Author: Ponak, Kristen

Save the Date- February 10th 2023

The next GIS Network meeting will be held virtually on Feb 10th 2023!

View the draft agenda and access the meeting link here.

Elections 🤓✅

  • Candidate Registration Link for Steering Committee Elections.
  • Elections will be held during the zoom meeting.
  • Majority vote wins the seat.
  • Candidates will be presented in written format with name and short blurb (no public speaking).
  • Available seats for Steering committee include
    • Municipal Representative (Sector Seat)
    • Private Sector Representative (Sector Seat)
    • Utility Representative (Sector Seat, partial term)
    • Nonprofit Representative (Sector Seat, partial term)
    • Member At Large
    • Member At Large
    • Member At Large
    • Member At Large
  • If a candidate runs for a Sector Seat and do not win, they will be placed into the Member at Large Ballot
  • We will run an election for each seat starting with Sector Seats.
  • Steering committee duties and benefits include
    • Assist in coordinating at least one GIS Network Meeting or event. (This is done in teams)
    • Attend Steering Meeting (1/month). This is to get state GIS updates and check in on meeting coordination. Meetings are fun and never go over an hour.
    • Serve as a point of contact for GIS Network information. Receive and share information.
    • You get to really expand your professional network and be front row to State GIS activities.
  • Steering members after the meeting will elect executive roles of
    • President.
    • Vice President
    • Secretary


CT DEEP GIS Open Data Site

DEEP has finally launched  the state’s first GIS Open Data site. This open data site is the first agency hub site that will be tied into a statewide GeoHub for all agencies, as well as the State’s Open Data portal. Stuart DeLand and Bill Toussaint were instrumental in getting the DEEP Open Data site launched.  This site will replace the legacy DEEP GIS Data Download page effective October 1. You can view the new DEEP GIS Open Data site here:


Calling all GIS Artists!

The CT GIS Network is hosting a logo design contest!

Our website (, and our social media pages could use a logo that will identify us as a professional organization.  We don’t have specific design criteria, only those that make sense (ie: State of CT outline, not California 😊)

Format: High Resolution (600dpi) .esp/.jpg/.png  in both color and black and white versions. Backgrounds should be transparent.

Submission Deadline: October 31, 2019

The winner/ and the reveal will be announced at GIS Day 2019 held at Eastern CT State University, and announced/credited on our website and social media.

Please send submissions to Aaron Nash,

CT GIS Meeting- Free ArcGIS User Seminar- June 13th

The Connecticut GIS Network would like to invite you to the second quarterly Network Meeting featuring a free ArcGIS User Seminar at Central Connecticut State University in the Willard-DiLoretto Lecture Hall 001 on THURSDAY June 13th, at 8:00am. The event is sponsored by the CCSU Office of Continuing Education. 


The meeting will begin with recent updates from the CT GIS User Network committees and then continue with the ESRI Seminar. This half-day seminar will cover the latest advancements with ArcGIS, give you some tips and tricks, and focus on ways to maximize the use of the technology. The seminar also includes several live demonstrations of many pieces of the platform. 


Due to room capacity, registration is required for this event. 


Free parking can be found in the Welte Parking Garage located at 30 Welte Drive, New Britain, CT, and the Student Center parking lot located at 105 Ella T. Grasso Blvd, New Britain, CT. Allow 15 minutes from parking to walk to Willard DiLoretto Lecture Hall.



2019 CT Maps Competition Winners

Winners have been selected for the top prizes for the 2019 CT Maps Competition. The top story maps in the middle and high school divisions will now go on to compete in Esri’s national competition for a chance to win a trip to the 2019 Esri UC in San Diego. Congratulations to all contestants! Be sure to check out this year’s top story maps and learn more about this exciting opportunity for teens and teachers.



Please SAVE THE DATE! The Connecticut GIS  User to User Network will hold its second quarterly meeting of 2019, on THURSDAY, June 13, 2019, on the Campus of Central Connecticut State University. The meeting will include the ESRI 2019 “Road Show” LIVE USER SEMINAR! Additional details to follow.

CT GIS Network Meeting- March 29th

The next CT GIS Network meeting will be held on Friday March 29th at Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) in the Sprague-Carleton room located inside the Student Union from 8:30am – 12:30pm.  

8:30 – 9:00          Networking

9:00 – 9:05          Introduction

9:05 – 9:25          Art van Meeteren, New England Institute of Technology

9:25 – 9:35          Mike Towle, WESTCOG

9:35 – 9:45          Break

9:45 – 10:00       Steering Committee Elections

10:00 – 10:30     John Guszkowski and Mark Goetz re: Connecticut SB 550, An act concerning geographic Information Systems

10:30 – 11:30     Neil MacGaffey, NSGIC

11:30 – 11:40     Cori Grainger, Yale University

11:40 – 11:50     Bryce Mase, ECSU

11:50 – 12:00     Isabelle Smith, Conn College

12:00 – 12:30     Committee Updates

The Steering Committee has the following open roles. If you have ever considered joining this group of committed individuals, this is a great opportunity to fulfill that desire! You can nominate yourself or a willing colleague during the meeting!


Role 2018 candidate 2019
President Steven Birney open
Vice President Cary Chadwick open
Secretary Mark Hoover open
Private Kristen LaBrie open
Regional Carl Zimmerman open
Member At large Dan Bourret open
Member At large Jason Courter open
Member At large Kevin Dunkin open
Member At large Steven Birney open
Member At large Mark Hoover open
Member At large Meredith Metcalf open
Member At large Kristen Ponak open
Member At large Erik Snowden open