Author: Ponak, Kristen


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


December 14th Network Meeting

The next CT GIS Network meeting will be held on Friday December 14th at the Metropolitan District (MDC) 231 Brainard Road in Hartford, CT 8:30am – 12:30pm.


8:30 – 9:00: Networking
9:00 – 9:15: Introduction / Welcome
9:15 – 9:30: Committee Updates
Standards – Mark Goetz, MetroCOG
Communications – Steven Birney, Norwalk
Education – Cary Chadwick, UConn CLEAR
Data Acquisition Advocacy – Erik Snowden, CRCOG
9:30 – 10:00: Urban Tree Mapping Project – A.I. Prince Technical High School, Hartford
10:00 – 10:30: A Status Update on Proposed Statewide 2019 Orthoimagery – Eric Lindquist, OPM
10:30 – 10:45: Break
10:45 – 11:15: South Windsor Address Points – Thad Dymkowski, Town of South Windsor
11:15 – 12:00: Locusview GPS Asset Management
12:00 – 12:30: Education, Standards, Data Acquisition Advocacy & Communications Committee Breakout Sessions

Aerial Basemapping Data Collection Project Survey

We Need Your Help!

The Connecticut GIS Network is conducting this survey in order to better inform policy makers of the importance of Aerial Basemapping to a variety of organizations.  The survey is intended to identify which municipalities or other organizations have funded and conducted aerial basemapping data collection project(s) at a municipality scale or larger extent.   We are interested in orthophotography, Lidar, photogrammetric basemapping, oblique aerials, and any other aerial based data acquisition projects.   This will help aid in bolstering needs for potential future statewide aerial basemapping projects.  Even if your agency has not conducted such projects, it is important to know this as well.

Please take the survey and pass it on to anyone who might have input to share.

Please let us know if you have any questions or if you are having troubles with the survey.  Please feel free to contact myself or anyone else on the Steering Committee if you have questions.

CT GIS Network to Serve as Advisor for Statewide GIS Matters

On May 6th the Connecticut GIS Network received a letter from the State of Connecticut Office of Policy and Management indicating that the Connecticut GIS User Network will be officially consulted for recommendations in an advisory capacity for statewide GIS matters.   Specifically, this will initially include assisting in revising and updating the former GIS Council’s Strategic and Business Plans, updating the former GIS Council’s Cadastral data standard and the development of an address point data standard.   The U2U Executive and Steering Committees have been involved in the discussions leading to this step and have begun making organizational changes to accommodate this important charge such as the formation of three additional Committees:   Education, Standards and Communications.   We are also looking to expand the membership of the Steering committee to better reflect our membership and statewide GIS needs.

Please join us at our next meeting to hear about the next steps in this process as well as provide your knowledge and experience in developing the policies and standards that are needed to help develop statewide GIS policies, datasets and resources that are important to you and your organization.   There will be an opportunity for you to volunteer you time, knowledge and experience in making this a reality.

Mark Goetz