At the 2012 NSGIC conference held in Lake Buena Vista, Florida Ian Von Essen was awared the Outstanding Service Award by Tim De Troye, NSGIC President.
Ian served on the NSGIC Board as well as co-chairing the NG 9-1-1 Work Group. Along with Kenny Miller, he was the Work Group's inaugural chair, stepping forward when NSGIC needed the leadership. He brought the local government perspective to the NG 9-1-1 Work Group, and to NSGIC. The NG 9-1-1 Work Group produced the very useful Top 10 List for state GIS Coordinators to build relationships with the 9-1-1 community. His dedication, leadership and interest has resulted in preparing state GIS coordinators to better support the Public Safety Answering Points as they move toward NG 9-1-1 Call Center improvements.
Ian is aslo a long standing member of the Northwest GIS User Community. He served on the NWGIS Board for a number of years and co-chaired the 2006 NWGIS Conference in Spokane WA.