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2018 By The Numbers

Lightning Talks

Highlights from the AGIC 2018 Education & Training Symposium

Thank you to all our attendees, presenters, workshop instructors, and sponsors! Another great conference is behind us and it could not have been a success without all of you! Check out the highlights below. View the conference proceedings here. 

  • The 2018 Education & Training Symposium was held September 19-21, 2017 at the Prescott Resort and Conference Center.
  • The Keynote Speaker was Dr. Brenda Ekwurzel, Senior Climate Scientist and Director of Climate Science at the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS)
    • Growing Demand for Geographic Information as the Climate Shifts
      In this presentation, Dr. Ekwurzel shared information on how Arizona geospatial professionals can benefit from resources already available in the National Climate Assessment Vol I (The Climate Science Special Report) that addresses global change. She also provided details on how to access customized county-level maps of over 40 climate variables through Climate Explorer.  Practical tools, such as LOCA downscaled projections, can help plan for the future to see how future global climate scenarios are expected to influence your region.

  • Wednesday's Lunch Keynote Speaker was Lisa Atkins, Arizona State Land Commissioner and State Cartographer
  • AGIC Chairperson's Volunteer of the Year Award Winner: Jenna Leveille (Straface) 
  • Maps & Apps Challenge Winners:
    • Maps (Posters)
      • People's Choice for Best Map/Poster: Larry Prentice and Tyler Leman, Town of Prescott Valley GIS Division, "Town of Prescott Valley Chip Seal Road Maintenance History Plan Map"
      • People's Choice for Best Student Poster: Mohamed Mohamed, University of Arizona, "Multivariate Dot Density: Tucson Population"
      • Best Analytical Poster: Debbie Brown, Maricopa Association of Governments, "There's Something About Maryvale"
    • Apps
      • People’s Choice for Best Application: Paul Minnick, Arizona Commerce Authority, "Arizona Assets Map"
      • People's Choice for Best Story Map: Ahmed Altaf Tambe, Arizona State University, "Planet or Plastic"
      • Most Innovative Use of Technology: David Olson, Arizona Department of Health Services, "Arizona Environmental Public Health Tracking Explorer"

Do you have photos you took at the 2018 event that you'd like to share in our gallery? If so, email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for instructions on how to submit them. 

This year's t-shirt design, inspired by Jennifer Psillas, is detailed contour lines of the area around the Prescott Resort. 

2018 T-shirt