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  • 11/18/2019 7:00 AM | Meghan Burns (Administrator)

    Call for Presentations!

    The 2020 Big Sky GeoCon Committee and the Montana Association of Geographic Professionals (MAGIP) invite you to participate in the presentation of papers, electronic demonstrations and/or panel discussions. With information geared to both new and seasoned users of geospatial technology, the conference is a great opportunity to share, connect, collaborate and be inspired. We encourage you to share your expertise, projects, stories or explorations in any GIS-related field. To learn more and submit your presentation, click here.

    Call for Web Maps and Posters!

    The 2020 Big Sky GeoCon Committee and the Montana Association of Geographic Professionals (MAGIP) invite you to participate in the Map/Poster Gallery at the 2020 Big Sky GeoCon.

    The MAGIP Community has demonstrated many creative and insightful ways through maps, other graphical forms, and the web for getting their message out to their audience.  If you have created posters or web maps that you are proud of and would like to share with a large group of GIS professionals, the Map Gallery would be a perfect opportunity to show them to the MAGIP community.  We encourage you to enter your maps and web mapping applications to the Map Gallery, for display at this year’s conference!  All entries will be evaluated for possible cash awards totaling $700 by judges during the conference. To learn more and submit your web map or poster, click here.

    For more conference information, click here

  • 11/12/2019 4:00 PM | Meghan Burns (Administrator)

    GIS DAY 2019



    1st Place -  Broomfield, CO Walkability Tool (Nick Swartz)

    2nd Place -  4th Largest State in US Has 44th Largest Population (Bobbi Johnson)

    Tie for 3rd Place -  Gallatin County Historical Plat Book Viewer (Dylan Olin) & 

    Lewis and Clark County, MT Open Lands Program (Lewis and Clark County Staff)

    View Map Entries


    For more info visit MAGIP/GISDay

  • 09/10/2019 7:55 AM | Meghan Burns (Administrator)

    Don’t miss your chance to participate in the 2020 Big Sky GeoCon scheduled for April 6-9, 2020 in Missoula, Montana!

    Please see the 2020 Sponsor Prospectus for all of the sponsorship opportunities.

    Contact Michelle Quinn with any questions or if you would like to take advantage of a sponsor opportunity for the 2020 Big Sky GeoCon!

    We hope to see you there!

    Michelle Quinn

    2020 Big Sky GeoCon Coordinator

    Email Michelle or call her at: (406) 625-7060

  • 08/29/2019 1:39 PM | Meghan Burns (Administrator)

    Announcing that Brandy Holstein (Montana Department of Revenue) has accepted the role of Professional Development Committee Chair on the MAGIP Board of Directors effective August 20, 2019.

  • 07/17/2019 10:30 AM | Meghan Burns (Administrator)

    At the last MAGIP Board meeting held July 16, 2019 two new board members were appointed to the MAGIP Board of Directors for the term of July 2019 - May 2021:

    Welcome to our new Board Members!

  • 06/04/2019 6:30 AM | Meghan Burns (Administrator)

    The Education Committee is pleased to announce the 2019 scholarship and grant award winners. This year we were able to distribute a total of five awards, including a MAGIP Higher Education Scholarship to Jesse Bunker, a MAGIP/RedCastle Resources Higher Education Scholarship to Ryan Rock, and a K-12 Education Grant to Morgan Anderson. In addition, we also issued a combination Higher Education Scholarship and K-12 Education Grant to two recipients to Holly Nesbitt and Anna Crockett.

    Jesse Bunker, of Montana Tech in Butte, is doing pioneering work with unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and sensor technology. In his research he is developing methods for detecting and measuring groundwater discharge in the Yellowstone River in southwestern Montana.

    Ryan Rock is doing innovative remote sensing-based forest inventory and modeling work in collaboration with the Montana Department of Natural Resources, primarily focused on the Stillwater State Forest.

    While Morgan Anderson is continuing her geography research into the dynamics of land development patterns in the west, she is also going to work with the Education Committee to organize and catalog past K-12 projects and help make them readily accessible to for use by current and future educators.

    Holly Nesbitt and Anna Crockett are both working on highly relevant water quantity and also water distribution models. Each of their projects have unique qualities, but together they represent a body of work that will advance the state of traditional water management but also has the capacity to help people understand and the challenges of moving around and sharing water resources. We have awarded them each Higher Education Scholarships, and have asked them to frame their work in a manner that can be applied in a K-12 setting. After all, water management is as much a social practice as a scientific one. Bringing this kind of thinking to classrooms will help students adapt STEM principles and potentially help future leaders understand the social and environmental implications of sound water management. Their work will take place in the Upper Clark Fork Watershed, and will engage with local schools and perhaps Montana Tech in Butte.

    For additional information about the MAGIP Higher Education GIS Scholarships and K-12 Education Grants contact the MAGIP Education Committee Chair, Rob Ahl

  • 05/21/2019 3:19 PM | Meghan Burns (Administrator)

    The MAGIP Election Results are in! 

    The winners of the election are: 

    • Michael Krueger – Vice President 
    • Jeremy Grotbo – Member-at-Large
    • Heather Widlund—Member-at-Large

    Congratulations! Thank you to everyone who threw their hats in the ring. We truly appreciate your interest and willingness to volunteer!

    New Board Members will take office in June 2019

    For more information visit:

  • 04/19/2019 8:56 AM | Meghan Burns (Administrator)

    The 2018 MAGIP Salary Survey Results have now been posted to the MAGIP website on the Professional Development Committee page

    This survey was a collaborative effort between the MAGIP Professional Development Committee, Operations & Business Committee and the Board of Directors. It was designed for GIS professionals, educators and trainers within Montana. 
  • 03/29/2019 7:00 AM | Meghan Burns (Administrator)

    Elected Positions

    • Vice President - Elected to three (3) year term (Vice President, President, Past President)
    • Member-at-Large (2 Positions) - Elected to two (2) year term

    Only MAGIP members in good standing are eligible to run for a MAGIP Board position, submit a nominations, and vote in the election for the three (3) elected positions.

    Voting will take place starting Wednesday, May 1 and will end at 5 pm on Thursday, May 16.

    New Board Members will take office in June 2019

    For more information visit:

  • 03/13/2019 7:30 AM | Meghan Burns (Administrator)

    REGISTER NOW for the 2019 Big Sky GeoCon hosted by MAGIP!

    The conference is April 1 - 4, 2019 at the Clarion Inn Copper King in Butte.

    Check out the 2019 Big Sky GeoCon page for more information on workshops, presentations, conference activities, and to register.

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