Bart Butterfield was the manager of the Idaho Fish and Wildlife Information System at the Idaho Department of Fish and Game. Starting at IDFG in 1992 as a Senior GIS Analyst, he was promoted to manager in 2002. Bart worked to integrate GIS and traditional IT development into a comprehensive fish and wildlife information system.
Bart had been active in the NW GIS User Group since 1991 when he attended the NWGIS conference in Silverdale, WA. Bart was first elected to the NWGIS Board of Directors in 2000, re-elected in 2011 at the Boise, ID conference, and served on the board until 2017. He organized and chaired five NWGIS conferences: 2001 Sun Valley, 2004 Sun Valley, 2008 Sun Valley, 2011 Boise, and 2017 Boise. Bart also served as the treasurer for the NWGIS User Group, and led the website committee.
2017 Northwest GIS Users Conference - Boise October 9-13
We hope you had a chance to attend the NWGIS meetup in San Diego earlier this month. If so, you were able to meet vendors, sponsors, and GIS enthusiasts from the Pacific Northwest.
Join us at the 2017 Northwest GIS Users conference, October 9-13 in Boise Idaho. The 2017 Boise Conference will have training, presentations, ESRI doctor’s office, dev meetup, and vendors. Dr. Michael Goodchild will be the keynote speaker.
Northwest GIS User Group Conference 2017
October 9-13, 2017
Are you a vendor of GIS technology?
Exhibitor booths are now available at the 2017 Northwest GIS Group Conference. Share your products with the largest annual get together of GIS professionals in the Pacific Northwest from government, private industry and non-profit organizations. This conference is a great opportunity to connect with existing clients and develop leads.
SAVE THE DATE - NWGIS Meetup Event at the 2017 Esri International User Conference!
You are cordially invited to attend the NWGIS User Group meetup event during the 2017 Esri International User Conference (Esri UC)! For the fourth consecutive year, NWGIS will be hosting the meetup event at Jolt’n Joes Restaurant and Bar in downtown San Diego. Jolt N’ Joes is only 3 blocks from the Esri UC and sits in the heart of San Diego’s Gas Lamp District (see below for the venue’s address).
The NWGIS User Group meetup event is a great opportunity to network with other GIS professionals from the northwest while enjoying hosted beverages and munchies. There is no need to register; your Esri UC badge will be your pass into this event.
Visit the event sponsors’ booths at the conference for additional information and drink tickets. One drink ticket per attendee will be provided at the door upon presentation of your conference badge while supplies last, but visit your favorite sponsors for more tickets!
From time to time, the Northwest GIS User Group (NWGIS) has received small grant requests. The NWGIS Board of Directors has a goal of maintaining a minimum amount in its bank account to cover ongoing and unexpected expenses. However, when there are sufficient funds, NWGIS will consider requests for small grants that further GIS research, education, technology and other GIS related activities. When the NWGIS bank account balance drops below a certain level, then all grant requests will be suspended until the balance increases. Initially, there will not be a formal proposal format.
For more information, see the full NWGIS Ad-Hoc Grant Policy.
The 2017 Northwest GIS User Conference is still about 11 months away, but conference planning is already underway. The 2017 conference will be in Boise, Idaho, October 9-13, 2017. Linda Davis and Bart Butterfield are co-chairs. We are looking for people that would like to step up and volunteer for a role on the conference planning committee. We are looking for people for the following jobs:
- Vendor coordinator
- Sponsor coordinator
- Volunteer coordinator
- Workshop coordinator
- Social event coordinator
- Poster contest coordinator
- Graphics designer – logo, T-shirt design
- Printed program designer
- Mobile developer – agenda
- Social media coordinator
This is a great opportunity to contribute to our regional GIS community. It is also a good way to develop your leadership skills to show on your resume or GISP application. If you would like to volunteer, send an email here NWGIS 2017 Boise and describe what you would like to work on.
We will offer a broad slate of preconference workshops and we will have informative and entertaining speakers. As usual, the concurrent sessions at the 2017 NWGIS will provide a great opportunity to see and hear about projects and work being done by your fellow GIS professionals from across the Pacific Northwest. Then there is the time to just chat, meet new people, and catch up with past colleagues. Conference planning has already started and we want your ideas, suggestions, and other input. Use the Contact Us link at https://www.nwgis.org/contact to send an email to the conference planning committee.
The Boise Convention Center (https://boisecentre.com) is newly expanded and remodeled and is located in downtown Boise. It will be a great venue for our event, and is close to restaurants, galleries, museums and the Boise River. Our warm days and cool evening early fall days should be perfect for enjoying Boise's vibrant downtown. Mark your calendars now and we will see you next fall.
Back by popular demand, the 2016 Northwest GIS User Group conference will have a poster session: A great way to show off your work and to make contacts with attendees who have similar interests.
The event will follow a traditional format with participants displaying a map or poster in the gallery for attendees to view. The entrants will be judged by a distinguished panel of judges and three awards will be granted. Best in Show, Best Cartography and Best Analytical Presentation. There will also be a People's Choice award that will be decided by voting from the conference attendees.
Poster registration Deadline: Noon October 7, 2016. We cannot guarantee display space after Oct. 7. Only posters registered by the deadline will be eligible for the judging and awards.
Registration is Closed
The call for submitting a presentation has been closed. View the draft program at https://nwgis.org/2016/program.
Registration for the 2016 Northwest GIS User Group Conference is now open and available on the NWGIS website. This year's conference is being held at the Salem Convention Center in Salem, Oregon. Pre-conference workshops are October 17-18, 2016 and the full conference is October 19-21, 2016. This year's conference theme is "Bridging the Gap." Our session themes offer five lenses to illuminate where we are and where we want to be.