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GIS Day 2014 Expo!   


is a grassroots event that formalizes the practice of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) users and vendors of opening their doors to schools, businesses, and the general public to showcase real-world applications of this important technology.

Internationally, the event is principally sponsored by the National Geographic Society, the Association of American Geographers, University Consortium for Geographic Information Science, the USGS, the Library of Congress, Sun Microsystems, Hewlett-Packard, and the Environmental Systems Research Institute.

Join industry professionals and the public to see how GIS technology affects you every day and is helping to make better business decisions, educate our children and improve the overall quality of life in Charlotte-Mecklenburg and surrounding counties.
GIS Day 2014 Expo Events and Venues
  • Complimentary Refreshment Café for Attendees - (Morning and Lunch Session)
  • GIS Exhibitors Hall – Spirit Square Atrium (All Day)
  • K-12 School and College GIS Project Presentations - McGlohon Theater (Morning Session)
  • National Geographic's Giant Traveling Map Exhibit! – All Day on the 2nd Floor Spirit Square
  • GIS Internet Applications Workshop - Middleton Gallery (Morning Session)
  • ESRI Beyond the Desktop Showcase - Middleton Gallery (Morning Session)
  • GIS Apps Showcase – Middleton Gallery (Afternoon Session)
  • Go Geocaching Uptown! – 2nd Floor Spirit Square (Morning and Afternoon Sessions)
  • 3D Map Gallery – BB&T Room
  • Survey Seminar – McGlohan Theater (Afternoon Session) Continuing Education for Surveyors
GIS DAY 2014 Expo Materials for Organizing Your Day at the Event.
View or download schedule
GIS Day 2014 Expo Welcome (9:00 AM Morning Opening Session – McGlohon Theater)
GIS in the Schools Project Showcase (9:30 AM Morning Session in McGlohon Theater)
GIS in schools
Many schools and education groups in our community are adopting GIS Technology into their curriculum. GIS is helping our students to become better thinkers and more creative in solving both community and environmental problems. It is a technology tool that they can learn from and grow their knowledge academically for future professions.
The Morning Session of the GIS Day Expo will highlight local education groups and their GIS Projects that they have worked on. 

ESRI Beyond the Desktop  (11:00 AM  - Noon in the Middleton Gallery)

This presentation will provide a brief introduction to GIS and ArcGIS for Desktop and then focusing primarily on the breadth of applications and capabilities of Esri products as users go “beyond the desktop”. This will include local and Cloud based Map Service hosting, mobile field consumption & collection, as well as real time analysis / decision making with live streaming data. This will be covering topics from a variety of disciplines including the environmental sciences, resource management, business, health care, and local government operations.

APPY Hour Technology Showcase (1:00 PM – 3:00 PM in the Middleton Gallery)

City of Charlotte Open Data Project

Learn about the City of Charlotte's new Open Data initiative Andrew Bowen, Community Research Specialist, City of Charlotte Neighborhood & Business Services

Mecklenburg County ArcGIS Online Apps:
The Development of the Commissioner Districts Maps, the Capital Improvement Projects GIS, and the County Fire Districts GIS. Todd Wilson, GIS Manager, Mecklenburg County GIS

City of Charlotte ArcGIS Online Apps:
The Development of the Street Closure Application, Katie Mayr, GIS Analyst, Charlotte Department of Transportation

More Presentations to Come…
National Geographic's Giant Traveling Map On-Site Exhibit (Africa)
GIS Day Africa Map
National Geographic's Giant Traveling Maps tour the country's schools, bringing hands and feet-on geography education to tens of thousands of students each year. Designed to combat geographic illiteracy by igniting students' interest in geography, the maps and accompanying activities incorporate physical movement and games to teach students place name geography, physical geography, and cultural geography as well as map reading skills. National Geographic is loaning its map of South America to Mecklenburg County GIS. The map will tour Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, after-school programs and will be on display during GIS Day. For more information, please contact 704-336-4442
Technology Workshops at the GIS Day Expo 2014
GIS Day 2012 Technology Workshops 
“GIS Internet Applications” Workshop (Morning Session in Middleton Gallery)
Come to the Middleton Gallery at Spirit Square and learn how the County’s Geographic Internet applications Polaris 3G, Geoportal, and Charlotte-Mecklenburg’s Quality of Life Dashboard can help you do a better job in finding answers to your business questions!

 Geocaching Workshops (Morning and Afternoon Sessions)
Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunting game played throughout the world by adventure seekers equipped with GPS devices. The basic idea is to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, outdoors and then share your experiences online.  Geocaching is enjoyed by people from all age groups, with a strong sense of community and support for the environment. A group will venture out on the streets of Charlotte to look for some map caches.
NCSS - Mecklenburg Surveyors Society Forum
GIS Day 2014 Expo Program Sponsors
GIS Day Sponsors

GIS Day 2014 Expo Program Committee 

Day 2014 Expo Exhibitors
Professionals showing how they use GIS Technology to do their business 
Mecklenburg County GIS Services 
CPCC - GeoTech Center
City of Charlotte Enterprise GIS
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
Catawba Lands Conservancy
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Department
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department
Charlotte Engineering & Property Management
Charlotte Storm Water
Charlotte Area Transit System
Charlotte Storm Water
Charlotte Aviation
Charlotte Fire Department
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Utilities
Charlotte Department of Transportation

Map and Parking Information

Cars and Vans:
  • 7th St. Parking Deck - Before 9am is $6 for the day.  After 9am is $16 max per day.
  • Discovery Place Parking Deck - $8 for the day.
  • Spirit Square Parking Lot - $5 for the day.
  • 700 N. Tryon St.  Free.  Park and walk.
  • Ride LYNX or the Gold Rush.  
Bus Parking Options:
Drivers may let students off in front of Spirit Square at either the Tryon St. entrance or College St. entrance.  Drivers may park buses at one at one of following locations:
  • Hal Marshall Annex, 618 N. College St. (use spaces closest to the Corner of 9 th and College St).  Max 4 buses.
  • Phifer St. (connects College St. with N. Tryon at 700 N. Tryon St). Max 5 buses.
  • Drivers that intend to stay with the bus may park at Bob Walton Plaza, 700 E.
    Stonewall St.  
Drivers that intend to stay with the bus may park at one of the following locations:
  • Bob Walton Plaza, 700 E. Stonewall St.
Questions,  please call 704-336-4442


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