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.