US: The Coalition of Geospatial Organizations (COGO) selected Geney Terry, Urban Regional Information Systems Association Delegate to COGO, as the 2011 Coalition Chair. Curt Sumner, 2010 Chair of COGO and the Executive Director of the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping indicated that Terry’s selection was made by unanimous consent of the Coalition.
Terry was the URISA COGO Delegate for 2008 and 2009. She has been a GIS Analyst for El Dorado County, California since 1993. She will serve as Chair-Elect in 2010, with her duties as Chair commencing on January 1, 2011. Terry made the following statement after learning of her selection:
“As Chair-Elect of COGO for 2010, and Chair in 2011, I will work to increase the visibility of the Coalition and improve its recognition as a voice of consensus on issues facing the geospatial industry. COGO’s members are organizations that represent various sectors of the geospatial industry with diverse agendas, each filling a niche for its own membership. The challenge for COGO is to bring these organisations together in a forum that will allow for the coordination of broader policy positions, and expressing a consensus of opinion and advocacy for issues that are important to all sectors of the geospatial industry, while at the same time not becoming a platform for the furtherance of any organisation’s, or group of organisations’, specific agenda(s). I will work to facilitate more open communications between all member organisations to keep the entire geospatial community better informed of members’ activities and endeavours, encouraging partnerships in these activities, rather than duplication of efforts.”