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2016 Board Elections!

It is election time again.  The GIS Colorado Board of Directors has 3 open seats so it is time to cast your ballet for your Board.  All current paid members of GIS Colorado may vote in this election.  We have 5 outstanding candidates for you to consider. Please email your vote to with the subject 2016 Board Election. Please include the 3 candidate names you are voting for: Alex Mahrou, Andrea Santoro,  Annabel Montoya, Courtney Maxon, or Starla Elkins. All votes must be received via email before April 1st, 2016 at 11:59pm.  Only members in good standing are allowed to vote.  If you are found not to be in good standing your vote will be rejected. Please visit for information on the election and the candidate bio’s.  If you have any questions, please email

2016 Scholarships Announced!

GIS Colorado is pleased to announce this year’s scholarships. For 2015, GIS Colorado is offering four scholarships to deserving Colorado University or college students: One to a full-time undergraduate student ($1500), one to a full-time graduate student ($1500), one to a part-time undergraduate student, and one to a part-time graduate student. Part-time students must have a minimum of one three-credit class in fall 2016. The award for part-time students will be calculated at $100 per credit to a maximum of $500.


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Please see the Scholarships page for full details.

Spring quarterly meeting announced!

It is time to start planning your attendance at the GIS Colorado spring meeting to be held in Breckenridge, Colorado. The spring quarterly meeting will be held April 29th at the Summit County Library in Breckenridge.

Summit County Library - Breckenridge
Reserve a space for you and your colleagues to ensure your attendance at this event!

We are looking for presenters and sponsors for the meeting. If you have something cool you are doing, something you are struggling with, or just something interesting why not share it with GIS Colorado.  Fill out the presentation submission form if you are interested in presenting or contact Caitlin Bernier with any questions.

Stay tuned for information on training associated with the Spring meeting.

We look forward to seeing you in Breckenridge!

2015 Summer Quarterly Meeting

Presentation Submission

Please fill out the form below to submit a presentation to be given during the 2015 summer quarterly meeting in Gunnison.

GIS Colorado will provide a laptop, projector and power.

Board Election 2016

It's time again to make your voice heard! The GIS Colorado Board has three vacancies to be filled this spring. The following GIS Colorado members have been nominated by your peers to fill these leadership roles.


To vote, please send email to with your top three choices from the candidates list below.

Only paying members of GIS Colorado are allowed to vote.

It is only $25 a year to be a paying member and you can sign up here:



Brian M. Coleman

Currently, I have two focuses in GIS.

                Teaching at FRCC – I have served on the GIS Steering Committee for several years.  FRCC/Boulder County Campus has garnered several awards, including best academic program at any Colorado Community College in 2012 and a SAG Award from Esri in 2014.  My focus has been with GPS Field Data Collection, which is taught in the summer as a hands on, project focused course.

                Developing UAV platforms for Geospatial use – I am also with Juniper Unmanned Aerial Systems where I am responsible for developing geospatial uses for UAV.  My title is Flight Operations Manager and I work to integrate UAV into full compliance with FAA regulations.  My team is working to confirm best practices based for various geospatial applications by matching platforms to sensors and mission plans. 

                My vision for GISCO is to find a way to expose more high school and college students to the benefits of acquiring a GIS skill set, no matter what your academic pursuits might be. 

                I have been an active member of past GISCO boards, while still employed by Esri.   I also used my GISCO board position as a platform for the formation of WyGEO, which functions like GISCO in the state of Wyoming.

Pete Magee

A Brief History of Pete Magee and his Vision for GIS Colorado

Dr. A.W. (Pete) Magee is the former Executive Director of the San Luis Valley GIS/GPS Authority (SLV GIS).  A regional self-sustaining government entity, SLV GIS was formed in 1996 by the collective county commissioners of Alamosa, Conejos, Costilla, Mineral, Rio Grande and Saguache counties.  SLV GIS provides GIS/GPS services and products to the 8,000+ square mile San Luis Valley as well as to federal, state and private businesses and individuals.  Being a self-sustaining government agency, SLV GIS is not restricted to providing services within the San Luis Valley.

Pete received his Ph.D. in Physical Geography from Oxford University (U.K.) in 1989.  Arriving in the San Luis Valley in 1990, Pete began teaching at Adams State College in the Department of Geology & Environmental Science. During his tenure at ASC, Pete implemented GIS curriculum and began to stimulate interest within the county governments to utilize GIS.  Pete left ASC in 1997 as Head of Department and Chair of the New Science and Math Building committee to become the Coordinator for the San Luis Valley GIS/GPS Authority in 1998, Director in 2000 and Executive Director in 2008.

Professionally Pete is a former Board member of GISCO, former Emergency Manager for Alamosa County (IC during Salmonella outbreak in 2004, awarded the Emergency Manager of the Year for the San Luis Valley by the Colorado Emergency Management Association in 2009), former Board member and Chair of the Rio Grande Headwaters Land Trust (RiGHT) and former Chair of the SLV All Hazards group. Currently Pete serves on Alamosa County Planning Commission and Board of Adjustments, San Luis Valley All Hazards, SLV Local Emergency Operations Program and the GISCO scholarship committee (Caitlin Bernier, Chair). As part-owner of Integrated Land Services, Inc., the management company for the public/private partnership with SLV GIS, our ongoing services to the region include, but are not limited to, creating and maintaining E911 spatial data for the Alamosa Regional Communications Center, online parcel data for 3 counties, and spatial data support for resource management and wildfire mitigation.

My vision for GIS Colorado is unchanged from the early years of the organization. I envision a strong continuing effort at being a grassroots organization dedicated to uniting all aspects of the GIS community such to collaborate, educate and promote GIS skills and products.

I would like to see a more robust role for the GIS Colorado community with regards to Local and State governments’ understanding of the unlimited applications of GIS in making more efficient, effective and economical governance. Along with this vision, I can see a strong role for GIS Colorado as an educational resource for those local entities that have not yet embraced GIS technologies within their work place.

The GIS Colorado ListServe has been a phenomenal success and I am dedicated to ensure the continuation of this service that provides both a national and international forum for GIS issues and solutions.

I strongly support the GIS Colorado scholarship program and have served on the committee for two years and hope that this program can expand in the near future. I believe GIS Colorado should seek additional sponsorship/fundraising such to expand this scholarship program.

Mike Davlantes

At 24, I'm probably a bit younger than most members of the board.  However, I did work in GIS through college and have a decent chunk of experience as a result.  I've worked as a cartographer for the Patagonian Expedition Race (in Chile), a GIS analyst for the US Naval Facilities Engineering Command (in Florida), as a hydrolgist/research assistant (in Greenland and Florida), and under Darcee Killpack with the National Park Service (in Grand Junction).  Currently, I work as a geospatial software developer for Antero Resources in downtown Denver.  Though I have degrees in geology and geography, my real passion lies with computers and software.  I rarely make print maps.

I believe I can offer the board a fresh perspective on issues.  Having moved to Colorado in May of 2014, I'm still learning about the geospatial challenges faced by GISCO members.  One issue that I would like to see increased board involvement in would be education/outreach to tangentially-geospatial professionals (such as biologists, engineers, etc.).  As I'm sure you know, those who don't use GIS everyday easily get very frustrated with it and often write it off entirely.  As the field grows, these professionals will need increasing support/mentors.  Additionally, I'd like to see more discussion regarding web mapping among the community.  Seeing as most other facets of the tech industry are moving towards web applications and cloud computing, it is inevitable that GIS will soon be driven primarily by the web.