ESRI will host the 2003 Federal User Conference February 5–6, 2003, at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C. The conference is targeted at current and prospective ESRI software users as well as policy makers from the nation’s top federal agencies. The conference will provide valuable information about current software and the direction ESRI technology is headed to current GIS users as well as those new to GIS. Government users, information technology (IT) staff, and managers from different disciplines will have the opportunity to share knowledge and information about GIS software.
“Government agencies are leading the application of GIS across the enterprise, allowing users to communicate better both internally and externally, improve efficiency, and make better decisions faster,” says Jack Dangermond, president, ESRI. “The Federal User Conference is an opportunity to discuss the present and future of GIS and GIS-based Web services as well as acknowledge the important work of our users and learn from them.”
Steve Cooper, special assistant to the President of the United States and senior director for information integration and chief information officer at the Office of Homeland Security, and Mark Forman, associate director of information technology and e-government for the Office of Management and Budget, are the keynote speakers for the conference. Other presenters, scheduled for the second day, include speakers from the United States Department of Agriculture, United States Geological Survey, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Office of Homeland Security, U.S. Census Bureau, United Nations, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the White House, and other government agencies.