive training and support to unlock the potential of geospatial technologies for sustainable development, empowering individuals, and communities
Session 3b. - Private Sector Description:

The private sector is a driving force behind geospatial innovation, consistently pushing the limits of what's achievable through research and development. By investing in state-of-the-art technologies, the private sector pioneers new solutions and products, revolutionizing industries and enhancing lives. The private sector actively collaborates with government, academia, and non-profit organizations to tackle specific challenges or opportunities using geospatial solutions, fostering a culture of innovation and collaboration that expedites the development and adoption of geospatial technologies.
  • Driving innovation in geospatial technologies through cutting-edge research and development
  • Revolutionizing commercial products and services with geospatial data, from mapping software, artificial intelligence/machine learning, synthetic data, GPS devices, and satellites
  • Collaborating with government, academia, and non-profit organizations to address specific challenges or opportunities using geospatial solutions

Nadine Alameh

Executive Director
Taylor Geospatial Institute (TGI)

Tracy Whelpley

SVP of Business Attraction
Greater St. Louis, Inc.

Amar Nayegandhi, CP, CMS, GISP


Chris Andrews


Mark Cygan

Director - National Mapping Solutions


Vice-President of Product Marketing
Teren, Inc.


Join us as we explore the national geospatial ecosystem in the United States. Universities, government, non-profit organizations, and the private sector are enabling cutting edge advancements in geospatial information and technology that are revolutionizing decision-making and societal benefits across the nation. These sessions will cover forward-thinking policies, groundbreaking research, collaborative initiatives, practical applications, and geospatial innovation that is changing the use of information in United States.