Many of you are members of national professional organizations that help define New Orleans as a perfect destination for meetings and conventions. Lynn Dupont, Principal Planner/GIS Manager for the Regional Planning Commission is one such individual. Lynn Dupont’s leadership on the local and national level of URISA has created opportunities for New Orleans to gain greater exposure as a viable conference destination! Her enthusiasm and dedication have certainly paid off, as New Orleans was recently awarded the 2019 URISA Annual Meeting!
Q: Please tell us about your personal involvement with the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association.
A: URISA (Urban and Regional Information Systems Association) supports the power of mapping and making all data geospatial. As a non-profit providing education, training and resources for multi-disciplinary geospatial professionals, URISA became the organization that has supported and grown my geospatial career complementing my work in landscape architecture and urban planning. LA URISA, as the local chapter is dedicated to connecting Geographic Information Systems (GIS and Remote Sensing) Professionals throughout the state via educational, social and professional leadership activities. Anyone interested in map-making, digital locational data, or just loves maps is invited to join and/or participate.
As a Past President of the Louisiana Chapter, LA URISA won the International URISA Chapter of the Year in Toronto in 2016 for engaging more membership and solidifying the educational and outreach components necessary for continuing Chapter success. In Palm Springs, California this past October, Louisiana became the first fully codified chapter initiated into the OneURISA model, engaging all chapter members as international members. The energy and current relevance of geospatial professionals in Louisiana is on the move and URISA is there providing connections, information, policy background and education.
Q: Please tell us how the URISA local chapter worked with the National office to help confirm New Orleans for 2019. Please tell us what steps you personally took to help make this happen.
A: As a member of the current International Board of Directors of URISA, elected in 2017, I was in a position to promote New Orleans as a viable GISPro Conference location. URISA has been a faithful New Orleans enthusiast when planning GIS Leadership Academy events and specific subsidiary conferences, such as GIS and Public Health, GIS and Addressing, etc. URISA has chosen New Orleans as its International GISPro conference several times over the last decades, so it only took a vibrant state chapter board, a king cake and a few walks down memory lane to firmly plant a vision for GISPro 2019.
Q: What are some of the reasons that you think New Orleans is a great place to hold meetings?
A: GISPro will be held September 28 through October 2, 2019 from the Hilton Riverside, which gives access to so many local venues and options for visitors to walk and ride transit to numerous points of interest, restaurants, museums, music venues and simply beautiful outdoor public spaces. The spirit of New Orleans is the calling card, and why so many conference committees love to return to our city and refresh themselves in the local culture. New Orleans just hosted National American Planning Association (APA) in 2018 and that large group of urban planners revisits at least every ten years for similar reasons.
Q: What do you like most about the city of New Orleans?
A: As a New Orleans born resident, I always enjoy giving local tours for varying professional groups from mappers to urban planners, transit advocates and visitors of all types. I love to talk about the rich history, architecture, religion and development of the city, but also the resilience of the people, and its redevelopment since Hurricane Katrina.