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Geographic Information Systems Clearinghouse

GIS User Groups and Related Organizations

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New York State

NYS GIS Association

Area served: New York State

Description: The NYS GIS Association is a growing non-profit organization for New York professionals involved in GIS, Global Positioning Systems (GPS), land information systems (LIS), remote automated mapping and related geospatial technologies. The organization is designed for those involved in the GIS community to exchange knowledge and ideas regarding important topics facing the industry in the coming years. The Association promotes a forum for open discussion regarding the direction of the GIS profession.

Western/Finger Lakes

GIS/SIG - Geographic Information Sharing Special Interest Group

Area served: Nine county Genesee-Finger Lakes Region: Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Wayne, Wyoming, and Yates counties

Description: GIS/SIG is the GIS User's Group serving the Rochester - Genesee - Finger Lakes region of NY State.  We're an incorporated non-profit run by a dedicated group of volunteers.  We've been hosting an annual conference since 1991, and we also host several lunch programs and networking events each year.

Western New York GIS Users Group (WNYGISUG)

James Jones, PE, CFM, Town Engineer
Town of Tonawanda Technical Support Dept.
2919 Delaware Ave.
Kenmore, NY 14217
(716) 877-8805
(716) 957-1573 Direct

Current Members

Description: The Western New York GIS User Group (WNYGISUG) is an organized group of GIS professionals.  The group's mission is to foster and encourage GIS technologies, advocate GIS use and development and provide the WNY GIS community with sharing and learning opportunities.

Central/Southern Tier

American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing - Central NY Region

Area served: Upstate New York, Vermont, and North Central Pennsylvania

Description: The mission of the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) is to advance knowledge and improve understanding of mapping sciences, and to promote the responsible application of photogrammetry, remote sensing, GIS and supporting technologies. Spatial information answers the questions who, what, when, and primarily where. The ASPRS is committed to providing the highest quality spatial information to all people for effective decision making and better understanding to improve their quality of life.

Chemung County GIS Cooperative

John Trimber
Weiler Mapping, Inc.
150 N. Main StreetSuite 400
Elmira, NY 14901 USA

Phone: 607-737-1968

Area served: Southern Tier

Tug Hill GIS User Group

Mickey Dietrich
GIS Specialist
Tug Hill Commission
Dulles State Office Building 6th Floor
317 Washington St.
Watertown, NY 13601
Phone: 315-785-2380

Area Served:  The region consists of 41 towns (containing 21 villages) in portions of Jefferson, Lewis, Oneida, and Oswego counties.

Description:  Informal organization of users and potential users of geographic data within the Tug Hill Region of New York State.

Utica/Rome GIS Users Group

Verne LaClair
PAR Government Systems Corporation
314 S. Jay Street
Rome, NY 13440

Phone: 315-339-0491

Area served: Centers on Mohawk Valley but draws from many surrounding counties

Description: Informal group, no bylaws. Primarily an outreach organization for showcasing GIS technology. Meets quarterly.

Capital Region/North Country

Capital Region ARC/INFO User Group (CAP ARC)

Larry Spraker
137 Jay Street
Schenectady, NY 12305

Phone: 518-346-0942
Fax: 518-346-5322

Area served: Albany and the Greater Capital District

Adirondack GIS Users Group

Andy Keal
GIS Coordinator
Adirondack Communities and Conservation Program
138A River Street
Saranac Lake, NY 12983

Phone: 518-891-8872
Fax: 518-891-8875

Area served: Adirondack Park and surroundig area north of the Mohawk.

Description: Informal organization of users and potential users of geographic data. The user group meets twice a year.

Lower Adirondack GIS Users Group


Heather Baker
Washington County Real Propert Tax Services Department
383 Broadway
Fort Edward, NY 12828

Phone: 518-746-2130

Area served: Lower Adirondack Region (Fulton, Montgomery, Saratoga, Washington, & Warren Counties)

Description: Informal organization of users and potential users of geographic data within the southern Adirondacks

Hudson Valley/NYC/Long Island

Catskill GIS Users Group

Jennifer Harvill
GIS Coordinator
Delaware County Planning Department
GIS Division
PO Box 367
Corner of Page and Gallant Avenues
Delhi, NY 13753

Phone: 607-746-2944
Fax: 607-746-84-79
Group E-mail:

Area served: Delaware, Ulster, Greene, Putnam, Dutchess, Fulton, and Schoharie Counties

Description: The Catskill GIS Users Group serves public employees within such agencies as Real Property Tax, Planning, Information Technology and New York City Department of Environmental Protection who are GIS users (beginning to advanced). Other involved agencies include Catskill Center for Conservation and Development, Catskill Watershed Corporation and New York State Department of State. All of these entities work cooperatively in coordinating GIS needs and data sharing to fulfill watershed protection within the New York City Watershed.


Ken Reid
132 West 31st Street, 10th Floor
New York, NY 10001
phone: 212-273-5202

Area served: New York Metropolitan Area

Description: GISMO is a user-oriented group of professionals from New York City agencies, universities, public and private orgainizations using or learning to use mini- or micro- based Geographic Information Systems. GISMO is a forum to share geocoded data and data processing techniques, software training, news from GIS publications, meetings, vendors, etc.

New York City Arc User Group (NYC ARC)

Captain Steven Pollackov
Commanding Officer
9 Metrotech Center
Room 7S-17
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Phone: 718-999-5195
FAX: 718-999-7173

Area served: New York City Metropolitan Area

Description: The New York City Arc User Group (NYC ARC) is an independent group of ESRI product users. Its purpose is to provide a forum for product discussion, data and script sharing, networking and mini-training. NYC ARC's membership includes GIS professionals from government, non-profit organizations and the private sector.

NYC ARC typically meets several times each year. Meetings consist of presentations by members and demonstrations of new ESRI products. Users of all levels of experience are welcome.

LIARC - Long Island Arc User Group

Kathryn J Eiseman; AICP
Division Manager
Environmental & Community Planning
Nelson, Pope & Voorhis, LLC
572 Walt Whitman Road
Melville, NY 11747

Phone: 631-427-5620 ext. 208
Fax: 631-427-5620

Area served: Long Island, NY

Description: LiArc is a GIS group designed to address issues specific to ESRI software. Meetings are held at Suffolk Community College Corporate Training Center located on the Brentwood Campus twice a year.

Long Island GIS Users Group (LIGIS)

Jim Daly, Chairperson
Hauppauge, NY 11788

Phone: 631-853-6045
Fax: 631-853-4044

Area served: Long Island, NY

Description: The Long Island Geographic Information Systems Users Group was formed in 1987 to enhance communication and cooperation among GIS professionals on Long Island. LIGIS meetings are held twice annually, in the spring and the fall, and serve professionals interested in GIS and computerized mapping in the context of Long Island. LIGIS is user-oriented and run on a completely volunteer basis by its members; it has neither a formal budget nor a formal mandate from any other organization or branch of government. It is supported by the labor and services donated by members and the organizations that employ them. LIGIS is in the process of scanning and making available old issues of its newsletter, "Coordinates."

NCGIS Users Group

Joseph T. Jones
Nassau County GIS
1550 Franklin Avenue
Room 102
Mineola, NY 11501

Phone: 516-571-4096
Fax: 516-571-6110

Area served: Nassau County and its licensed participants.

Northeast USA

New England ArcGIS Server User Group (NEAGS)

Tim Gunn, P.E.
Geospatial Applications Developer

800-336-3375 (Main)
603-715-5811 (Direct)
603-545-1499 (Mobile)
603-472-3677 (Fax)

Area served: US northeast