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Message from USGIF Interim CEO, Steve Oswald

April 7, 2020

On behalf of the USGIF Staff and Board of Directors, my thoughts are with you and your loved ones during these unprecedented and challenging times.

Like most of you, the USGIF staff are currently working from home. While we can’t meet in person, we still hold regular meetings through video conferencing and our cadence has not missed a beat. We remain only a phone call or email away from each other and the rest of the community. Click here for our staff directory. We encourage members to reach out to staff for assistance.

While much of USGIF staff’s time has been diverted to navigating through canceling this year’s premiere event, the GEOINT 2020 Symposium, we continue to partner with the community. We are working on providing online education and training as well as exploring virtual tradeshow options to replace the live GEOINT 2020 event.

While the virus is impacting all timelines, we are looking ahead to our summer and fall events. The May GEOINTeraction Tuesday will be postponed to a virtual event in the summer. All fall events remain as scheduled… at least for now. Please stay tuned for updates.

Our Working Groups and Committees are meeting virtually to continue their important work for the community. Each working group and several committees meet regularly to discuss their focus areas and to help drive positive change in the community through a variety of mechanisms. If you would like to join us for one or more of the upcoming working group meetings, please contact workingroups@usgif.org. For a list of Working Groups and Committees, click here.

Professional Certification is an important service provided by USGIF. Given the “in-person” nature of our professional certification(s), testing has necessarily been placed on hold due to COVID-19 social distancing mandates. We continue to offer our fully online, asynchronous GIS & Analysis certification boot camp. Please contact camelia.kantor@usgif.org if interested in registering for up to three (3) months access to the boot camp. A Certificate of Completion and CEUs are being awarded upon successful completion.

The geospatial intelligence community, our country, and the world have been dramatically affected by this pandemic. We have all been dealt a serious blow, but we will be back and smarter on the other side. Our community is strong and will remain so. I look forward to seeing you again in person; until then, stay safe and stay healthy.

Very best wishes,

Steve Oswald
USGIF Interim CEO

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USGIF Publishes 2019 Annual Report

March 30, 2020

The Foundation is excited to announce the publication of the 2019 Annual Report! We had so many exciting accomplishments last year. Be sure to check them out!

2019 highlights included:

  • 129 students earned USGIF GEOINT Certificates, bringing the total to more than 1,050 students holding the Foundation’s academic certificate
  • Awarded $130,000 in scholarships in 2019, the highest amount of annual funds to date
  • The Certified GEOINT Professional (CGP™) Program launched a new entry-level GEOINT Essentials exam
  • Raised $15,766 toward the EdGEOcation Giving Fund
  • USGIF opened its own state-of-the-art event space, known as the Trajectory Event Center (TEC), in Herndon, Va.

VIEW THE REPORT

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GEOINT 2020 Cancellation Update

March 26, 2020

A Message from USGIF Staff and its Board of Directors Regarding the GEOINT 2020 Symposium

Thank you for your patience as we work through unchartered territory with regard to canceling the GEOINT 2020 Symposium. As you can imagine, this is a huge undertaking. We hope everyone in our community is faring well with self-quarantining and the uncertainties in your business operations. Here is an update:

GEOINT 2020 Symposium Housing

If you made hotel reservations through USGIF’s official housing, SPARGO Inc., your reservations have automatically been canceled and there will be no charges. If you made a reservation outside of USGIF’s official housing, you will need to contact the hotel or venue directly.

GEOINT 2020 Symposium Fees

Symposium Attendees:
We are working with SPARGO Inc., to process registration refunds. Attendees will have the option to convert their registration fees to a donation to USGIF, defer payment to the GEOINT 2021 Symposium at 2020 rates, or be issued a refund. We expect to have this ready next week.

Symposium Exhibitors & Sponsors:
The Expo Group (TEG), the official General Services Contractor for GEOINT 2020, will be contacting exhibitors soon with options regarding any show services placed.

Exhibitors and sponsors will also receive information directly from USGIF via email with additional details related to your exhibit and/or sponsorship. Thank you for your patience as we continue working through legal obligations.

Advancing the Tradecraft

Until we can welcome you back in person, USGIF is dedicated to continuing to be a resource to the geospatial intelligence community. We are exploring online education and training options to be made available in April.

Please continue to stay engaged and involved in the geospatial intelligence community. Follow USGIF on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter; Trajectory Magazine on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter; and GEOINT Symposium on Facebook and Twitter.

We all pray for your continued health and safety as well as an end to COVID-19.

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GEOINT 2020 Symposium Canceled

March 18, 2020

A Message from USGIF and its Board of Directors Regarding the GEOINT 2020 Symposium

It is with deep regret that USGIF and its Board of Directors report the GEOINT 2020 Symposium will not take place in Tampa, Fla., on April 26-29.

As reported, USGIF has been closely monitoring developing reports from the Federal Government, the Florida Government, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and World Health Organization concerning the COVID-19 outbreak. On March 9, the Governor of Florida issued Executive Order 20-52 declaring a state of emergency, and on March 13 the President of the United States declared a national emergency. On March 14, the Department of Defense imposed a 60-day travel restriction on military and defense civilian personnel. On the same date, the Office of Management and Budget also prohibited travel for other federal employees, unless it is mission critical. On March 15, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention directed the cancellation or postponement of in-person events consisting of 50 or more for the next eight weeks. On March 17, Hillsborough County, which includes Tampa, issued an order limiting all public and private events and gatherings to 50 people or less.

USGIF regrets having to cancel GEOINT 2020, as the GEOINT Symposium annually brings networking, thought leadership, student interaction, business and educational opportunities to the entire geospatial intelligence, trade and academic community. We look forward to the next time we are able to bring you the high-caliber, in-person events that you have come to know, love and expect. Until we can welcome you back in person, USGIF is dedicated to continuing to be a resource to the geospatial intelligence community and will explore virtual options to do so. More details will follow in the coming days.

We are working out processes for appropriate refunds. Please be patient as this is a huge undertaking with our registration and housing company. We will update you with details when the procedures are set in place.

We all pray for your continued health and safety as well as an end to COVID-19. Please continue to stay engaged and involved in the geospatial intelligence community. Follow USGIF on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter; Trajectory Magazine on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter; and GEOINT Symposium on Facebook and Twitter.

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GEOINT 2020 Symposium Update

March 16, 2020

A Message from USGIF and its Board of Directors Regarding GEOINT 2020 Symposium:

As an update, USGIF is exploring all options to cancel or postpone GEOINT 2020. At this time, we are ceasing registration and asking all vendors to cease any GEOINT 2020-related production.

We recognize that this affects GEOINT Symposium attendees, exhibitors, sponsors, vendors, and university faculty and students. We are grateful for your patience as we explore every viable option.

Please stay tuned for more details in the coming days.

We wish you all continued health and safety in the days to come.

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UPDATE: GEOINT 2020 Symposium & COVID-19

March 10, 2020

The USGIF Board of Directors and Staff share your concerns about COVID-19, and recognize the health and safety of our community as our highest priority. We continue to monitor reports from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the federal government for recommendations and directives.

While a fluid situation, at this time, the GEOINT 2020 Symposium is moving forward as planned. USGIF has implemented all guidance and recommended safety measures issued by WHO, CDC, and state and local health authorities. We continue to work with the Tampa Convention Center, all show partners, and Tampa-area hotels to ensure the safety of all show participants. The Tampa Convention Center and the City of Tampa continue to maintain rigorous cleanliness and safety standards throughout public spaces, resorts, and meeting facilities.

Numbers/changes: To date, we have had two exhibitors cancel due to COVID-19 concerns. In addition, we have had four attendee cancelations to date. For exhibitors, we are delaying the freight acceptance date from March 31 to April 6, which will allow additional time for possible changes to GEOINT 2020.

We are committed to being a trusted resource and maintaining open channels of communication to support your planning for the GEOINT 2020 Symposium, April 26-29, in Tampa, Fla. Please continue to monitor this page and our social media channels for updates.

For the most current information about COVID-19, please refer to the following resources:

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GEOINT 2020 Symposium and COVID-19

March 2, 2020

The GEOINT 2020 Symposium is progressing as planned. The health and safety of our community is USGIF’s highest priority, and we are committed to being a trusted resource and maintaining open channels of communication to support your onsite planning for the GEOINT 2020 Symposium, April 26-29, in Tampa, Fla.

USGIF stands firm in its commitment to hold GEOINT 2020 as planned and is monitoring reports on COVID-19 (commonly known as the Coronavirus Disease) from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO), should plans need to be adjusted.

As the GEOINT Community finalizes plans for the Symposium, we want to assure attendees, exhibitors, speakers, and partners that we are proceeding as planned to hold a safe, productive, and successful event.

USGIF is implementing all guidance and recommended safety measures issued by WHO, CDC, and state and local health authorities. We are continuing to work with the Tampa Convention Center, all show partners, and Tampa-area hotels to ensure the safety of all show participants. The Tampa Convention Center and the City of Tampa continue to maintain rigorous cleanliness and safety standards throughout public spaces, resorts, and meeting facilities.

Attendees and exhibitors can expect to see heightened levels of cleanliness and onsite accommodations to actively encourage all show participants to take common-sense precautions following CDC guidelines. As a standard practice at the GEOINT Symposium, medical care will be readily accessible onsite to address immediate health concerns.

For the most current information about COVID-19, see the following resources:
World Health Organization
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Recommendations to Prevent COVID-19

USGIF will be sure to communicate timely updates pertaining to COVID-19 and the GEOINT 2020 Symposium.

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Congratulations to the GEOINT 2020 Golden Ticket Winners

March 1, 2020

Each year, USGIF offers the Young Professionals Golden Ticket Program as an opportunity for young professionals 35 years old or younger to win an exclusive opportunity to attend the GEOINT Symposium to meet and hear from seniors and innovators in the GEOINT world in a personal setting.

Golden Ticket winners receive complimentary full registration to the Symposium as well as participate in mentoring sessions with senior GEOINT leaders, attend USGIF’s Chairman’s Reception, and much more.

Click here to see who the 2020 Golden Ticket Winners are.

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Apply for USGIF's 2020 Scholarship Program

February 25, 2020

As a way to assist students studying GEOINT, geospatial sciences, and related fields, USGIF offers scholarships to graduating high school seniors, undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students.

The 2020 Scholarship Program is open and now accepting applications. The Foundation has awarded more than $1.3 million in scholarships since launching the program in 2004.

Learn more and apply today!

The deadline to apply is May 15. If you are submitting an application for the Stu Shea Scholarship the deadline is Feb. 28.

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Get a Sneak Peek at GEOINT 2020 - March 31

February 21, 2020

Before gathering for a week of training, learning, exhibiting, and networking at the GEOINT 2020 Symposium, USGIF and NGA will share what they plan to showcase at GEOINT 2020. Please join us at our Sneak Peek event as Mark Munsell provides a preview of NGA key technology needs to be highlighted at this year’s event.

Don’t miss this breakfast event on Tuesday, March 31 at 7:30 a.m. at the Trajectory Event Center in Herndon, Va.

Hear from:

  • Ronda Schrenk, VP of Programs, USGIF
  • Mark Munsell, Chief Technology Officer, NGA

View agenda and register today!

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