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2003 News from Mecklenburg County

November 7, 2003

GIS DAY 2003: A CELEBRATION OF COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY AND GEOGRAPHY

Charlotte, NC - Maps have come a long way since Rand McNally was folded in the glove box. Now computer-generated maps are used to guide medics in an emergency, forecast the weather right down to your neighborhood, and even to track elephants in the jungles of Africa. This technology is called GIS - or Geographic Information Systems. Mecklenburg County, the City of Charlotte and UNC Charlotte invite citizens to learn more about GIS technology at the annual GIS Day event.

· Wednesday, November 19, 2003
· 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
· UNC Charlotte, Cone Center
 (Parking is available in the visitor's section of Cone Deck 1.)

More than thirty City/County/non-profit/private exhibitors will be on hand to demonstrate how GIS is used every day in Mecklenburg County. The professionals who use this technology will offer interactive demonstrations on how it is utilized.  GIS Day 2003 coincides with Geography Awareness Week (November 16 - 22).

GIS Day is a global event for thousands of users of GIS technology. GIS Day educates millions of children and adults every year on how geography makes a difference in our lives.
GIS technology is used by hundreds of thousands of people worldwide in government, education and business.

For more information on GIS Day 2003, check the Web site www.uncc.edu/gisday or call Kurt Olmsted at 704-336-3727.



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